After capturing the hearts of moviegoers at the tender age of 10, Macaulay Culkin is still one of the richest child actors of all time. After starring in his hit movie "Home Alone," he became the first child actor to have a $1 million paycheck for a movie. As his fame grew, so did his fee per film. Despite the trouble he's been into, he's still got plenty of money from this movie franchise to make him one of Hollywood's richest child stars.
The Olsen twins are an empire on themselves. After finding fame as babies in "Full House," they've grown up and branched out to build a clothing merchandise called Dualstar, which has a strong following among the tween market. Their combined worth amounts to an estimated $300 million.
With her "Hannah Montana" franchise as well as earnings from her movies, concerts, and albums, there is no doubt that Miley Cyrus is rich. She even has an autobiography that became a bestseller on the New York Times list. Never mind the twerking incident because the singer's net worth is reportedly around $150 million.
Dakota Fanning might still be young, but she has acted opposite some of the biggest stars in the industry, including Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Denzel Washington, and Tom Cruise. These roles not only gave her acting awards, but also a hefty paycheck making her one of the richest kids in Hollywood. Her estimated net worth is around $16 million but still growing.
Becoming a wizard isn't bad at all for Daniel Radcliffe who's been consistently on the Top Ten list of the richest kids since his "Harry Potter" days. He might have graduated to more mature roles and acted in movies and on stage, but there is no doubt that the Harry Potter franchise has given him fame and fortune, with a net worth estimated at $80 million.
Considered the first child star in Hollywood, she also became a rich child star. When Hollywood saw her potential, they assembled a team just to develop stories for her movies. And by the time she was 6-years-old, she was already earning $1,250 a week, which is around $22,000 a week if adjusted for inflation. At the age of 13, her net worth was around $3 million, which is about $35 million today after inflation.
Another child star who was one of the richest children during her time is Brooke Shields who made her debut in the "The Blue Lagoon." Perhaps she must have also been the youngest to start a career at only 11-months-old as a model. Even at a young age, her photographs were already controversial because of semi-nudity. After "The Blue Lagoon," she continued acting in TV and movies as well as modeling for designer brands. Her estimated wealth is around $20 million.
If you're a fan of "Two and a Half Men," then you know who Angus Turner Jones is. Known as Jake Harper, Angus Jones is the highest-paid child star on TV. The show earned him the Young Artists Award as well as a $350,000 per episode salary. According to Forbes, his estimated net worth is $15 million.
Technically, Nick Jonas first tried his luck in show business at the very young age of 7. After that, his two older brothers followed suit making their first appearance as a group in "Hannah Montana." Then in 2008, they were part of the cast in Disney's "Camp Rock." Their star continued to shine as they made albums and went on tour domestically and internationally. All these added to the Jonas' coffer, which amounts to around $30 million.
You either hate or love Justin Bieber, but you cannot deny his star power that has raked in millions and made him one of the richest people in Hollywood. An unofficial report has said that his estimated net worth is $160 million, a far cry from his YouTube days.
Selena Gomez started young in her acting career. She was just 2-years-old when she started in "Barney." After that, she became a Disney regular appearing in shows such as "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" and "Hannah Montana." She soon received her own show as Alex Russo in "Wizards of Waverly Place," which made her one of the highest-paid children on TV, receiving $25,000 per episode. Her net worth is reportedly around $16 million.
If your parents are rich, then you are also rich by virtue of their wealth. However, in Jaden Smith's case, he is rich not because of his parents' money. The child star who has starred in films such as the "The Karate Kid" and "The Pursuit of Happyness," has earned his wealth through his hard work. His net worth is an estimated $8 million.
Dylan and Cole Sprouse are the male equivalents of the Olsen twins. After the "Suite Life of Zack and Cody," the twins kept on building their bank account with a sequel to the TV show. And to follow what the Olsen twins did, they created the Sprouse Bros company and inked a deal with the Olsens' Dualstar. The company produces merchandise, such as clothes, sports gear, and video games. The brothers have an estimated $16-million worth.
Like Selena Gomez, Miranda Cosgrove has been one of television's highest earners. From her days as Carly in "iCarly," she made $180,000 per show. Then she went on to star in wildly successful movies, such as "School of Rock" and the two "Despicable Me" movies. She continues to be one of the top young earners in Hollywood after recording hit songs. To date, her estimated net worth is around $7 million.
During the '80s, Gary Coleman was the hottest child star in town. His TV series "Diff'rent Strokes," ran successfully for eight seasons. And before the show wrapped up, he was reportedly receiving $70,000 per episode. Not bad for someone who's only 17-years-old.
These child stars seem to be the envy of other children, even adults, for making it big and earning more than most adults. However, people don't often see the hard work and long hours they put in when making a movie or show.