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Ariana Grande, Drake and Other Child Actors Who Went on to Make Millions in Music

Drake Net Worth: $55 Million

He’s one of the biggest rappers in the game today, but Aubrey “Drake” Graham got his start in the entertainment industry as a child actor. “That’s all I wanted to do, at first,” he said in an interview with GQ. “I loved music. I just didn’t necessarily believe in music being the focus right away.” 

Drake’s first big break came in 2001, when he landed the role of Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” He went on to star in a number of other TV series, but focused more on music as he got older. 

In 2006, Drake released a mix tape, which began to pave the way for his major commercial success. Since then, he has solidified himself as a talented rapper, with a number of hits such as “Take Care,” “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Headlines.”

His net worth is currently estimated at $55 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.

Ariana Grande Net Worth: $12 Million

Ariana Grande’s first big break came in 2008, when she was cast in the Broadway musical “13.” She made her television debut back in 2009, appearing on “The Battery’s Down” as Bat Mitzvah Riffer. After appearing on a number of other shows, Grande landed a leading role in 2010 on “Victorious” as Cat Valentine. Since then, she’s gone on to star in other series, including “Sam & Cat.”

Grande released her first single, “Put Your Hearts Up,” in 2011 and quickly became a pop sensation. Her first full-length album, “Yours Truly,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and boasts hits such as “The Way,” “Baby I” and “Right There.” Her second studio album, “My Everything,” was even nominated for a Grammy for best pop vocal album.

CelebrityNetWorth reports the singer currently has an estimated net worth of $12 million, and it will most likely continue to increase — especially now that she’s returning to television. Grande is expected to appear in Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens” later this year.

Drake Net Worth: $55 Million

He’s one of the biggest rappers in the game today, but Aubrey “Drake” Graham got his start in the entertainment industry as a child actor. “That’s all I wanted to do, at first,” he said in an interview with GQ. “I loved music. I just didn’t necessarily believe in music being the focus right away.” 

Drake’s first big break came in 2001, when he landed the role of Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” He went on to star in a number of other TV series, but focused more on music as he got older. 

In 2006, Drake released a mix tape, which began to pave the way for his major commercial success. Since then, he has solidified himself as a talented rapper, with a number of hits such as “Take Care,” “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Headlines.”

His net worth is currently estimated at $55 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.

Miley Cyrus Net Worth: $160 Million

Miley Cyrus first rose to fame as the title character in “Hannah Montana.” She starred in the television show from 2006 to 2011 alongside her country music superstar father, Billy Rae Cyrus. But to be fair, she wasn’t just acting — she sang on the show as well, which helped launch her music career.

Cyrus now has a slew of hits under her belt, including “Wrecking Ball,” “Party in the U.S.A.,” “The Climb,” “See You Again” and “We Can’t Stop.” She was even nominated for her first Grammy in 2015 for her album “Bangerz.”

People can’t get enough of Cyrus, and this popularity has allowed her to amass a hefty net worth that’s currently estimated at $160 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.

Hilary Duff Net Worth: $25 Million

Hilary Duff has been an accomplished actress and singer for nearly two decades. The 27 year old got her start as an extra in the 1997 TV movie “True Women” and gradually rose to fame as the title character in the Disney Channel hit series “Lizzie McGuire.”

But in addition to her acting skills, Duff has some impressive vocals. Her voice earned her a number of spots on the charts, for songs like “So Yesterday” and “Come Clean.” In summer 2014, she released “Chasing the Sun” with RCA Records.

She’s now a mother of one, but that hasn’t slowed her down. Duff is reportedly working on a new album, and she currently stars in the show “Younger.” Duff’s squeaky-clean image has solidified her as America’s sweetheart, and her talents have allowed her to earn a net worth currently estimated at $25 million, reports CelebrityNetWorth.

Britney Spears Net Worth: $130 Million

When she was 8 years old, Britney Spears tried out for “The All New Mickey Mouse Club,” but was turned down because she was too young. She tried out again three years later, became a mouseketeer and the rest is history.

More than two decades later, the 33 year old has become an international pop sensation. Idolator reports Spears’ debut album, “…Baby One More Time,” sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Since then, the pop princess has gone on to churn out hits such as “Till the World Ends,” “Womanizer,” “Circus” and “I Wanna Go.”

In 2013, Spears signed a two-year deal for a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, initially worth $310,000 per show. However, that number later increased to $475,000 per show. Spears’ net worth is currently estimated at $130 million.

