15 Celebrities Who Were Born Wealthy

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Everyone loves a rags to riches story. We are drawn to celebrities and athletes who overcame great odds to succeed and become famous. However, not all of Hollywood (or professional sports) are inspirational stories. Some celebrities were just born into money.

There’s no shortage of celebrities who have parents who paved their way for them. When you have professional athlete or celebrity parents you seem to be more likely to become a celebrity yourself. You certainly don’t need as much talent as the other half who came from nothing. When you look at this list it becomes painfully obvious.

Check out 15 Celebrities Who Were Born Wealthy…..

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift made over $55 million last year. She’s clearly the top-earner in her family. She also gives a large portion of her money to charity. What she doesn’t need to do is give money to her parents (she still may anyway). Her mother and father both worked in financial services. Her mother was a marketing executive and her father was an adviser for Merril Lynch. She was just fine before she became famous.

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Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks is an interesting story. By now it’s common knowledge that Jordin’s father is former NFL cornerback Phillippi Sparks. Papa Sparks played for the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys so you know he made some money in his career. Jordin’s story is interesting because she won her fame on ‘American Idol’. She didn’t ask daddy to introduce her to Diddy.

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Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke took the music world by storm in 2013 with his racy hits and performances (with our next subject). It’s well-documented that Thicke is the son of Alan Thicke from ‘Growing Pains’. What you may have not known is his mother is Gloria Loring, a long-time soap star.

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Miley Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus had a baby and named her Miley. Billy Ray Cyrus accumulated a net worth of about $50 million before Miley could even walk, let alone twerk. Miley did in a way pave her own path, but she was given a boost by Papa Cyrus.

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Paris & Nicki Hilton

File under zero talent, but famous because of the parents wealth. Paris and Nicki Hilton are the daughters of the Hilton Hotel family. Yep – they have serious money. Paris has partied, tried to create her own perfume, tried to create her own music. By and large she’s a business failure, but who cares.

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Jaden & Willow Smith

It’s really yet to be seen if Jaden and Willow Smith have the chops to make it on their own. They’ve done acting, rapping, designing, etc. but it’s all been because of their super rich parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett. To be continued…..

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Ariana Grande

This one I didn’t know. Ariana Grande has that “made it yourself” feel to her, but would you believe her father is super SUPER rich. Father, Edward Butera, is the CEO of the famous design company Ibi Designs, Inc. Filthy rich.

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Allison Williams

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams had a beautiful daughter and her named was Allison. Williams is currently starring on the HBO series Girls. It’s yet to be seen if she has a bigger acting career ahead of her.

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Every Single Kardashian & Jenner

This one is pretty obvious. Kris Jenner’s first husband was Robert Kardashian one of the biggest lawyers in the country (see OJ Simpson case). Bruce Jenner was an Olympian. Yes, they created an entertainment empire, but it certainly helped they had a fortune to get it started.

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Tori Spelling

Aaron Spelling is worth about a billion dollars. He had a daughter named Tori, who (no offense) pretty much was lackluster at everything. She’s tried acting and other business opportunities, but let’s face it. Aaron Spelling is the most prolific television writer of all-time. Tori is riding that wave.

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Maggie & Jake Gyllenhaal

This one I didn’t know. Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal got a boost in their acting careers by Papa Gyllenhaal, who is a famous film director and poet. I’ve never even heard of Stephen Gyllenhaal, but that has no reflection on how famous or rich he is – it’s more of a reflection of the rock I live under.

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Bryce Dallas Howard

Another actress – another famous father. This one had to be a lock. Ron Howard is one of the greatest film directors of all-time. It was a foregone conclusion that Bryce Dallas was going to join the family business. Bryce is on her way on the acting front, but she has daddy to fall back on.

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Rashida Jones

Born to Quincy Jones – one of the most famous music producers of all-time. She’s forged her own path as a comedic actress, but certainly she had help from papa’s immense fame.

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Anderson Cooper

This is a pretty peculiar case. Anderson Cooper is pretty much an open book, but I had no idea he came from an absolute fortune. Cooper is the heir to Vanderbilt family and son of Gloria Laura Vanderbilt – the socialite credited with inventing the blue jeans.. What?

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Psy

Psy’s big hit ‘Gangnam’ is a tribute to his hometown in South Korea. Yeah, you may have known that. What you didn’t know is that Gangnam is one of the richest cities in South Korea. Psy’s father is an executive chairman of DI Corporation and his mother owns a restaurant. Psy was set for life.

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