Walt Disney started his career as an artist, creating the most iconic animated character, Mickey Mouse while he was doodling on the train. Today, Disney is the most well known name in the entertainment business and has produced numerous classic movies like Mary Poppins, the Lion King and Frozen, winning many awards for them as well.
The Disney channel – which was how they got into the television business – has given us classics like Lizzie McGuire and Hannah Montana. Starring in one of these shows opens the industry for young stars that have eyes on bigger roles. Many of the famous stars in entertainment and music today have found their beginnings in these shows.
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Following are the top 10 richest Disney stars in 2018
10. Dove Cameron
This 21-year-old found her debut when she played double roles as two sisters in the 2013 show Liv and Maddie which ran for 4 seasons. She is known not only for her acting skills, but also for her beautiful voice which she has used on stage for plays like Mamma Mia and Hairspray. Besides being in Liv and Maddie, she has also made appearances on famous shows like the Mentalist and Shameless. She also portrayed the daughter of the evil fairy Maleficent in the television movie Descendants and Descendants 2. She has been nominated quite a few times for the Teen Choice Award.
9. Emily Osment
Best known as Lily Truscott, the best friend of Hannah Montana on the show of the same name, Emily Osment was a Disney start for quite some time. She became famous after acting as the bratty Gerti Giggles in the Spy Kids franchise. She has also made appearances on shows like Friends, Two and a Half Men, Mom, and voice acted for the Family Guy. Currently, she is starring on Young and Hungry as the lead.
After leaving Hannah Montana she went to establish a singing career, with many of her singles being featured on Disney albums.
8. Joe Jonas
This American actor and singer found his beginnings in the band Jonas Brothers, which he started with his two brothers Nick and Kevin. Though their first attempts were not very successful, they were picked up by Disney who helped them in advancing their career. They also starred in movies like Camp Rock and many series and documentaries about the life of the band.
After the band split, Joe found his own band DNCE and had hit singles like Cake by the Ocean and Kissing Strangers which have made the Billboard pop charts.
7. Sabrina Carpenter
This 18-year-old started her career in the very successful Disney show Girl Meets World in 2013 in which she plays Maya Hart opposite Rowan Blanchard. Girl Meets World was a sequel to the 1993 series Boy Meets World.
She has also had a singing career which began with her single Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying which was first premiered on Radio Disney in the year 2014.
6. Bridgit Mendler
Though her career started on the animated movie The Legend of Buddha, she found her now famous role as Juliet van Heusen on the Disney show The Wizard of Waverley Place, in which she acted next to Selena Gomez. Later, she acted in many Disney movies like Good Luck Chuck and Lemonade Mouth. She has had two songs on the Billboard top 100 list from the soundtrack of the movie Lemonade Mouth. She had a fairly successful career with her debut album ‘Hello My Name Is’.
5. Hillary Duff
Hillary Duff played the lead role in Lizzy McGuire, which was the earliest and most successful show in the beginning years of Disney channel. She has found much fame and admiration from the teens who saw her show and she had attained a superstar status very early in her professional life. She has also has had a successful career with movies like Lizzy McGuire movie, Agent Cody Banks, Cheaper by the Dozen franchise and A Cinderella Story.
She has had a strong music career with albums like Dignity and Most Wanted, the last one achieving Platinum status. She is now a mother with one son and has been active in many charities involving children.
4. Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas started his career as the guitarist of the band the Jonas Brothers, which he formed with his elder brothers Kevin and Joe. He was a young heartthrob and saw much following from teenage girls of that generation. They performed on stage and in music videos with many stars of Disney like Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus. He made his movie debut with Camp Rock with the band and Demi Lovato and later went on to have their own show on the channel.
After the split, he had a successful solo career, with his single Jealous making to the top 10 of The Billboard Chart. Recently he has starred in the television show Kingdom which looks into behind the scene business involved in the Mixed Martial Arts industry.
3. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez started her career on the children’s show Barney and Friends. Soon enough, she was picked by Disney to star in their show Wizards of Waverly Place as the mischievous Alex Russo, a wizard in learning who causes trouble on a daily basis. She had a successful and rewarding career on this show while starring in other shows like Hannah Montana as a guest and in Disney movies like Another Cinderella Story and Princess Protection Program.
After the end of the show, she got serious about her music career and has had a quite successful one with many of her singles topping many Billboard Charts. She recently starred in Bad Neighbors 2 and as a voice actor in Hotel Transylvania franchise.
2. Demi Lovato
Here we have another Disney star who found her beginnings in the children’s show Barney and Friends. She made her Disney debut in the movie Camp Rock, in which she starred next to the Jonas Brothers and also released her single This Is Me, which charted number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 list that year. After starring in the show, Sonny with a Chance, Lovato left acting and focused on her music career.
1. Miley Cyrus
We have known and loved Hannah Montana as children, the main role of which was played by Miley Cyrus. She was the face of Disney channel for quite some time in the mid-2000s. This teen idol started her career in Disney in 2006 and has only grown since then as a star. The role of a pop star fit her well as she is the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, who himself is a country star and played the role of her father on the show. The show went on to have a movie of the same name. After the show ran its final season, she got busy with her music and in the coming years released many singles and albums which were listed on Billboard Top 100.
Disney has always had an eye for talent and has always produced actors and singers of great calibre and promise. Even after leaving the channel they have only grown and became the stars that the channel knew they had the potential to become.