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Top 10 Richest Child Actors

Updated on July 15, 2014

As It Turns Out, Children Can Earn Millions Too!

Hollywood is known for films and we all associate the A-List actors and actresses with these films which is why I have decided to take a look at how much the young actors have been making, getting the facts as to what they have been earning. Also noting their net worth as their fortune is determined by their net worth and not what they have been earning over the years. As there is no denying that the young stars of today have a small issue of keeping a hold of their fortune, not wasting it on lavish parties, houses, cars, drugs and alcohol. Not to mention the trouble young actors have after their acting careers come to a full stop, causing them to look for an alternative career which some actors struggle to find.

However the child actors in this list are the richest at this time and have managed to maintain their fortune, even though some aren't quite as successful now. It is always pleasing to see that child actors are being careful with their money, ensuring the luxurious lifestyle doesn't get the best of them.

10 Child Actors Who Have Made a Fortune

The Olsen Twins Net Worth
The Olsen Twins Net Worth | Source

#1- The Olsen Twins- Net Worth- $300 Million

The Olsen Twins are worth twice that of Miley Cyrus 'princess of pop turned RnB rebel' who has an awfully lucrative $150M. The Olsen Twins became famous when they won their roles on the TV series 'Full House' which ran from 1987-1995. However their acting career did not stop here as they went on to star on other TV series including Two of a Kind (1998-1999), So Little Time (2001-2002) and Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action! (2001-2002). As well as this the Olsen Twins have also starred in moderately successful tween films.

The Olsen Twins by no means found their enormous fortune from their careers as actresses but rather in business becoming young retail fashion moguls with their own clothing merchandise called Dualstar. The release of the brand Dualstar was an instant success for the Olsen Twins hitting the tween market and making their enormous fortune.

How the Olsen Twins made their fortune:

  • Actresses- starring in TV series and films
  • Producers
  • Fashion entrepreneurs- clothing merchandise called Dualstar

Miley Cyrus Net Worth
Miley Cyrus Net Worth

#2- Miley Cyrus - Net Worth - $150 Million

Miley Cyrus started her career in acting with the hit Disney channel TV series 'Hannah Montana' which did extremely well, also launching Miley's career as a singer. It is due to the phenomenal success of 'Hannah Montana' that Miley holds such a vast fortune which is only growing due to her growing success as a music artist. Disney channels 'Hannah Montana' ran successfully from 2006-2011 which was not the end of Miley's career as an actress as she then starred in a couple of films, LOL (2012) and So Undercover (2012) as well as also making a guess appearance in Two and a Half Men (2012).

Since Miley Cyrus made a drastic change to her appearance both visually in appearance and with the genre of music, she has hit bigger than ever. Miley went from pop princess to an RnB rebel practically overnight unravelling a completely new person no one expected to see. Miley is currently one of the most talked about music artists in Hollywood as well as one of the highest paid.

How Miley made her fortune:

  • Hannah Montana TV series earnings
  • Hannah Montana concerts earnings
  • Hannah Montana merchandise earnings
  • Actress- starring in TV series and films
  • Music artist- CD sales, pay per download, concerts royalties

Daniel Radcliffe Net Worth
Daniel Radcliffe Net Worth | Source

#3- Daniel Radcliffe - Net Worth - $80 Million

Daniel Radcliffe is a very famous, very rich young actor who is best known for his partaking role as Harry Potter in the hit 'Harry Potter' series which ran for 8 films which is the most successful film series of all time. Daniel Radcliffe is one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood all thanks to his leading man role in 'Harry Potter' which brought with it a fortune for the young actor. However the role as Harry potter has led Daniel Radcliffe to a situation whereby he is tight cast, limited to opportunities in Hollywood.

On the other hand Daniel Radcliffe is the third richest child actor on this list which is amazing, especially considering he not only made his entire fortune from acting in one film series but he also did it in a fantasy series (pretty impressive). If Daniel Radcliffe was careful, he could probably retire from acting and work altogether for the rest of his life and how many young people in their 20's could say that!

Daniel Radcliffe has also had some noteworthy performances away from Harry Potter which includes his roles in The Woman in Black (2012), Kill Your Darlings (2013) and the TV series A Young Doctor's Notebook (2012-2013). Daniel Radcliffe has a positive career ahead of him as long as he is able to move away from his tight cast roles and into a broader range of films.

