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Macaulay Culkin or Brenda Song: Which Former Child Star Has the Higher Net Worth?

Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song are engaged nine months after welcoming their first child. But which half of the acting couple has the higher net worth? Let's examine their sources of income to see which former child star has generated the most wealth.

Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song recently got engaged! The former Disney actor and the Home Alone star welcomed their first child together just months before Song was spotted wearing a diamond engagement ring. But which half of the acting couple has the higher net worth, Culkin or Song? 

Macaulay Culkin walks the runway for Gucci.
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Macaulay Culkin’s net worth: $18 million

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Macaulay Culkin has a net worth of about $18 million. He became a household name after starring in a string of hit films in the early 90s. He earned a reported $23.5 million between 1989 and 1994, which is the equivalent of earning $40 million today after adjusting for inflation.

Culkin started acting at age four in live theater and made-for-TV movies. At age nine, he starred with John Candy in the 1989 film Uncle Buck.

His breakout role was playing Kevin McCallister in the 1990 movie Home Alone. His performance earned him an American Comedy Award, a Young Artist Award, and a Golden Globe nomination. 

Culkin went on to star in the Saturday morning cartoon series Wish Kid. He hosted Saturday Night Live and appeared in Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” music video. In 1991, he starred in My Girl, and in 1992 he played Kevin McCallister again in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Culkin was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain after playing a dark character in the 1993 drama The Good Son. A former student of the School of American Ballet, Culkin starred in a filmed version of The Nutcracker. In 1994, the child actor did a string of movies, including The Pagemaster and Richie Rich.

After a break from acting, Culkin appeared in Sonic Youth’s 1998 “Sunday” music video. In 2003, he took on another dark role in Party Monster, and in 2004 he starred in Saved! 

Culkin was in a pizza-themed comedy rock band called The Pizza Underground from 2013 to 2016. He has appeared in several commercials, including one for Google Assistant. In 2021, Culkin appeared in season 10 of American Horror Story, titled American Horror Story: Double Feature.

He is the creator and owner of a satirical pop culture website and podcast called Bunny Ears. Culkin owns apartments in New York City and Paris. 

Brenda Song poses at an event.
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Brenda Song’s net worth: $5 million

Celebrity Net Worth states that Brenda Song has a net worth of approximately $5 million. Like Macaulay Culkin, Song got an early start in the entertainment industry. She started working as a model while still in elementary school. She was discovered by an agent while shopping with her family and began appearing in commercials by the time she was six years old. 

Song was in commercials for brands like Barbie and Little Caesars. She started acting in projects like Santa with Muscles and Eddie McDowd. In 2005, she got her big break by playing London Tipton in Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She continued her role in the spinoff series The Suite Life on Deck and The Suite Life Movie.

The actor has also appeared in other films such as The Social Network and College Road Trip. Song has had recurring roles in several TV series, including Dollface and Pure Genius

Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin laugh together at an event.
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Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song got engaged nine months after welcoming their son

Fans may want to compare Macaulay Culkin’s and Brenda Song’s net worth after the two stars got engaged.

On Jan. 26, People reported that Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song were engaged after Song was spotted wearing a diamond ring on her left hand. The actors met while working on the film Changeland and were first romantically linked in 2017.

The Home Alone star was previously married to Rachel Miner from 1998 to 2002. After his divorce, Culkin dated Mila Kunis for nearly nine years. Song was once engaged to Miley Cyrus’ brother, musician Trace Cyrus. They dated on and off from 2010 to 2017. 

Culkin and Song welcomed their first child about nine months before their engagement on Apr. 5, 2021. They named their son Dakota after Culkin’s late sister, who died in 2008.