Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kristen Stewart Top Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities Under 30

13 July 2012 by

Yesterday Forbes published its list of the ‘Highest-Paid Celebrities Under 30’ and guess what? Women are ruling the roost - huzzah! Five female singers made the list including our very own Adele and crush-du-jour Rihanna. Kristen Stewart made the top 10 too thanks to being the Twilight Queen and also bagging the starring role in Snow White and the Huntsman alongside Charlize Theron. Just think of all the comfy trainers she can buy with the cool $34.5 million she pocketed last year!

But the number one spot was nabbed by country darling Taylor Swift who earned an eye-watering $57 million between May 2011 and May 2012. As Forbes notes, each of the 22-year-old singer’s three albums have gone platinum at least four times, meaning that in these days of waning music sales, Swifty can be counted on to sell at least 4 million copies of every album. And let's not forget her concerts, which bring in an average of $1 million per night, as well as her work with CoverGirl. Blimey.

And the highest-ranking man on the list? Yep, it's Justin Bieber, who is just EIGHT.TEEN. God, we feel old. Kristen's dreamy boyfriend Robert Pattinson also scraped into the Top 10, making R-Pattz and K-Stew THE hottest (and richest) young couple on the planet. But, err, how did Taylor Lautner beat Mr Pattz?

To determine who the highest-paid celebrities under 30 are, Forbes considers album and concert sales, movie paydays, profit participation, endorsements and advertising work. The magazine also talks to managers, agents, lawyers and other in-the-know folks to come up with the estimates. Click through the gallery above to see the full top ten...


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