36 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous

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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 listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 36 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous
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    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: age 54
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Seinfeld, A Bug's Life, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Enough Said
  2. Anderson Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 36 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous
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    Anderson Cooper's mother is Gloria Vanderbilt, the only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt. 
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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Author, + more
    • Credits: Anderson Cooper 360°, 60 Minutes, Anderson Live, The Mole
  3. Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 36 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous
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    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: age 50
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Television producer, Model, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Suddenly Susan, The Blue Lagoon, The Midnight Meat Train, Endless Love
  4. Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 36 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous
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    Jake Gyllenhaal's father Stephen Gyllenhaal is a film director, and his mother is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter.
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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Zodiac, Source Code
  5. Rooney Mara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 36 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous
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    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: age 30
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Bedford
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon, Side Effects Side Effects, Carol Carol
  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: age 48
    • Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, New Haven
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, The Illusionist, Cinderella Man
  7. Giada De Laurentiis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 36 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous
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    Giada De Laurentiis is the daughter of two actors, and her maternal grandfather Dino De Laurentiis was a prolific film producer.
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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Television producer, Author, Actor, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: Giada at Home, Everyday Italian, Food Network Star, Today
  8. Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 36 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous
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    Chevy Chases's maternal grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt Crane, heir to The Crane Company. Making him cousin to Anderson Cooper.  His father's second wife was a member of the Folgers coffee family.
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Christmas Vacation, Caddyshack, Vacation, Community
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