Many of us dream from time to time about living the lives of the rich and famous. Wouldn’t we all like to be globally adored, flitting from glamorous party to party, with millions at home in the bank?
Sure we would, but also, becoming a worldwide celeb does sound like pretty hard work. But for some of today’s best-known celebrities, you may not know that they already inherited multi-million dollar fortunes before they even became famous.
Let’s take a look at some of the top celebs of today who are, in fact, heirs to vast riches.
Actress Olivia Wilde is best known for her roles in mega-successful TV series such as House and The OC and movies such as Conversations with Other Women and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. She directed her film, Booksmart, starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, which brought $8.6 million at the box office!
But even without her Hollywood earnings, Wilde is a mega-rich star from birth—she’s the daughter of Andrew Cockburn, the super-rich British-Irish journalist. Wilde changed her surname while in high school to make her way in life without using her parents’ wealth.
Oscar-nominated actress Kate Hudson is a mega Hollywood star in her own right, having made her name in the 2000 breakout hit Almost Famous. Hudson’s performance earned her nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. She has since become one of the biggest names in showbiz and launched her sportswear fashion label Fabletics.
As well as her mega-earnings, Hudson is also the daughter of Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn and stepdaughter of Kurt Russell. So she has a lot of savings to fall back on!
Anderson Cooper is one of the biggest names in American television today. He is best known for hosting his news show on CNN, called Anderson Cooper 360, where he is famous for his down-to-earth presenting style and his no-nonsense approach to interviews.
But did you know that even before earning his fame, he was born into one of the wealthiest families in America? Cooper is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt, a member of the famous Vanderbilt family of New York—one of the wealthiest dynasties in history.
Paul Balthazar Getty is a successful actor, but you might regard it as one of the more modest Hollywood stars.
However, he is part of one of the wealthiest and infamous families in America. He is the grandson of Jean Paul Getty, the famed oil magnate and once the richest man in America.
Forbes places the Getty family at an estimated net worth of around $5.4 billion—so this actor can undoubtedly take his time finding the right roles!
Model and socialite Amanda Hearst seems to embody the popular notion of celebrities who are “famous for being famous,” but she is still a pretty busy bee in the industry.
As well as her modeling work, she also founded the charity Friends of Finn, which is focused on ending animal cruelty. She also works as the associate marketing editor for Marie Claire magazine.
Hearst is the heir to the Hearst Communications, a multi-million dollar corporation that owns magazines and newspapers across the country, including—ahem—Marie Claire.
Brooke Shields has been one of America’s most famous faces since the 60s, but it was her role in the classic 80s movies The Blue Lagoon and Endless Love that cemented her as a star.
But even though she’s a star in her own right, she’s been pretty famous amongst the financial experts for many years, as she is the daughter of Frank Shields, a mega-rich businessman.
Brooke isn’t just Hollywood royalty through her father, but she is descended from Italian Princess Donna Marina Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi!
Another member of the Hollywood elite, Billie Lourd certainly has earned her place in showbiz, with roles in popular TV shows such as Scream Queens and American Horror Story under her belt.
But that’s not the only reason she can boast a pretty impressive bank balance. She is the daughter of Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher and Hollywood talent agent, Bryan Lourd.
It’s no wonder that Lourd is invited to the biggest and best parties in showbiz with a family like that.
Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the most famous and successful Hollywood actors today, with roles in mega-smash hit movies such as Donnie Darko, The Day After Tomorrow, and Brokeback Mountain under his belt.
Most people know that he also has a sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, a successful Hollywood actress—but not everyone knows that the two were born into wealth.
Their father is the famous Hollywood director Stephen Gyllenhaal, and their mother is screenwriter Naomi Foner.
Dylan Lauren is a famous model and fashionista, and in 2007 US Weekly named her as one of their “Most Stylish New Yorkers.” She also launched her own candy company, Dylan’s Candy Bar, and has been running it for eighteen years.
But even before her mega success in business and fashion, she was born into the style world—Lauren is the daughter of fashion giant Ralph Lauren, whose net worth Forbes estimates at $5.3 billion. Wow! It indeed runs in the family!
One of the most famous movie stars today, Scarlett Johansson is known for her roles in mega-smash hit films such as Lost in Translation, Marriage Story, and The Avengers franchise.
One of the most bankable stars in Hollywood today, Johansson’s films have grossed over $14 billion at the box office in total.
But that’s not the only reason that Johansson’s one of the wealthiest stars in Hollywood today—she is heir to a great fortune.
