Many of the richest stars in Hollywood all have one thing in common – Disney. Whether we’re talking Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Zendaya, or Ryan Gosling, they’ve all got some kind of connection to old Walt. It could be through the films or the channel, it might have been 30 years or 3, but the association is there and so is the money. To find out which Disney alumnus has the biggest bank account, keep reading as we rank the 20 richest Disney stars of all time.
20. Zendaya – Net Worth: $15 Million
Realistically, how rich can a 24-year-old be? If your name’s Zendaya, very. Since making her name as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom “Shake It Up,” Zendaya has done everything from competing on “Dancing with the Stars” to starring as a drug-addled teen in the HBO drama series “Euphoria.” She’s also found time to release a studio album, launch a campaign to get young people voting, write a book, model, co-design a capsule collection with Tommy Hilfiger, and earn a $15 million nest egg.
19. Dylan and Cole Sprouse – Net Worth: $16 Million
Yes, we know they’re not the same person, and yes, we know twins should be treated as individuals. But they stared in the same Disney Channel hit (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” in case you were born pre-1995), they both earned $20k per episode, and they both have the same net worth. For those reasons, they both get to enjoy the status of the 19th richest Disney star of all time with a $16 million net worth.
18. Vanessa Hudgens – Net Worth: $16 Million
After impressing in her first feature film “Thirteen”, Vanessa Hudgens went on to impress even more as Gabriella Montez in the “High School Musical” film series. The franchise bought her fame, a recording contract, and her pick of film roles. Since putting her Disney years behind her, she’s starred in a huge variety of moves, including “The Princess Switch,” “Second Act”, and “Bad Boys for Life.” Now aged 32 years old, Hudgens is worth a whopping $16 million.
17. Brie Larson – Net Worth: $25 Million
Brie Larson has come a long way since starring in the Disney Channel film “Right on Track” in 2003. In 2013, her performance in the independent drama “Short Term 12” won her widespread acclaim, leading to further roles in the likes of “The Spectacular Now” (2013) and “Trainwreck” (2015). In 2015, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in “Room.” Since then, she’s moved into big-budget productions playing Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As of 2021, she’s worth $25 million.
16. Zac Efron – Net Worth: $24 Million
After getting a taste of success on the TV show “Summerland,” Zac Efron got a great big plate of it when he landed the role of Troy Bolton in the “High School Musical” trilogy. His school days might be far behind now, but his profile remains as high as ever thanks to roles in the likes of “New Year’s Eve” (2011), “The Lucky One” (2012), “The Paperboy” (2012), “Neighbors” (2014), “Dirty Grandpa” (2016), “Baywatch” (2017), and “The Greatest Showman” (2017). Just this year, he scored a Daytime Emmy Award for the Netflix web documentary series “Down to Earth with Zac Efron.” He’s now worth an estimated $24 million.
15. Shia LaBeouf – Net Worth: $25 Million
Shia LaBeouf might be a controversial figure these days, but before his substance abuse problems and runs in with the law became bigger news than his movies, he was Louis Stevens in Disney’s “Even Stevens”, a role that landed him a Daytime Emmy Award and more money than most 10-year-olds can even dream off. Regardless of whether his movie career recovers from the latest controversy (in December 2020, LaBeouf was sued by his former girlfriend FKA Twigs for sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress), he’s got enough in the bank to keep him from the unemployment line – by the latest estimates, he’s worth $25 million.
14. Hilary Duff – Net Worth: $25 Million
After landing a few minor parts in the likes of “Chicago Hope” and ” True Women” as a kid, Hilary Duff graduated to teen idol status when she was cast in the title role of the Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire.”. According to Wikipedia, the show was so popular, Disney made $100 million from the soundtracks, books, dolls, toys, and video games it released based on Duff’s character. After outgrowing the Disney channel, Duff made the successful transition to adult roles, earning acclaim for her performances in “According to Greta” and “Younger” She’s also built a successful music career – her last album, 2015’s “Breathe In. Breathe Out,” debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, becoming her fifth top-five album to date. Her net worth is $25 million.
13. Joseph Gordon Levitt – Net Worth: $35 Million
Joseph Gordon Levitt might be a serious thespian these days, but before he started impressing the critics in the likes of “500 Days of Summer” and “50/50,” he was entertaining the kids as an orphan who sees angels in Disney’s “Angels in the Outfield.” In addition to his acting career, Levitt has built a name for himself as a director and screenwriter – his next project, “Mr. Corman,” an upcoming comedy-drama for Apple TV+, will feature him on directing, writing, producing, and acting duties.
12. Joe Jonas – Net Worth: $40 Million
The Jonas Brothers’ debut album flopped. The same can’t be said of their second album, which not only turned them into every pre-teen’s favorite band, but which made them darlings of the Disney Channel. After showing off their acting chops in “Camp Rock” (2008), “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” (2010), “Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream” (2008–2010), and “Jonas” (2009–2010), the band officially parted ways in 2013. Since then, Joe has continued his attack on the charts as the lead vocalist of funk-pop band DNCE. According to Film Daily, Joe is the second richest of the Jonas Brothers with a net worth of $40 million.
