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Mark Wahlberg is world's best-paid actor

"Transformers: The Last Knight" star Mark Wahlberg earned more than any other actor last year. Forbes magazine's annual ranking highlights the outrageous disparity between male and female Hollywood stars.

Mark Wahlberg is the world's highest-paid actor, according to numbers published by Forbes magazine on Tuesday. He is estimated to have earned $68 million (58 million euros) in the last 12 months by starring in "Transformers: The Last Knight" and "Daddy's Home 2," to be released in November.

Wahlberg is followed by "Fast and Furious" star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ($65 million), who topped the ranking last year, while Vin Diesel ("The Fate of the Furious") comes in third, with $54.5 million.

Mark Wahlberg started his career at the beginning of the 1990s as rapper Marky Mark and as a model for Calvin Klein. Some of his hit films include "The Departed," "Max Payne" and "Ted." This year, he starred in the fifth "Transformers" installment in the role of engineer Cade Yeager.

actress Emma Stone (Getty Images/K. Winter)

Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone

Huge pay inequality

Hollywood's gender pay gap was once again highlighted by the Forbes list.

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A previously published ranking of the highest-paid actresses revealed that the world's highest-earning female star, Emma Stone ("La La Land"), made less than half as much as Wahlberg, with $26 million, and less than the 14 highest-paid male actors. Stone has been vocal in speaking out against pay inequality.

The top 10 actors banked a cumulative $488.5 million - nearly three times the $172.5 million combined total of the 10 top scoring women, Forbes noted. Roles in superhero and action blockbusters earning big at the box office remain the best-paid jobs in Hollywood - but few of those parts are given to women.

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