Celebrities who were rich before they were famous

We all know that many famous actors and musicians were poor when they started and we all love that good old Hollywood rags to riches story of a talented child who overcomes various difficulties on the way to stardom. However, not all stories are like that and there are those lucky stars that were rich even before they became famous.  Here’s the list.

Armie Hammer








Armie grew up in a wealthy family. The Lone Ranger star is the great-grandson of renowned oil tycoon, philanthropist, and art collector Armand Hammer.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus








Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the daughter of French-born billionaire Gérard Louis-Dreyfus. Her father was the chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services, a subsidiary of the successful Louis Dreyfus Group (founded by her great-great-grandfather Léopold Louis-Dreyfus in 1851).

Rooney Mara








She comes from a powerful football dynasty. Her paternal great-grandfather Tim Mara was the founder of the New York Giants, a team that the Mara family owns and operates to this day. Her maternal great-grandfather Art Rooney, Sr. founded the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the current chairman of the team is her great-uncle Dan Rooney.

Chevy Chase








With Manhattan-based ancestors dating back to the early 1600s, Chevy Chase is a fourteenth-generation New Yorker. His father was a prominent book editor and magazine writer, and his mother was adopted as a child by her stepfather Cornelius Vanderbilt Crane, heir to Crane Plumbing.

Paul Giamatti








Paul’s father was a professor of Italian Literature at Yale and later became president of the university. He was also president and commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper And Charlie Moore Visit The Paley Center For Media







Anderson Cooper’s mother is heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, of the millionaire Vanderbilt family. His great-great-grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt made his fortune through the shipping and railroad industries.

Glenn Close








The granddaughter of a stockbroker and director of the American Hospital Association, Glenn Close grew up in the affluent community of Greenwich, Connecticut. Her father was a very successful doctor, who was the personal physician to President Mobutu Sese Seko of the Congo/Zaire.

Michelle Williams








Her father Larry Richard Williams is a successful Montana-based stocks and commodities trader and author. He also ran for the United States Senate twice.

Angelina Jolie








Since the day she was born she’s been very rich. Her father is actor Jon Voight and her mother, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2007, was the actress Marcheline Bertrand.

Miley Cyrus








Miley Cyrus started out life in the shadow of her famous country crooner father, Billy Ray. Though he made millions off his hit songs, like “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray kept his future superstar daughter on a $300 monthly allowance.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood







Gwyneth didn’t exactly luck into fame and fortune. The star is the daughter of the late producer-director Bruce Paltrow, and her mom is actress Blythe Danner. Like many jet-setting teens, Gwyneth grew up in L.A. and New York City, where she attended the elite all-girls Spence School.

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