Miley CyrusIt has been brought to my attention that mega-teen star Justin Bieber is simply not doing enough. He is NOT as on top of his game as we thought he was. Yes, the Biebs is worth a ritsy $65.5 million, but Miley Cyrus is totally out-earning him by a whopping $50 million, with her net worth of $120 million. What's up with that, Justin? I would have totally guessed he'd be #1.
I guess Miley Cyrus does have a few years on Bieber, having started in the business at the ripe age of 11 and being a year older. Plus, she had that whole Hollywood nepotism thing on her side through her pops while Justin was a YouTube self-starter. However, there's one MAJOR reason Cyrus is out-earning Bieber ...
... And her name is Hannah Montana!
Miley Cyrus's Disney alter ego, Hannah Montana, probably near doubled Cyrus's earning power. Think about it. There are Miley Cyrus CDs, videos, T-shirts, posters, and lunchboxes, but there are also Hannah Montana CDs, movies, T-shirts, posters, and lunchboxes. She's raking in two for the price of one. Dang! That's a lot of dough.
Justin has earned a fat wad of cash on his music and movies, and he also has lots of fan paraphernalia that's selling like hotcakes, including perfume, bed sheets, nail polish, and even Bieber-inspired desserts. However, that doesn't seem to be helping him close in on Miley's paycheck. So either he can keep doing what he's doing and hope he can keep topping himself, or he needs to talk to Disney about a TV show and an alter ego. He totally has an "in" at Disney too. Plus, uh, he's Justin Bieber. I'm pretty sure Disney would change their amusement park names to Bieberland and Bieber World if he let them.
Justin's probably going to be just fine. Other than Cyrus, his closest competition is Nick Jonas, whose earnings make him the #3 richest teen. There's a pretty big stretch between the two since Jonas's tiny baby earnings only make him worth $18 million. That's like pennies in Justin Bieber's world.
Does Justin Bieber need an alter ego or a TV show to compete with Miley Cyrus?
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