Her father, Karsten Olaf Johansson, is a super-wealthy Danish architect, and her mother, Melanie Sloan, is a film producer.
Paris Hilton first became a household name thanks to her exploits in the early 2000s, including her reality TV show The Simple Life with then-best friend Nicole Richie. Since then, she has launched her namesake lifestyle brand and released 27 fragrances in total.
But even before becoming a high-profile celeb and businesswoman in her own right, Hilton has boasted an impressive level of wealth—she is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, founder of the multi-million-dollar Hilton hotel chain.
As Hilton herself would say—and trademarked the phrase itself—that’s hot!
It’s no surprise that both of the Hilton sisters are on this list. Mega superstars in their own right, both Paris and Nicky, have made their names successful businesswomen and TV personalities.
Hilton is a well-respected fashion designer, but she certainly doesn’t need the money. As well as the inherited wealth from the Hilton Hotels fortune, she is also married to a member of one of the wealthiest families in the world—James Rothschild of the famous British banking family.
Rooney and Kate Mara
Rooney and Kate Mara both made a name for themselves in recent years as very successful actresses—Rooney starring in the mega-hit film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and Kate starring in Brokeback Mountain, The Martian, and Fantastic Four.
They are also both in relationships with mega Hollywood stars—Rooney is engaged to Joker star Joaquin Phoenix, and Kate is married to her Fantastic Four costar, Jamie Bell.
But in addition to being mega-rich on their own, they are daughters to the Rooney family, who own the successful NFL team, Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Forbes, the team is worth $1.35 billion, and the family still owns parts of it.
Mega successful comedian and writer Chevy Chase is mega-famous of his own accord, thanks to starring roles in shows such as Saturday Night Live and movies such as Caddyshack and Fletch.
But he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, even before he became a national treasure! Chase is the son of Cathalene Parker, whose stepfather is none other than Cornelius Vanderbilt—head of the mega-wealthy Vanderbilt family and owner of the multi-million dollar corporation The Crane Company.
The name Rockefeller is associated worldwide with mega wealth, and famous fashion designer Ariana Rockefeller is no different. The Columbia University graduate has her fashion label and just launched a new handbag line, and chairing the NYBG Winter Ball.
But even without her megabucks, earned from the world of high fashion, Rockefeller enjoys a wealthy life thanks to the fortune she inherited from her family’s company Standard Oil.
Though the Rockefeller family’s total wealth is a closely guarded secret, patriarch John D. Rockefeller is widely regarded as the wealthiest American of all time.
The international model and social media personality Lydia Hearst-Shaw is one of the most familiar faces in fashion today. She has appeared in shows for top designer brands such as Fendi, Chanel, Nicole Miller, and Moschino spinoff Jeremy Scott, as well as fronting campaigns for brands such as Prada, Alexander McQueen, and Louis Vuitton—not to mention designing her handbags for Puma!
But as well as her career, Hearst-Shaw is the heir to the Hearst family fortune, thanks to William Randolph Hearst’s multi-million dollar magazine and newspaper business.
Dakota Johnson became a household name with her role in the saucy movie Fifty Shades of Grey, which grossed a stellar $570 million worldwide.
As well as being credited with taking women’s lib back several decades, Johnson is known for being the youngest daughter of the famous actress and Golden Globe winner Melanie Griffith, who, in turn, is the daughter of actress, activist, and legendary Hitchcock muse Tippi Hedren.
Three generations of stellar Hollywood women—you might say it runs in the family!
Edward Norton is one of the most famous and critically acclaimed actors in Hollywood. He has received a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award three times!
But did you know that Norton was mega-rich before even stepping foot onto a stage or partaking in his first audition?
Norton’s grandfather was Edward Mower Norton, Jr., who founded two mega-rich companies, The Rouse Company and Enterprise Community Partners.
No need for the young Norton to wait tables as he worked his way up to stardom!
The “You’re So Vain” singer Carly Simon is one of the biggest pop stars of all time—with a whopping thirteen Top 40 hits in the U.S. under her belt since the 1970s. The Grammy-winning star began her career as part of pop duet The Simon Sisters before branching out on her own.
But even without her super-successful music career, Simon had big bucks in the bank—her father is Richard Simon, who founded the mega-successful publishing company, Simon & Schuster.
Bonafide Hollywood legend Kyra Sedgwick is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in movies such as Born on the Fourth of July, Singles, and Phenomenon. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and in 2009 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But that’s not the only reason behind this showbiz starlet’s big bank balance. Never mind the fact that she is married to fellow star Kevin Bacon, but she is also the daughter of Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, a successful venture capitalist.
