The definition of the millionaire has changed today with more and more young celebrities becoming millionaires before they reach the age of 30 years. Of course, we are not referring to those who inherit ancestral property. We have the people who have made it to this level on their strength alone.
Naturally, you have singers, actors, and sportspersons in this list. It is a pity we have to prune down this list to just the Top 11 when we could have included a score more easily. This makes us omit the likes of Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, Gareth Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, and others.
We were planning to make it as a Top 10 list but we found a tie at the 10th place forcing us to make it a star-studded team. The total earnings of the Top 11 in this list could be much more than the GDP of several African nations such as Somalia, Burundi, Congo, etc.
This is the list of the Top 11 highest paid and successful celebrities under the age of 30 years in 2017-2018
11. Jordan Spieth: $53 million – Age 23
At No. 11, we have the young golfing sensation, Jordan Spieth. Just 23 years of age, he is already the youngest winner of the US Open since 1923. The winner of two major titles this year, Jordan Spieth has raked in $53 million. He earns a huge amount of his fortune through endorsements of products such as Under Armor, Coca Cola, and Titleist. Of course, a major part of his earnings is through appearance fees at various golf tournaments.
10. Cam Newton: $53 million – Age 27
We have a tie at this spot with Cam Newton, the quarterback earning $53 million at the age of 27 years. He has also earned the sobriquet of being the Most Valuable Player of the NFL this year over the likes of Tom Brady and other illustrious names. Newton has the distinction of being the highest paid NFL endorser. In his free time, he produces and hosts TV shows such as the new Nickelodeon show I Wanna be.
9. The Weekend: $55 million – Age 26
The combined earning of the top 11 celebrities in this list might be higher than many African nations. However, the celebrity at No. 9 has African origins, being born to Ethiopian parents. We have The Weekend at No. 9 in this list. Winner of two Grammy Awards and eight Billboard Awards, The Weekend has earned $55 million this year. He is the latest entrant in the top 100 this year. Just 26 years of age, this Canadian musician has delivered many hits this year with his latest one, ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ being the No. 5 bestselling album of 2015.
8. Kevin Durant: $56 million – Age 28
Trust the basketball players to be high on the list because this is literally a high earning sport in the US. Kevin Durant is at No. 8 on this list of the Top 11 highest paid celebrities this year. This excellent basketball player has a very high point per game career average. At 27.5 points, he has the best average among the current players. He endorses the Nike brand. He has launched his own underwear line as well in collaboration with Neff and Foot Locker. At 28 years of age, earning $56 million is a great achievement.
7. Novak Djokovic: $56 million – Age 29
Tennis is one of the best paying sports in the world. Of course, you have to be at the top of your game throughout to rake in the millions. You can find more than a couple of tennis players in the Top 30. We have one of the greatest players of the modern era, Novak Djokovic, at No. 7. Aged 29 years, Novak has earned $56 million because of his exemplary performances on the tennis court. Having won 12 Grand Slam titles, only Rafael Nadal and the greatest of them all, Roger Federer are above him. He endorses many corporate brands such as Uniqlo, Adidas, and Seiko.
6. Justin Bieber: $56 million – Age 22
At the No. 6 spot, we have the youngest celebrity on this list, Justin Bieber, at just 22 years. Having raked in $56 million, this singing sensation is set to break all the records in the future. He has age on his side in addition to the abundance of talent. A favorite with his female fans, Justin Bieber has the looks to kill. He makes a huge part of this fortune through endorsements alone.
5. Rihanna: $57 million – Age 28
At No. 5, we have the Bajan beauty, Rihanna. She has made it a habit of featuring in various Top 10 celebrity lists. Famous for doing world tours, RiRi, (as her fans call her) has delivered innumerable hits. At the age of 28 years, she has already equaled the great Elvis Presley’s record of scoring 21 Top-5 singles. She is in her prime now. If she continues at this rate, she will create records that could prove hard to break. She has already earned $75 million, a majority of them through endorsement deals with corporate brands such as Dior, Samsung, Puma, etc.
4. Adele: $80.5 million – Age 29
Usually, you find the celebrities earning the bulk of their earnings through endorsement deals. Adele is one of the few celebrities who has earned a major part of $80.5 million through the sales of her music albums alone. She charges a huge appearance fee at the arenas where she performs frequently. Her new album sold more than 3.38 million copies last year. This is the highest point of her career.
3. Lionel Messi: $81.5 million – Age 29
Barcelona and Argentine fans adore him as God. We are referring to the one and only Lionel Messi. This gifted footballer is just 29 years of age and has already raked in a huge amount of $81.5 million in career earnings. As a skillful footballer, he does not have any equals at all. He lords over the pitch wherever he plays. Found guilty of a tax fraud in July 2015 and sentenced to a jail term of 21 months, he has appealed against the conviction. Of course, a major part of his millions is because of the endorsements from Adidas and Gatorade. Messi is at No. 3 in this list.
2. One Direction: $110 million – Age 22 to 24
Normally, we choose individual earnings to make up such Top 10 lists. However, we have a band comprising of four young singers in the age group of 22 years to 24 years at the No. 2 spot on this list. One Direction, a band comprising of Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson, has earned $110 million until date. This is in spite of their star Zayn Malik separating from the group last year.
1. Taylor Swift: $170 million – Age 26
At No.1, we have the pop star Taylor Swift with a total earning of $170 million at the age of 26 years. At this age itself, she has smashed the record of The Rolling Stones. With this kind of fame and fortune, one should expect the endorsement deals flowing thick and fast. She endorses many corporate brands some of which are Diet Coke, Apple, and Keds.
You have just seen the top 11 highest paid celebrities under the age of 30 years. If they continue with the same momentum, it can be difficult to imagine where they might land up when they decide to hang their boots.