We all love a good rags to riches story, don't we? For example, the life of Academy Award winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Sure, he grew up in Hollywood, but he by no means had a silver spoon in his mouth. Raised by a single mother who worked multiple jobs, DiCaprio eventually dropped out of high school in his third year. Despite his rough start in life, he is now worth an estimated $245 million.
For other celebrities, the day they came out of the womb, they were the spawns of uber-rich parents. They probably have no idea what it's like to be late paying a phone bill, or what it feels like to have their cable shut off after months of being past due, and they couldn't even imagine what it feels like to drive their car on E until their direct deposit paycheck hits their bank account. They grew up in the most affluent neighborhoods and attended the best private schools. From day one, they had it made, and everything was literally handed to them on a silver platter. Despite coming from rich families, many of these celebrities didn't necessarily depend on their parents to fund their lifestyles as they entered adulthood, and they were able to amass fortunes of their own.
Don't get us wrong, we're definitely not judging these celebrities for being ridiculously rich. Actually, we're secretly a bit jealous (shhh, don't tell anyone). Take a look at this list of 15 celebrities who hit the jackpot when they were born into rich families.
15 Carly Simon
14 Glenn Close
Glenn Close is one of the most recognizable and successful actresses in the entertainment industry. Who can forget her performance alongside Michael Douglas in Fatal Attraction? It definitely solidified her career on the big screen.
13 Julian Casablancas
Call it fate, or call it karma, but the lead singer of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas, is living the dream on and off the stage. Julian is the son of John Casablancas, the co-founder of Elite Model Management. Yes, one of the top modeling agencies in the world. The agency has represented some of the most beautiful women in the modeling industry, including Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne. These women are booking modeling and runway gigs left and right, so just imagine how much money Elite is racking in by representing them! Rumor has it, Elite grossed nearly $100 million in annual model bookings during the years that John was at the helm of the company’s day-to-day operations.
12 Brooke Shields
11 Rooney Mara
10 Johnny Manziel
9 Zooey Deschanel
When two people in the entertainment industry get together and have a baby, we all pretty much assume their offspring will follow their career paths. So it definitely makes sense that actress Zooey Deschanel was born to be a Hollywood star. The actress is the daughter of Academy Award-nominated cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel. Both of her parents are still involved in the entertainment industry, and Zooey is making a name for herself outside of her parents’ shadows.
8 Lady Gaga
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, struck gold when she released her 2008 album Fame. With catchy songs like “Poker Face” and “Just Dance,” the singer toured the world, performed at sold out shows, and increased her net worth to $230 million!
7 Michelle Williams
6 Kristen Stewart
Even if Kristen Stewart didn't land the role of Bella Marie Swan in Twilight, we doubt she would be strapped for cash like the rest of us. The actress grew up in the entertainment industry thanks to her father, John Stewart, a stage manager and producer for Fox and her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, a director and script supervisor. In her early years, Stewart was raised in the Hollywood Hills in a $1.75 million Alice in Wonderland-themed mansion. Now, that's what we call living in the lap of luxury! Can you imagine waking up and falling down the rabbit hole each and every morning? Kristen can, because she lived it!
5 Paul Giamatti
4 Adam Levine
Adam Levine may have a $35 million net worth of his own, but long before becoming the frontman of Maroon 5 and serenading us with tunes like “She Will Be Loved,” Levine was living the life of a California rich kid.
3 Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the daughter of French-born billionaire Gérard Louis-Dreyfus. That’s right, we said billionaire! In fact, Julia’s entire bloodline is littered with generational wealth that goes back more than a century. Coming from a family of old money, Julia definitely had it made. She could be sipping martinis off the Amalfi Coast, blowing through thousands of dollars at the finest boutiques, and having her every whim catered to by her hired help, all while her daddy foot the bill!
2 Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase's family is the definition of "old money" - established, inherited wealth that has been passed down through a wealthy family for many generations. The actor was born into a very prominent New York family with rich ancestors dating back to the early 1600s. Chase grew up in Lower Manhattan and was raised by his father Edward, a prominent Manhattan book editor and magazine writer. His mother, Cathalene, was a concert pianist and librettist. The Chase family acquired their wealth through a Canadian plumbing empire. Yes, that’s right, the Chase’s money comes from the toilet industry. Hold that laugh, because Crane Plumbing is worth billions, and Chevy is an heir to a fortune.
1 Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper is the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt of the millionaire Vanderbilt family. The Vanderbilts made their money in the shipping and railroad industries. They were once listed as America's 7th richest family, but their empire began to crumble when the railroad industry took a blow at the end of World War II.
Despite it all, the family still has Vanderbilt University as its pride and joy. Although the family has generational wealth, it seems like Anderson is out of luck when it comes to inheriting a piece of the pie. According to his mother Gloria, he won’t be inheriting a dime after her death. Many have speculated as to why she would nix her son from the family’s fortune. Maybe she will donate all the money to charity? Who knows. But perhaps Anderson isn’t too concerned with it at this point. Through his career as a journalist, he has built up his own net worth to $100 million.
Sources: Publishersweekly.com, Nbcconnecticut.com, Travelerstoday.com, Dailymail.co.uk, Forbes.com
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