A list to make your early twenties seem inadequate


Forbes has compiled a list of the top 20 under 25. Top 20 to donate the majority of their salary to literacy programs or food aid overseas? Come on, if that were true, Angelina Jolie would be president, with Brad Pitt as First Lady. They’re the 20 top-earners under 25, of course (and “Forbes” probs gave that away).

Without further adieu:

1. LeBron James, $27 million
2. Reggie Bush, $24 million
3. Maria Sharapova, $23 million
4. Michelle Wie, $19 million
5. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, $17 million each
6. Daniel Radcliffe, $15 million
7. Hilary Duff, $12 million
8. Avril Lavigne, $12 million
9. Carmelo Anthony, $10 million
10. Keira Knightley, $9 million
11. Carrie Underwood, $7 million
12. Scarlett Johansson, $5 million
13. Mischa Barton, $4.5 million
14. Dakota Fanning, $4 million
15. Emma Watson, $4 million
16. Rupert Grint, $4 million
17. Miley Cyrus, $3.5 million
18. Lindsay Lohan, $3.5 million
19. Mandy Moore, $3.5 million
20. Frankie Muniz, $3 million

A couple of notes: first, how did “Malcolm in the Middle” star Frankie Muniz still pull in $3 million this year? Did he finally sell off his car collection? And wasn’t Lindsay Lohan in rehab for most of 2007?

Second, I’m wondering how Rupert Grint and Emma Watson feel about their costar, Daniel Radcliffe, earning nearly triple their salaries this year when they are quite the onscreen trio. Though to be fair, that’s like a movie about the Supremes: the actress playing Diana Ross would most definitely earn more than the actresses playing Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. Also, kudos to Hilary Duff and Avril Lavigne for continuing to sell albums. Oops, almost forgot Mischa Barton–looks like ending “The OC” and spending her days trying out high-waisted trends and drinking coffee around Robertson Blvd has worked out well for her. Puts her half a million above consistently-working actress Dakota Fanning, and that’s all for doing nothing.

I’ll admit, with the exception of Lohan, I was glad to see an absence of tabloid staples on this list. Paris, Britney, et al…they’re too old for this working hard crap. But just the right age for a crotch flash.

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