Born to country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Tish, it seemed Destiny Hope Cyrus was prepped for showbiz. As Dad transitioned from music into acting, Destiny Hope, a true daddy’s girl, was determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. The always-smiling child (nicknamed Smiley and later shortened to Miley) went on auditions for two years until she finally won the lead role in a new TV show in 2005. She soon took the world by storm playing the Disney Channel’s wildly popular Hannah Montana, a regular teen with a double life as a famous pop singer. “Being onstage has always been my calling,” she told People. Now a bona fide pop icon, the 17-year-old performer's career has exploded into multiplatinum albums, movies, high-profile romances (most recently with Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth) and clothing lines. In May 2008, she was named People’s richest kid in the world after inking a seven-figure book deal.