Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous
Have you ever wondered about celebrities born into wealthy families? These people had money and inheritances before they even became famous. Most actors struggle to pay rent while they are pursuing their Hollywood dreams, but some lucky celebrities were born into wealthy families. Some famous people were even born into acting families, which has helped open doors for them throughout their careers.
Who are some of the celebs who were born rich? Paris Hilton 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 billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, who has an estimated net worth of $4 billion.
Paul Giamatti's father was the president of Yale University and the commissioner of Major League Baseball, so he's likely never had an embarrassing side job. This list certainly features some of the heavy hitters when it comes to the highest net worth. Miley Cyrus, for example, was probably one of the richest child actors of all time. Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine's family has money, and the Mara sisters are practically football royalty.
Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones was also born to wealthy parents. Her mother is Twin Peaks actress Peggy Lipton and her father is legendary music producer Quincy Jones. A few more of the richest, wealthiest stars who were born into successful families include Kim Kardashian, Giada De Laurentiis, Anderson Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kyra Sedgwick, and Brooke Shields.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the daughter of billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, who has an estimated net worth of $4 billion.
- Born: 01-13-1961
- Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
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Anderson Cooper's mother is Gloria Vanderbilt, the only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt.
- Born: 1967
- Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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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 its fortune through the administration of Vatican finances.
- Born: 05-31-1965
- Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
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Jake Gyllenhaal's father Stephen Gyllenhaal is a film director, and his mother is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter.
- Born: 12-19-1980
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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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.
- Born: 04-17-1985
- Birthplace: Bedford, New York, USA
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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.
- Born: 06-06-1967
- Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America