In the entertainment industry, it’s not only the adult stars who have touched the highest peaks of success and are amongst the highest paid Hollywood actresses and actors, but we also have the highest paid child stars who have gained much fame at such a young age through their wit and talent. These little millionaires have managed raking in millions at an age when they were supposed to just enjoy the most innocent days of life. These top child artists are as famous as they adult colleagues and are much loved for their cuteness combined with multi-talented persona.
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This American singer, actress and songwriter became popular through the TV series “Hannah Montana“. Her autobiography became a bestseller on the New York Times list. She has also released several studio albums including Meet Miley Cyrus, Can’t Be Tamed, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, Bangerz and Breakout. Her total worth is reported to be around $150 million.
- Dakota Fanning
She emerged as a star through her amazing performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam, at a mere age of seven. Dakota became the youngest actress in history to get nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award at the age of eight. She continued to act in several big movies since then and her efforts placed her on 3rd position on Forbes’ 2009 chart of the richest young stars. She is now seen in the Twilight film series.
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- Daniel Radcliffe
A very obvious name in this list, Daniel has incessantly made it in the top child stars in the world list and has proved that becoming a wizard wasn’t a bad idea at all. He has been in the limelight making him one of the richest kids since his “Harry Potter” days. He had reportedly made around $1 million for the 1st film, Harry Potter, and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and then around $33 million for the finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
- Jaden Smith
Son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jaden is an effervescent teen actor, dancer, songwriter and rapper. At the early age of eight, he appeared opposite his dad in the Oscar nominated film The Pursuit of Happyness in 2006. He also starred in the remake of The Karate Kid, for which he supposedly made $1 million up front, and then another $2 million after the movie grossed over $150 million across the globe.
- Miranda Cosgrove
Beginning her career at the age of 3 through TV commercials, Miranda made her film debut from the role of Summer Hathaway in School of Rock in the year 2003. She gained huge fame as Megan Parker on the Nickelodeon TV series Drake & Josh. She got enlisted as the highest paid child actress in the 2012 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.
- Shirley Temple
Considered as the first child star in Hollywood, Shirley is also one of the richest child actors. After seeing her great talent and acting potential, movie makers specially made a team just to build up stories for her movies. At the age of 6, she had already started earning $1250 per week. By the age of 13, her net worth had grown to around $3 million. She received several honors and awards. After growing up, she had joined politics and became a diplomat, serving as US Ambassador to Ghana and later on to Czechoslovakia, and also as Chief of Protocol of the United States. She left for heavenly abode on 19th February 2014.
- Brooke Shields
This child star gained popularity from her leading role as a child prostitute in Louis Malle’s controversial film Pretty Baby in 1978. She became the youngest model ever to appear on the cover of Vogue at the age of 14. With her strikingly gorgeous looks, she bagged several offers and became one of the highest paid child stars. According to TIME magazine’s report, her day rate as a model was $10,000 in 1981.