Straight to the top


One Direction have taken the crown as the richest British celebrities under the age of 30, according to Heat magazine's Rich List.

The boy band knocked Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe into second place on the publication’s annual ranking thanks to their amassed fortune of £59,33 million (R949 m).

The Kiss You hitmakers – Harry Styles (19), Niall Horan (19), Zayn Malik (20), Liam Payne (20) and Louis Tomlinson (21) – made history as the first UK group to debut at No 1 on the US Billboard chart with their second album, Up All Night.

Heat’s editor-in-chief, Lucie Cave, said, “One Direction are young, talented, staggeringly good looking and adored by millions. To that we can now add ‘rolling in cash’. No one said life was fair.”

Daniel, who’s worth a whopping £56,18 million (R898 m) thanks to the lucrative Harry Potter franchise, was knocked into second place for the first time since 2010.

High-profile Brits Robert Pattinson, Keira Knightley and Emma Watson all featured in the top five for the second year in a row.

The highest new entries were DJ Calvin Harris with £22,2 m (R355 m), singer Jessie J with £5,68 m (R90,9), model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley earned £5,63 m (R90 m), Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield made £5 m (R80) and boy band JLS with £4,87 m (R78).

Great Gatsby actress Carey Mulligan was this year's highest climber, up 10 places to No 19, while actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson jumped eight places to No 16.

A panel of celebrity experts analysed the stars' financial earnings for the past year based on their TV and film deals, record sales and product endorsements.

The top five richest British celebrities under 30 are:

One Direction – £59,33 m (R949 m)

Daniel Radcliffe –  £56,18 m (R898 m)

Robert Pattinson – £44,16 m (R707 m) Keira Knightley – £37,28 m (R596 m) Emma Watson – £27,93 m (R447 m) -Bang Showbiz  Share your thoughts:

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