These actors haven’t even hit 30 yet, and they already have enough cash to fill a swimming pool with gold coins and swim around in it like Scrooge McDuck. Each one of these young talents is laughing all the way to the bank, but which one has the loudest chuckle? That’s exactly what we want to know! So we’re pitting them all against each other in a winner-takes-all battle — metaphorically of course, we’re not sadists — to see who walks away with the gold. These are the 30 wealthiest actors under 30 right now.
30. Halle Bailey ($3 million)
At 23 years young, Halle Bailey already has enough talent to turn the tide of her career, and it runs in the family, too. She started out as a musician: specifically, one half of a double act with her equally gifted sister Chloe as the five-times-Grammy-nominated Chloe x Halle.
Bailey’s acting skills secured her the role as Sky Forster in TV’s Grown-ish, and she rode that wave to a role in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. See what we did there? As long as she doesn’t trade her voice to a sea witch, she has a bright future in both movies and music.
29. Rachel Zegler ($3 million)
Believe it or not, 22-year-old Rachel Zegler actually got her first taste of fame when she performed a cover song of Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” on YouTube. Now she’s making Hollywood dance to her tune following her stellar performance as Maria in 2021’s West Side Story, having beaten 30,000 other actresses to the punch.
Zegler’s lyrical voice has already secured her a role as a Disney princess in the upcoming live-action remake of Snow White — as Snow herself, obviously — and her acting is just as strong. She’s showing just how much survivability she has with her lead role in the future Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
28. Caleb McLaughlin ($3 million)
When young people dream of being millionaire actors, tell them stranger things have happened — literally. Caleb McLaughlin is 21 now, and while he’s been acting on television shows since 2014, perhaps you saw him first on Broadway where he hit the boards as young Simba in The Lion King. McLaughlin is a triple threat: he can act, sing, and dance.
Still, McLaughlin’s true claim to fame came along in 2016 when he took the role of Lucas Sinclair in the hit Netflix show Stranger Things. His team told IMDb, “Caleb is a well-balanced kid and a true humanitarian. He loves God, his family and appreciates all those who support him on this journey.”
27. Noah Schnapp ($3 million)
Remember Will Byers, the kid trapped in the Upside Down in Stranger Things? Well, he’s more grown up than you might think now; he’s 19, and he’s still the focal point of some of the show’s spooky storylines. He’s also had several big-screen roles, including the award-winning Spielberg thriller, Bridge of Spies.
Influential Schnapp is a big win for representation in the LGBTQ+ community, too. He recently came out as gay, accompanied by the comment — spoiler alert — “I guess I’m more similar to Will than I thought.” So that’s an insight into both a young star’s life and a hint of things to come for the show.