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Child stars who are super rich today

Child stars who are super rich today

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If you just looked at your dwindling savings account and said to yourself, "If only I had been a child actor!" Well, you wouldn't be far off.

Many famous faces have been able to turn an auspicious Hollywood beginning into a legitimate and long-lasting cash flow. Granted, many child actors have also gone the route of tragedy, but for those who've made it work, they've really, really, really made it work.

See for yourself.
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Emma Watson

Emma Watson has already made her fair share of cash as a kid from the Harry Potter movie franchise ($60 million, per The Hollywood Reporter,) but the British beauty has shown no signs of slowing down. According to Forbes, from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017, Watson made a staggering $14 million thanks to paychecks from the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (2017) and fees from The Circle (2017).

Now, that's something to sing about. 
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Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco has been with the CBS juggernaut The Big Bang Theory since 2007–and now we know why. According to Forbes, Cuoco was the fourth-highest paid actress in Hollywood from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017, earning a staggering $26 million. In fact, she and her principal castmates have been raking in jaw-dropping dough since the show's eighth season–$1 million per episode, in fact. (That figure has reportedly since changed, but more on that one in a second.)

Outside of The Big Bang Theory, the former 8 Simple Rules (2002-05) star's resume has been pretty, you know, basic, but with that kind of cash coming in every year, who needs a side project?
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Justin Bieber

Even though he's been a bit of a pain in the you-know-what for much of the last decade, the world apparently can't get enough of singer Justin Bieber. By age 22, reports circulated that his net worth was upwards of $200 million. Not too shabby, right? 

Well, from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017 alone, Forbes estimated that Bieber raked in a staggering $83.5 million, making him the 13th highest-paid celebrity in the world. In other words, by age 23, he was making more than "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen, who's pushing 70. Forbes calculations probably don't even include the insane amount of money he likely made for 2017's Song of the Summer, "Despacito."
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Perhaps that will make it easier for Selena Gomez's family to accept him again?


Canadian child actor-turned-rapper Drake has come quite a long way from his days playing Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001-05). Indeed, with hits ranging from "Hotline Bling" to "One Dance," it's no surprise he's racked up millions of fans–and millions of dollars.
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In June 2017, Forbes ranked him fourth on its list of the world's highest-paid celebrities, noting that he earned a stunning $94 million in a single year. The only celebrities to beat him? Diddy, Beyonce and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who earned $130 million, $105 million and $95 million, respectively.

Not bad!

Mayim Bialik
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Remember when we mentioned that Cuoco's $1 million salary might have changed? Well, if Variety is to be believed, that was due to salary negotiations between Warner Bros. Television and co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. According to Variety, both Bialik and Rauch negotiated a two-season deal in May 2017 to earn an impressive $500,000 per episode over 48 episodes. That marks an increase from their previous salaries of $175,000-$200,000 per-episode, according to the report.

Where does Cuoco come in? Well, per Variety, Bialik and Rauch were able to get a raise after Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg agreed to drop their salaries from $1 million per episode to $900,000 per episode.

Which, come on. Anyone who grew up on Blossom (1990-95) would do the same.
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Miley Cyrus

Thanks to Disney's uber-successful Hannah Montana franchise, Miley Cyrus was making more money as a teenager than most of us will see in our lifetimes. Even today, thanks to subsequent acclaimed music and television ventures, Cyrus is still living on Easy Street.

In 2014, Forbes reported that Cyrus had made–wait for it–$34 million in a single year, while Variety reported in 2016 that her salary for The Voice was between $13 and $15 million. Mind you, she's done all of this by the age of 24. (For the first time ever, that actually makes us wish that Billy Ray Cyrus had been our dad.)
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Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart has been hustling for almost two decades, but it was the Twilight Saga that made her one of the richest young actresses in Hollywood. Case in point: with earnings of $34.5 million in a single year, Forbes named the then-22 year old the highest-paid actress in 2012. In fact, K-Stew continued to collect the chips in the three years that followed, earning $22 million, $12 million and an additional $12 million, respectively.

With that kind of cash, it's no wonder she's opted to ditch Hollywood franchises to work with critically-acclaimed directors such as Woody Allen, Ang Lee, and Olivier Assayas.
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Since 2009, we've watched the kids from Modern Family–Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, and Rico Rodriguez–grow up before our eyes. We've also watched them grow richer by the season. Take July 2017, for example, when Deadline reported that the talented foursome had negotiated a pretty sweet payday for themselves over the next two seasons. How much, you ask? Well, according to the report, they now stand to make "over $100,000 an episode."

Considering the fact that three of the four actors–Winter, Gould, and Rodriguez, were still teens at the time, that's one helluva deal.

Leonardo DiCaprio
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About 25 years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio was just a kid actor making his way through sitcoms such as Roseanne and Growing Pains. Nowadays, he's one of the highest-paid actors in the world.

Try this one on for size: in 2016, the year he finally won the Academy Award for best actor, Forbes reported that he took home $27 million. Of course, to get to that point, DiCaprio pulled off the impossible–transforming his career from teenage heartthrob to Martin Scorsese's modern-day muse. When you put it that way, we think he's definitely earned every penny of that $27 million.

The Olsen twins
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Of all the child actors out there, few have found more success than Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the former stars of Full House who founded a billion-dollar company when they were 6 years old. Though they started out as actors, the Olsen twins have made waves in recent years with multiple fashion lines, including the acclaimed haute couture line The Row and the contemporary Elizabeth and James.

With that kind of success, it's no wonder Mary-Kate and Ashley had no time or care for Netflix's Full House revival.

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