Shark Tank's Ashneer Grover Refused Virat Kohli 100% More Salary Than Salman Khan!
How Shark Tank’s Ashneer Grover Rejected Virat Kohli To Endorse 11 IPL Players At The Same Amount! ( Photo Credit – Instagram )

With the rise of social media, revenue sources for our celebrities have expanded, and how! Whether it is a cricketer or an actor, they all demand high remuneration for brand collaborations. But did you know? Shark Tank fame Ashneer Grover once planned to bring Salman Khan and Virat Kohli together for his brand, but the huge salary gap made him execute a mastermind plan! Scroll below for all the details.

Back in August 2019, Ashneer Grover founded BharatPe, launched its first ad campaign, and roped Salman Khan as their brand ambassador. Not only did they pay a massive remuneration to the Tiger 3 superstar, but they planned to invest around 35 crores more in marketing that year.

Ashneer Grover approached Virat Kohli for BharatPe

Shark Tank fame Ashneer Grover met an advertising agent and gave him a budget of 4 crores to endorse a cricketer as a brand ambassador. His first choice was Virat Kohli, but the Royal Challengers Bangalore player demanded almost 2X the fees.

At the ET Now Global Business Summit, Ashneer Grover revealed, “4 crores me Kohli aa jayega, 9 crores me mai dono ki deal kar dunga (Salman Khan + Virat Kohli). Mai Salman ko us time pe deta tha 3.50-3.75 crores. Bohot ghis ghis ke deal kari thi. Maine bola 4.5 ka budget hai, tu le aa Kohli ko.”

Ashneer Grover was told “Kisiki aukaat nahi hai” apart from Virat Kohli!

The agent told the former Shark Tank judge that Virat Kohli does not get on board below 7 crores. He asked him to get any other cricketer on board but was told, “kisi ki aukaat nahi hai Kohli ke sivaay.” The BharatPe founder then gave him a sum of 4.5 crores and asked his associate to get cricketers on board, promising he would not be asking for any breakup of payments.

Cut to BharatPe on-boarded as many as 11 IPL players as brand ambassadors. The list includes Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Shubhman Gill.


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Salman Khan vs Virat Kohli Brand Endorsement Fee!

Also to be noted here is Virat Kohli demanding almost 100% increase in salary to Salman Khan. The behind-the-scenes stats are mind-boggling, aren’t they?

It has been revealed that Virat is the highest-paid Indian celebrity on Instagram. As per Hopper HQ, he charges a whopping 14 crores sum for a branded post on Instagram. Even leading actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, and Kareena Kapoor Khan play in the range of 2-3 crores.

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