A career in the entertainment industry is very unpredictable. Some performers spend years trying to hit the big time and never succeed while others are an instant hit. For some, this success is short-lived and for others, they establish a successful career and have offers of work right through to retirement. The level of success an entertainer achieves in their career will dictate their earning potential. While it can take many years for someone in the entertainment industry to get rich, others are already earning big bucks before they even hit their thirties. This allows them to live a lifestyle of luxury while they are still young. This may include money in the bank, large properties, fast cars, international travel, designer clothes, and all the bling they could ever have hoped for. Here are the 20 richest celebrities under 30.
20. Skrillex- $30 Million
Although he is professionally known as Skrillex, his real name is Sonny John Moore. He was born in Highland Park, Los Angeles, on January 15, 1998. Skrillex is a DJ, songwriter, electronic dance music producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. He launched his career in the music industry in 2004 at the age of just 16 when he joined a band called ‘From First to Last’ as the lead singer. The band released two albums; ‘Dear Diary, My Teenage Angst Has a Body Count’ was released in 2004 and this was followed by ‘Heroine’ in 2006. In 2007, he left the band to pursue a solo career and completed his first solo tour in the same year. He began performing under the name ‘Skrillex’ in 2009. He has won eight Grammy Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and an Annie Award.
19. Big Bang- $44 Million (Combined)
Big Bang is a South Korean boy band who have a combined net worth of $44 million. The five members of the group are Seungri, Daesung, Taeyang, T.O.P., and G-Dragon. The group was formed by YG Entertainment and they have been credited with shaping the current Korean pop industry. They got together in 2006 and released their debut album ‘Bigbang Vol. 1’ in the same year. Their single ‘Lies’ topped the Korean music chart for a record six weeks. In 2008, the group expanded to include a Japanese audience. The gold-certified albums they have released include ‘Big Bang’, ‘Big Bang 2’, ‘Alive’, and ‘Made Series’. They have released a record-breaking 18 singles in Korea.
18. Zayn Malik- $48 Million
Sadly for Zayn Malik, he has not earned quite as much as his former One Direction bandmates. As he chose to leave the group in 2015, he lost out on a substantial amount of money he could have earned from touring with the group. However, he can’t be too sad about his decision as he still makes it onto a list of the richest celebrities under 30. When he began his solo career, he opted to concentrate on producing music in the genre of R&B rather than the pop songs performed by One Direction. He released his debut solo album ‘Mind of Mine’ in 2016. At the same time, he released the lead single from the album ‘Pillowtalk’. This led to him being the first male solo artist to have both a number one debut album and a number one debut single in both the United States and the UK. Malik has won many awards for his music. He also has a cameo role as himself in ‘Ocean’s Eight’, which is set for release in 2018.
17. Rupert Grint- $50 Million
Just like Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, Rupert Grint began his acting career in the Harry Potter series of films. He played the role of Ron Weasley, Harry Potter’s best friend. Rupert Grint was born in Harlow, Essex, on August 24, 1988. The 2001 movie ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was his first film. He has since gone on to have many more acting roles in both television and film. Some of the films in which he has appeared include ‘Thunderpants’, ‘Driving Lessons’, ‘Wild Target’, and ‘Moonwalkers’. He was also the voice of Josh in ‘Postman Pat: The Movie’.
16. Louis Tomlinson-$52 Million
Louis Tomlinson was a member of the boyband One Direction which was formed for ‘The X Factor’ in 2010. He was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on December 24, 1991. He began his career as an entertainer as a child actor with roles in ‘Fat Friends’, ‘If I Had You’, and ‘Waterloo Road’. However, it was being a part of One Direction that has amassed his fortune. In 2015, Tomlinson formed his own record label called ‘Triple Strings Ltd.’. When One Direction decided to take a break and pursue solo projects in 2016, Tomlinson continued to write music with fellow bandmate Liam Payne. His first single as a solo artist was produced in collaboration with DJ Steve Aoki. He dedicated ‘Just Hold On’ to his late mother. In July 2017, he released ‘Back to You’. This single featured Digital Farm Animals and Bebe Rexha.
15. Niall Horan-$52 million
Niall Horan is another singer who was a member of the boyband One Direction. Horan was born on September 13, 1993, in Mullingar, Ireland. He predominantly made his fortune through record sales, tours and One Direction merchandise. Since the group split to pursue solo careers, Niall Horan has released several singles. These have included ‘This Town’, ‘Slow Hands’, and ‘On My Own’. He has won several awards as a solo artist.
14. Liam Payne- $52 Million
Liam Payne was also a member of One Direction and the majority of his wealth is from being part of this group. He was one of the biggest contributor to writing the songs for the group and is credited with writing more than half of the songs on One Direction’s fourth and fifth albums. Payne was born on August 29, 1993, in Wolverhampton, England. He initially wanted to be an athlete as he was a talented runner. After only making it onto the reserve list for the 2010 Olympics, he decided to pursue a career in entertainment. Since the band split, he has worked as a producer under the names ‘Payno’ and ‘Big Payno’. He has also collaborated with many big names in the music industry to produce tracks for the future. His debut solo single ‘Strip That Down’ was released on May 19, 2017. Liam Payne is in a relationship with British solo artist Cheryl Cole. She too was once in a successful group called ‘Girls Aloud’. She has also been a judge on ‘The X Factor’. The couple’s son Bear was born on March 22, 2017.If the combined wealth of this couple rather than Liam Payne’s net worth were taken into account, he would rank significantly higher on this list.
