IRISH popstar Niall Horan and his One Direction band mates have become the wealthiest young stars in entertainment.
The Mullingar teenager, and his bandmates have raked in a combined €70m and beat the likes of actor Daniel Radcliffe, Cheryl Cole, Robert Pattinson and Grammy winner Adele to top 'Heat' magazine's Rich List for under-30s.
One Direction – who are soon to release their third album 'Midnight Memories' – were included as a single entry for their total earnings, rather than individually, because the money has been generated by the group, rather than for any solo work.
Maura Gallagher, proud mother of Niall Horan, told the Irish Independent that the tale of the boyband's success since forming on 'The X Factor' in 2010 is "something true dreams are made of".
"It's the greatest ever success story from a show like 'The X Factor' and long may it last, because these chances come along so little in life," Mrs Gallagher said.
"It's fantastic and I'm so delighted to see Niall doing so well in his career.
"Never in your wildest would you ever imagine it, or have thought they would be as big as they are."
Gallagher, who will welcome home her 20-year-old son for a "well-deserved holiday" this Christmas, said that she often finds it hard to comprehend the massive earnings of One Direction.
"A lot of it goes over my head to be honest. I'm living a normal life at home, while Niall's out there doing his thing. So I do find it unreal sometimes.
"I still get the shivers watching 'The X Factor'."
'Harry Potter' star Radcliffe, below, has always topped the 'Heat' rich list, ever since it was established three years ago.
This is the first year he ranked second place on the rich list, with earnings of €66m.
The highest new entry is DJ and music producer Calvin Harris, who was ranked at number eight on the 'Heat' list.