You Won’t Believe How Much Your Favorite Child Stars Are Worth Today

Children in Hollywood sometimes get a bad wrap. Whether they are forced into the industry or the industry eats them alive, not all of them are able to manage the limelight. Some child stars, on the other hand, have been able to achieve major stardom, long-term wealth, and a lifelong career in the film industry.

Luckily, these 15 child stars have an unbelievable net worth and massively successful adult careers. 

15. Mayim Bialik, $12 million

Actress Mayim Bialik

After being a child star in the ’90s, Mayim Bialik has had an even more successful second act. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Many Mayim Bialik fans most vividly recall her breakout acting role in the hit show Blossom. In fact, it was the film Beaches in 1988 that helped Bialik land her role in Blossom. Bialik eventually took a hiatus from Hollywood to snag her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. Re-emerging back into acting, Bialik landed a role as Sheldon’s girlfriend in The Big Bang Theory in 2009, where she plays Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler.

Next: The second-youngest actress to win an Oscar continues to be successful. 

14. Anna Paquin, $14 million

Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton and Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse talking at a table on True Blood

Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton and Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse on True Blood | HBO

Canadian-born Anna Paquin made a splash in the film industry when she won an Academy Award for the best-supporting-actress at the age of 11 for her role in The Piano. Paquin spent most of her formative years in New Zealand, however she made numerous appearances in film and television. Most recently, Paquin is known for her role as Sookie Stackhouse in the TV series True Blood, for which she earned a Golden Globe in 2009.

Next: Home Alone isn’t his only claim to fame. 

13. Macauley Culkin, $15 million

Actor Macaulay Culkin attends the Adult Swim Panel: Robot Chicken.

Macaulay Culkin has spent his adulthood as an eccentric. | Cindy Ord/Getty Images For Turner

Born in 1980, Macauley Culkin got his start in the acting business as early as age four. Shortly after, Culkin made his film debut in the 1989 comedy Uncle Buck, which really put him on the map. However, the majority of Culkin fans recall his outstanding role as Kevin in Home Alone. From then on, Culkin’s success in My Girl, The Good Son, and Richie Rich all laid the groundwork for his wealthy achievements.

Next: From commercial star to film superstar

12. Dakota Fanning, $16 million

Dakota Fanning walks a red carpet for 'Please Stand By' during the 12th Rome Film Fest

Dakota Fanning is gracefully turning from a child actor to full-fledged movie star. | Ernesto S. Ruscio/Getty Images

Georgia-born Dakota Fanning began taking acting classes at a very young age, securing her first commercial at the age of five. Her TV success came with roles on popular shows like ER, CSI, and The Practice. However, it was Fanning’s role in the film I am Sam that landed her a Screen Actor’s Guild award. Moving forward, Fanning has starred in numerous films such as War of the Worlds, The Secret Life of Bee’s, Charlotte’s Web, and The Twilight Saga. And from what we can see, there are no signs of her career success stopping anytime soon.

Next: A diverse resume landed this fellow the trilogy role of a lifetime.

11. Elijah Wood, $18 million

Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings trilogy made Elijah Wood a wealthy man. | New Line Cinema

Elijah Wood has a starred in a laundry list of diverse film and television roles, but it was his appearance in Paula Abdul’s music video “Forever Your Girl” that gave him his real start. From that point, Wood went on to appear in films like Back to the Future II, Radio Flyer, and Forever Young in the late ’80s and early ’90s. However, it’s fair to assume that Wood made the bulk of his wealth starring in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Next: The Blue Lagoon helped keep this star afloat.

10. Brooke Shields, $25 million

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields has been a star her entire life. | Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

From her Ivory Snow advertisement at 11 months old to her roles in Pretty Baby, The Blue Lagoon, and Endless Love, Brooke Shields has been in the spotlight far longer than she hasn’t. In the late ’90s, Shields landed a lead role in the TV sitcom Suddenly Susan. While she has popped in and out of TV and film since, Shields has been out of the public eye for quite some time in an effort to focus on other ventures and her family.

Next: He’s a magic enthusiast and an uber-successful actor

9. Neil Patrick Harris, $35 million

Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie Howser

Neil Patrick Harris has been a TV staple for decades.  | ABC

Born and raised in New Mexico, Neil Patrick Harris had a knack for acting at an early age. However, it wasn’t until the age of 15 that he snagged his breakout role with Whoopi Goldberg in Clara’s Heart. The role won him a Golden Globe. Shortly after, Harris landed the leading role in the famous Doogie Howser, M.D. Since then, Harris has made hilarious cameo appearances and starred in numerous films, plays, and television shows.

