Being a rich actor is a major accomplishment. But, when you achieve this goal while you’re still a teenager, that’s especially impressive. Not to mention the fact that these kids can buy pretty much anything they want including toys, clothes, the latest gadgets etc. This new found wealth can also come with a number of challenges. For instance, are the parents managing their money well, or are these tiny stars allowed to spend their money however they please? We've all heard about child celebrities who take a turn for the worst as they get older in the form of drugs, alcoholism and a host of money problems. It’s a common story that we've all heard before, but fortunately, some families are taking protective measures to ensure that this “child star gone wrong” is a thing of the past.
Child actors who are paid well for their work are cute, charming and talented. I am sure their parents are very proud, especially if they’re in the business themselves, because they understand how difficult it is. These young actors are some of the highest paid in Hollywood and some of them can’t even drive yet. Hopefully they can turn this stardom into a lucrative Hollywood career for years to come.
10 Aubrey Anderson-Emmons
This super cute 7-year-old is perhaps best known for her role as the precocious and quick-witted Lily on the award-winning TV show, Modern Family. She also appeared in the film Distance, and the Funny or Die video Child Star Psychologist 2 With Kiernan Shipka. Aubrey is the youngest actor to receive a Screen Actor’s Guild award for her role in Modern Family, and when she walked the red carpet at the 2012 and 2013 Emmy Awards, everyone at the event was older than her! Aubrey Anderson-Emmons’ current net worth is an estimated $1 million. But hey, she’s not even in middle school yet. At the rate she’s going, she’ll hopefully enjoy a lengthy career in Hollywood.
Zendaya is a Disney darling known for her acting, dancing and singing skills. She was even on the 16th season of Dancing With The Stars and was the show’s youngest contestant. Zendaya, whose net worth is $1.5 million, has starred on the Disney sitcom Shake It Up, and is currently a star and producer on the Disney show, K.C. Undercover.
Several of the songs she performed on Shake It Up also appeared on the Billboard Top 100. In 2013, Zendaya released a self-titled album and her single Replay, was number 40 on the Billboard 100. The album was certified platinum in January 2014. Not bad for an 18-year-old.
8 Mia Talerico
This talented little cutie isn’t even 7 years old yet, but her bank account is anything but kid-sized. Mia Talerico is worth $2 million, and has been appearing in commercials since she was just a baby. Talerico also rose to fame on the Disney Channel, when she was the titular character in the show, Good Luck Charlie. The creator of the show even consulted with Mia’s mom to find out what types of things the pint-sized actress liked, so these elements could be incorporated into the show. Mia is definitely adorable and skilled enough to appear in more television programs. We hope to see more of her soon.
7 Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne was Zendaya’s co-star on Shake It Up, but Thorne is making pretty impressive strides on her own as well. After all, she’s worth about $2 million and she’s only 17 years old. Before she starred in Shake It Up, Thorne was on the television shows My Own Worst Enemy and Big Love. She also appeared in the movie Blended with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. She had a role in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and recently portrayed a mean girl in the film, The Duff.
Thorne is also a singer with a 1980s pop/dance/indie/R&B sound. She’s been compared to other Disney stars like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. Hopefully this is an indication of how far her career will go.
6 Rico Rodriguez
Rico Rodriguez didn't originally have dreams of becoming an actor. He thought he’d do something a little more practical, like being a NASCAR chef planning a trip to the moon.
When Rodriguez saw that his sister Raini, a Disney channel actress, was successful with acting and having lots of fun, he decided to give it a try. He now stars as Manny Delgado, the son of Sofia Vergara’s character on the ABC's hit show, Modern Family. His character is wise beyond his years and a little eccentric, which definitely makes for entertaining TV. The 16-year-old has a net worth of about $4 million.
5 Willow Smith
How does someone born in the year 2000 manage to be worth $5 million? Well, if you really want to know the answer, take a look at Willow Smith’s budding career. This singer, dancer and actor is off to a great start when it comes to a career in entertainment. She is the youngest artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, and had everyone singing the lyrics to “Whip My Hair” in 2010.
In addition to her budding singing career, Willow takes time to help those in need. She and her siblings are part of Project Zambi, which provides assistance to children in Zambia who have been orphaned by AIDS. Her parents, actors Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith must be very proud.
4 Elle Fanning
3 Jaden Smith
Willow’s older brother isn't doing too bad himself when it comes to making money and being talented. Jaden Smith got his first movie role back in 2006, when he starred alongside his dad in The Pursuit of Happyness. He also starred in the remake of The Karate Kid, and in 2013, he teamed up with Will Smith again to star in the film After Earth.
The young Smith is also a talented rapper like his father. He is featured on Justin Bieber’s song Never Say Never, and released a mixtape called The Cool Café in 2012. Jaden also has his own clothing line, MSFTSrep. The teen business owner even collaborated to create a pop-up shop for his fashion line in 2013. Jaden is barely old enough to drive, but he can definitely afford any car he wants. At 16, his net worth is an estimated $8 million.
2 Chloe Grace Moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz’s modeling and acting career has helped her amass a fortune of $12 million at the age of 18. Moretz is known for movies such as Diary of A Wimpy Kid, (500) Days of Summer, Let Me In, Hugo and If I Stay. In the spring of 2014, she also performed in the Off-Broadway production of The Library.
She became interested in acting when her older brother Trevor got accepted into a performing arts school. As of 2010, he is her acting coach and accompanies her on press trips when her parents can’t make it. As a model, she’s appeared on the pages of magazines like Elle and Vogue. She also became the face of the youth clothing line Aeropostale in 2012.
1 Abigail Breslin
Remember that cute, precocious, slightly inappropriate little girl in the movie Little Miss Sunshine? That’s Abigail Breslin. She’s all grown up now, and at the ripe old age of 18, she has acquired a fortune of $12 million due to her successful acting career. In addition to Little Miss Sunshine, Breslin also starred in the movie Signs, with Mel Gibson, which was her first movie. You can also see the talented actress in My Sister’s Keeper, Nim’s Island, August: Osage County, Zombieland and Perfect Sisters. She was also in the 2014 movie Raising Helen with her brother Spencer, who played her older brother in the film.
Abigail has performed with legendary actresses like Meryl Streep and Hollywood royalty Julia Roberts. Being afforded these opportunities at such a young age is a sign that an even brighter future could be ahead for Breslin.