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9 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous


Most actors find it difficult to pay the rent while they are pursuing their Hollywood dreams, but some lucky celebrities have been born into wealthy families. This list of celebrities born into wealthy families is ranked by fame and popularity.

9- Adam Levine

You don’t have to be a Maroon 5 fan to know Adam Levine. He is not only a singer and songwriter, he also owns a record label, a fragrance line and as you can guess he had money as a kid too. His father Fred owned and operated M.Frederic, a popular retail chain.

8- Ariana Grande

No one can deny the talent and hard work of the Pop Star Ariana Grande. She’s been demonstrating her singing and acting abilities for a decade now. But even before becoming famous, Grande was wealthy. She is the daughter of two successful parents. Her mother Joan Grande was CEO of manufacturing company Hose McCann Communications. Her father Edward owned a graphic design firm in Florida.

7- Robin Williams

He was one of the great comedians of our time, a legend on the stage. But besides being so famous for his funny characters few know that Williams was a rich kid. William’s father was a senior executive in the Lincoln Mercury Division at the Ford Motor Company. His mother Laurie was a model. Even his great-great grandfather had money.

6- Lady Gaga

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, more commonly known as Lady Gaga, is a megastar and an Oscar winner. Gaga’s net worth is greater than it’s ever been. But did you know she had money from the outset? Attending private school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Gaga had accomplished parents. Mom Cynthia Louise was a business executive, and dad Joseph Germanotta an Internet entrepreneur, owning and operating a number of businesses.

5- Cara Delevingne

A two-time Model of the Year winner, she’s also got a music career and a movie career. Her father is property developer Charles Hamar Delevingne. He’s founded one massive real estate agency, and has been a partner and director of others. As a result, Cara could afford to drop out of school to pursue modeling. In this case, it worked out.

4- Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek is one of the most successful actresses to ever come out of Mexico. But did you know she was extremely wealthy before that? Salma’s father is Sami Hayek Dominguez, a Mexican oil company executive and industrial equipment firm owner. That meant she could have whatever she wanted.

3- Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields has been in the public eye as long as we can remember. She’s been acting since she was a teenager. But how does one start life with so much success? With the help of their parents. Brooke’s mother Teri was an actress and a model. Her father Frank worked on Wall Street before becoming a sales and marketing executive at Revlon and Estee Lauder.

2- Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the daughter of French-born billionaire Gérard Louis-Dreyfus. Forbes estimated his net worth at $3.4 billion in 2006. Julia’s great-great grandfather was Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, whose family was one of the five wealthiest in France.

1- Rooney Mara

You may know actress Rooney Mara from her Academy Award nominated performance in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But she didn’t just happen to appear from nowhere. Her paternal great-grandfather was Tim Mara, founder of the New York Giants. And her maternal great-grandfather was Art Rooney, founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers! A lot of football money to support her acting career.