The 10 Wealthiest Disney Channel Stars Past And Present
By Cristine Parungao
When you think of it, it’s surprising to know how many people started their careers with Disney Channel. As a matter of fact, it seems like just yesterday that these Disney Channel stars said “and you’re watching Disney Channel,” drawing the logo with their invisible wand. You might have even practiced this one too many times in your life.
Starting out on the network paved the road for numerous successful careers. From the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to Miley Cyrus, the network certainly has no shortage of talented people who carved their names in history. Most stars on the list have come a long way since they appeared on the Disney screen, yet their achievements are still celebrated by many Disney fans around the world.
Curious to know what these Disney babies are up to today? Want to know who’s raking in the riches? Take a look at this list of the wealthiest Disney Channel starts.
10. Hilary Duff
Net Worth: $25 million
Her first big break on television happened in the wholly relatable coming-of-age and a slice of life series, Lizzie McGuire ran from 2001 to 2004. Due to the success of the show, network executives also created The Lizzie McGuire Movie in 2003. Each episode reportedly got her $15,000, while the film itself fetched her a cool $1 million, says Pop Sugar. This certainly is what dreams are made of.
Apart from the Lizzie McGuire franchise, Duff also ventured into record-making as well as acting in other films such as Cheaper by the Dozen and The Perfect Man. We hear that she’s slated to make a Disney comeback, so watch out.
9. Demi Lovato
Net Worth: $40 million
From Barney and Friends, this actress turned musician has definitely proven her worth and her prowess – starting from Disney’s very own Camp Rock. Singing This is Me, Demi showed her vocal range and acting skills at a young age.
Following the success of her movie, Lovato signed on with Hollywood Records. Under the label, she released records that made waves on the billboard top 200. Having just released a new song called Anyone, we say she’s exactly where she’s supposed to be.
8. Nick Jonas
Net Worth: $50 million
You may have heard of Nick Jonas after wedding Priyanka Chopra in not one, but two glamorous and lavish weddings in 2018. But did you know that he is actually a Disney Channel star who rose to fame? Apart from establishing and playing in the Jonas Brothers band with his brothers Kevin and Joe, Nick also appeared in Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.
Because of his and his brothers’ unprecedented success, they were given their own show called Living the Dream and Jonas. While Nick owes his net worth to his early rise to fame, he can also thank his constant projects such as his own albums, a film, and of course, marrying Priyanka.
7. Raven Symone
Net Worth: $55 million
Raven Symone might have predicted her own success, after all, she played a psychic in Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven. Considered one of the most successful shows and franchises in Disney history, the show reportedly generated $400 million in total sales.
While most of Raven’s earnings may have stemmed from her series, it can also be attributed to other projects. These include selling millions of records, appearing in The Cheetah Girls, and acting on Broadway.
6. Ryan Gosling
Net Worth: $70 million
One of the pioneers of The All New Mickey Mouse Club, Ryan Gosling started out as a child star in the series before moving to a different network. Throughout his two-year stint with Disney, Gosling appeared with fellow cast members Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera.
After his short gig at Disney, Gosling managed to snag other roles in shows such as Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps. Today, he is most known for his roles in The Notebook as well as La La Land.
5. Selena Gomez
Net Worth: $75 million
After starring in small, recurring roles, particularly in Hannah Montana, Disney finally gave Gomez her big break: her own show. Playing Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place from 2007 to 2012 as well as Wizards of Wavery Place: The Movie, Gomez can thank her lucky stars for a bewitching start in her career.
In between filming her shows, Gomez also appeared in more Disney-produced films, such as the Princess Protection Program. Today, Gomez focuses on her singing career, with records making it to the top 100. She has also produced Netlix’s 13 Reasons Why and partnered with Coach and Puma in the past.
4. Miley Cyrus
Net Worth: $160 million
One of the 7 Things we hate about Miley Cyrus is she makes us love her even more. From her Hannah Montana days that allowed her to earn $15,000 per episode to earning $62 million for her Bangerz tour, Miley certainly made her climb to the top successful.
After leaving her Disney roots, Miley Cyrus ventured into films, meeting her then-husband Liam Hemsworth, and joining The Voice as one of the coaches where Pop Sugar says she earned $13 million per season.
3. Christina Aguilera
Net Worth: $160 million
At the number three spot is Christina Aguilera. Known for her impeccable dancing and singing skills, no one would have ever guessed that Xtina herself started out in Disney.
If you didn’t know, Christina was once a cast member of The All New Mickey Mouse Club together with other Disney Channel stars like Britney and Justin. Even at a young age, many people remember her divine voice and an even more incredible presence. Apart from her MMC show, Aguilera also sang Reflection for Mulan.
2. Britney Spears
Net Worth: $215 million
A Mousketeer herself, Britney had her humble beginnings at The All New Mickey Mouse Club in 1993. Here, she wowed everyone with her smooth dance moves, with industry members saying most of the cast relied on Britney for remembering the steps, shares E! News.
After Britney’s stint with Disney, she went on to make record-breaking songs and albums, including Baby One More Time and In the Zone. It also helps that her final performance for her four-year Las Vegas residency amounted to $1.1 million alone, the highest amount residency ever, says Business Insider.
1. Justin Timberlake
Net Worth: $250 million
Standing at number one is Justin Timberlake, also an alum of The All New Mickey Mouse Club. At the time, Justin was noticed for his dancing skills.
Years later, Timberlake rose to fame after joining NSYNC as one of its lead vocalists. With his spanking good looks, his killer moves, and dreamy voice, it’s no wonder he remains at the top of his game today. Apart from these endeavors, Timberlake also dabbles in acting.
These Disney Channel stars have certainly made their mark on the world, inspiring thousands of fans across the world. Who among these big names is your favorite?
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