11. Demi Lovato – Net Worth: $40 Million
Demi Lovato started their career on “Barney & Friends” before being discovered by Disney. Star turns in “Camp Rock” and “Sonny with a Chance” soon followed, as did a hugely successful recording career – Lovato’s seventh album, “Dancing with the Devil… the Art of Starting Over” reached number two on the Billboard 200 this year. After publically battling addiction, mental health issues, and bulimia for years, Lovato, who confirmed they identified as non-binary in May 2021, now advocates for health and mental health issues. By the latest reckoning, their net worth is $40 million.
10. Nick Jonas – Net Worth: $50 Million
With a net worth of $50 million, Nick Jonas ranks as the richest of the Jonas Brothers. Since the group rocketed to fame in Disney’s “Camp Rock,” Nick has enjoyed a phenomenally successful recording carer, first with his brothers and later as a solo artist. He’s also become something of a regular on our screens, starring as Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough in the “Jumanji” franchise and Boone Clemens in “Scream Queens.” In 2017, he added another string to his bow when he collaborated with sneaker company Creative Recreation to release his shoe collection, 1410. He also’s released a clothing line, fragrances, and launched a brand of tequila.
9. Raven Symone – Net Worth: $55 Million
After making her acting debut on “The Cosby Show” as Bill Cosby’s step-granddaughter Olivia, Raven-Symone’s career has gone from strength to strength. Her star turn as Raven Baxter on the Disney Channel television series “That’s So Raven” (2003–2007) earned her numerous accolades, as has her reprisal of the character in “Raven’s House ” (2017 – present). In between the two shows, she’s launched a successful recording career, co-hosted “The View,” dueted with Julie Andrews on “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” and bagged herself a $55 million fortune.
8. Anne Hathaway – Net Worth: $60 Million
Since breaking through on the Disney comedy “The Princess Diaries” as Mia Thermopolis, Anne Hathaway has earned success, fame, and not a little fortune via her roles in the likes of “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Les Misérables,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” and “The Witches.” Her earnings have grown in line with her fame (according to Celebrity Net Worth she made just $400,000 for 2001’s “The Princess Diaries” but a giant $10 million for 2012’s “Les Misérables”) and she’s now worth a reported $60 million.
7. Ryan Gosling – Net Worth: $70 Million
Before “The Notebook” turned him into a bonafide movie star, Ryan Gosling was best known for his career as a Mouseketeer on the Disney Channel’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Unfortunately, he didn’t get much airtime (he later revealed to The Marquee Blog that he wasn’t “up to snuff in comparison with what some of the other kids were able to do”) but it at least led to roles in other family entertainment shows like “Young Hercules” and “Goosebumps.” These days, he’s a multi-award winner known for hits like “La La Land,” “Blue Valentine,” “Lars and the Real Girl” and “Crazy Stupid Love.” His net worth is $70 million.
6. Selena Gomez – Net Worth: $75 Million
Like Demi Levato, Selena Gomez started her career as a child actor on “Barney & Friends” before Disney spotted her talents and handed her a starring role on “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Since those early days, she’s become as well known for her musical talents as her acting ones – according to ChartMasters, she’s managed to rack up 5.7 million album sales spread over 6 studio albums. She’s also launched fragrance, handbag, clothing, and makeup lines, along with a production company named July Moonhead Production. As of 2021, she’s worth the grand total of $75 million.
5. Emma Watson – Net Worth: $80 million
While most of the other stars on our list rose to fame off the back of their Disney success, Emma Watson was already an A-lister when she starred as Belle in Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” By the time she left her teens, Watson was a multi-millionaire thanks to the $40 million she earned as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. Her paychecks aren’t quite so big these days, but according to nickiswift.com, she’s still making around $15 to $20 million per year for her film roles, something which pushes her total net worth to a very impressive $80 million.
4. Britney Spears – Net Worth: $115 Million
Before she hit the big time with “… Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears was a Mouseketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club.” It was there she met future (now former) boyfriend Justin Timberlake, there she’d first begin to be pitted against Christina Aguilera, and there she began to lay the foundations for a fortune that now amounts to a mammoth $115 million.
3. Christina Aguilera – Net Worth: $160 Million
Along with fellow Mouseketeer Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera is widely credited for reviving teen pop in the 90s. Since then, she’s put her Dirrty days behind her to build a lasting career that spans music, film, and TV. She’s appeared as a mentor on “The Voice,” embarked on a residency in Las Vegas, been named one of 100 most influential people in the world by Time, and amassed a net worth of $160 million.
2. Miley Cyrus – Net Worth: $160 Million
The daughter of country star Billy Ray Cyrus was never going to be short on rent, but Miley Cyrus is an independently wealthy woman, with a net worth that’s estimated to be around $160 million. Since shooting to fame as the lead in the Disney Channel sitcom “Hannah Montana,” she’s sold millions of records, got married, got divorced, stuck her tongue out, bought the mullet back into fashion, and earned herself a place in the history books as one of the Disney Channel’s richest alumni.
1. Justin Timberlake – Net Worth: $250 Million
Finally, we come to the richest Disney star of all time. The title goes to Justin Timberlake, a former Mouseketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club” whose credits include a stint with one of the best-selling boy bands of all time (NSYNC, in case you were wondering), a hugely successful solo career, a marriage to Jessica Biel, numerous film roles, 10 Grammy awards, and a net worth that Wealthy Gorilla estimates to be $250 million.