While you’re scrounging for the $20 at the bottom of your bag to pay for dinner out with friends, these youngsters have enough to pay for food for the entire restaurant. Say hello to 21 incredibly successful stars that aren’t even old enough to order a glass of wine, yet they have enough money to not ever have to work again. Whether they’re actors, singers, models, or all three, we admire these young celebs for making smart career moves to make them an incredible amount of money.
Hitting the big time on this level isn’t easy. It takes hard work and oftentimes, already famous parents, to put them on the map. But either way, these stars have created a brand for themselves that will hopefully withstand the test of time. Unfortunately, there are some young celebs on this list that may not be as successful in their adult life, while there are others that will go on to make incredible career choices and earn even more money.
While it’s hard to imagine making more than minimum wage at age 17, here are some celebs that prove it really can be done! So, read on to learn the 21 celebs under 21 who are making much, much, MUCH more than you probably are.
21. Bella Thorne, $2 Million
19-year-old Bella Thorne is becoming a huge star and is seemingly destined for greatness. Bella has appeared in countless movies and is really making a name for herself. While Bella played small parts in both T.V. and film at the early age of nine, we didn’t really notice her until she started showing up on the Disney Chanel in the hit show Shake It Up. Bella played Cece Jones, a dancer who battled with Dyslexia, a condition that the actress actually suffered from in real life. Since her stint on the Disney Channel, Bella has starred in films like Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip and Boo: A Madea Halloween.
20. Jaden Smith, $8 Million
His dad may be the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but according to the teens these days, his son, Jaden Smith, is as fresh as they come. Jaden, 18, was born to actor Will Smith and Jada Pinkett on July 8th in 1988 and was pretty much born for greatness. He started his acting career alongside his famous father at the young age of 8 in the hit film, The Pursuit of Happyness and even earned an MTV movie award for the role. Jaden went on to star in a slew of films like The Day the Earth Stood Still and Karate Kid in 2010. Jaden really gained popularity, though, by hanging out with the most popular kids on the social scene like Justin Bieber.
These days, Jaden can be found rocking the latest fashion trends and making the signature teen heartthrob squinty face on all the major red carpets. He’s also started his own clothing line and even has a rapper persona. Will Jaden continue to climb the ladder of success? Who knows? But either way, he doesn’t ever have to worry about money again with a net worth of 8 million bucks.
19. Abigail Breslin, $12 Million
Abigail Breslin barely made it on this list due to the fact that she just turned 21 this last April. Abigail got her first big break as the adorable little girl in Signs alongside Mel Gibson. Once that thriller hit the big screen, Abigail’s success got greater and greater. She really made a name for herself in the cult classic, Little Miss Sunshine, as the ambitious wannabe beauty queen. In her short career, Abigail has managed to star in a lot of movies. Over 20, to be exact.
Most recently, Abigail starred in ABC’s made-for-TV remake of Dirty Dancing which unfortunately, wasn’t well-received. But in Abigail’s defense, it’s really hard to make remakes as good as classic films like that one. We expect to see a lot of good things in the future for sweet Abigail.
18. Kylie Jenner, $3 Million
When it comes to young people with major bucks, it’s almost impossible not to think of Kylie Jenner. At just 19 years old, Kylie is one of the most famous people in America for doing…wait, what has she done again? Most of the stars on this list have earned their fame from hard work and a little luck, but Kylie gained her fame from a crazy gene-pool jackpot. Kylie is the youngest of the Kardashian/Jenner clan and is quite possibly the most buzzed about these days. Ever since she got her lips done, she’s become an icon of pop culture and has made millions off her makeup line and persona. All Kylie has to do for attention is make a boring snap chat of her wearing a hat and grills. Must be nice.
