Some of the youngest Hollywood stars are among the richest celebrities in the entertainment industry. In fact, these stars have made more money than some celebs make in their entire lives, even before reaching the age of 30.
Have you ever thought how much money your favorite celebrities have made? Check out our list of the richest celebrities under 30:
Estimated Net Worth: $10 million
Born and raised in Kington, Herefordshire, Ellie Goulding began her music career after meeting record producers Starsmith and Frankmusik. Later, she was discovered by Jamie Lillywhite, who became her manager. In 2009, she signed a recording contract with Polydor Records and later that year, her debut EP, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding, was released.
In 2010, Goulding won the Critics’s Choice Award at the annual Brit Awards. That same year, she released her debut album Lights. It topped the UK Albums Chart and sold more than 850,000 copies in the UK. Her track, Lights, was released in the US early in 2011 and ranked number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Anything Could Happen, the lead single of her second album Halcyon, debuted number on the UK Albums Chart, and ranked number nine on the US Billboard 200 Chart. By the end of 2013, Goulding’s album has sold over 4 million copies already.
American actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens rose to fame playing Gabriella Montez in the Disney Channel series High School Musical. She has since appeared in a lot of films and TV series, particularly for the Disney Channel.
In 2003, she had her big screen debut in the feature film, Thirteen. However, it was when she starred in the High School Musical trilogy that she achieved mainstream success. The songs from the films topped the charts all over the world, helping her become a household name.
The success of the films and the songs led Hudgens to releasing her debut album V. Upon its release, it ranked number 24 in the Billboard 200 Chart. Still, it was a certified Gold. In 2008, her second album was released, entitled Identified.
After she released her albums, she focused on her acting career. She starred in the film Bandslam, in which she earned critical acclaim. She also starred in the movies Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Spring Breakers and Beastly.
Estimated Net Worth: $12 million
At a young age of three, Abigail Breslin appeared in her first ever commercial. When she was five, she was already cast in her first film Signs. Since then, she has been noted for her appearances in films, such as Little Miss Sunshine, No Reservations, Nim’s Islands, Definitely Maybe, My Sister’s Keeper, Zombieland, Rango, August: Osage County, The Call, Ender’s Game and Perfect Sisters.
Breslin’s first acting role in the sci-fi film Signs, in which she played Bo Hess. Her performance earned praise from critics. In 2006, Breslin had her breakthrough role playing the role of Olive Hoover in the comedy drama film Little Miss Sunshine.
Also, the American actress starred in the film adaptation of the novel Ender’s Game. Though the film didn’t do well at the box office, her performance got mixed positive reviews. This year, she was cast alongside Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis and Joe Manganiello in the horror-comedy series Scream Queens.
The American actress and model, Chloe Grace Moretz began her acting career at an early age. Her first acting project in Hollywood was in the series The Guardian and her first film role was in the movie Heart of the Beholder.
When she was seven, she had her second big screen appearance in the film The Amityville Horror, which earned her an award nomination. Chloe’s film credits include Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 500 days of Summer, Let Me In, Carrie, If I Stay, The Equalizer, Hugo and Dark Shadows. Also, she provided the voice of Hit-Girl for Kick Ass: The Game and Kick Ass 2.
Other than acting, the young actress also modeled for the covers of many publications, including Marie Claire, Elle, Interview, Love Magazine and Vogue. Also, she has graced the runways of many couture events, such as Dior.
Estimated Net Worth: $15 million
Better known as Zedd, Anton Zaslavski is a Russian-German DJ and music producer. Though he primarily focuses on electro house music, he has branched out to other genres, such as progressive house, classical music and dubstep.
Among Zedd’s most popular productions include Clarity, featuring Foxes. It debuted at number 8 in the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Break Free, another song from him, ranked number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 in the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.
Zedd has since produced remixes of well-known songs from artists Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and The Black Eyed Peas. At the 56th Grammy Awards, the young DJ won an award for Best Dance Recording for his track Clarity.
Sonny John Moore, also known as Skrillex, is a young electronic dance music producer, singer-songwriter and DJ. In 2004, he joined as the lead singer of the post-hardcore band From First to Last. With him, the band released three studio albums Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count and Heroine. Three years later, he left to pursue a solo career.
Moore was scheduled to record his first studio album Bells with Noah Shain. However, he stopped the production and decided to perform under the stage name, Skrillex. He later began distributing his musical recordings My Name is Skrillex on his MySpace account.
Between 2010 and 2011, he released more of his musical recordings, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites and More Monsters and Sprites, both of which are considered commercial successes. He also received five nominations at the 54th Grammy Awards, winning three of them, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.
During her childhood years, Emma Roberts spent time on the sets of films with her aunt Julia Roberts. These experiences sparked her desire to pursue a career in acting.
In 2001, she debuted on the big screen playing the daughter of Johnny Depp’s character in the film Blow and was subsequently cast in 2004 as Addie Singer in Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous.
Her performance in the TV series earned many nominations and led her to start a career in the music industry. She then released an album, entitled Unfabulous and More. More roles followed and she starred in various projects, including Nancy Drew, Aquamarine, Wild Child, Hotel for Dogs, 184.108.40.206 and Scream.
Estimated Net Worth: $16 million
Hannah Dakota Fanning, best known as Dakota Fanning, is an actress who gained international fame after the 2001 film I Am Sam. At the age of eight, she received a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award, making her the youngest nominee in history.
As a child actress, she appeared in high-profile films, including Man of Fire, War of the Worlds and Charlotte’s Web. She then transitioned to more adult roles in Hounddog and The Secret Life of Bees. Among her most recent projects include Coraline, The Runaways, The Motel Life and The Twilight Saga.
Though she has been focusing on her acting career, she also has fashion-related gigs. In 2009, she began her modeling career and graced the covers of international magazines like Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair and Elle.
