Imagine having one single contract or sale that can make you a millionaire. Now imagine that happening to you before graduating high school. We are not talking about some long term job here, just a single gig, a single show that sets you for life (if you're smart with your money). This is not a list of the wealthiest teens, but the teens that received the biggest paycheck for a single movie, or a single season of a television show. Musicians aren't included here, because it's harder to figure out what they made from a single album, concert tour etc,. Even actors don't release their salaries all of the time, but more often at least. Most of the actors on this list made their money on TV, and not on the big screen. It seems that a recurring series whether on streaming services, television etc., seems to be attracting more and more viewers recently and the salaries dished out reflect that. But don't count out films. The richest teens on the list made their fortune in the biggest film franchises of the last decade.
17 Demi Lovato - $1 Million as a Judge on X-Factor, 2012 (Age 19)
16 Chandler Riggs - $1.44 Million for the Latest Season Of Walking Dead (Age 16)
15 Gary Coleman - $1.68 Million for the Final Season of Different Strokes, 1985 (Age 17)
Gary makes this list even though he was a star more than 30 years ago (at a time when even Bill Cosby wasn't making that kind of money on TV). If you adjust for inflation, Gary would be one of the top 5 child star earners right now. He started his career on the famed show about racial harmony (Different Strokes) at the age of 10. The biggest child star of his decade by far, he was born with one atrophied kidney and a weak second one, he had two kidney transplants by the time he reached 16 and the effects of his dialysis medication permanently stunted his growth (to 4'8"). Unfortunately like every child star on that show, he developed quite a few issues in adulthood. In his case, the troubles probably stemmed from the fact that Hollywood had no more need for an adult star trapped in a child's body. Even with all of his millions, he declared bankruptcy in 1999, due to overwhelming hospital bills and legal bills. I guess millions aren't enough if new income is not coming in.
14 Abigail Breslin - $2 Million For Both: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl and Nim's Island, 2008 (Age 12)
13 Ariel Winter - $2.3 Million for the Latest Season of Modern Family (Age 17)
12 Nolan Gould - $2.3 Million for the Latest Season of Modern Family (Age 16)
11 Rico Rodriguez - $2.3 Million for the Latest Season of Modern Family (Age 17)
10 Victoria Justice - $2.5 Million For Victorious, 2011 (Age 19)
9 Jaden Smith - $3 Million for The Karate Kid, 2010 (Age 12)
8 Dakota Fanning - $4 Million for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, 2009 (Age 15) and Part 2 (Age 18)
7 Emma Watson - $4 Million For Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007 (Age 17)
6 Rupert Grint - $4 Million For Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007 (Age 19)
5 Miranda Cosgrove - $4.5 Million For iCarly, 2010 (Age 17)
4 Angus T. Jones - $7.7 Million For Two and a Half Men, 2010 (Age 17)
3 Macaulay Caulkin - $8 Million For Both Getting Even With Dad, 1993 and Richie Rich, 1994 (Age 13 and 14)
2 Taylor Lautner - $12.5 Million for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, 2011 (Age 19)
1 Daniel Radcliffe - $14 Million For Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007 (Age 18)
Loyalty does pay, and Daniel Radcliffe is proof. He has amassed a fortune of $110 million from one movie franchise. All this money before turning 26. He was paid significantly more for his more recent Harry Potter movies than the one listed here, but he was an adult by then. As teenagers go in Britain, only the Prince (not the singer) was richer. Another impressive fact is that he managed to act even though he suffers from Dyspraxia, a motor skills development disorder.
Sources: IMDB, Slashfilm, People, Bustle, NYPost
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