17. Elle Fanning, $5 Million
Elle Fanning, 19, started her acting career right out of the womb…okay, maybe not that early, but she came pretty close. Elle landed her first acting gig at just three years old when she played the younger version of her already successful sister, Dakota Fanning. But as Elle grew older, we quickly realized that Dakota wasn’t the only talented actress in the Fanning family. While Elle mainly had supporting roles for years, she began starring as the lead in films like Reservation Road and Phoebe in Wonderland. Many of the films Elle takes part in go on to either win awards or are recognized at respectable film festivals.
Most recently, Elle appeared in Sidney Hall, a feature that was well-received in the Sundance Film Festival. We secretly hope that Elle and her sister, Dakota, will star in an epic movie together in the near future.
16. Sophie Turner, $5 Million
Actress Sophie Turner is Game of Thrones’ 5th highest paid actress on the show. Did we mention that the girl is only 20 years old? Sophie’s career pretty much started, thanks to her role as Sansa Stark on the hit series and she hasn’t looked back since. She’s been recognized for her talent with awards like Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a T.V. Series. Since her fame on the show, she’s starred in many movies like Barely Lethal and X-Men Apocalypse.
Fun fact: Sophie Turner is actually blonde. She only dyed her hair red to match her character in Game of Thrones. Bonus fun fact: Sophie’s family even adopted the dog, Lady, from the show in real life.
15. Ariel Winter, $7 Million
She may only be 19 years old, but Ariel Winter has already made a major name for herself in Hollywood. You’d probably recognize Ariel from the extremely successful sitcom Modern Family, which airs on ABC and is currently in its 8th season. Ariel plays Alex Dunphy on the show, a slightly nerdy, sarcastic middle child of one of the lead families on the show. Ariel Winter is one of those actresses that got extremely lucky when it came to having success in Hollywood. While she had small bit parts on shows like ER as a young kid, she really didn’t hit major success until she landed her spot in Modern Family. Ariel currently earns about $110,000 per episode. That’s a nice chunk of change for someone who still has the word “teen” in their age.
In her personal life, Ariel Winter has publicly struggled with a seemingly abusive mother who she became legally emancipated from in the last few years. Ariel makes headlines these days, thanks to her bold sense of style and strong voice on social media. What lies ahead for Ariel, you ask? We’re not sure, but we definitely know it won’t be waiting in line for food stamps.
14. Chloe Grace Moretz, $12 Million
20-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz is one of today’s most successful young actresses. With a net worth of 8 million dollars before she can legally order a beer, she’s definitely done something right. Chloe got her first real role in a film back in 2005 and has been getting parts nonstop ever since. Chloe played a young girl in The Amityville Horror remake which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination, putting her on the map in Hollywood. Over the years, Chloe continued to star in award-winning and nominated films like Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. Chloe also makes an impression in her comedic roles like in 500 Days of Summer and as the lead in Neighbors 2: A Sorority Rising.
Most recently, Chloe has been criticized for the marketing of her upcoming animated film, Red Shoes, due to its body-shaming nature. Chloe has publicly expressed her disappointment in the film’s marketing and claims to have had nothing to do with the advertising of the film.
13. Lorde, $12 Million
At just 20 years old, pop star sensation Lorde has managed to break into the music industry with a bang and is proving to have some longevity as an artist. Lorde is originally from New Zealand and bears the name, Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor. Needless to say, we’re not surprised she goes by the simple name, Lorde, while on stage. Lorde actually picked the name because of her obsession with royalty, but due to its masculine vibe, opted to add a delicate “e” to the end of the word. Lorde broke out with her first hit, “Royals,” back in 2013, but she had been practicing music for much of her teen life. Lorde continues to make great music and upholds her super-cool image.
12. Bella Hadid, $1 Million
19-year-old model, Bella Hadid, is someone every teenage girl wants in her squad. It’s no surprise that Bella Hadid chose to become a model, due to the fact that both her mother and sister are extremely successful models themselves. Bella Hadid stepped onto the scene in recent years just as her successful sister, Gigi Hadid, started modeling. Bella was actually studying photography in New York when she decided to get in front of the camera. Bella has walked in countless runways for major designers and she has no plans to stop anytime soon.
