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 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, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Seinfeld, A Bug's Life, Saturday Night Live, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Hannah and Her Sisters, + more
  2. 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, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Author, + more
    • Credits: Iron Chef America, 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, The Mole, Anderson Cooper 360°, + more
  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: age 50
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Television producer, Model, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Other Guys, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Blue Lagoon, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Endless Love, + more
  4. 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, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac, The Day After Tomorrow, Prisoners, + more
  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: age 30
    • Birthplace: Bedford, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Her, Side Effects, + more
  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: Saving Private Ryan, Planet of the Apes, Downton Abbey, The Truman Show, 12 Years a Slave, + more
  7. 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: Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, Handy Manny, Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, + more
  8. Chevy Chases's maternal grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt Crane, heir to The Crane Company. 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: Caddyshack, Community, Saturday Night Live, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Vacation, + more
  9. Taylor Swift's father is a financial adviser, and her mother is a former marketing executive.

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    • Age: age 26
    • Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, Valentine's Day, The Lorax, Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Giver, + more
  10. Kyra Sedgwick is the first cousin once-removed of actress Edie Sedgwick, and related to William Ellery (signatory of the Declaration of Independence), Endicott Peabody (founder of the Groton School), Ellery Sedgwick (owner & editor of The Atlantic Monthly), as well as several other important and notable people in American history.

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Secondhand Lions, Singles, The Closer, Born on the Fourth of July, The Game Plan, + more
  11. Ed Norton's father was an environmental lawyer who served as federal prosecutor in the Carter administration.

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    • Profession: Journalist, Environmentalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk, American History X, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, + more
  12. Carly Simon's father, Richard L. Simon, was the founder of publishing corporation Simon & Schuster.

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Working Girl, Pooh's Heffalump Movie, Piglet's Big Movie, Little Black Book, Heartburn, + more
  13. Nicole Richie was adopted and raised by Lionel Richie, whose first album went 4 times platinum in the year after her birth.

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer, Author, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Kids in America, The Simple Life, Fashion Star, Zac Efron's Pool Party, Celebrity News Reels: Best of Paris, + more
  14. Jordin Sparks is the daughter of former New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys player Phillippi Sparks. 

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    • Age: age 26
    • Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model, Actor, + more
    • Credits: American Idol, Left Behind, Sparkle, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, Dear Secret Santa
  15. Rashida Jones is the daughter of The Mod Squad actress Peggy Lipton and record producer/media mogul Quincy Jones. His estimated net worth is $310 million.

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Parks and Recreation, The Social Network, The Muppets, I Love You, Man, + more
  16. Maggie Gyllenhaal's father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, is a film director, and her mother is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter.

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Dark Knight, Donnie Darko, Stranger than Fiction, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, + more
  17. Bryce Dallas Howard is the daughter of actor and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard. His net worth is estimated at $140 million.

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Spider-Man 3, Apollo 13, Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, The Help, + more
  18. Ariana Grande's father is CEO of design firm Ibi Designs, Inc.

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    • Age: age 22
    • Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Victorious, Sam & Cat, Snowflake, the White Gorilla, Winx Club: Enchantix, + more
  19. Devon Aoki's father, Hiroaki "Rocky" Aoki, founded the Benihana restaurant chain.

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion Model, Actor
    • Credits: Sin City, 2 Fast 2 Furious, DOA: Dead or Alive, War, D.E.B.S., + more
  20. Comedian (and star of Kroll Show and The League) Nick Kroll is the son of Jules B. Kroll, founder of Kroll, Inc. which sold for $1.9 billion in 2004.

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: USA, Town of Rye, New York
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The League, I Love You, Man, Little Fockers, Date Night, + more
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