August 8, 2008
The three stars of Harry Potter have been named as some of the richest young entertainers in the world, with leading man Daniel Radcliffe taking home the biggest teen pay packet.
The 19-year-old actor pocketed an estimated 12.8million ($25million) last year, according to Forbes' magazine's Rich Tween List.
Tying with Radcliffe in joint first place is Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, who also took home 12.8million.
While many of the celebrities on the list are no longer teens, they appear on the list because of the eight-to-14 demographic they appeal to.
Radcliffe signed an estimated 25.6million contract this year to star in the big-screen adaptations of the final two books in the JK Rowling novel series.
He will next been seen on screen in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince in November.
Meanwhile, Radcliffe's co-stars Emma Watson, 18, and Rupert Grint, 19, have also made the top 10, landing at seven and nine respectively.
Playing Hermione helped Watson net 2.8million, while Grint earned slightly less with 2.6million.
Joining Radcliffe at No.1 is Cyrus, who has become a marketing dream for Disney after starring in their TV series Hannah Montana, about a schoolgirl who lives a double life as a famous pop star by night.
Cyrus, daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, has made her fortune from record sales, merchandising and her TV salary.
The 15-year-old is set to up her earnings later this year after signing a book deal and filming a big-screen version of Hannah Montana.
In third place were twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who found fame as babies on the U.S. TV show Full House, with 7.7million.
The 22-year-olds launched their merchandising machine in the mid-1990s, shortly after the end of Full House.
They starred in a series of TV shows together, including Two Of A Kind and So Little Time, as well as host of straight-to-video movies.
They currently control Dualstar, which produces tween merchandise and clothing.
Following close behind are another family - relative newcomers The Jonas Brothers, who earned 6.1million thanks to sales of their two albums and their Disney TV show.
The Jonas Brothers comprise New Jersey siblings Nick, 15; Kevin, 20; and Joe Jonas, 18.
The Forbes list also includes three High School Musical stars - Zac Efron at five, Vanessa Hudgens at 10 and Ashley Tisdale at six.
Efron, 20, made 3million from his burgeoning acting career, which included a role as Link Larkin in last year's Hairspray remake.
His co-star Tisdale, 23, who has released a solo pop album, earned 2.8million while his real-life and on-screen girlfriend Hudgens, 19, took home 1.6million.
Singer/actress Hilary Duff, 20, who leaped to fame in Disney's Lizzie McGuire show, came in at eight with 2.6million.
Top 10 Highest Earning 'Tweens'
1. Daniel Radcliffe - $25 million (12.8 million)
Miley Cyrus -$25 million (12.8 million)
3. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen - $15 million (7.7 million)
4. Jonas Brothers - $12 million (6.1 million)
5. Zac Efron - $5.8 million (3 million)
6. Ashley Tisdale - $5.5 million (2.8 million)
7. Emma Watson - $5.5 million (2.8 million)
8. Hillary Duff - $5 million (2.6 million)
9. Rupert Grint - $5 million (2.6 million)
10. Vanessa Anne Hudgens $3.2 million (1.6 million