If there was any doubt that Daniel Radcliffe is the world’s most eligible bachelor, that can now be dismissed. The “Harry Potter” actor is worth an eye-popping £45million at the age of 21, according to a celebrity magazine.
And by wealth alone, he is richer than the princes William and Harry, who are second and third in line to the British throne.
Radcliffe is now the richest young entertainer under the age of 30 in the UK, Heat magazine said in a ranking compiled by industry experts.
His Hogwarts mates Emma Watson and Rupert Grint also fared well, coming in with £20.6m and £19m and placing third and fourth respectively.
But the Harry Potter magic extends to fifth place, too, with Robert Pattinson. Only Keira Knightley, in second place, hasn’t had anything to do with the juggernaut.
Meanwhile, Cheryl Cole, with her “X-Factor” judge seat and deals with L'Oreal and de Grisogno jewellery, is way ahead of fellow Girls Aloud members. Her estimated worth of £7.9 million saw her ranked 14th. Erstwhile bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding are joint 26th, thought to have made nearly £3.9 million, with Nadine Coyle at 28 and Nicola Roberts at 29.
Take a look at who makes the top 10:
1. Daniel Radcliffe
Now 21, Radcliffe made his film debut in 2001 with a supporting role alongside Pierce Brosnan in “The Tailor of Panama”, the same year the first Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone” was released. The first movie in the Potter franchise reportedly earned him £1 million, while he earned more than £8 million for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”. He is now reportedly richer than the British Princes William and Harry with £45.66m, but despite his wealth, Radcliffe has said he does not have expensive tastes. His main expense is buying books: "I read a lot," he has said.
He is currently single. “I did say I wasn’t looking for a girlfriend but I think I need to file that under ‘things I regret saying’,” he has said. “If I meet somebody, great. I’m not going to say no, no, no! I’m not determined to stay single for the next year.”
2. Keira Knightley
Teddington-born Keira, 25, began her career as a child and came to international prominence in 2003 after co-starring in the films “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”. With a £30.1m fortune from her film work and a modelling contract as the face of the fragrance Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, she is still involved with her “Pride & Prejudice” co-star Rupert Friend and has no plans to be married in the near future.
3. Emma Watson
Twenty-year-old Watson was cast as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. The youngest person on the list, she is now estimated to be worth £20.6m, money which has mostly come from the film franchise and commercial work for luxury brands Burberry and Chanel. Watson is now worried her wealth will keep her single, because she's convinced men often feel "uncomfortable" around women with bulging bank accounts. She told Britain's Daily Telegraph, "I hope it doesn't complicate relationships. I think it can make guys quite uncomfortable. I do have to be sensitive."
4. Rupert Grint
Grint is thought to be worth £19m but has admitted to splashing his earnings on vehicles including an ice-cream van (which he brought to the last day of filming ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ and served everyone some ice-cream on set), a Hovercraft, Range Rover, Mini and a Chevy pick-up. And otherwise, he keeps himself busy with painting and sketching – he has said if he wasn’t an actor, he would want to be an artist.
The 22-year-old told The Times recently that he found it "quite difficult to sustain a relationship, because I was so busy. I went out with people, but never anything to serious. It wasn't that easy." But he says: "Now it's something I'm really looking forward to."
5. Robert Pattinson
Born and raised in London, Pattinson, 24, started out his career by playing the role of Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, but shot to fame as Edward Cullen in the film adaptations of the “Twilight” novels by Stephenie Meyer, and came to worldwide international fame. Pattinson was ranked as one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood based on 2009 earnings and in 2010, was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World.
Worth an estimated £18.5m, he is, sadly, off the market and has been involved with his “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart and has been reportedly designing wedding rings recently with a view to popping the question.
6. Leona Lewis
According to Heat, reality star Leona Lewis is worth £12.5m, money largely earned from her success as a multi-platinum selling artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee. Her most successful single, "Bleeding Love", reached number one in over thirty countries around the world, while her first album, “Spirit”, became the fastest-selling debut album and the biggest seller of 2007 in both the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Lewis, a staunch vegetarian, lived with her boyfriend Lou Al-Chamaa until their split in June this year, which Al-Chamaa has hinted was because the R&B singer was unfaithful. Since August she has been dating German dancer Dennis Jauch and is reportedly planning to move in with him.
7. Charlotte Church
The Welsh entertainer rose to fame in childhood as a classical singer before branching into pop music in 2005. By 2007, the 24-year-old had sold more than 11m albums and is now worth £10.3m, according to Heat. In 2007, she and her longtime boyfriend, rugby union star Gavin Henson, with whom she has two children, were ranked 49th richest young people in Britain with an estimated joint wealth of £12 million. The Daily Mail reported this May that the pair had broken up and Church has since been seen dating singer and guitarist Jonathan Powell, also 24.
8. Katie Melua
Georgian-born Melua, 26, moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then to England at 14. In November 2003, at the age of nineteen, Melua released her first album, “Call off the Search”, but it was her second album, “Piece by Piece” that has been her biggest success, going platinum four times. In 2006, she was the UK’s bestselling female artist and Europe's highest selling European female artist. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2008, Melua has a fortune of £18 million, making her the seventh richest British musician under 30, but it was reported in 2009 that she had lost almost half of her fortune as a result of the global economic downturn. Heat now estimates her fortune at £10.1m.
She was in a relationship with The Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard for three years, and was later linked with photographer Lara Bloom. In an interview in May this year, Melua addressed the speculation surrounding the relationship with Bloom: "I can tell you that I'm single, which is not lovely, but it is what it is.”
9. Katherine Jenkins
The Welsh mezzo-soprano, 30, gained an international reputation from her live and recorded performances across a spectrum of operatic arias, popular songs, musical comedy and hymns. Six out of seven of her studio albums reached number one in the classical charts between 2004 and 2008, selling a total of more than four million copies. Heat estimates she is worth £9.7m.
In July this year, it was reported that she had bought a house with “Blue Peter” star Gethin Jones, with whom she has been reportedly involved since December 2007.
10. Coleen Rooney
Arguably best known for being the wife of Manchester United and England football star Wayne Rooney, Coleen, 24, proves she’s more than a Wag, coming in at number 10.
The tabloid darling is worth £9m in income from deals with Littlewoods, Argos, Nike and ITV2 as well as fragrance, magazine and book agreements.