13. The Weeknd- $55 Million
The Weeknd is the stage name of Abel Makkonen Tesfaye who was born on February 16, 1990, in Toronto, Canada. He launched his career in the music industry in 2010 by uploading some of his songs onto YouTube. The following year, he released three nine-track mixtapes followed by the compilation album ‘Trilogy’ in 2012. He didn’t release his debut studio album ‘Kiss Land’ until 2013. He then released the album ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ which hit the top spot in the US Billboard 200. He released three of the songs from this album as singles; ‘The Hills’, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, and ‘Earned It’. These songs held all three top positions in the Billboard Hot R&B chart at the same time and he is the first artist to ever achieve this. In 2016, he released a single and an album, both called ‘Starboy’, both of which hit the top spot once again. He has also had several tours and this is another source of income for this star. The Weeknd has also had several business ventures, including a partnership with Puma and releasing a limited-edition PAX 2 vaporizer.
12. Kevin Durant- $56 Million
Kevin Durant has earned most of his money through his career as a professional basketball player. He is one of the highest earning basketball players in the world as he has endorsements with companies such as Nike and Footlocker. However, basketball is not his only endeavour. He has contributed as both a writer and a photographer to The Players’ Tribune. He is also trying to establish a career as an actor. So far, he has played himself in a family comedy film called ‘Thunderstruck’. Others in this 2012 movie include Taylor Grey, Brandon T. Jackson, Doc Shaw, and Jim Belushi. In the movie a child is trying unsuccessfully into a basketball team. When he meets Durant, Durant’s talent is magically transferred to the boy.
11. Jennifer Lawrence-$60 Million
Jennifer Lawrence has become the highest earning and most in-demand actress of the moment. She was born in Indian Hills, Kentucky, on August 15, 1990. She launched her acting career at the age of 16 in 2006 when she played the role of Caitlin in the television film ‘Company Town’. Her first feature film was the 2008 movie ‘Garden Party’. She is best-known for playing Katniss Everdeen in ‘The hunger Games’ series of films and Raven Darkholme/ Mystique in the ‘’X-Men’ series of films. Other movies in which she has appeared include ‘Joy’, ‘Mother!’, ‘Serena’, ‘Dior and I’, and ‘A Beautiful Planet’.
10. Emma Watson- $62.5 million
Emma Watson was born on April 15, 1990, in Paris. However, she was raised in Oxfordshire, England. Starring as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series of films launched Emma Watson’s career as an actress and is the main reason she now has a net worth of $62.5 million. Following the Harry Potter films, many people thought that Emma Watson would be typecast or would find it difficult to find roles as she was too closely associated with the role of Hermione Granger. However, this was not the case and she has gone on to play a wide range of roles in different genres. Some of her movies include ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’, ‘The Bing Ring’, ‘Noah’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Regression’, The Circle’, and ‘Colonia’. She continued with her education while working as an actress and gained a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She has modelled for Burberry and Lancôme and has been named as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador.
9. Harry Styles- $65 Million
Of all the One Direction singers, Harry Styles is the one who has amassed the most wealth. Just like his bandmates, much of his earnings are from tours, music sales and One Direction related franchise. Prior to performing with One Direction, he was in a band called ‘White Eskimo’. Following the split of ‘One Direction’, he signed a recording deal with Columbia Records in June 2016. In 21017, he released his debut solo single ‘Sign of the Times’ and his self-titled solo album. He has also ventured into acting, making his debut in ‘Dunkirk’ playing the role of Alex. This 2017 war film was written, directed, and co-produced by Christopher Nolan. The movie stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, and Aneurin Barnard.
8. Ed Sheeran- $68 Million
Not only is Ed Sheeran one of the most successful celebrities in Britain, he is one of the most talented stars in popular culture from anywhere in the world. His talents as a singer, songwriter, and musician means he has now amassed a fortune of $68 million. He was born in Halifax on February 17, 1991 and raised in Suffolk. Sheeran attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and graduated in 2009. He independently released ‘No. 5 Collaborations Project’ in 2011 and then signed with Asylum Records. His seven times platinum debut album ‘+’ (plus) was released on September 9, 2011. His second album ‘x’ (multiply) was released on June 23, 2014. One of the singles from this album, ‘Thinking Out Loud’, won two Grammy Awards. Ed Sheeran released his third album ‘÷’ (divide) in March 2017. He released two singles from this album in January 2017; ‘Castle on the Hill’ and ‘Shape of You’. He debuted these on the same week in the United States and he became the first artist to do this.
