Jul 24, 2010
They’ve won Super Bowls, Grammys and MVP awards, but perhaps no feat is more impressive than collecting jaw-dropping paychecks in an otherwise dour economy.Thanks to a lucrative array of athletic contracts, concert tours and endorsement deals, the 12 best-paid celebrities under 30 collectively pulled in $573.5 million between June 1, 2009, and June 1, 2010. At an average age of 24, these wealthy 20-somethings have out-earned their rivals with a mix of talent and business savvy. Whether they’ve catapulted to fame on the athletic field or the Billboard charts, they’ve shrewdly parlayed their bold-face names into multimillion-dollar brands complete with endorsement deals, fashion lines and top-selling fragrances.
Missing from a list that’s primarily populated by top-notch athletes (No. 6 LeBron James) and touring musicians (No. 11 The Jonas Brothers) is Hollywood’s TV and movie star set. The reality: Though hit film franchises like Twilight and Harry Potter have raked in more than $1 billion at the global box office, their stars see only a sliver of those totals. Instead, the estimated sums Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Daniel Radcliffe pulled down–$12 million, $17 million and $25 million, respectively–were not enough to rank among the mid-to-high eight-figure earners on the list.
btw, 1. Beyonce 2. Britney Spears 3. Lady Gaga 4. Miley Cyrus 5. Taylor Swift