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Christina Aguilera Net Worth: $130 Million

Thanks to her powerful voice, Christina Aguilera was able to establish herself as one of the most talented singers in pop culture. But many people might not realize she has been rocking the stage since starring on “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” alongside Spears and other pop sensations.

The 34-year-old mother of two and star of the hit show “The Voice” is behind a number of hit songs, such as “Beautiful,” “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants” and “Come on Over Baby (All I Want is You).”

Affectionately referred to as “Xtina” by her fans, Aguilera’s talents have earned her a net worth currently estimated at $130 million, reports CelebrityNetWorth.

Justin Timberlake Net Worth: $175 Million

He might not have won “Star Search” at the age of 11, but since then Justin Timberlake has proven that his talents seemingly have no limits. Timberlake appeared on “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” with Spears, Aguilera and his future ‘NSYNC bandmate JC Chasez. He joined the band at 14 years old and quickly became an international sensation.

In 2002, he solidified himself as a talented solo artist with the release of his debut album, “Justified.” Timberlake has gone on to create a number of other hit albums, including “FutureSex/LoveSounds” and “The 20/20 Experience.” He also has nine Grammy Awards.

Although known for his singing, Timberlake has also established himself on the big screen, appearing in films such as “The Social Network,” “Bad Teacher” and “In Time.” All this success has earned him a net worth currently estimated at $175 million.

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Selena Gomez Net Worth: $18 Million

The 22-year-old pop superstar is known for hits such as “The Heart Wants What it Wants” and “Come & Get It,” but Selena Gomez got her start as Giana on the popular children’s show “Barney & Friends” in 2002. The Texas native scored parts in multiple TV shows such as Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” which eventually led her to the big screen. Gomez starred in “Ramona and Beezus,” “Monte Carlo” and “Spring Breakers.” 

In an interview with Us Weekly last year, Gomez said, “I’ve auditioned for every movie I’ve been a part of, and I’ve wanted to genuinely feel like I earned it.”

CelebrityNetWorth estimates her net worth is $18 million.

Demi Lovato Net Worth: $20 Million

Like Gomez, Demi Lovato got her start on “Barney & Friends” more than 10 years ago. “At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV,” Lovato told Cosmopolitan magazine in 2013.

She began working with the Disney Channel in 2007, appearing in various TV shows and movies such as “As the Bell Rings,” “Camp Rock” and “Sonny with a Chance.”

While she continues to appear on TV intermittently — she was in a few episodes during the fifth season of “Glee” and was a judge on the U.S. version of “The X Factor” — Lovato has been focusing more on her singing career in recent years. She’s had a number of hits, including “Give Your Heart a Break,” “Heart Attack” and “Let It Go.” 

Lovato’s net worth is estimated at $20 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.

Fergie Net Worth: $45 Million

Many people probably don’t realize the solo artist and singer of the Black Eyed Peas actually got her start as an actress. Fergie, born Stacy Ann Ferguson, was the voice of Sally Brown in the 1984 TV movie “It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown.” She went on to appear in a number of other TV shows, movies and feature films, including “Married with Children,” “Kids Incorporated” and “Mr. Belvedere.”

In 2003, she joined the Black Eyed Peas and helped catapult the group to success with hits like “Where is the Love,” “Hey Mama” and “Let’s Get It Started.” Josh Duhamel’s wife has also achieved success as a solo artist, with a slew of hits that include “Glamorous,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Fergalicious.”

Fergie took a six-year hiatus from her solo career, but released her latest single “LA Love” in late 2014. She told Digital Spy in January 2015 that she’s working on a new album. “I’m completely involved in finishing the album, and I’m razor-sharp focused,” she said.

Fergie’s net worth is estimated at $45 million, reports CelebrityNetWorth.

Janet Jackson Net Worth: $175 Million

Janet Jackson is one of the world’s most famous recording artists, but she actually worked as a child actress while her brothers were making hits as the Jackson 5. Jackson starred in a number of TV series as a child, including “Good Times,” “A New Kind of Family,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Love Boat” and “Fame.” 

Since her acting days, she’s achieved massive success as a solo artist, with many No. 1 hits. Her first Billboard chart topper was “When I Think of You,” and she found similar success with “Again,” “That’s the Way Love Goes” and “Love Will Never Do (Without You).”

According to CelebrityNetWorth, Jackson’s net worth is a whopping $175 million.