With the Hearst family fortune so mega, it’s no surprise that we have more than one Hearst on our list.
Next up is Patty Hearst, who is well known for her work as an actress and author, having appeared in several popular TV shows and movies. She also published a bestselling memoir titled Every Secret Thing.
But we mustn’t forget that Hearst is also a member of the famed mega-wealthy dynasty, another granddaughter of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
Media personality and social media star Tinsley Mortimer seems to be one of those who epitomizes the term “famous for being famous.” However, since becoming a household name, she’s proven herself to be far more than just a pretty face—as well as her modeling work, she holds a BA in History from Columbia University. She has also launched her lip gloss line, “Tinsley Pink.”
But that’s not where her millions come from—she is the air to the Mercer Rug company, founded by her grandfather George Mercer.
Eden Sassoon is one of the biggest, brashest and loudest celebs in the reality TV circuit today. The outspoken star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has millions of fans worldwide thanks to her hilarious adventures and straight-talking style.
But she’s not just a mega-rich momma—she also has launched her beauty charity, Beauty Gives Back, helping the hair industry fight the global water crisis.
Sassoon is what you might call a “hair heir”—her fortune comes from her father Vidal Sassoon’s multimillion-dollar hair empire.
Allegra Versace is so famous these days in her own right; you’d be forgiven for forgetting her stellar family background and fortune—that is, if she didn’t have such a memorable last name.
The model and socialite is the daughter of no other than fashion designer Donatella Versace, and therefore the niece of the company’s founder and legendary icon Gianni Versace.
Following her family’s footsteps, Versace is well known for her glamorous style and successful modeling career.
Versace owns 50% of the fashion family fortune—more than any other living family member.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been a household name and a familiar face on our screens for many years. First rising to fame as one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live, the comedy legend then went on to star in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld for nine years.
More recently, she starred as the main character in the political sitcom Veep, for which she received widespread critical acclaim.
The most decorated actress in history, Louis-Dreyfus, is also the daughter of French-American businessman Gérard C. Louis-Dreyfus—whose net worth Forbes estimated at $3.4 billion in 2006.
Lisa Marie Presley
Singer and songwriter Lisa Marie Presley is as famous for her high-profile marriages as her family legacy. Presley has been married four times, including King of Pop Michael Jackson and Hollywood acting legend Nicolas Cage.
Presley has released three studio albums, but her place in musical history was cemented long before this. She is the daughter of legendary singer and actor Elvis Presley, who Forbes estimated had a net worth of $100 million to $1 billion at the height of his fame.
David O. Russell and Megan Ellison
Hollywood powerhouse siblings David O. Russell and Megan Ellison are two of the most productive and successful people in showbiz.
Ellison is the founder and CEO of super successful production company Annapurna, while her brother is the mastermind behind such smash-hit movies as Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
But did you know that they were both in the showbiz game since they were still teeny tots? Their father is the super-rich Larry Ellison, chairman of tech giant company Oracle Corporation.
Socialite and TV personality Tamara Ecclestone is well known throughout the world for her hilarious antics and boundary-pushing modeling works.
In 2011, Ecclestone starred in her reality TV show, Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$ Girl, and appeared in high profile modeling campaigns for Playboy magazines.
But she didn’t earn her fortune thanks to her model looks—Ecclestone is the daughter of former Formula One Group chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone—who Forbes estimated to be worth a whopping $3.1 billion.
Hollywood heartthrob Armie Hammer has been winning fans worldwide for his critically acclaimed movie and TV performances, making his name in mega-smash hit films such as The Social Network and Call Me by Your Name.
Winner of a Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor and nominated for a Golden Globe, Hammer has more than proved himself a Hollywood heavyweight.
But did you know that he already had a hefty bank balance before making it big in showbiz? He is the great-grandson of Armand Hammer, the owner of the multi-billion-dollar fuel company Occidental Petroleum.
Actress Zoë Kravitz is no stranger to the glitz and glamor of the world of showbiz. Having starred in the mega-smash hit blockbusters such as the X-Men, Divergent, and Harry Potter: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchises, she has built up quite a name for herself as a box office star.
But it’s no surprise that acting came so quickly to Kravitz—showbiz is after all in her blood. The daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, Kravitz is heir to a true showbiz destiny—not to mention a pretty impressive family fortune.
With movies such as Magic Mike, Mad Max: Fury Road, American Honey, It Comes At Night, and Logan Lucky, not to mention Netflix’s breakaway hit Hold the Dark, actress Riley Keough is undoubtedly a successful actress in her own right.
