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A total of 15 South Indian stars, including Mahesh Babu, Allu Arjun, Kamal Haasan, Kajal Aggarwal, Shruti Haasan, Rajinikanth, Suriya and SS Rajamouli, have made it to the Forbes 2015 Celeb 100 list.

Popular business and financial magazine Forbes India has published the list of the 100 rich and popular celebrities of the country in 2015. Superstar Mahesh Babu, who top South celebs with 30th rank in 2014, has gone down to 37th rank in 2015. Superstar Rajinikanth has also slipped from his 45th rank in 2014 list to 69th rank in 2015 list. Prabhudheva has retained his 88th rank that he had in 2014.

Dhanush and Allu Arjun have climbed up from their 78th rank and 80th rank in 2014 to the 37th rank and 42nd rank in this year. Superstar Kamal Haasan, N Santhanam, Kajal Aggarwal, Shruti Haasan, Suriya, SS Rajamouli, Ravi Teja, Prabhas and Arya are the new South Indian faces to enter the list of Forbes Celeb 100 this year.

Nine South Indian stars have featured in the Forbes 2014 Celeb 100 list, but this number has gone up to 15, including nine new entrants. Surprisingly, Southern superstars like Vijay, Ajith Kumar, Pawan Kalyan, AR Murugadoss, which were seen in the list of 2014, are missing in the Forbes 2015 Celeb 100 list.

The bosses of Forbes India claim that the rankings in the list are based on estimates of celebs' earnings and media visibility from 1 October, 2014, to 30 September, 2015. "We tracked the media visibility of celebrities across print and television and tabulated their social media reach," reads their statement.

Here is the list of Southern stars featured in the Forbes 2015 Celeb 100 list.

Rank    Name Earnings (Rs cr) Money Rank Fame Rank
36 Mahesh Babu 51.5 13 78
37   Dhanush 42 20 64
42    Allu Arjun 37.5 22 67
46    Kamal Haasan 51 14 92
52   N Santhanam 45 17 91
58    Kajal Aggarwal 10.13 64 45
61 Shruti Haasan 8 74 47
69   Rajinikanth 25 32 80
71    Suriya 32 24 95
72  SS Rajamouli 26 30 84
74  Ravi Teja 12.5 57 65
77    Prabhas 24 33 88
80   Arya 29 26 100
88  Prabhu Dheva 11.5 59 83
89  Puri Jagannadh 15.67 48 94

Here is the list of Southern stars featured in the Forbes 2014 Celeb 100 list.

Rank Name Earnings (Rs cr) Money Rank Fame Rank
30 Mahesh Babu   51 14 88
39 AR Murugadoss 44.33 17 97
41 Vijay 33 23 80
45 Rajinikanth  37 21 89
51 Ajith Kumar   40.33 19 98
74 Pawan Kalyan   16 38 86
78 Dhanush   11.67 53 77
80 Allu Arjun   11.5 54 79
88 Prabhu Dheva   9.83 59 87
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