Ed Sheeran, otherwise known as Edward Christopher Sheeran, is a singer-songwriter and musician who pursued a musical career at an early age. In 2011, he released an independent play, No. 5 Collaborations Project. The EP caught Jamie Foxx and Elton John’s attention so he was signed to Asylum Records.
Subsequently, his debut album, +, was released and it was a certified quintuple platinum in the United Kingdom. It contained his hit singles The A Team and Lego House. The album earned Sheeran two Brit Awards – Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
In 2012, the English singer’s popularity began to spread all over the world. He started writing songs for One Direction and made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s album. His song The A Team earned a nomination for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
In 2014, Sheeran released his second studio album X, which topped the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It also received nominations at the 57th Grammy Awards for Album of the Year.
First featured on the TV series Barney & Friends, Selena Gomez rose to prominence after being cast in Wizards of Waverly Place. In 2008, she formed the band Selena Gomez & The Scene and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Kiss & Tell, A Year Without Rain and When the Sun Goes Down are among their released studio albums.
Gomez pursued her acting career in feature films, such as Ramona and Beezus, Monte Carlo and Hotel Transylvania. As a child star, she had to transition to more mature roles. Despite the controversies in the film Spring Breakers, she embraced a mature public image.
Stars Dance, her first solo album, peaked the US Billboard 200. She was then released from her recording contract with Hollywood Records and signed with Interscope Records to continue her second studio album.
Beyond the entertainment industry, Gomez ventured into other things. She launched her clothing line in 2010 through Kmart. It features clothes made of materials that are recycled or eco-friendly. The following year, she also released a self-titled perfume. Throughout her career, over 2.8 million copies of her albums were sold.
Estimated Net Worth: $18 million
Zachary David Alexander Efron, or Zac Efron, is an actor and singer known for his lead role in the Disney movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland and the film adaptation of the musical Hairspray. Since then, he has starred in more films, including 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud, Me and Orson Welles, The Lucky One, That Awkward Moment, New Year’s Eve and The Lorax.
Prior to his international success, he began appearing in guest roles on various TV series, such as The Guardian, Firefly and ER. Originally cast as a recurring character, Efron portrayed Cameron Bale on the series Summerland, but in 2004, he became a regular cast member in the second season.
Since his appearance on the show, he had guest appearances on shows like The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, NCIS, CSI: Miami and The Replacements. For his performance in Lifetime’s Miracle Run, he played the role of an autistic twin, earning him a nomination for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie.
His breakthrough came in when he starred as Troy Bolton in Disney Channel’s 2006 original movie High School Musical. The film helped the actor gain recognition among the young audiences and earned him a Teen Choice Award for Breakout Star.
Age: 27, 25, 22
The pop rock band Jonas Brothers is an American pop rock band comprised of three brothers form New Jersey, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas. The band rose to prominence after starring in Disney Channel’s Movie, Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.
From there, they made more film and TV appearances, including Disney Channel’s Jonas and Jonas L.A.. Though the series only lasted for two seasons, they released four albums – About Time, Jonas Brothers, A Little Bit Longer and Lines, Vines and Trying Times.
In 2008, the group took home the award for Breakthrough Artist at the American Music Awards. In the same year, they were also nominated at the 51st Grammy Awards for the Best New Artist Award. Before the group broke up in 2013, they sold over 17 million albums worldwide.
Estimated Net Worth: $20 million
Demetria Devonne Lovato, better known as Demi Lovato, is an American singer, actress and songwriter who debuted as a child actress in the series Barney & Friends. However, it was only in 2008 when she rose to prominence in the film Camp Rock. In the same year, she signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
Her debut album, Don’t Forget was a certified gold, selling more than 530,000 copies. In 2009, she starred in her own TV series, Sonny with a Chance and released her second studio album Here We Go Again. It ranked number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and was a certified platinum.
Unbroken, her third album, was released in 2011 with the chart-topping tracks Skyscraper and Give Your Heart a Break. Two years after, she released her fourth album Demi. Within its first week of release, it sold over 110,000 copies and its lead single Heart Attack became her second track to rank second on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The Disney star has since then received a number of achievements, such as MYV Video Music Award, five People’s Choice Awards, thirty-one Teen Choice Awards nominations, two ALMA Awards and one Billboard Touring Awards.
Estimated Net Worth: $25 million
Hilary Duff became known as a teen star, playing the title role in the TV series and the film adaptation of Lizzie McGuire. With the success of her TV series, more film projects were given to her, including Agent Cody Banks, A Cinderella Story, Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2.
The American actress has acted in various independent films like War, Inc., According to Greta and Bloodworth, and all her performances were praised. Last year, Duff even landed the title role Kelsey in the upcoming comedy drama series, Younger.
Besides acting, Duff is also noted for her musical career. Since she signed with Hollywood Records, she has released four albums, Santa Claus Lane, Metamorphosis, Hilary Duff and Dignity and sold more than 15 million copies.
After she launched two fashion lines, she released a novel, alongside Elise Allen, entitled Elixir. It was a New York Times best seller, which led to two more sequels, Devoted and True.
Average Age: 21
Estimated Net Worth: $30 million
One Direction, comprising Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, is an English-Irish boy band based in London. The boys were brought together by Simon Cowell after auditioning separately for the reality TV search, The X-Factor 2010.
Although they finished third, their international success is attributed to social media. The band released four albums, Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories and Four, all of which broke records and topped the charts. What Makes You Beautiful, Live Like We’re Young, Story of My Life and Steal My Girl are among their hit singles.
After their fourth studio album was released, they became the first band in the history of Billboard 200 to have the first four albums debut at number one. Despite the late release of One Direction’s third album, Midnight Memories, it was still named as the biggest-selling album of 2013.
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