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She was listed by Forbes magazine as Richest Young Stars under 25 in 2005, ranked 72 on the Forbes Power 100 in 2007 and placed in The 20 Top Earning Young Superstars. Hilary Duff is an American actress, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, model, producer and author. With all these roles on her resume, it is no wonder that the multi-faceted 26 year old has a net worth of over $ 30 million.
The road to stardom was not easy for this former child star. In 2001, after a lot of disheartening situations like being cast in a sitcom that was dropped before first taping, Hilary Duff did not give up on auditions and finally got the lead role in the Disney Channel Television series Lizzie McGuire. Hilary Duff’s star shone as Lizzie McGuire since most teens could relate with the role of the clumsy girl who struggles to fit in. Lizzie McGuire was an instant hit with 2.3 million viewers per episode propelling Hilary Duff to instant fame and fortune earning her $15,000 per episode. It however had not been an easy ride to stardom.
Many may take Texas born Hilary Duff’s success for granted but she started performing at a very early age. She took part in theatre and TV commercials and had her first professional performance in The Nutcracker Suite with Columbus BalletMet at 6 years of age. Since then, Hilary Duff has had hordes of performances both on TV, movies and performances for her music career, raking in a substantial amount of money.
After stints in small commercial roles like her role in the 1996 miniseries True Women that did not include her in the credits, Hilary Duff who was born in Houston, Texas moved with her mother and sister to pursue a career in acting. She got her first big break in 1998 in Casper Meets Wendy with a role of Wendy and in 1999 won a Young Artist Award for the TV movie The Soul Collector.
After her role in miniseries Lizzie McGuire, in 2003, Hilary Duff landed roles in films that were instant hits with the audiences, among them; Cheaper by the Dozen that earned her $ 1 million, The Lizzie McGuire movie also earned her $ 1 million and Agent Cody Banks that gave her a $ 500,000 payday.
As Hilary Duff’s star continued shining, she expanded her career base to music and song writing. In 2002, her first album a collection of Christmas songs Santa Claus Lane did not do too well in the charts. Her 2003 album Metamorphosis which was considered her debut album was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for exceeding a shipment of one million copies, earning her an estimated $ 5,000,000.
In 2004, Hilary Duff earned $ 2.2 million from her role in A Cinderella Story, a role she took part in because ‘Cinderella’ was one of her favorite fairy tales and her performance in Raise Your Voice raked in $ 2 million. She released another album Hilary Duff that sold out 1.5 million copies compared to her previous album’s 3.7 million. Hilary Duff went on to star in A Perfect Man in 2005, earning $ 2,000,000 and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 taking home $ 2,000,000. She also released another album Most Wanted, selling over 208,000 units in the United States.
Hilary Duff who is also a philanthropist, devoted to contributing to charities, collaborated with her older sister actress Hailey Duff in Material Girls in 2006 raking in $ 2,000,000. In 2007, she released the album Dignity that opened with a sale of 140,000 copies in the United Sates, much lower than her previous albums. The album was however received positively by critics due to the content that was inspired by the challenges that Hilary Duff had faced including her parents’ divorce, breaking up with her boyfriend and a stalking incident she had gone through. In September 2012, it was reported that her least successful album The Best of Hilary Duff had sold over 35,000 copies in the United States.
Hilary Duff has had appearances in TV comedies and drama including; Law & Order: SVU, Two and a Half Men, Joan of Arcadia, Chicago Hope, Frasier, Ghost Whisperer and landing a role on Gossip Girl where she won the Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Female Scene Stealer in 2010.
Hilary Duff the Entrepreneur
Hilary Duff is not only an entertainer but also a business woman and fashion designer. In 2004, Hilary Duff launched a clothing line Stuff by Hilary Duff which saw her clothes distributed by big names like Target in the United States, K Mart and Target in Australia, Hudson’s Bay Company (Zellers, Home Outfitters) and The Bay in Canada and Edgar’s in South Africa. The line estimated to have grossed $ 5 million in its first year in stores, expanded to include furniture, jewellery and fragrances. In 2006, the line that targets teen and preteens was re-launched for her first fragrance With Love…Hilary Duff, a fragrance that is distributed by Elizabeth Arden. In 2008, she unveiled her second fragrance Wrapped With Love.
Though all her clothing lines were successful, in 2009 her line Stuff by Hilary Duff was discontinued, she designed Femme DKNY for Donna Karan for a limited time. Hilary Duff has also tried her hand in writing and has written three novels with the assistance of author Elise Allen. The books a trilogy include; Elixir, a New York Bestseller In 2010, in 2011 Devoted and in 2013 True.
Assets and Cars
Hilary Duff who is estimated to earn $ 12 million annually also owns a variety of luxury cars including a Range Rover Sport, an Aston Martin DB9, Volvo S60R and $ 100,000 Mercedes-Benz G500, a private jet and an electric boat. The former teen sensation has also done some modeling and appeared on the covers of US weekly, Shape and Maxim. In 2004, Hilary Duff bought a home at Toluca Lake worth $ 3.5 million but in 2010, placed it on the market at $ 6.25 million. She also owns another home in Toluca Lake worth $ 1.65 million. In 2010, She bought another home in Beverly Hills worth $ 3.85 million.
Hilary Duff clearly is a success and her star is set to shine brighter with an estimation that her net worth would increase to an estimated $ 40 million in 2014. Watch this space.