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- August 22, 2011
- Vol. 76
- No. 7
Hollywood's Richest Teens!
With Hefty Paychecks and Swanky Splurges, These Young Stars Have It All. How They Earn, Spend and Save Their Millions
Selena Gomez, 19
Love doesn't cost a thing, but if it did, these two could certainly afford it. Gomez earned an estimated $5.5 million in the past year, thanks to her music, her role on Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place and about $1.5 million for the movie Monte Carlo. "I splurge on vacations and taking family and friends with me," she says. (No kidding: She and Bieber recently stayed in a $6,000-a-night suite at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in California.) But she's on an allowance: "If I wasn't, Lord knows what would happen."
Justin Bieber, 17
The pop sensation pulled in $53 million this past year, according to Forbes, from concerts, music sales and a 3-D movie that grossed nearly $100 million. This summer his fragrance "Someday" sold $3 million in just three weeks. Raised by a single mom, Bieber says he knows how "fortunate" he is. "My mom and I used to share off the menu and order water instead of the drink I wanted. I promised myself one day I would be able to not care about how much I spend." Mission accomplished!
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Willow Smith, 10, and Jaden Smith, 13
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's kids are millionaires without Mom and Dad's help. Jaden earned $5 million in 2010, according to a source-$3 million just for starring in The Karate Kid. Willow made about $4 million from her single "Whip My Hair," a record deal and other gigs.
Dakota Fanning, 17, and Elle Fanning, 13
Dakota, who just graduated from high school, earned an estimated $4 million for Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Little sis Elle made about $1.5 million starring in Super 8, and the screen veterans have plenty more roles lined up.
Nick Jonas, 18
The youngest sib in the Jonas Brothers band earned an estimated $12.5 million last year and is now branching out into producing and songwriting for other artists. The singer tells PEOPLE his first splurge was a Mustang: "My first and favorite car." But he spreads the wealth. Last year he gave Mom a Rolex for Christmas.
Richest TV STAR!
Angus T. Jones, 17
Two and a Half Men's half-man started trading quips with Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer at age 9. Now he's nearly grown up, with a superstar paycheck to match: His current contract is worth $7.8 million, including $300,000 an episode plus bonuses. Otherwise, he says, he's a typical teen: "I go to school, I clean my room, I get in trouble."
Richest MOVIE STAR!
Taylor Lautner, 19
It's not just his flock of female fans that keeps this teen smiling. He's made a killing from the Twilight movies, earning $8.5 million for the final two films, according to a source. He also pulled in a reported $7.5 million for the action movie Abduction. His latest splurge? A $200,000 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster.
Can anyone TOP MILEY?
They act, they sing-but these kid idols have a long way to go to outearn the pop princess
Richest TEEN QUEENS!
Demi Lovato, 19
The Disney Channel star made an estimated $3.5 million last year. "I'm incredibly blessed," she says. She recently bought a house for her family for a reported $2 million-plus.
Miranda Cosgrove, 18
The star of Nickelodeon's iCarly pulled in an estimated $3 million last year from acting, her album and a lucrative Neutrogena contract-but her biggest splurge, she says, was "an iPad."
Miley Cyrus, 18
She earned an estimated $15 million last year, according to Forbes, and $48 million touring the year before.
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