20 Celebrities Who Were Born Super Rich (PHOTOS)

For some celebrities, the road to stardom is a rag-to-riches tale where after years of struggling and working low-income jobs, they finally earn their big break. However, not everyone in Hollywood has worked their way up — at least not from the bottom. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow were born into immense wealth and were able to capitalize on their privileged upbringings to achieve success.

Click through for 20 surprising celebrities who were born super rich.

 

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  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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    To say that Julia Louis-Dreyfus comes from money would be an understatement. Even if Seinfeld hadn't made her a TV star, we're guessing the actress would have done just fine as the heir to a billion-dollar shipping fortune.

  • Anderson Cooper

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    The CNN anchor's last name may be Cooper, but his mom is a Vanderbilt — as in the wealthy East Coast shipping and railroad tycoon Vanderbilts. However, Anderson Cooper claims he has no trust fund and will not inherit his family's money.

  • Kate Mara

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    Both Kate Mara and her sister Rooney have football to thank for their family fortune, as their great-grandfathers were the original founders of the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The two teams are still owned by the Mara family today.

  • Miley Cyrus

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    Before Hannah Montana made her a celebrity, Miley Cyrus was known as the daughter of country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus, whose 1992 hit "Achy Breaky Heart" made him millions.

  • Lana Del Rey

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    The "Born to Die" singer reportedly attended a pricey boarding school as a child, thanks to the success of her wealthy entrepreneur father. 

  • Lady Gaga

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    If by "Born This Way," you mean wealthy, then the singer certainly was! Lady Gaga's businessman father paid for her to attend a prestigious private school on New York's Upper East Side.

  • Edward Norton

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    The three-time Oscar nominee is the heir to a real estate fortune. His grandfather reportedly invented the modern-day shopping mall.

  • Nicole Richie

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    Just call her Nicole Richie Rich! The reality star-turned-fashion designer stands to inherit some big bucks at one point from her famous singer father, Lionel Richie.

  • Allison Williams

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    As the daughter of news anchor Brian Williams, whose annual paycheck is reportedly in the $10 million range, the Girls actress will likely never hurt for money.

  • Tori Spelling

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    Just because you're born rich doesn't mean you will always stay that way! "It's not my fault I'm an uptown girl stuck in a midtown life. I was raised in opulence. My standards are ridiculously high. We can't afford that lifestyle, but when you grow up silver spoon it's hard to go plastic," Tori Spelling, whose late father was a wildly successful TV producer, wrote in her book, Spelling It Like It Is.

  • Rashida Jones

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    As the daughter of a music producer and an actress, Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones's Los Angeles upbringing was very privileged.

  • Paul Giamatti

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    The Sideways actor once described his father as a "very powerful figure." As the president of Yale University and later the Major League Baseball commissioner, the elder Giamatti left a rich legacy for his son Paul Giamatti

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

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    The Oscar winner is often accused of being snobby, and perhaps her wealthy childhood as the daughter of a Hollywood producer and an actress is to blame! 

  • Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Money was likely never a problem growing up in the Gyllenhaal home, as Jake Gyllenhaal and sister Maggie's parents are a successful Hollywood screenwriter and a film director.

  • Bryce Dallas Howard

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    The Jurassic World actress may descend from Hollywood royalty — her dad is actor/director and fellow redhead Ron Howard — but Bryce Dallas Howard claims she's never used her family connections to land a job. 

  • Jordin Sparks

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    The American Idol singer probably learned a thing or two about winning from her rich former NFL football player dad. 

  • Robin Thicke

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    The "Blurred Lines" singer probably didn't experience many financial Growing Pains as a kid, thanks to his dad's successful stint on the hit 1980s sitcom.

  • Stella McCartney

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    When your dad is one of the Beatles, you could easily rest on your laurels, but Stella McCartney has crafted a career as a successful fashion designer despite a vast family fortune.

  • Paris Hilton

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    Would the world know who Paris Hilton was if it weren't for her hotel tycoon grandfather? The reality star became a household name on The Simple Life, a show where she was tasked with doing manual labor despite being unfamiliar with menial work, thanks to her super-privileged background.

  • Brooke Shields

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    Just call her principessa! Brooke Shields's wealthy family includes a grandmother who was an Italian princess.

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