If you think that the only famous stars who began on Disney channel are Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and the Jonas Brothers, then you’re mistaken. There are bunch of other artists who started out as Disney child actors.
The stars on the list below aren’t just stunning, they also have talents that made them rise above the rest. And another thing they have in common? They all have to thank Disney for giving them the break that they deserve. We present to you the 10 richest artists who started on the Disney channel.
1. Britney Spears—$200 million net worth
The famous pop icon began her career on The New Mickey Mouse Club as a mousekeeter. When she began to take a shift in her career and went from acting to singing, Britney Spears released a lot of songs that contradicted Christina Aguilera‘s sexy image and lyrics. At the time, she was that girl-next-door type of artist. She later on produced sexier songs. Two of them are “Oops, I Did It Again” and “Slave for You.”
2. Miley Cyrus—$150 million net worth
Looking at the way she dresses now, it can be hard to believe it, but as we all probably know, Miley Cyrus was the adorable Hannah Montana. Before Miley rode a “Wrecking Ball,” she was that teen living a double life and singing her little heart out as Hannah Montana. The hit Disney series was loved by everyone, old and young alike, making her career soar.
3. Christina Aguilera—$100 million net worth
Like Britney Spears, Christina used to be a mousekeeter in The New Mickey Mouse Club before she started her career as a music artist. Her transition proved to be beneficial for her because her albums were total hits. She even had a breakthrough single entitled, you guess it—”Genie in a Bottle.” Her estimated earning every year is said to be $100 million.
4. Raven Symone—$53 million net worth
At the young age of two, Raven Symone got into modeling, which was basically her first taste of the spotlight. She was then able to star in a couple of commercials and was quick to change her focus on acting instead of doing advertisements. She was able to later on get a role on the The Cosby Show. But it was her debut sitcom That’s So Raven that made her a legend in the industry.
5. Hilary Duff—$25 million net worth
Hilary Duff began her career as a child actress by being in television commercials and participating in local theater plays. But it was the hit Disney television show Lizzie McGuire that gave her the big break she deserved. Before she left Disney to pursue her passion for music, she starred in a couple of films. Every year, Hilary gets an estimated $25 million.
6. Demi Lovato—$15 million net worth
Although Demi Lovato has a really fruitful career in music, it was her first few acting stints in Disney movies that helped her make a name in the industry. What made her popular was the musical movie Camp Rock, where she played the lead role alongside the Jonas Brothers. She was able to tug at everyone’s heartstrings because of her innocent but spirited character in the movie.
7. Selena Gomez—$9.5 million net worth
Selena Gomez started her career through Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place. From being a teenage actress, she quickly rose to fame as a pop star. The annual income she gets is from the movies she shot and the albums she sold. She is set to do a series of live shows next year for her 2016 Revival Tour.
8. Brenda Song—$7.5 million net worth
Brenda Song began her career in acting by starring in a number of commercials, although she really wanted to become part in television shows and movies. Then something amazing happened. Disney chose her to play the role of London Tipton in The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, helping her gain whopping amount of annual income and worldwide fame.
9. Ashley Tisdale—$6 million net worth
Ashley Tisdale, like Brenda Song, also starred in The Suite Life of Zach and Cody. The show was also her first big break, which later on opened new doors for new movie projects. She was eventually cast as the female antagonist in High School Musical as the iconic Sharpay Evans.
However, what really caused her net worth to skyrocket was when she landed a role in Hellcats. Rumor has it that she makes a whopping $30,000 per episode.
10. Vanessa Hudgens—$5 million net worth
We all know Vanessa Hudgens as one of the female protagonist in the hit musical movie High School Musical. Vanessa got the role in 2005 and got paired with Zac Efron, with whom she later on formed a special romantic relationship in real life. Following the success of the movie, she later on starred in other movies like Sucker Punch and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
They started out small, but they used that opportunity to make it big. Looking at how much these Disney stars are earning now tells us that for an aspiring talent to reach the status of being an icon in the industry, it takes patience and determination.