Bella can be seen hanging out with the most fabulous wealthy youngsters around at different award shows and events. Who do you think picks up the bill at dinner when your party consists of big spenders like Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and The Weeknd? Either way, none of them are going broke anytime soon.
11. Cody Simpson, $4.5 Million
When it comes to teen heartthrobs, no one fits the bill better than good ol’ Cody Simpson. Tweens and teens worldwide just can’t get enough of this incredibly successful pop star. Cody was originally born in Australia and started his career not as a singer, but as an award-winning swimmer. Cody began to write and record songs on his own back in 2009, and people definitely began to take notice. Since then, Cody began doing European tours and releasing highly successful albums. In 2014, Cody was one of the younger stars to join the hit show, Dancing With The Stars, but didn’t stay on for too long. Cody has even dipped his toes into the acting pool a few times, but he usually plays himself. Most recently, Cody is set to start filming North Shore Wave Warrior, a remake of the original North Shore.
10. Hailee Steinfeld, $500 Thousand
Not too many of the rich youngsters on this list can say that they’ve been nominated for an Academy Award. But 20-year-old Hailee Steinfeld sure can. The Los Angeles native began her career at the early age of nine, and earned bit parts in various short films. But at 13 years old, Hailee hit it big time when she got cast in the hit film, True Grit. Critics and movie-goers absolutely loved Hailee and were blown away from her incredible performance in the film. She even earned an Oscar nomination for it! While she didn’t win, Hailee continued on to have a pretty lucrative career. Most recently, Hailee has starred in fun movies like Pitch Perfect 2 with Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Banks. She even played the leading role in the film The Edge of Seventeen alongside Woody Harrelson.
Along with having an extremely successful acting career, Hailee has managed to become a well-liked pop singer as well. With hit songs like I Love Me, Hailee has squeezed a spot in the ultimate squad of squads with the likes of Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez.
9. Maisie Williams, $1 Million
It’s no surprise that some of the young actors from the ever popular drama, Game of Thrones, would make this list. Maisie Williams is just 20 years old and is on one of the most popular shows of all time, Game of Thrones. For about six years, Maisie has played Arya Stark, an extremely relevant role in the show. While much of her time is spent filming for the show, Maisie has acted in many films and other sketches and such. The actress has earned quite a bit of recognition as an actor and has won countless awards such as Performer of the Year by the London Films Critics’ Circle Award.
Sure, Maisie seems like she’s always working and filming, but did she ever have time to be a real teenager? Well, her hard work is definitely paying off, as she’s one of the youngest millionaires in Hollywood at the moment.
8. Rico Rodriguez, $7 Million
Rico Rodriguez, the second actor from the hit show, Modern Family, to make it to our list. This kid went from basically having no career at all, to being on one of the most successful comedies of our generation. Rico plays the sweet and wise-beyond-his-years Manny Delgado on the show and earns as much as $110,000 per episode as of season 7. The show is now in its 8th season and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. While Rico started on the show as a young kid, he’s now 18 years old and already a legit millionaire. While Rico hasn’t really hit it big when it comes to movies quite yet, he’s won countless awards for his performance in Modern Family.
7. Atticus Shaffer, $4 Million
You probably recognize 18-year-old Atticus Shaffer from the hit comedy series on ABC, The Middle. On the show, he plays the nerdy Brick Heck who is actually a few years younger than he is in real life. Atticus gets away with playing younger parts due to his rare condition, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a disease that leaves his bones small and frail.
Atticus went on to have many small parts throughout the last decade on sitcoms, late night shows, and in movies. Atticus also served as a voice actor for films like Frankenweenie and The Lion Guard on the Disney Jr. channel.