But she is the first person to agree that her illustrious parentage undoubtedly helped her success—she is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of legendary rocker Elvis Presley.
“I’m very privileged,” she said to the Guardian. “Like the normal story of moving to LA, and it takes you three years to find an agent? I got one in a week.”
A household name across the world, music video director Spike Jonze has worked with some of the biggest names in pop—with acts such as Fatboy Slim, Bjork, Weezer, Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, and Beck on his roster.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for his work on Being John Malkovich.
You would expect Jonze to be a pretty wealthy guy, and he is—but in fact, he was born into riches anyway, as he is the heir to the marketing and catalog company Spiegel.
Willow and Jaden Smith
As famous for their unconventional approach to lifestyle and fashion as they are for their creative offerings, singing and acting brother-sister duo Willow and Jaden Smith certainly both have a natural sense of confidence that belie their young years.
And it’s no wonder really, considering they are the children of renowned Hollywood superstars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
They are real stars in their own right these days, but we are sure that their privileged and starry upbringing helped them along their way.
One of the biggest and most famous fashion designers in the world, Stella McCartney is renowned for her artistic achievements and being the brains behind some of the most iconic looks in the past few decades, styling mega fashion stars such as supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, as well as acclaimed actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
An accomplished creative and businesswoman in her own right, she was undoubtedly never intimidated by the showbiz world—how could you be, with Beatle Paul McCartney as your dad?!
One of the biggest names on TV during the ’90s, Tori Spelling, is probably best known for her starring role as Donna Martin in Beverley Hills, 90210.
After her iconic show ended, Spelling became a famous reality TV star and a bestselling author! Her autobiography, Stori Telling, topped the New York Times Best Seller list in 2009.
And it’s no surprise she was a natural at showbiz—her father was none other than TV exec and magnate Aaron Spelling.
Eve Jobs is the third and youngest daughter of legendary tech billionaire Steve Jobs.
Jobs was the inventor of Apple, which became one of the biggest companies globally, and he regularly topped various rich lists over the years.
In 2011, Jobs sadly passed away, leaving a vast fortune in his will.
We are not sure quite precisely how much Eve Jobs would have received, but with an estimated net worth of around $7 billion at the time of his death, we are sure his daughter is pretty sorted financially.
Tommy Hilfiger founded his legendary eponymous fashion empire in 1985. It became one of the most famous, successful, and profitable clothing companies of all time—alongside giant brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Nautica, DKNY, and Donna Karan.
So it’s no surprise that his daughter Ally has grown up in the world of fame and fortune, starring in the reality TV show Rich Girls and publishing a series of successful novels.
Talk about a creative family!
Giada De Laurentiis
A famous face across the nation thanks to her inimitable role presenting the Food Network show Everyday Italian, celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis seems pretty comfortable in front of the camera.
And it’s no surprise that she would feel at home in the world of showbiz, considering her parents are the super famous Italian actors Veronica De Laurentiis and Alex De Benedetti.
Growing up with fame and fortune can be a blessing for some and a curse for others, but for De Laurentiis, she seems to be living her best life outside of the shadow of her parents.
Model and actress Paris Jackson are one of the most familiar faces in America today. With campaigns for magazines such as Rolling Stone under her belt and appearing in movies such as Gringo, she is certainly making a name for herself in showbiz.
And growing up in the shadow of a famous father can’t be easy—something that she knows all too well, being the daughter of the King of Pop Michael Jackson.
After he passed away in 2009, Michael Jackson left a small fortune to his children—something Jackson probably appreciates as a jobbing actor.
Frances Bean Cobain
The daughter of legendary rockers Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, it was pretty much destiny that Frances Bean Cobain would have an unconventional and Rockstar lifestyle.
True enough, the daughter of grunge has become somewhat of a star in her own right—carving out a successful career for herself as a model, she has appeared in magazines such as Elle and Harper’s Bazaar.
But as the heir to the Nirvana frontman’s fortune, we doubt she worries too much about when her next bit of work is coming along!
Legendary fashion house Armani is the epitome of Italian style—it’s the quintessential glitz and glamor associated with the country’s traditions.
But that’s not the only way that the fashion powerhouse stays true to its origins—it’s also very much a traditional family business, training up their relatives to take the helm at the fashion empire.
Founder Giorgio Armani’s niece Roberta Armani works as the Head of VIP PR at the company. We can imagine that with her salary and inherited worth combined, she’s certainly worth a pretty penny.