Wealthy 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, who comes from a family of billionaires, 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, wealthiest stars who were born into successful families include Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Giada de Laurentiis, Andersen Cooper, Paul Giamatti, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kyra Sedgwick, and Brooke Shields. Featuring black entertainers and celebs who come from money, this list has it all.

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Rooney Mara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 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.

Age: 30

Birthplace: Bedford, New York, USA

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Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 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.

Age: 48

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

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Giada De Laurentiis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 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.

Age: 47

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 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. He is a distant cousin of Anderson Cooper. His father's second wife was a member of the Folgers coffee family.

Age: 74

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

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