7. Avicii- $75 Million
Avicii is the performing name of Tim Bergling who was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 8, 1989. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Levels’. His debut album ‘True’ was released in 2013 and was in the top ten in more than 15 countries. It topped the charts in the United States, Australia, Denmark, and Sweden. Some of his most famous songs include ‘Wake Me Up’, ‘I Could Be the One’, ‘Hey Brother’, and ‘you Make Me’.
6. Daniel Radcliffe- $102 million
Starring as Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series of films has led to Daniel Radcliffe achieving this level of financial security before he has even hit his thirties. He was born in Hammersmith, London, on July 23, 1989. Prior to playing the role of Harry Potter, Radcliffe had already worked in film and television as a child actor. He was in the television film ‘David Copperfield’ in 1999 followed by the film ‘The Tailor of Panama ’in 2001. Since the ‘Harry Potter’ series of films was completed, he has continued to enjoy a successful career in the film industry. Some of his movies include ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘Victor Frankenstein’, ‘Horns’, ‘Trainwreck’, ‘Jungle’, and ‘Now You See Me 2’.
5. Rihanna $150 Million
One of the hottest female stars on the planet, Rihanna now has a net worth of an estimated $150 million. Rihanna is the stage name of Robyn Rihanna Fenty who was born in Saint Michael, Barbados, on February 20, 1988. She is a singer, songwriter, and actress. In 2003, she signed a deal with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for Jay Z, who was the president of the label at that time. She rose to prominence when she released her debut album ‘Music of the Sun’ in 2005. She followed this with ‘A Girl Like Me’ in 2006 and this hit the top spot on the US Billboard 200. Some of her best-known singles are ‘Umbrella’, ‘Diamonds’, ‘SOS’, ‘Stay’, ‘We Found Love’, and ‘Love the Way You Lie’. One of her accolades is that she is the fastest solo artist to earn 14 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Adele is one of the few stars who can get away with being referred to simply by their first name and still expect people to know who she is. Not yet 30, this talented singer and songwriter has amassed a staggering fortune of $172 million. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born in Tottenham, London, on May 5, 1988. She attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology from which she graduated in 2006. In the same year, her friend posted a demo of her singing on Myspace and she was given a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2008, she released her debut album ‘19’ which was certified platinum seven times in the UK. It was also three times platinum in the United States. The album contains the single ‘Hometown Glory’ which Adele wrote when she was just 16. In 2011, she released her second album ‘21’. This won her many accolades. It held the top spot in the United States for longer than any album since 1985 and won her six Grammy Awards. It sold over 31 million copies worldwide and became the longest-running number one album from a female solo artist in the history of both the United States and the UK. In total, she has sold over 100 million records and this makes her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
3. Miley Cyrus- $200 Million
Growing up as the daughter of a celebrity, Billy Ray Cyrus, gave Miley Cyrus aspirations to achieve the same level of success in her career and she has surpassed expectations. She was born in Franklin, Tennessee, on November 23, 1992. She started her career as an entertainer as a child actress with small roles in television series. She rose to prominence when she played Miley Stewart in ‘Hannah Montana’ in 2006. She released ‘Meet Miley Cyrus’, her debut ALBUM, in 2007. The following year, she released her second album ‘Breakout’ and was also a voice actress in ‘Bolt’. Her third album ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ was released in 2010 but performed badly. In 2013, she released her fourth album ‘Bangerz’ and this raised controversy due to her explicit behaviour while promoting her album. She released her fifth album ‘Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz’ in 2015 followed by the 2017 release of her sixth album ‘Younger Now’. As an actress, she has starred in ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’ and ‘The Last Song’. She was also a coach on ‘The Voice’.
2. Justin Bieber- $200 Million
This talented singer has done amazingly to achieve this level of success at such a young age. He was born in London, Ontario, on March 1, 1994. Bieber was discovered by a talent manager who saw his YouTube videos in 2008 and immediately signed him to RBMG. His debut EP ‘My World’ was released in 2009 and was certified platinum in the United States. He also broke a record as he was the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album on the Billboard 100 at the same time. ‘My World 2.0’ was released in 2010 and was certified triple platinum in the United States. One of the best-known singles from this album is ‘Baby’. He then went on tour and released several more albums. Some of his most famous songs from these albums include ‘Despacito (Remix)’, ‘Let Me Love You’, ‘Sorry’, ‘Love Yourself’, and ‘Cold Water’. Justin Bieber was the second person to reach 100 million followers on Twitter and the first person to have more than 10 billion video views on Vevo.
1. Taylor Swift- $250 Million
Taylor Swift is currently the richest celebrity under 30 in the world and one of the leading contemporary recording artists of the current day. She was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1989. At the age of 14, she moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music and signed with Big Machine Records. She released her self-titled debut album in 2006. It peaked at number 5 on the US Billboard 200. However, the third single from the album, ‘Our Song’, was number one on the Hot Country Songs Chart and she was the youngest person to have written and performed a number one song that achieved this. In 2008, she released her second album ‘Fearless’ which won four Grammy Awards. ‘Speak Now’ was her third album and she was the sole writer of all the tracks. To date, she has released six albums and numerous singles. She has also earned money from touring and endorsing a wide range of products.