How Daniel made his fortune:

  • Harry Potter earnings
  • Actor- starring in TV series and films

Shirley Temple Net Worth
Shirley Temple Net Worth | Source

#4- Shirley Temple - $35 Million

Shirley Temple was born in 1928 and died in 2014 leaving behind her legacy as possibly the first child actor in Hollywood as well as an iconic name in Hollywood today. Shirley Temple is considered to have been the first child star in Hollywood which makes her quite the icon in Hollywood. Shirley made her film début in Red-Haired Alibi (1932) and by the age of of just 13 years old she had a net worth of $3M which is about $35M today after inflation.

How Shirley made her fortune:

  • Actress- starring in TV series and films

The Jonas Brothers Net Worth
The Jonas Brothers Net Worth | Source

#5- The Jonas Brothers - Net Worth - $30 Million

The Jonas Brothers have a net worth of $30M and have been 3 of the most famous Disney stars having had their own show on Disney Chanel 'Jonas'. The brothers also have a music career which is popular among tweens, which has seemingly served them well as they have a combined net worth of $30M which isn't bad for former Disney stars.

How The Jonas Brothers made their fortune:

  • Actors- starring in TV series and films
  • Music artists- performing music popular among the tween market

Brooke Shields Net Worth
Brooke Shields Net Worth | Source

#6- Brooke Shields - Net Worth - $20 Million

Brooke shields made her film début in The Blue Lagoon (1980) and has had a long career as an actress still acting today. Brooke Shields has acted in TV series and films as well as modelling for designer brands, creating a successful career in the spotlight for herself. With a pleasing net worth of $20M Brooke is doing well to maintain a steady income to supplement her net worth in her current performances in the following TV series including Creative Galaxy (2014), The Middle (2010-2014) and The Michael J. Fox Show (2014).

How Brooke made her fortune:

  • Acting- starring in TV series and films
  • Modelling- for designer brands

Dakota Fanning Net Worth
Dakota Fanning Net Worth | Source

#7- Dakota Fanning - Net Worth - $16 Million

Dakota Fanning made her film début in I Am Sam (2001) which led to more bigger roles starring alongside A-List actors which includes Man on Fire (2004) starring alongside Denzel Washington, Hide and Seek (2005) starring alongside Robert De Nero and War of the Worlds (2005) starring alongside Tom Cruise. Dakota Fanning has performed flawlessly among her roles so far but the question we are all wondering is if she can break into the adult acting world or will her fame end here.

Although the fortune she has earned as a child actor will certainly keep her finance free for some time as long as she stays clear of drugs, booze and excessive expenditures. Dakota Fanning is an interesting actress as she has grown up in the Hollywood spot light in big box office films which should make it interesting to see if this rhythm continues.

How Dakota made her fortune:

  • Acting- starring in TV series and films

Selena Gomez Net Worth
Selena Gomez Net Worth | Source

#8- Selena Gomez - Net Worth - $16 Million

Selena Gomez was the it girl at Disney for a few years when her TV series which she starred in was at its strongest, 'Wizards of Waverley Place' which was aired on Disney channel. Selena Gomez has starred in a couple of successful family films including Monte Carlo and Hotel Transylvania (voice of Mavis).

Selena Gomez has recently started to break out of family genre films and into more adult films starring in such films as Spring Breakers, Getaway and Rudderless. These films have not made a huge impression as all of them have neither gained a lot of commercial or critics attention.

Selena Gomez has also got a career as a music artist which has been moderately successful mostly due to her fame as a prior Disney star, allowing her to tap into that particular still existing fan base.

How Selena made her fortune:

  • Actress- starring in TV series and films
  • Music artist- performing music popular among the tween/teen market
  • Concerts- performing live songs

Dylan and Cole Sprouse Net Worth
Dylan and Cole Sprouse Net Worth | Source

#9- Dylan and Cole Sprouse - Net Worth - $16 Million

Dylan and Cole Sprouse first made a name for themselves in Hollywood when they starred in the Disney channel TV series, 'The Suite Life of Zack and Cody' which ran from 2005-2008 which was very popular at the time. As a spin off from 'The Suite Life of Zack and Cody' series, they created a new Disney channel series called 'The Suite Life on Deck' which starred Dylan and Cole once again. The Suite Life on Deck ran from 2008-2011 with similar success to the original series which kept the twins name inside the Disney spot light.

