...and in theory, wiser. We asked the pop icons you grew up with what they've learned about money.
William Shatner, 75
Intergalactic superstar
William Shatner, 75
Memorable money mistake: "When I was a young actor at Canada's Stratford Festival, one of the older actors told me that Canadian uranium is the future and you must buy into it. So I bought it on Thursday with the entire $500 I had saved.
"The following day, the Canadian prime minister said the country would no longer buy uranium. I was wiped out. It actually hurt my performance onstage. Since then I've led a very conservative financial life."

What money means to me: "For the longest time I could never get ahead more than a few hundred dollars, no matter how well I did or what job I got, and no matter how hard I tried to pare expenses down. With three kids, it was always very, very tight, and it was always a scramble for what was my next job.

"So I learned never to go into debt because I don't want those monthly payments to preoccupy my thoughts. I never spend more than what I can afford, and I don't owe anything."

What I tell my kids: "Don't buy anything on time, and that includes cars and houses."

William Shatner

Micky Dolenz

Cheryl Tiegs

Ron Howard

Barry Williams

Mark Spitz

David Cassidy

Bob Cowsill

Denzel Washington

Bruce Jenner

Chaka Kahn

Grace Slick

Bradley Whitford

James Taylor

Steve Jobs

Donny Osmond

Jerry Seinfeld

Alice Walker

Tim Matheson

Bobby Seale

Arnold Schwarzenegger
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