Person 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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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: 54

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Seinfeld, A Bug's Life, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Enough Said

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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: 48

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model Author, + more

Credits: Anderson Cooper 360°, 60 Minutes, Anderson Live, The Mole

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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: 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

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#319 on The Best Actresses in Film History

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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: 35

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor

Credits: Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Zodiac, Source Code

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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: 30

Birthplace: Bedford, New York, USA

Profession: Actor

Credits: The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon, Side Effects Side Effects, Carol Carol

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#77 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#237 on The Best Actresses in Film History

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Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 36 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous
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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

Credits: Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, The Illusionist, Cinderella Man

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#52 on The Best Actors Working Today

#62 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#47 on The Best Living American Actors

#285 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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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: 45

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Profession: Television producer, Author, Actor, Presenter Chef

Credits: Giada at Home, Everyday Italian, Food Network Star, Today

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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: 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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#482 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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