It is not easy becoming a celebrity. We all have heard the stories, we all know this to be true. Some famous celebrities had to work hard for everything they had. They worked two jobs, waited tables, and auditioned for any role they could possibly get. If they were musicians they would have had to play clubs in front of just a handful of people- anything to try and get that big break.
Then there is the other type of celebrity, the kind that never had to worry about paying their bills or working hard, because they came from a lot of money. And by the way, when I say a lot of money, I mean a lot of money. Like millions of dollars, or in some cases, even billions.
What follows is a list of celebrities that come from incredibly wealthy families. Are we trying to say that these people would not be famous if they were not rich? Well, some of them, yes. There is no doubt that no one would know who Paris Hilton is if she wasn’t from a family of incredibly rich people. But is that the case with all of these people? Of course not. Some of them did it on their own, they just had it a lot easier than the rest of us.
How easy did they have it? Well, read on to find out. Here are 14 celebrities who are heirs to huge fortunes.
14. Rooney Mara – Parents Own The Steelers
Rooney is an actress who has been in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, A Nightmare on Elm Street and many other films. She is also filthy rich. Her mother is Kathleen Rooney, whose family owns the Pittsburgh Steelers since they entered the league back in 1933. The Rooneys are worth, wait for it… $1.2 billion. I am thinking that Rooney did not have to work at McDonald’s while she was looking for roles in acting, but who knows?
13. Armie Hammer – Arm And Hammer Products
Armie is best known for his role in The Social Network. His Great-Grandfather was Armand Hammer. Yes, he owned stock in the company that owned Arm and Hammer products, but oddly enough it was not named for him. Armand ran Occidental Petroleum, one of the world’s biggest oil companies. It had revenues of $12.7 billion in the 2015. So we are guessing Armie is not looking for a part time job to get by.
12. Psy – Part Owns Semiconductor Business
The Di corporation is a huge company that makes semiconductors that is based in South Korea. Thirty percent of the company is owned by Psy, his father, his uncle and his grandfather. So when you see Psy dancing around looking all silly, wondering what is wrong with him and thinking he is a one-hit wonder, well don’t worry. He doesn’t care what you think. He does not have to earn a single dime with his music career, because his family is filthy rich.
11. Devin Aoki – Father Owns Benihana
Devin is an actress best known for her roles in Sin City and 2 Fast 2 Furious. Guess what else? Yeah, she is rich. She is the daughter of Rocky Aoki who founded the Japanese chain restaurant known as Benihana, which is known for having the chef prepare meals right at your table. Her dad started the place with $10,000 – it grew to well over 100 restaurants and was sold a few years ago for almost $300 million.
10. Nicole Richie – Lionel Has A LOT of Money
Just like Tori Spelling, Nicole had a rich and famous dad that was in show business. Her father Lionel was a very popular singer, but at least Tori tries to do something on her own. Nicole is just well known for being rich, hanging out with Paris Hilton on The Simple Life, and at one point having a huge drug problem. It does seem that she is better now. At last check, Lionel had a net worth of $200 million or so, which is more than enough to put her on this list.
9. Tori Spelling – The Spelling Fortune
Tori’s father is Aaron Spelling, who was a producer of a number of very successful TV shows. There was a time when he was probably the most successful producer in the business. One of the shows that he produced was Beverly Hills 90210, which gave Tori her big break. Aaron was worth $600 million, so Tori not only got a ton of money from her old man, but she also got her start in the business from him, too. No one ever said that life was fair.
8. Liesel Pritzker Simmons – Child Star’s Parents Own Hyatt
Liesel was a child star who acted under the name of Liesel Mathews. She was in Air Force One and A Little Princess. Her family started the Hyatt Hotel chain. If you are wondering why you have not seen her in any movies lately, well she sued her father for not giving her money that was due her and got $280 million so she is probably not looking for work right now. She asked for $6 billion in the suit, so I imagine she is pretty upset right now. Poor thing.
7. Balthazar Getty – His Granddaddy Was In The Oil Industry
Balthazar is an actor who is probably best known for being on the TV show Alias. Well, that is how we know him best. People from his personal life probably know him as “that seriously rich guy”. His great grandfather was J. Paul Getty, who was in the oil business. He was worth between $2 and $4 billion way back in the mid ’70s. While that is an amazing amount of money now, it was even more back then, so I imagine he is doing okay for himself.
6. Ed Norton – The Rouse Company Fortune
We all know Ed Norton, and most of us like him as well. He is a great actor, and seems like a cool guy; seems pretty normal. Well, maybe he is cool and normal, but he is also loaded. His grandfather was James Rouse, who owned the Rouse Company. James was a trailblazer when it came to shopping malls and urban planning and while exact net worth figures are not available, Norton comes from an extremely rich family indeed.
5. Chevy Chase – Crane Plumbing And Folgers Coffee
To some of you guys who are a bit on the young side, Chevy Chase is probably not a big deal, but back in the day he was arguably the biggest comedian out there, and starred in tons of successful movies including Caddyshack. His family owned Crane Plumbing, which was a huge supply business. His father also married into the Folger’s coffee fortune, and he has some Vanderbilts in his bloodline as well. So pretty much any way you slice it, Chevy is loaded.
4. Anderson Cooper – The Vanderbilt Connection
This one is really no surprise at all. Doesn’t Anderson Cooper even look filthy rich? He is a descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was one of the richest men in America- ever. His mother is Gloria Vanderbilt and is worth around $200 million. So while Anderson is a pretty darn good news anchor, let’s just say that even if he wasn’t one, he wouldn’t be doing anything he did not want to do to make money.
3. Julia Louis Dreyfus – The Dreyfus Group
Julia is best known for her role as Elaine on Seinfeld of course, and is also the star of Veep. She seems pretty down to earth, so who would guess that she and her family are part of the Dreyfus group, which is one of the world’s biggest agricultural trading companies. How big, you might ask? Well, they had a net income of $648 billion in 2014. So Julia is cute, funny and ridiculously rich. Not a bad combination at all. Julia…call me. Please.
2. Brooke Shields – Her Great Grandfather Was An Italian Prince
Brooke still looks good now, but at one point this actress was thought of as pretty much the very hottest thing going. You know what else is hot? Well, if you ask me, coming from a ton of money is hot, and Brooke has that going on in spades. Her Great-Grandfather was an Italian Prince, and was one of the richest people in Italy. Being hot, rich, and descended from royalty is yet another super hot combination. Good job on being rich, Brooke.
1. Paris Hilton – The Hilton Brand
Who else would be a lock for number 1 on this list other than Paris Hilton? She is probably the most famous person ever for just being rich. Sure she is cute, well… sort of, but for the most part she is just famous for being a spoiled brat, and that look does not age well. She is an heir to the Hilton hotel chain, of course. Her grandfather is worth well over $2 billion; her dad is worth around $3oo million, and Paris? Who knows, really, but we do know she can probably get away with doing what she does best, which is nothing, for a little while longer.