Miley’s Millions: She’s a one-kid industry: Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana is cable’s top kids’ series; she signed a seven-figure deal for a book about her family; her sold-out tour had Barack Obama scrambling for tickets; her concert movie grossed $65 million. Billy Ray’s girl earned roughly $17.5 million from the tour alone, but mom Tish, 40, swears all that cash isn’t going to Miley’s head: “A lot goes into her [investment fund], which she can’t get until she’s 18. At the end of the day, she doesn’t have much left.”
Splurges: She collects Electra bikes: “I like their old-school design, and they’re fun to ride.” Until she’s old enough to drive: She told Jay Leno in February, “I want a vintage Corvette.”
Born to Rock: They’re the teen world’s hottest band and according to estimates, 15-year-old Nick (right) and brothers Joe, 18 (center), and Kevin, 20 (left), earned about $12 million in 2007 from album sales of 1.2 million, touring with Miley Cyrus, merchandising and appearances.
Next Up: The Wyckoff, N.J., natives (managed by Dad Kevin) continue their own 140-date tour and star in a June 20 Disney Channel movie, Camp Rock – with tie-in products galore. A TV series, J.O.N.A.S., is in the works
Splurges: The brothers bought new computers and a diamondencrusted Chopard watch for their mom, Denise. They also give 10 percent of their earnings to Nick’s charity, Change for the Children Foundation. But there’s some left over: Snappy dresser Nick nabbed $1,550 John Lobb shoes
Angus T. Jones
With a salary of roughly $1.2 million per season on CBS ‘s Two and a Half Men, Jones is one of the richest half men in Hollywood. “It’s a slow build for kids in the industry,” says a casting agent. But the Austin, Texas, native, who’s tutored on-set, has likely seen pay increases, thanks to the show’s longevity.
The Oscar nominee (Little Miss Sunshine) saw her asking price go up to an estimated $2 million when she shot current release Nim’s Island and the upcoming Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. In spite of her workload, the New Yorker remains a regular 12-year-old, splurging on tween books The Clique and – what else? – American Girl dolls and Jonas Brothers CDs.
The youngest costar of ABC’s Ugly Betty isn’t blowing through his estimated $460,000-per-season salary. The biggest indulgence for the Philly-born star, who does his schooling online? Kiehl’s and Clarins skin-care products, to avoid breakouts.
Fanning’s star rose quickly after 2001’s I Am Sam. She has since starred with Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington – and shot up the earnings ladder. The Conyers, Ga., native now makes up to $4 million for big films. “She performs at the box office,” says a casting agent. “She can open movies.” She has also done ads for Gap and Marc Jacobs. Little sis Elle, 10, is right behind her, with upcoming films including Brad Pitt’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Tyler James Williams
“I’m good for three things,” the Everybody Hates Chris star told PEOPLE when he was cast on the CW series in 2005. “Making fried-baloney sandwiches, picking out good movies and making money.” That’s for sure: The Yonkers, N.Y., native now has an estimated salary of $1.2 million per season.