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Eight Richest Musicians in Their Teens and 20s

See also "The 15 Richest Musicians: From Jay-Z to Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Dr. Dre" -- plus "Ten Richest DJs: From Pauly D to Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, and Tiesto."

Just two months after naming "World's Most Powerful Celebrities," Forbes is back on the arbitrary list beat and ranking the "Highest-Paid Stars under 30."

Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber made a combined $122 million last year, earning them the top two spots on this coveted list. In fact, the top five highest-paid celebrities under 30 last year were musicians, and the average age was an impressive 23 years old.

So while the young stars of Twilight may have raked in over $25 million each last year, it's the musicians who were "Rolling in the Deep" sea of dolla, dolla bills, y'all.

Check out the eight richest musicians in their teens and 20s.

8. Skrillex, 24: $15 Million

Just eight years ago, Sonny Moore was the lead singer of a mediocre post-hardcore band. But then in 2010, he took on the name Skrillex, dropped a free EP on his MySpace and took dubstep mainstream. A year later, he won three Grammys while also being named Electronic Dance Music Artist of the Year by MTV. Oh, and he made more money than a music blogger would in three lifetimes.

7. Lil Wayne, 29: $27 Million

He's not actually a billionaire, but Weezy's still paid. As the Young Money Cash Money Billionaire boss, homie rakes in a sweet chunk of change each year. He's also got mad pull over his artists, deciding if and when they perform and whether or not Drake should squash his beef with Chris Brown.

 

6. Adele, 24: $30 Million

Adele is definitely not "Someone Like You." She's rich. Like, really rich. At just 24 years old, Adele is one of the wealthiest, contemporary entertainers on the planet, and it's all because of a bad relationship.

5. Katy Perry, 27: $45 Million

Katy Perry's $45 million could've easily turned into $22.5 million had ex-husband Russell Brand come after her fortune in their divorce settlement. Instead, both parties walked away from the marriage amicably and Perry got to keep her millions.

 

4. Lady Gaga, 26: $52 Million

She's not on the "Edge of Glory," Lady Gaga's on top of a mountain of money. Thanks to her "little monsters," Mother Monster's managed to accumulate a large fortunate in a very short period of time.

3. Rihanna, 24: $53 Million

An 85-night tour, coconut water endorsement deal, and Nivea lotion helped Rihanna earn an estimated $53 million in just 12 months. But it's the fact she's far more paid than Chris Brown that's the most rewarding.

 

2. Justin Bieber, 18: $55 Million

Who barely graduated high school this year, thinks that Sistine Chapel is the Sixteenth chapel, and has fan base made up primarily of 12-year-old girls? That's right, the second richest celebrity under 30, Justin Bieber.

1. Taylor Swift, 22: $57 Million

She's a CoverGirl spokesperson and her concerts bring in about $1 million a night. No wonder Taylor Swift's the wealthiest celebrity under 30.

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