Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber are the best-paid stars under 30. Think of all the Ramen they could buy!


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Ah, to be young. Youth is a wonderful and tumultuous time filled with exciting career prospects, rocky romances, and making millions of dollars from touring the world, singing, and wearing zany outfits. Okay, so not so much for most under 30-somethings. (In fact, for most under 30-somethings, take out that last part and just add in “Paying off student loans and sharing an apartment with roughly seven people.”) But, then again, Lady Gaga has never been like most under 30-somethings.

The seemingly unstoppable pop star, who is just 25 years old, tops this year’s Forbes list of the best-paid celebrities that are under the age of 30. Forbes estimates that, over the past year, Lady Gaga has earned upwards of $90 million, thanks largely in part to her massive touring schedule and record sales.

Still, Gaga, who rocketed up from No. 3 spot where she sat last year, isn’t the only one making me grateful Cribs isn’t still around to make me wonder where things all went terribly, terribly wrong for me. Justin Bieber comes in at a distant — but still staggeringly impressive — second place with an estimated gross income of $53 million. Yes, the 17-year-old, who spent his past year touring, making a successful 3-D concert movie, and deeply upsetting us with his public displays of affection with girlfriend Selena Gomez, made scads of money while doing it.

Rounding out the top three is the Miami Heat’s 26-year-old forward LeBron James, who made about $48 million, thanks to his NBA salary and cushy endorsement deals. (Guess he’s having the last laugh now… Nope, I was wrong, the Mavericks victory is still completely satisfying.) But, James is hardly the only athlete on the list. Among just some of the top-earning physically fit youths are James’ 29-year-old teammate Dwyane Wade, who made $26 million, and 24-year-old tennis champ Maria Sharapova, who earned $24 million.

Besides athletes, the other dominate trend on the Forbes list was, as we saw with Gaga, the appearance of pop divas. To name a few: Taylor Swift, 21 ($45 million), Katy Perry, 26 ($44 million), Beyoncé Knowles, 29 ($35 million), Rihanna, 23 ($29 million), Miley Cyrus, 18 ($15 million), and Carrie Underwood, 28 ($15 million).

And since no PopWatch post would be complete without a Twilight mention, we’re happy to report that Robert Pattinson, 25, and Kristen Stewart, 21, both made $20 million. That income was raked in thanks to not only Eclipse and both Breaking Dawn films, but their work in other non-Twilight flicks, like Water for Elephants and The Runaways, respectively.

Which star are you most surprised to see — or not see, for that matter — on the Forbes list of the best-paid celebs under 30 years old, PopWatchers? Or are you far too busy rationing your Ramen to care? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  • Woot

    90 million? Daaaaaang.

    • Jenckles

      Haters can hate and make up lies and twist stories to justify their hate.
      But money is fact and it never lies. And what this money says is that people love Gaga and WANT to buy her albums and see her live.
      $90 million, I bet it is making haters cry.

      • whatevs

        Relax. Although she has a lot of fans, her genre of music is polarizing. Not everyone likes it, and although some people display their frustration poorly, it’s understandable.

      • crispy

        I like Gaga just fine. It’s her hyperbolic fans that get so tiresome.

    • stu

      how much to charity?
      that’s the list i wanna see!

    • Jazz

      This makes me NOT feel bad about downloading music illegally.

    • Jazz

      This makes me not feel bad about illegally downloading music.

  • Dude

    Carrie only made $15 million? I know that’s a lot of money, I’m just surprised she didn’t make more.

    • Well…

      While you can be a HUGE country star, it doesn’t translate the same as in pop dollars. The audience isn’t as large. But she is the most successful Idol.

      • Dude

        I don’t know, the audience might not be as large, but country stars have a very (possible the most) loyal fanbase, so their CDs tend to do really well. & Carrie has had endorsements just like Katy Perry. Though I don’t know how Carrie’s tour was, which I think is where most of the revenue comes in from.

      • Well…

        I think it’s the touring. Carrie is an undisputed superstar in her genre for sure. (I don’t personally listen to much country) But I think it’s the touring that pushes Gaga over the limit. Did you see how long the Monster Ball went on? It’s crazy how much that girl works.

    • Dude

      No I’m not much of a Gaga fan. I’m a casual fan meaning I enjoy some songs of hers, but I don’t go further than buying a song or two. But I know she puts so much heart & soul into her performances & works insanely during her tours. So I respect her for that! & yea I assume it’s her tours that put her on top. I’ve never seen the Monster Ball, but my friend saw it & said it was ridiculous (in a good way).

  • Hermione

    This depressed me. But I love Ramen; I’m gonna go eat some.

  • Stacie

    All I can think of when I see those numbers is that I hope they all have good investment managers that’ll make it last.

  • Rebecca Black

    I made $15! Where is my shoutout?

    • Hermione


  • Mr. Holloway

    Not quite Lohan-esque (and certainly NOT Winehouse-esque), but she is a rough-looking 25.

  • Jane

    My advice to those on this list – learn from MC Hammer, Nic Cage, Toni Braxton and Mike Tyson’s mistakes.

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  • Hiliarylade

    Uhm..i tink its preddi gud…n..intresting dough dnt xpect khloe.k 2 be on d list buh its al gud am xcited bout dat n hopn dere iz gonna be money managmnt…

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