Young & Getting It: Lady GaGa, Justin Bieber Top Forbes Richest Celebrities Under 30 List

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Despite having a very quiet year music-wise, Lady GaGa has been ranked by Forbes as the richest celebrity under the age of 30, with earnings of $80million.

The Queen Monster would have earned even more had it not been for a hip injury that curtailed her Born This Way Ball Tour. The tour grossed $168 million through January; had Gaga been able to finish it, she would have likely topped $200 million. With a new album in the works, look for her to stay around the top of this list.

Coming in way behind Lady GaGa with a value of $58million is ‘Boyfriend’ singer Justin Bieber.

Since appearing on the cover of FORBES last year, the Canadian crooner has toured the world, picked up another 20 million Twitter followers and earned another $58 million. With stakes in startups including Enflick, Tinychat and Spotify, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Closely behind El Beebo is country sweetheart Taylor Swift with a value of $56million.

Swift released her fourth studio album, Red, in October 2012 and sold 1.2 million copies in week one. The album’s first single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” became her first to top Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. She parlayed that success into endorsement deals with Diet Coke, Sony and Covergirl, not to mention big bucks on the road.

British DJ Calvin Harris continues music’s domination of the list, and comes in at 4th with a value of $46million.

Discovered on Myspace eight year ago as a singer-songwriter, Harris has morphed into a world-renowned DJ and producer. In February, he signed on to play more than 70 shows over a two-year period in Las Vegas. While the majority of his money comes from performing, he also earns from writing and producing songs like Rihanna’s Grammy-winning “We Found Love.” Harris played more than 150 shows in the 12 months since June 1, 2012.

Rebel pop star Rihanna claims the 5th spot, with a value of $53million.

The Barbados-born singer continues to rake in the dough, playing over 40 shows during our scoring period and releasing new album Unapologetic, her seventh in seven years. Even if you’re not one of her 30 million-plus Twitter followers, it’s hard not miss her recent singles “Diamonds” and “Stay” and her ubiquitous Vita Coco ads.

6th spot belongs to another artist who had a quiet year, Katy Perry who managed to garner $39million.

It’s been a relatively quiet year for Perry as she prepares for a follow-up to Teenage Dream, which made her the only act besides Michael Jackson to have five No. 1 singles from the same album. She still earns plenty for private gigs, a fragrance with Coty and a deal with Popchips, the snackmaker in which she also holds an equity stake. Her 2012 biopic Part of Me added a seven-figure sum to her bottom line.

Adele, who recently became a mother, makes her mark at the 7th spot with $30million.

The singer still sells plenty of music but without a big global tour, it was hard for her to make the Celebrity 100 this year. The new mom got plenty of attention this year for “Skyfall,” her theme for the latest Bond movie. It won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

Jennifer Lawrence is the highest ranked actress on the list, with a value of $26million.

Hollywood’s new It girl walked away from 2012 with an Oscar for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook and one of the top-grossing movies of the year with The Hunger Games. Lawrence was paid under $1 million for the first Hunger Games movie but Lionsgate was happy to pay more to secure her for the second installment: Catching Fire. As Katniss, Lawrence has shown that action heroes don’t always have to be played by men for a film to turn a profit.

Teen idol Kirsten Stewart follows behind fellow actress Lawrence at 9th, with a value of $22million.

The Twilight money still rolling in (for now). Her earnings look set for a tumble: While she helped make Snow White and the Huntsman a hit, a sequel is still a ways off and the actress doesn’t seem terribly interested in doing more big-budget movies.

Stewart’s Twilight co-star Taylor Lautner rounds up the top 10 with a value of $22million.

With Twilight at an end, Lautner has to build a career outside of the supernatural franchise. His non-Twilight debut, Abduction, was a bust. He’ has a small role in the Adam Sandler film Grown Ups 2.

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