Los Angeles is the home of American cinema and these days, Gen Y is making the big bucks in this town. Vanity Fair recently compiled a list of Hollywood’s top earners in 2009, including the likes of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and Ron Howard. Fifteen percent of Vanity Fair’s list, though, belongs to Generation Y.
Twenty-year-old Daniel Radcliffe broke the top 10 at number 6, raking in an estimated $41 million last year for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows I and II. Dan’s Harry Potter co-stars, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, are numbers 14 and 15 on the list, respectively. Emma, 19, and Rupert, 21, both made approximately $30 million in 2009 for their roles in Deathly Hallows I and II.
British heartthrob, 23-year-old Robert Pattinson makes number 35 with $18 million in earnings last year, and his 19-year-old co-star, Kristen Stewart, is two spots behind at number 37 with $16 million. Both actors were paid $14 million for starring in the second and third Twilight installments, New Moon and Eclipse. Rob earned an additional $4 million for starring in a non-Twilight film entitled Remember Me. Kristen was paid $2 million for her portrayal of Joan Jett in the upcoming film, The Runaways.
Last, but not least, one of LA’s very own, Shia LaBeouf, 23, came in at number 39 with an estimated $15 million in 2009 for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the upcoming Wall Street sequel, Money Never Sleeps.
To check out the entire list of 2009's Hollywood Moneymakers, visit vanityfair.com.