Who is or was the most successful child star (including former child stars) of all time?

This is a popular topic, as child stars have more time before the camera (in their careers) than most other actors – especially if they live a long and prosperous life!

Child Star: An AutobiographyThere Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and MeEmma Watson: From Wizards to Wallflowers (Pop Culture Bios)

From the Web:
The child actors who grew big stars – IMDB
26 child stars who made it – Entertainment Weekly
The 10 Most Successful Former Child Stars – Goliath
The Most Successful Child Actors – Fortune

If you take time to look at these lists, we can see actors across decades of film and Television projects. This makes monetary comparisons difficult, due to differing dollar values and payment structures, unless we adjust for estimated lifetime earnings. Money should not be the only measure of success. Many child stars had rough upbringings with drug issues, familial mismanagement, famous parents, and more.  Shirley Temple black leveraged her fame into a successful career in politics:

Shirley Temple Black was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat who was Hollywood’s number one box-office draw as a child actress from 1935 to 1938. As an adult, she was named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia, and also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States. From Wikipedia


X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?Leonardo Dicaprio

Many became directors like Ron Howard and Drew Barrymore. some faded into the background and live off their residual check, in relative obscurity.

Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon...and BeyondLittle Girl Lost

We all know who we like as a grown up actor, but this is a question worthy of months of review – my answer is that there are many stars who have done well acting and become successful, given back to their fan base, and evolved into adults who are positive role models.
Here is a picture of my Grandson, now age 10, who is available for acting roles. get in touch with me (as his agent) to discuss auditions.

The Authors Grandson, a big fan of YouTube, star of family video!

Best of luck to all the child actors, and success on their path to adulthood.

How can I ask out Emma Watson?

By Alan ChenkinLearned about celebrities by reading the tabloids in the checkout aisle.

Many actors/actresses , like Emma Watson, are in high demand – and their schedules may not permit a lot of a social life. While you may be successful approaching her (Please don’t be creepy or a stalker – she may be very different in person from the characters that she plays) realize that you may be rejected, because her goals are not in sync with yours. AND, Ms. Watson is very private about her personal life – and may already be actively dating someone.[1]  You also don’t want to run afoul of her security people or Police, who consider her safety of paramount importance.  In any case, here are some web references for you:
Dating Famous – Backstage
Even if Ms. Watson dos not acknowledge your affection, you still may get an autographed picture from her publicist.[2]
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Edited and expanded from my answer in Quora.