Stone Cold Steve Austin: $45 Million
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Steve Austin, or Stone Cold as his friends called him, was one of the top wrestlers of all time in terms of popularity, box-office draw and championships won. He is even rumored to have sold more merchandise than any other wrestler, including the great Hulk Hogan, who does not appear on this list due to the shellacking he took in his divorce.
Stone Cold was the anti-hero. He was the anti-establishment bad boy. He hated the corporation, hated being told what to do and how to do it, and blazed a trail of attitude and defiance across the ring. Because of this, fans flocked to him, bought his stuff and joined his cause.
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His film career has exploded, as he is know best known as the guy who kicked Sylvester Stallone’s but in the first Expendables project. He also had a run in the latest edition of Adam Sandler’s Grown-Ups 2, and has made appearances on a dozen other movies and shows.