List of celebrities who are heirs, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Being an heir to a gigantic fortune can give a celebrity the freedom to pursue whatever goals they wish. Some have used the financial security to start their own businesses while others used it as a reason to get famous. Either way having a billion dollars to fall back on has got to be a great feeling.
Who is the most famous person who is an heir? Paris Hilton tops our list. “The Simple Life” star used her heiress status to gain attention at clubs and in the media. After she released her sex tape she became a celebrity overnight. She has expertly used her celebrity status to get acting roles, music contracts and start her own businesses. Other famous heirs who have used their names to help them succeed include Nicky Hilton, Ivanka Trump and Andrew Lauren.
Some heirs may surprise you. “Seinfeld” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus' family is worth billions of dollars. The Louis-Dreyfus group is a global conglomerate that deals with everything from agriculture to oil. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper's mother is designer Gloria Vanderbilt, making him a direct descendant of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt.
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