However it is difficult to say what is next for the twins as there isn't any say as to what their plans are next, with no word of whether or not they aim to further their career as actors or not. Although the twins have got a small share in the business owned by the Olsen Twins called Dualstar which is currently successful, dominating in the US among the tween market.

How Dylan and Cole Sprouse made their fortune:

  • Actors- starring in TV series and films
  • Investment - owns a share in the Olsen Twins brand 'Dualstar'

Angus T. Jones Net Worth
Angus T. Jones Net Worth | Source

#10- Angus T. Jones - Net Worth - $15 Million

Angus T. Jones is a well known face in Hollywood today from his hit role in the hit US sitcom 'Two and a Half Men' which he has been starring in now for 10 years. Although Angus has also starred in films over the years including See Spot Run, The Rookie and Bringing Down the House.

Angus began his career on screen by acting in commercials in the US but when he was given the opportunity, his career soon drifting into acting in films and TV series. In saying this it is without a doubt because of the Two and a Half Men series that Angus gained real notice in Hollywood for his performance as a young actor.

How Angus made his fortune:

  • Actor- starring in TV series and films
  • Commercials- acting in commercials

+ Another Few

More Child Actors Net Worth
More Child Actors Net Worth | Source

#11- Macaulay Culkin - Net Worth - $15 Million

Macaulay Culkin became a big Hollywood star when he landed the role as Kevin McCallister in 'Home Alone' which showed his talent as an actor to the world. I'm sure that most would agree that Home Alone is a film we all dig out at Christmas as a must watch which also had a sequel also starring Macaulay Culkin which was just as good as the first. Macaulay Culkin was the first child actor to receive a $1M pay-cheque in a film which was fondly enough from the Home Alone film.

Then as the amount of films Macaulay started to star in grew, so did his pay-cheques which resulted in him massing up a fortune. Even though Macaulay has had trouble in the past with drugs and alcohol, it hasn't effected his fortune too much as he is still on the list for the richest child actors.

How Macaulay made his fortune:

  • Actor- starring in TV series and films


#12- Jaden Smith - Net Worth - $8 Million

Jaden Smith is the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and debuted in his first film in 2006 when he starred in The Pursuit of Happiness alongside his father Will Smith. Jaden is well known for starring in films with his father Will Smith and these films include The Pursuit of Happiness and After Earth. Although Jaden Smith has gone solo in films without Will in such titles as The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008, remake) and The Karate Kid (2010, remake).

Jaden Smith certainly doesn't need the money as his father Will Smith has a net worth of $200M and his mother Jada Pinkett Smith has a net worth of $20M. However with the money Jaden is currently making, he could financially support a life of his own.

How Jaden made his fortune:

  • Actor- starring in TV series and films


#13- Miranda Cosgrove - Net Worth - $7 Million

Miranda Cosgrove is a Nickelodeon star who started out in the popular Nickelodeon TV series 'Drake and Josh' which ran from 2004-2007 which then led to her getting her own Nickelodeon TV series called iCarly which ran from 2007-2012. This Nickelodeon star has made her fortune through her roles with Nickelodeon and also gained a part in the Despicable Me series (voice of Margo). Miranda's film début was in School of Rock (2003) with a steady acting career which followed with steady roles along the way.

How Miranda made her fortune:

  • Actress- starring in TV series and films


#14- Gary Coleman - Net Worth - $75 Thousand

Gary Coleman was the hottest child star in Hollywood back in the 80's when his TV series 'Diff'rent Strokes' was running successfully for 8 seasons. During the show, Gary was reportedly earning $70K per episode which is big money for a child acting on a TV series.

However the fame wasn't to last for Gary as once the 'Diff'rent Strokes' series ended so did Gary's lucrative career as an actor as even though he still remained an actor in Hollywood receiving work, the work wan't paying the amount he was paid from the 'Diff'rent Strokes' series.

Gary later fell on hard times financially and passed away in 2010 leaving behind a net worth of just $75K.

How Gary earned his fortune:

  • Actor- starring in TV series and films




Thank you for reading, I hope you found this list insightful and interesting. If you have any thoughts, please leave them in the comments box below.

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