The news loves to cover stories of child stars who have fallen out of the spotlight into despair, losing their fame and fortune before the age of 18 because of drug habits or questionable relationships. It’s sad to see the derailment of those that seemed to have such promising futures as children, but it makes for a good story and even better gossip.
Successful child stars, on the other hand, are rarely covered. Can you think of any in the news recently? We’ve compiled a list of 12 child stars who are still doing very well for themselves whether that’s on or off screen. Which child stars made the list? Some are big names, while others just held fame as a child. You might be surprised who has still managed to hang on to all of that old child star money.
#12 – Macaulay Culkin ($15 Million)
Macaulay Culkin is one of the surprises on this list since we haven’t seen him star in a film in a very, very long time. Culkin is worth $15 million thanks to huge earnings as a child star that he hasn’t squandered away. Most people assume that he’s broke because of his previous and maybe current (based on what he looks like right now) drug addiction, but he’s kept his wealth well in-tact.
For crying out loud, Culkin got Mila Kunis to go out with him from 2002 to 2010, so he’s been doing something right. If you need a reminder of Culkin’s starring roles as a kid, outside of “Home Alone,” he was also in “Uncle Buck”, “Richie Rich”, “My Girl” and “The Good Son”. Culkin might look like he’s entered his 40’s by now, but he’s only 34 years old with plenty of time to play around with the fortune he amassed as a little kid.
#11 – Angus T. Jones ($15 Million)
Angus is only 21 years old, so it’s not a huge surprise that he’s still rich, but the amount of money that he’s gathered is a bit mind-blowing. Jones starred on “Two and a Half Men” for nearly a decade as the son of Jon Cryer’s character, Alan Harper. Jones might seem a bit weird these days, but that seems par for anyone that has spent time hanging around Charlie Sheen.
Jones left the show because his views on the world were different than what was portrayed on “Two and a Half Men”. Jones considers himself to be very conservative and thus is a self-proclaimed hypocrite for taking the money from the show. Still, Jones was able to net $15 million in his time on the CBS sitcom. So hypocrite or not, he’s pretty much set for life after his decade-long run.