Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Whenever we think about child actors and actresses, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are some of the first that come to mind. These fraternal twins became famous when they were just six months old, playing the role of Michelle on the sitcom Full House. Then, when they were six years old, they started their own franchise of television shows and movies, founding a company which made them millionaires by age ten. They haven’t stopped making money since then, and in 2018 were reported to have a combined net worth of $400 million. They have said that they now think of themselves more as business women than actresses, and are working as fashion designers.
From Hannah Montana to chart topping pop-star, Miley Cyrus has had a pretty impressive career for someone so young, and she makes an impressive amount of money to match it. At the age of 25, she apparently has a net worth of $160 million, raking in some $36 million per year, which makes her one of the top ten highest paid women in music. Although Miley has said that she was the “least paid person” on Hannah Montana, she seems to be doing just fine now.
Drake has come a long way since he joined the cast of teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2001, at the age of 15. At the time, he lived with his mother in a rented half of a house that they shared with another family. He launched his recording career in 2007, self-releasing his first mixtape, and the rest is history. Now, after a successful rap career, Drake was ranked as the fourth highest paid celebrity in the world, earning $94 million in one year.
After breaking into the business in the horror film Signs, Abigail Breslin truly won our hearts in the comedy drama movie Little Miss Sunshine, playing Olive, an unlikely contestant in a beauty pageant. Her performance was widely praised, and she received an Academy Award nomination at the young age of ten. Since then, she’s appeared in dozens of films from zombie comedy Zombieland to sci-fi flick Ender’s Game. Her net worth is reportedly $16 million, not bad for a 22-year-old!
Although she is best known for playing the lead role of Bella in the teen vampire Twilight films, Kristen Stewart actually got her start in the thriller Panic Room, at the age of 12. She may not have broken the bank then, but ten years later while working on Twilight, Stewart was named the highest paid actress, earning $34.5 million in just one year. While she hasn’t been able to replicate the salary she had on Twilight, she has enough cash to work on whatever projects she wants.
Justin Bieber released his first single at the age of 15, after his YouTube videos were discovered by talent scouts. He shot to fame and has been topping the charts ever since, raking in the dough at the same time. From June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017, it was reportedly estimated that the Biebs made a jaw-dropping $83.5 million in just one year. That put him at number 13 on the list of highest paid celebrities when he was only 23 years old!
At age 11, Anna Paquin was the youngest person ever to receive an Academy Award for her performance in the drama movie The Piano. She was chosen for the role out of 5,000 little girls, despite having no acting experience besides a school play. Since then, Paquin enjoyed success as a child actor, then transitioned to adult roles in superhero franchise X-Men and more recently as Sookie Stackhouse in vampire series True Blood. She reportedly has a net worth of $15 million.
Kaley Cuoco, the star of the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory, is one of the highest paid actresses on TV. The former 8 Simple Rules star, along with co-stars Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, were reportedly making a whopping $1 million per episode until their contract renegotiation in 2017, when they each took a pay cut so their co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik could get raises. Isn’t that kind? Now, Cuoco reportedly receives $900,000 per episode – still more than we would know what to do with!
In 2010, Miranda Cosgrove was the second highest paid child television star, making $180,000 per episode on the Nickelodeon show iCarly, and by 2012, she was listed as the highest paid child star in the Guinness Book of World Records. She was discovered by a talent scout dancing and singing at a restaurant, and first appeared on the big screen in the comedy School of Rock in 2003. Now, she reportedly has a net worth of $7 million, but we have a feeling she’s just getting started.
Kyla Pratt started acting at the young age of eight, making her debut in commercials before getting cast in children’s films The Babysitters Club and Barney’s Great Adventure. She rose to fame playing Eddie Murphy’s daughter in the comedy Dr. Dolittle and continued guest starring on a number of popular television shows. She is still acting to this day, and has a family of her own, so it’s probably pretty helpful that she has $3 million to her name.
Amanda Bynes was one of Nickelodeon’s biggest child stars, becoming popular for the children’s shows All That and The Amanda Show. She went on to star in a number of films including teen comedies What A Girl Wants and She’s the Man before announcing a hiatus from acting to focus on herself. She managed to hang onto a large portion of the cash from her earlier years and today purportedly has a net worth of $6 million.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt seems to have always had a natural talent for acting, joining his first musical theater troupe at age four. He got his big break in the fantasy sports film Angels in the Outfield and then rose to fame playing Tommy in the hit sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. He is now worth $35 million, but his career is far from over. As an adult he has starred in several critically acclaimed films from comedy 500 Days of Summer to drama 50/50 and action films Inception and Looper.
Award winning pop star Christina Aguilera always wanted to be singer. She appeared on Star Search when she was just ten years old and in 1993, landed a spot on The Mickey Mouse Club alongside a number of other future singers and actors. After singing the theme song Reflection for Disney movie Mulan, she released her debut album in 1999 and has been a star ever since. She now has a net worth of $160 million.
Raven-Symoné made her television debut on The Cosby Show when she was four years old. The cameras loved her, and she released her first rap albums just a few years later. Her next claim to fame came on the Disney Channel where she starred in the children’s series That’s So Raven. She continued her rapping career in addition to acting in several films, and even co-hosted daytime talk show The View for a while. This former child star is believed to be worth about $55 million.
When Alyssa Milano was just seven years old, her babysitter took her to audition for the off-Broadway production of Annie without telling her parents. She got the part, and spent the next year-and-a-half touring with her mother. Her first film role was in Old Enough when she was 12 and she’s since been a regular in films and television shows, most recently appearing in the Netflix comedy series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. Milano is said to be worth $10 million.
Britney Spears was one of the most famous teenagers ever when her albums …Baby One More Time and Oops!… I Did It Again were released. She had already been acting and singing since she was a child, however, appearing on The Mickey Mouse Club in 1992 alongside other future stars Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. She is never far from the spotlight and is almost as famous for her real-life drama as for her music. However, her hard work has certainly paid off – her net worth is reportedly $220 million!
She started as a Disney star, but Selena Gomez is now a flourishing singer and actress. Her first television role was on the children’s series Barney & Friends, when she was ten, before moving on to star in the Disney, show The Wizards of Waverly Place. She has continued on to have a successful acting career, as well as starting a music career, and becoming one of the most followed celebs on Instagram. These things have their financial benefits, of course, and Selena reportedly has a net worth of $50 million.