Kids With Cash: 10 Highly Paid Celebs Under 20

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Kids With Cash: 10 Highly Paid Celebs Under 20
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Most celebrities earn more in a year or two than the rest of us could even imagine making in a lifetime. For 10 highly paid kids, success has been a combination of luck and a lot of work, often spreading themselves thin juggling television, movie and music careers. And none of them shows signs of slowing down. All ages are as of October 2011, the time of publication.

$53 million: Justin Bieber, 17
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$53 million: Justin Bieber, 17

This Canadian-born superstar got his big break after being discovered on YouTube in 2007, when he was just 13 years old. After signing with Usher’s record label, Bieber skyrocketed to fame, bringing home $53 million in 2010. His documentary "Never Say Never" grossed $73 million nationwide and his newest fragrance, Someday, is expected to make $30 million.

$48 million: Miley Cyrus, 18
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$48 million: Miley Cyrus, 18

Better known to some as Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus ranked No. 13 on Forbes 2010 Celebrity 100 list, earning $48 million that year. As Disney's Hannah Montana, Cyrus earned $15,000 per episode. In June 2010, Cyrus released her third studio album, "Can't Be Tamed," and wrapped up her international Gypsy Heart Tour in July 2011. During 2011, Cyrus began focusing on a film career.

$12.5 million: Nick Jonas, 19
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$12.5 million: Nick Jonas, 19

Nick Jonas' early career in multiple Broadway musicals and his first demo can be credited to the discovery of the boy band the Jonas Brothers. Together with his brothers Joe and Kevin, Nick starred in Disney's original series "JONAS L.A.," Disney movies "Camp Rock" and "Camp Rock 2." In 2008, Jonas formed a band, Nick Jonas & the Administration, which released its first album in 2010.

$8.5 million: Taylor Lautner, 19
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$8.5 million: Taylor Lautner, 19

"Twilight" heartthrob Taylor Lautner got his start as a karate star. Lautner had a few appearances in episodes of "The Bernie Mac Show" and "My Wife and Kids" and did some voice work in a few cartoons. After "Twilight" and "New Moon's" initial success, he expected to earn $41 million for the film's two-part conclusion, "Breaking Dawn."

$8.3 million: Angus T. Jones, 18
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$8.3 million: Angus T. Jones, 18

Angus T. Jones signed a $7.8 million deal in 2010 for his role as Jake Harper on CBS' series "Two and a Half Men." That meant the 18-year-old would make $300,000 per episode over the next two seasons. He even got a $500,000 signing bonus.

$7 million: Miranda Cosgrove, 18
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$7 million: Miranda Cosgrove, 18

In 2010, Miranda Cosgrove signed with Nickelodeon to star in 26 episodes of "iCarly" for $180,000 per episode. Cosgrove also has a successful career as a recording actress. Her debut album, "Sparks Fly," was released in April 2010 and included a tour, which was cut short in August 2011 when Cosgrove broke her ankle.

$5.5 million: Selena Gomez, 19
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$5.5 million: Selena Gomez, 19

After appearances on "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" and "Hannah Montana," Selena Gomez was cast in Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place" in 2007 and earned $25,000 per episode. In 2009, Gomez formed a band, Selena Gomez & the Scene. In 2011 the band released its third album. The album's lead single was certified Platinum by the ROAA in June 2011 and peaked on Billboard at 21.

$5 million: Jaden Smith, 13 ; 4 million: Willow Smith, 10
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$5 million: Jaden Smith, 13 ; 4 million: Willow Smith, 10

Jaden and Willow Smith are giving their parents, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, a run for their money. Both got their start alongside their father: Jaden in "The Pursuit of Happyness" (2006); Willow in "I Am Legend" (2007). Jaden starred in the remake of "The Karate Kid" and with Justin Bieber in the song for “Never Say Never,” earning $5 million. Willow released the hit single “Whip My Hair,” earning $4 million at the age of 10.

$4 million: Dakota Fanning, 17
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$4 million: Dakota Fanning, 17

At 17, Dakota Fanning was already more successful than most lifelong actresses. Her 2001 role in "I Am Sam" made her a star. By 2011, she had appeared in 31 motion pictures. Her latest projects include three of four "Twilight" movies.

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