What could make a parent prouder than to know that their child is happy, healthy and financially well taken care of? Children of celebrity parents are born into abundance and wealth but more importantly, into creative homes. These households usually support endeavors in the arts and encourage their children to pursue careers in the theatre. This is how there are so many second generation celebrities in the Hollywood circle. Having been exposed to the A-list celebrity world, it is not hard to figure out why some of the second generation celebrities are even more successful than their parents have been. It is more than plausible that they use their parent’s status and wisdom in the industry to help them land roles.
Sometimes, the children of the celebrities end up making more money than their parents. In any case, the parents are probably thrilled to see their celebrity offspring thriving professionally and financially. As thrilling as it is for the public to see real life relationships on screen, it must also be exciting for the actors. In that case, do they fight over who gets more screen time? Or over who gets paid more money?
6 Angelina Jolie
It may not be a big shocker to find out that A-lister Angelina Jolie is worth more than her famous father, Jon Voigt. Jolie was born to Voight and ex-wife Marcheline Bertrand. Bertrand was an actress who gave up her career in order to raise her children. Jolie was raised between both New York City and Los Angeles. She said she had always wanted to become an actress. Jolie gained her fame through her first Academy Award for her role in Girl Interrupted. Her success has skyrocketed since and she was named Hollywood’s highest paid actress by Forbes in 2009 and 2011. Besides her acting career, she also promotes humanitarian causes. Jolie is worth an estimated $120 million.
Jolie’s father, Jon Voigt, a successful actor in his own right, is worth approximately $45 million. Voigt had a successful film and TV career. He accumulated several Golden Globe awards throughout his long career. He also appeared on Broadway. His most famous role was in the film Midnight Cowboy, for which he got an Oscar nomination. Jolie and Voigt have had a tumultuous father-daughter relationship. She was estranged from her father for years because of his marital infidelity causing the breakup of their family. Years later, they reconciled. The father-daughter team even appeared on screen together in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Unfortunately, their relationship eventually deteriorated and Angelina even dropped ‘Voigt’ from her official name. At that point, Voigt declared publicly that his daughter suffered from mental issues. Angelina counteracted by publicly stating that she no longer wished to have any contact with her father. But it was the death of Jolie’s mother in 2007 that made them reconcile once more. With all this feuding and reconciling, at least Jolie will never have to run to daddy to borrow a couple of bucks!
5 Charlie Sheen
We hear Charlie Sheen’s name and we think automatically: you’re fired! Regardless of his very public firing, he is worth $125 million! His father on the other hand, Martin Sheen, is worth a little less at $50 million. Martin Sheen is famous for his work on The West Wing, The Amazing Spider Man and The Departed and is considered one of the best actors never to have been nominated for an Academy Award. He is close with Charlie and has even appeared on screen with him. Charlie Sheen grew up in a creative family full of actors and actresses. Charlie began his acting career at the age of 9 playing supporting roles in his father’s movies. His big break came in 1984 with the movie Red Dawn. He landed his own television sitcom Two and a Half Men for which he was eventually paid $1.25 million per episode. Charlie became the highest paid TV star until he was fired because of a public battle with the show’s creator Chuck Lowe. His new sitcom Anger Management was the highest rated new comedy in 2012. Looks like that $125 million will keep on growing!
4 Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow was born into a creative family. Her mother, Blythe Danner, is an actress and her late father, Bruce Paltrow, was a producer and director. Gwyneth started her acting career in 1990 in films such as Shakespeare in Love and Emma and has since appeared in hit movies like Iron Man and The Avengers. She quickly became an A-list celebrity complete with a musician husband, children and a massive mansion. She is now worth around $60 million. Her mother must be very proud because her daughter is worth more than she is. Blythe Danner, a respectable actress on her own is worth $45 million. She started her career on Broadway then progressed to movies. She landed recurring roles on TV shows Will and Grace and Huff. Her most recent role was in the Meet the Parents movie series. The mother and daughter team have appeared on screen together more than once in Cruel Doubt and Sylvia.
3 Jennifer Aniston
One of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood is that of Jennifer Aniston. Her father, John Aniston must be very proud! John Aniston was born in Greece and came to the United States where he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre. He appeared on Love of Life and Search for Tomorrow before landing his most recognizable role to date: the role of Victor Kiriakis on the soap opera Days of our Lives. John is worth an estimated $10 million. That is nothing compared to his daughter who is now worth $150 million! Jennifer is an actress, producer and spokesperson. She moved to Los Angeles in 1989 in order to pursue an acting career. Her most famous role was that of Rachel Green on the sitcom Friends. She became the highest paid TV actress at that time with a salary of $1 million per episode. She excels in comedic roles and has appeared in the movies Bruce Almighty, The Break Up and Along Came Polly.
2 Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus. She is now most famous for her raunchy dancing, collection of tattoos, pictures of her smoking and drinking and her notorious performance with Robin Thicke. She began her acting career as the lead character on the show Hannah Montana alongside her father. Since then, she has turned into a musical sensation filling up stadiums and concert halls wherever she goes. Her hard work has certainly paid off because she is now worth a total of $150 million! On the other hand, her father is worth only $50 million. Billy Ray Cyrus is a country music star, actor and song writer. His hit song in the 1990s was “Achy Breaky Heart”. He made a comeback with his appearance on Hannah Montana starring opposite his daughter. He is now working on a reality series with his son for the SyFy channel.
1 Kim Kardashian
On top of the Kardashian empire sits Kim Kardashian. Her mother built the empire from her savvy business skills and became the first official Momager. Less than a decade ago, Kim Kardashian was an assistant and stylist to the stars who also had famous friends like Paris Hilton. She became famous after a sex tape with Ray J was released. She is now a reality TV star, model and spokesperson. She earns $80 000 per episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She has her own line of perfume, clothing and weight loss supplements. She currently gave birth to a baby girl with boyfriend Kanye West and is now planning her third wedding. Money should be no object because she is worth $40 million! Her mother, Kris Kardashian, is worth a little less at $30 million. Perhaps she can make a little more money if she starts taking more than the customary 10 percent like other managers! Kris is a reality TV star, a media personality and author. She manages the careers of her daughters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney. She is the executive producer of the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She was famous for being married to the late Robert Kardashian, O.J. Simpson’s defense lawyer and later for marrying Bruce Jenner, the Olympic medalist. She is now separated from Jenner. No matter how much money she makes, she can always be proud to say she coined the term ‘momager’!
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