34 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous People
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34 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous

This list of celebrities born into wealthy families, is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Most actors struggle to pay the rent while they are pursuing their Hollywood dreams, but some lucky celebrities have been born into wealthy families. Some famous people have even been born into acting families, which has helped open doors for them throughout their careers.

Who is the most famous person who was born into a wealthy family? Paris Hilton tops this list. She is an heiress to the Hilton family fortune. Her great-grandfather, Conrad Hilton founded the very successful Hilton Hotels. Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus's father is the billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus. She has an estimated net-worth of over $3 billion.

Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones was also born to wealthy parents. Her mother is the Twin Peaks actress Peggy Lipton and her father is the legendary music producer Quincy Jones. A few more of the richest, weathiest stars who were born into successful families include Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, and Brooke Shields.

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  1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the daughter of billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, who has an estimated net worth of $3.4 billion.

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    Age: 54
    Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting
    Schools: Holton-Arms School, Northwestern University
    Children: Charles Hall, Henry Hall
  2. Anderson Cooper's mother is Gloria Vanderbilt, the only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt. 

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    Age: 48
    Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Author + 1 more
    Schools: Yale University, Trumbull College, Dalton School, Vietnam National University, Hanoi
    Medical Conditions: Dyslexia
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  3. Brooke Shields has ancestral links with a number of noble families from Italy. Her father was an executive at Revlon Cosmetics, and his parents were a top-ranking tennis player and a princess whose family gained fortune through the administration of Vatican finances.

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    Age: 50
    Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Spokesperson, Television producer, Model, Author, Actor + 1 more
    Schools: New Lincoln School, Dwight-Englewood School, Princeton University
    Children: Rowan Francis Henchy, Grier Hammond Henchy
  4. Jake Gyllenhaal's father Stephen Gyllenhaal is a film director, and his mother is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter.

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    Age: 35
    Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    Schools: Harvard-Westlake School, Columbia University
  5. Rooney Mara's father's family founded the New York Giants, and her mother's family founded the Pittsburgh Steelers. Her father is vice president of player evaluation for the Giants.

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    Age: 30
    Birthplace: Bedford, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Actor
    Schools: Fox Lane High School, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, George Washington University
  6. Paul Giamatti's father Angelo Bartlett Giamatti has been both the president of Yale University and the commissioner of Major League Baseball.

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    Age: 48
    Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
    Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    Schools: Foote School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Yale University, Yale School of Drama
    Children: Samuel Paul Giamatti
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