Next: This actress gleefully avoiding being type-casted.

8. Emma Watson, $70 million

Emma Watson - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 | Warner Bros.

Born in Paris and raised in England, Emma Watson made a splash in her breakout film by landing the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. The role may be the biggest stroke of luck in Watson’s acting career. Luckily, Watson has leveraged her talent to snag roles in other films, most recently and noteworthy, the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast. With incredible talent, Watson will surely continue to see massive success in her acting career.

Next: Another breakout trilogy role of a lifetime

7. Daniel Radcliffe, $100 million

Daniel Radcliffe at ArcLight Hollywood on October 30, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Daniel Radcliffe will probably always be known as Harry Potter. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

When 11-year-old Daniel Radcliffe was cast as Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, it’s safe to say his acting career had been officially made. The eight Harry Potter films took nearly a decade to create and depicted both Potter and the real-life Radcliffe growing up. Since his Potter days, Radcliffe has gone on to appear in a few other projects, such as The Woman in Black and Kill Your Darlings.

Next: A controversial role put this actress on everyone’s map.

 6. Jodie Foster, $100 million

Jodie Foster has largely moved beyond acting into directing and producer roles. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Jodie Foster’s acting debut came in the form of a breakout role at the tender age of 12 in the film Taxi Driver. The role was controversial but managed to land her an Oscar nomination. As an adult, Foster’s star rose with numerous awards for the 1988 film The Accused. While she’s probably best known for her role in Silence of the Lambs, she’s managed to prosper in Hollywood as a director and producer.

Next: Is Barrymore a beloved American sweetheart? 

5. Drew Barrymore, $125 million

Like other members of her famous family, Drew Barrymore has become Hollywood royalty.| Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner

Born into a family of Hollywood stars, Drew Barrymore didn’t waste any time making a name for herself. The L.A.-born Barrymore made her film debut in the iconic film E.T. And although Barrymore went through a period of substance abuse and rebellion, she managed to get her act together. In 1995, Barrymore created her own production company called Flower Films. She also went on to star in a boatload of comedies and dramas.

Next: Don’t tell Annie and don’t tell Aunt Bee. 

4. Ron Howard, $140 million

Ron Howard has gone from child TV star to Oscar-winning director. | LEE CELANO/AFP/Getty Images

The Oklahoma-born Ron Howard made his television debut as the beloved Opie on The Andy Griffith Show. In his teenage years, he played Richie Cunningham in Happy Days. Howard continued landing roles in different films such as American Graffiti and The Shootist. But it was Howard’s knack for directing and producing that solidified his career in the film industry. Perhaps you recall A Beautiful Mind or Arrested Development? Those are Howard’s productions.

Next: Before she came in like a wrecking ball, she made Disney a lot of money. 

3. Miley Cyrus, $200 million

The Voice

Miley Cyrus on The Voice | NBC

Daughter of famous country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, little Miley Cyrus seemed destined for fame. Making her television debut on the Disney Channel show Hannah Montana, Miley quickly nabbed the hearts of young kids across the nation. Moving forward, Miley shifted gears to pursue a more grown-up and provocative career in pop music. Miley’s career in the music industry has been successful and controversial. Appearing on The Voice as a coach, Miley’s demeanor remains fun, loving and kind, yet more tamed.

Next: He’s the king of the acting world, at least.

2. Leonardo Dicaprio, $235 million

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role award for 'The Revenant'

Leonardo DiCaprio has gone from child star to one of the most respected actors of his generation. | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

While many may not know this about Leonardo Dicaprio, his early roles in television were those on the shows Roseanne and The New Lassie. In the early ’90s, Dicaprio popped in and out of the sitcom Growing Pains. However, his film debut came by way of the horror flick Critters 3. By the time he was a teen, Dicaprio landed a role opposite Robert De Niro in the film This Boy’s Life. However, the memorable and heartwrenching film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in 1993 placed Dicaprio on the map as an all-star actor. It’s fair to say the rest is history, as Dicaprio has maintained A-list stardom and Oscar-winning roles year after year.

Next: The set of twins you’ve been waiting for

1. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, $400 million

Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen have gone from actors to fashion powerhouses. | Robin Marchant/Getty Images

Born in 1986, identical twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen stole the hearts of Americans in their shared role of Michelle Tanner in Full House. By the time the girls wrapped on Full House, they were starring in the ABC show Two of a Kind. But any teenage girl in the ’90s probably recalls the wildly successful video series The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley. The Olsen twins built a brand that catapulted them into adulthood and fashion design. While the girls remain largely out of the public eye today, they continue to rake in the wealth.

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