Virat Kohli holds the highest brand value among Indian celebrities.
Indian captain Virat Kohli’s appeal as a bankable brand has been on the upswing ever since he became the first citizen of Indian cricket, taking over the captaincy in all formats from MS Dhoni at the beginning of the year.
Virat Kohli retained his position as the biggest celebrity brand in India for the third successive year as his brand value proved to be double of the second-placed Akshay Kumar, according to the Duff & Phelps Celebrity Brand Valuation study.
In 2019, Kohli’s brand value rose by 39% to $237.5 million, while Kumar’s brand was valued at $104.5 million. Following them is the celebrity couple who are sitting on third and fourth — Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh who both have a brand value of $93.5 million.
Apart from the 31-year-old Indian captain, three other cricketers made the top-20 list with MS Dhoni coming in at a ninth place. The former Indian captain who is on a sabbatical since July made a three-place jump from last year’s rank of 12.
The other two cricketers are Sachin Tendulkar, who is on 15th, and Rohit Sharma, who just made it in the top-20 for the first time ever. In contrast to Kohli’s brand, the current ODI and T20I vice-captain brands are valued at $23 million. To view the Top 10 Most Popular Sports of India in the year 2017-18: Click here
|Rank||Name||Brand Value (Million)|
|9||Mahendra Singh Dhoni||41.2|
According to the study, the total value of the top 20 celebrity brands stands at USD 1.1 billion, with the top 10 contributing about 75% of the total value.