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Both Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson got their start in the entertainment industry on the reality singing competition show The X Factor in 2010 when they were put in the same band, One Direction. Styles and Tomlinson have since grown from their days dominating arenas and the boy band space, both pursuing solo careers following One Direction’s hiatus that began in 2015.

Read on to find out which of the two is older and who has a higher net worth.

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Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson | Steve Jennings/WireImage

Who is older — Styles or Tomlinson?

Tomlinson was born on Dec. 24, 1991 (yes, Christmas Eve!), while Styles was born on Feb. 1, 1994. That makes Tomlinson three years older than Styles, and also the oldest member of One Direction.

When the band was formed in 2010, Tomlinson was the oldest at 18 (going on 19), while Styles was the youngest member — a fresh-faced 16-year-old. The two struck an obvious bond in the early days of the band, often joking and giggling together.

One Direction recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of being a band but it still isn’t clear when they will return from their supposed “hiatus.”

What their careers have looked like, post-One Direction

Tomlinson stepped out of his pop comfort zone in December 2016 by featuring on DJ Steve Aoki’s “Just Hold On,” an emotional electronic tune. He continued in his solo career by collaborating with Bebe Rexha in July 2017 with single “Back to You.”

Tomlinson released six more singles “Just Like You,” “Miss You,” “Two of Us,” “Kill My Mind,” “We Made It,” and “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart” before dropping his first album since One Direction titled Walls in January 2020.

The eldest One Direction member returned to his roots after the band’s announced hiatus by going back to The X Factor as a judge in July 2018. Tomlinson, who was supposed to tour his debut album in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic changed his plans, put on a virtual concert performance, “Live From London,” on Dec. 12, 2020. The charity concert sold more than 160,000 digital tickets, according to Simon Jones PR.

Following One Direction’s break after their fifth studio album, Made in the A.M., Styles was one of the first members to release solo music. He dropped his first single, “Sign of the Times,” in April 2017, and his eponymous debut album two months later. Styles then became a certified movie star in Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk, which came out in July 2017. His second album, Fine Line, came out in December 2019, and Styles began filming his second movie, Don’t Worry Darling during fall 2020.

Who has a higher net worth?


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Since both Styles and Tomlinson were in One Direction together for five years, it makes sense that their net worths aren’t too far apart. With Styles’ dive into the film industry and having released two studio albums, though, his net worth is higher, according to Celebrity Net Worth, with an estimated $80 million.

Tomlinson’s net worth, according to the same site, still categorizes him as extremely wealthy, trailing only $10 million behind Styles at an estimated $70 million.