10 Celebrities Who Were Already Rich Before Fame

Most of the celebrities are proud of their self-made history of success. They often come from humble backgrounds and made it to the top thanks to the talent and hard work. However, having some family money can be just as helpful and some celebrities were already wealthy before fame.

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Some of them grew up among A-list names like Steven Spielberg and the crucial connections can open some doors. But money and network just help until a certain point. Although their start was easier than most artists, it is impossible to achieve so much success without talent and dedication.

10 Taylor Swift

It is impossible to deny that Taylor is a successful artist and numbers can prove it.According to Business Insider, Taylor Swift has a fortune evaluated on $ 320 million. In 2018, her Reputation Stadium Tour was an undeniable success and grossed over $226 million. This was the highest-grossing tour in American history.

However, Taylor was in use to a wealthy life before fame. The singer grew up in a huge Christmas tree farm in Cumru Township, Pennsylvania and attended private schools. Her background also made her career easier at the beginning and she had the financial support of her family. Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, a Merrill Lynch financial adviser, invested on Big Machine Records, Taylor’s record labor before the singer was famous.

9 Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be destined to be a Hollywood star. Both of her parents are part of show business: her mother, Blythe Danner, was part of successful projects, like Will and Grace, while her father, Bruce Paltrow, was a famous producer. Of course, we can’t forget about Steven Spielberg, her godfather.

Paltrow grew up in a privileged reality and was part of the Upper East Side social circle. It is undeniable that her family name and contacts have helped her in her career. But Paltrow seems to disagree and claims she is entirely self-made.

8 Beyoncé

Beyoncé is one of the most successful artists of all times and according to Business Insider, she was an empire evaluated on $355 million. Although the impressive number comes from her career, the singer also had a wealthy upbringing.

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Her father, Mathew Knowles, was a successful Xerox salesman and was able to afford a privileged life for his children. He was one of the first people to recognize Queen B's potential and during the '90s, he left everything behind to become her manager. But he probably did not imagine they would get that far.

7 Glenn Close

Glenn Close is one of the most talented actresses of all times and she collects several awards and nominations. Her father, William Close, was just as successful, but in a completely different area. William was a doctor who, during the '70s, had an essential role on researchers about the Ebola virus in the Congo, and he also worked as a personal doctor to Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator who ruled the country.

The actress grew up in a stone cottage, in Greenwich. When she was seven years old, the family joined the Moral Re-Armament, where communal living is mandatory.

6 Lady Gaga

According to Hello Magazine, Lady Gaga has a net worth evaluated on $300 million. Just like Gwyneth Paltrow, the singer and actress grew up in the privileged Upper West Side. Her father, Joseph Germanotta, made his fortune as an Internet entrepreneur and he had a company who specialized in installing wifi in hotels.

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Gaga and her sister attended a private school in Manhattan, Convent of Sacred Heart, and also had performing and music classes. Those experiences motivated Lady Gaga as an artist and also shaped her career. Her sister also became a prestigious designer.

5 Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gained America’s heart with comedy. He starred successful shows like The New Adventures of Old Christine and Veep. But very few people know that the actress had a family that is worth some billions and is probably had the richest childhood in this list. According to Forbes, her father, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, has a $3.4 billion net worth. Her Grandfather, Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, has found the Dreyfus group, the shipping conglomerated.

The actress has lived in many states and countries during her childhood, including Cambodia and Tunisia. But Julia has made also her fortune acting.

4 Adam Levine

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Adam Levine has a fortune of $120 million. Although the numbers are impressive, Levine was used to money and a wealthy life before fame. His father, Fred Levine, is the CEO and founder of M. Fredric, a clothing brand specialized in luxe lines. That is probably the reason Levine feels so connected to fashion.

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The singer and his siblings—as most wealthy children—attended private schools. At Brentwood School, in Los Angeles, he also met two other musicians with whom he would create Marroon 5.

3 Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Talent runs in the Gyllenhaal DNA. And so does money. Their parents are Stephen Gyllenhaal, a film director, and Naomi Forner Gyllenhaal, a screenwriter who was nominated to an Oscar. Rumors say the Gyllenhaal has a Nobel Swedish background.

Growing up near Hollywood certainly helped both with connections. Jake’s godmother, for example, is Jamie Lee Curtis, but the actor claims they had a down to earth education.

“I don't look at the world through rose-colored glasses. I wasn't raised to be separate from reality,” told him during an interview with Squire.

2 Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort stole many hearts and made everybody cry as Augustus in The Fault In Our Stars. He is one of the most promising actors of his generation. The actor had a rich childhood and grew up with a wealthy family in New York.

His father, Arthur Elgort, has worked as a fashion photographer for Vogue for decades, and his mom, Grethe Barrett Holby, is a director for the opera. His parents have influenced in his career since Elgort grew up in front of his father lens and his mother took him to an audition at the School of American Ballet when he was a child.

1 Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne is another celebrity who had a wealthy upbringing. During an interview with Vogue Magazine, she talked about it. "I grew up in the upper class, for sure. My family was kind of about that whole parties–and–horse racing thing," said the model. "I can understand it's fun for some. I never enjoyed it."

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Her grandfather, Sir Jocelyn Stevens, was a prosperous publisher, while her father is a property developer. Her mother, Pandora Delevingne, also comes from a rich family and is known for her beauty. Cara seems to have inherited all the right things from her family.

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