Here at Lost Stars, we see a lot of former famous faces who had the world at their feet and, for whatever reason, let it all slip away from them. Substance abuse, family issues, health, attitude, whatever. And most of them find that as their fame dips, their bank balance drops. But that’s not always the case. In fact, quite a few canny child stars have managed to keep ahold of their fortunes for varying different reasons. We’re going to run through fifteen of the best examples. Come with us…
Macauley Culkin – Recent estimates claim that Macauley Culkin from Home Alone is still worth more than $15m. How? You might ask. Surely he’s squandered that cash away… Well, no. Culkin’s actually been pretty smart with his money. Sure, he might look like he’s a down and out, but in reality – he’s still rich! C’mon… After all, how do you think he got Mila Kunis to go out with him for so long?!
Angus T. Jones – Alright, The Two and a Half Men star might not be long out of the limelight (although judging but that photo, he looks like he’s been a hobo for decades…). But at 21, he’s no kid anymore. And he realistically could’ve blown through all his sitcom earnings by now. Plenty of other kids have. But no. He’s still sitting pretty in the $15m Club too.
Dakota Fanning – You’ll no doubt recognize young Dakota Fanning from movies like I Am Sam and War of the Worlds. She’s still working today, but it was as a child that she got most of her roles under her belt and money in her account. But early fame hasn’t led to her going off the rails and burning through all her green. Fanning is still very much a rich lady. She’s said to be worth more than $17m.
Selena Gomez – We might all know Selena Gomez from her musical career nowadays. Well, that and being unfortunate enough to have been the on-off girlfriend of Justin Bieber for quite a few years. The 23 year-old can often be seen on stage performing with people like Taylor Swift and other megastars. But let’s not forget that it all started for her back on shows like Barney the Dinosaur and Wizards of Waverly Place. Her fame and fortune has remained and, if anything, grown!
The Jonas Brothers -The Jo-Bros, like so many other kiddy stars, were made famous by Walt Disney (well, his firm). And, as with a lot of the Disney stable, they used the tacky kids shows as a platform from which to jump up to bigger and better things. They’re still recording music and attracting devoted fans. The family have amassed – and retained – a wealth thought to be in excess of $20m. Not bad, huh?
Frankie Muniz – Actor, musician, race car driver – Frankie Muniz is a man of many trades. Admittedly he’s not been around in the limelight recently after the huge success of Malcolm in the Middle. But when you consider his vast wealth, it’s understandable. He revealed he’s worth more than $40m after a recent Twitter spat with someone who said he ‘sucked’. Hey, maybe he does suck – but he’s sucks as a very, very rich dude!
Natalie Portman – Black Swan actress Natalie Portman is a big deal in Hollywood. An A-lister who bags top roles constantly. But this isn’t a recent thing. Before she bagged her part as Queen Amidala in Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace, she was appearing in classic movies like Heat and Leon. In fact, she was just 12 years old when she starred alongside Jean Reno in the hitman action classic.
Emma Watson – Not yet 25, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has amassed a huge fortune for her part as Hermoine Granger in the almost countless number of movies based on the JK Rowling books. It’s estimated that between those films and the roles she’s had since – including flicks like The Bling Ring – Watson’s earned over $60m. Not bad, huh?! Now that’s what we call magic!
Daniel Radcliffe – Emma Watson’s Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe has got an even healthier bank balance than his female counterpart. He’s kept his wealth and fame because – like Emma Watson – he’s turned out to be a decent actor and also a bit of a heartthrob. As a pin-up, his roles in films like The Woman in Black and Horns have brought in the ladies to theaters. Which helps his appeal. His estimated worth? Said to be more than £100m. Craziness…
Miley Cyrus – She’s kept her fortune, but arguably lost her mind… Or at least her innocence, for sure. Do you remember when Miley Cyrus used to be cute teen idol, Hannah Montana? Yeah, well those Disney years were a long time ago now. Her current incarnation as the bad girl of the pop world has done nothing to weaken her fortune. In fact, she’s richer than ever before. Anyway, if it all goes wrong, she’s always got her dad’s fortune to fall back on. As the inventor of the mullet, Billy Ray Cyrus must have plenty of royalty money left.
Justin Bieber – As the most famous kid in the world, the baby-faced good looks of the ‘Baby’ hitmaker almost tricked us into thinking they he’d never grow up. But grow up he did. Into a right rebel. Well, ‘rebel’ to his fans – ‘spoilt brat criminal’ to those less kind to the singer. Bieber’s constantly in trouble with the law nowadays, but remains famous, successful – and above all for this list – rich. How rich? $200m rich…
The Olsen Twins – Get this – Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are worth over $300m! It would take some pretty impressive investing from their accountant to turn their early earning into such a figure. Especially what with acting work being a distant memory now. In fact, the twins’ younger sister Elizabeth is a much bigger star than them nowadays. Nope, their money’s all from an immensely successful fashion range that the two have been running for some years. Good work, girls!
Anna Paquin – A child star par excellence, Anna Paquin can prove her credentials with a little gold statuette. That’s right – she won an Oscar as a kid. When picking up a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in The Piano, Paquin became the second youngest child to ever do so. Her career carried on throughout her teenage and adult years in movies like Buffalo Soldier and, of course, X-Men. She’s unlikely to hit the heady heights of Oscarville again, but she’s also not likely to ever need take a loan from anyone, put it that way.
Neil Patrick Harris – It’s Barney from How I Met Your Mother! The bar-dwelling lothario who keeps us watching the show (urgh, it can’t be for any other reason, can it?). NPH has also popped up in Gone Girl and even hosted the Oscars last year. But you remember him as Dougie Howser, MD, don’t you? The kid doctor. Not many child stars keep their fame and fortune – so well done NPH!
Joseph Gordon Levitt – Like Miley Cyrus and Neil Patrick Harris, Joseph Gordon Levitt almost feels like two separate people. There’s the JGL we know and love now – star of some of the best movies of recent times like 50/50, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Looper. And then there’s the Joey of old. You know – the smart Alec kid who was the source of so many laughs in Third Rock From The Sun. Oh, and he’s still rich.