6. Amandla Stenberg, $1 Million
Amandla Stenberg, 18, started her career as a small-time model, but was destined for so much more. Amandla got her big break when she got cast to play little Rue in the Hunger Games alongside Jennifer Lawrance and Josh Hutcherson in 2012. Since the blockbuster hit theaters, Amandla started getting major attention. She even got more attention for her incredible singing ability and toured with fellow singer/songwriter Zander Hawley in a group called Honeywater. The two have received critical acclaim and have publicly spoken on hot topics like Kylie Jenner’s cornrow hairstyle and what it means about pop culture and race today. Most recently, Amandla has starred as the leading lady in Everything, Everything with Nick Robinson.
Along with a career in entertainment, Amanda has established herself in the feminist movement and speaks out of injustices and civil liberties that are talked about today. She was even named “Feminist of the Year” by the Ms Foundation for Women. She has also spoken openly about her sexuality and considers herself to be pansexual.
5. Maude And Iris Apatow, Approximately $1 Million
Talent and professionalism can get you far in this business. But having extremely successful celebrity parents really helps. Maude Apatow, 19, and Iris Apatow, 14, are both the daughters of comedy mastermind Judd Apatow and successful actress Leslie Mann. The two have both starred in various movies and T.V. shows, showing audiences that while they have famous blood, they actually do have some talent. Maude has appeared on many T.V. shows like Girls and in films like This is 40. Iris is also making a name for herself and did a great job as the bratty child star on the Netflix Original, Love. But, who could ever forget the adorable sisters’ appearance in Knocked Up where they asked hilarious awkward questions about life that had us all in stitches.
4. Tom Holland, $2.5 Million
Our spidey-sense is telling us that 21-year-old Tom Holland is going to be successful far into adulthood. Tom Holland is originally from the U.K. where he became known for his role as Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot: The Musical in London. Billy trained as a dancer for most of his childhood before landing the role in the musical and became quite well-known in the theater world once he was cast. Tom went on to have a career on the silver screen and had roles in films like How I Live Now and In the Heart of the Sea.
Tom is set to star in the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming and is even locked in to star in 5 other Marvel films over the upcoming years. Looks like that 2.5 Million is about to grow even bigger.
3. Skai Jackson, $500,000
One of the youngest stars to make our list is the adorable Skai Jackson who is just 15 years old. Skai was born and raised on the east coast in New York City, and started her career as a small-time model in national commercials and the like. It wasn’t until 2007 that Skai really started to see some success as a real actress when she landed a role in the independent film, Liberty Kid. Skai started landing roles in countless T.V. shows and made it into the family of Disney child stars, catapulting her into major success. In 2011, she landed a major role in the Disney show, Jessie. And nearly four years later in a pleasant turn of events, Skai will reprise her role in the Jessie spin-off, Bunk’d.
While she hasn’t quite hit the million mark yet, there’s no doubt in our minds that she’ll be there by the time she’s 18…if not sooner.
2. Sasha Pieterse, $2 Million
Pretty Little Liars actress, Sasha Pieterse, barely made it to this list due to the fact that she’s 21, but she’s definitely worth recognizing. As a young girl, Sasha started making a small name for herself in small roles on television. But no role made her as much money as the one she had on Pretty Little Liars. Sasha started playing Alison DiLaurentis on ABC’s Pretty Little Liars in 2009 and that’s when she really started making the big bucks. The show ran through seven seasons, giving her plenty of work over the years.
Sasha also aspired to be a successful recording artist back in 2013 when she released her single, “This Country is Bada*s.” It wasn’t extremely successful, but with the amount of money she’s making from PLL, we have a feeling she’ll be just fine.
1. Willow Smith, $4 Million
Like her famous brother who also made it to this list, 16-year-old Willow Smith is one successful teenager. Willow is the only daughter of famous power-couple Will Smith and Jayda Pinkett. Her first real role in I Am Legend alongside her father is what really put her on the map. From there, Willow snagged roles in various films and even scored some voice over parts in big animated films like Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa in 2008.
In 2010, Willow showed the world she had a knack for releasing catchy pop songs when she released, “I Whip My Hair Back and Forth” under Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation. While Willow is still pretty young, based on her family’s incredible success, there’s no reason to believe she won’t continue on to make some major money.
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