Weird History

'Self-Made' Historical Figures Who Were Actually Already Rich

If there's one thing people love, it's wildly wealthy people who started with nothing. The rags to riches story is timeless and encouraging. If they can do it, anyone can do it, right? Unfortunately, some self-made public figures aren't as self-made as some believe. Turns out, a lot of famously successful people were born into already successful families, and while these people aren't lying by telling us that they made their own way, they certainly leave out a few things.

It can be shocking to some to discover self-made men who were actually rich AF - especially when those people brag about it. Self-made people are what drive the American dream. But the truth is a lot of people that made it to the top did so with a little help from their friends (or their families). 

Check out this list of rich public figures who had a big financial boost along the way.