It’s common practice to pass down your part of your fortune or business to your children, but you’d be surprised by just how many celebrities were born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Read on to discover who America’s richest and most famous heirs and heiresses are. You may recognize many of the lucky heirs and heiresses on this list, but some of these folks may come as a total surprise to you.
#1 Nicole Richie
Net worth: $10 million
Profession: Socialite, fashion designer, actress, singer
Everyone knows that Nicole Richie is the daughter of Hollywood legend, Lionel Richie. This notorious socialite originally rose to fame on her reality show, The Simple Life, which she starred on alongside Paris Hilton. Soon after, she became a successful author, and fashion designer courtesy of her brand, House of Harlow 1960. Additionally, Nicole was awarded as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in 2011.
#2 Dakota Johnson
Net worth: $14 million
You most likely recognize this actress as Anastacia Steele from the Fifty Shades of Gray films. But you probably don’t realize how well off she is – Dakota Johnson’s net worth is $14 million, and she inherited her fortune from her actor father, Don Johnson. But her own Hollywood journey began in 1999 when she starred alongside her mother in the film, Crazy in Alabama.
#3 Kyra Sedgwick
Net worth: $16 million
This Golden Globe award-winning actress also happens to have been born a millionaire. Her inherited fortune of $16 million is courtesy of her venture capitalist father, Henry Dwight Sedgwick V. Kyra also happens to be married to Hollywood superstar, Kevin Bacon and is most known for her role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the crime drama series, The Closer.
#4 Nicky Hilton
Net worth: $20 million
Profession: Entrepreneur, fashion designer
Nicky Hilton is an heiress to the Hilton family fortune and also a member of the renown Rothchild family by means of her marriage to James Rothchild. Her endeavors include a career in modeling and a successful fashion line of designer bags. Nicky’s current net worth is $20 million. Aside from her socialite jet-setting lifestyle, she has contributed to several charity foundations, such as the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
#5 Olivia Wilde
Net worth: $20 million
You may recognize this star as Remy Hadley from the medical drama series, House. Being worth $20 million, this actress inherited her fortune from Andrew Cockburn, her famous journalist father. Aside from being known for her TV and movie career, Olivia Wilde participates in activism and has two children with fellow actor, Jason Sudeikis.
#6 Ally Hilfiger
Net worth: $23 million
Profession: Actress, entrepreneur, fashion designer
Tommy Hilfiger’s daughter, Ally Hilfiger, has dabbled into reality television, the vintage accessories business, and even broadway. As a child, she contributed clothing designs to her father’s H by Hilfiger fashion line. In 2016, she released a memoir on her battle with Lyme disease and is currently on the board of the Global Lyme Alliance and Project Lyme. Ally has a net worth of $23 million.
#7 Brooke Shields
Net worth: $25 million
This Hollywood icon paved her way to stardom early in her youth by starring in movies like Pretty Baby, Endless Love, and Blue Lagoon. Her father was a well-known businessman and executive at Revlon in New York. Her net worth, including her wealth inherited from her father, Francis Shields, is $25 million.
#8 Peter Mark Brant Jr.
Net worth: $2 million
Peter Brant Jr., who is currently a student at Bard College in New York,
is one of the heirs of his dad’s $800 million fortune. His father, George Brant, is an art collector, industrialist and chairman of Brant Publications, Inc. Peter has been making a name for himself in the modeling industry and recently collaborated with Mac Cosmetics for his own line geared towards the gender-fluid youth movement.
#9 Billie Lourd
Net worth: $25 million
Actress, Billie Lourd, is the daughter of Carrie Fisher and Bryan Lourd. Her mother is a popular actress, writer, and comedian whose list of showbiz projects could span several pages, but she’s most famous for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. You probably recognize Billie as the quirky Chanel #3 from the TV series Scream Queens. She also starred in the hit show, American Horror Story. But aside from having a strong TV career, Billie’s the heiress to her mother’s estate, and her net worth stands at $25 million.
#10 Tinsley Mortimer
Net worth: $35 million
Profession: Socialite, fashion designer, model
Turns out, this Real Housewives of New York City star is really rich, thanks to her parents, George Riley Mercer Jr., who is a wealthy real-estate investor, and her mother, Dale Mercer, who is a successful interior designer. Specifically, Tinsley is the heiress to a 35 million dollar fortune. This socialite has also launched her own line of houseware products as well as travel, fashion, and beauty accessories. To top that off, she even walked the runway at New York Fashion Week last year.
#11 Chevy Crane Chase
Net worth: $50 million
Profession: Actor, comedian
Chevy Chase is mostly known for being a successful actor and comedian, but it turns out that he was born into a prominent New York family. With his wealth inherited from the Crane company. The actor got his first leading role in the comedy film, Foul Play, which earned him two Golden Globe nominations. His net worth is $50 million.
#12 Carly Simon
Net worth: $65 million
Profession: Author, singer, songwriter
This author and singer-songwriter propelled to fame in the ’70s when she produced a total of 13 top 40 hits, including “You Belong To Me”, “Anticipation”, and “Nobody Does It Better”. She also formed a duo with her sister, Lucy, called The Simon Sisters. But aside from Carly’s remarkable music career, she owes part of her $65 million fortune to her father who is the co-founder of the acclaimed book company Simon and Schuster
#13 Jake Gyllenhaal
Net worth: $65 million
Jake Gyllenhaal was catapulted into fame when he starred as Homer Hickman in the 1999 drama flick, October Sky. Soon after, he continued to become one of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood with hit movies like The Prince of Persia, Source Code, Life, and Spiderman in his repertoire. Lately, Gyllenhaal has been making waves on the Broadway stage with Sea Wall / A Life. Aside from his acting career, he’s also inherited a fortune, from his father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, who is a successful film director and poet.
#14 Kate Hudson
Net worth: $80 million
Oscar-nominated actress, Kate Hudson, got her big break by means of the TV series, Almost Famous. She later made her Hollywood debut in the 1998 movie, Desert Blue, and ventured into the fitness industry with her two brands, Fabletics and JustFab. But she isn’t just raking in money from being a celeb and entrepreneur, the “How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days” actress also inherited a fortune from her superstar mother, Goldie Hawn, and is currently worth $80 million.
#15 Edward Norton
Net worth: $80 million
Edward Norton is an actor and acclaimed filmmaker who has received several Oscar nominations and one Golden Globe. Initially, Norton was raised in Maryland. At some point, he lived in Japan and eventually moved to New York and supported himself by means of odd jobs while he focused on developing his acting techniques. In 1995, he was scouted by a casting agent and made his debut in the movie, Primal Fear. The Academy Award winner soon appeared in blockbuster hits like Fight Club and The Hulk. Oh, and he’s also worth $80 million, thanks to his showbiz industry endeavors and inheritance from his paternal grandfather, James Rouse, an influential real estate developer.
#16 Amanda Hearst
Net worth: $100 million
Profession: Model, socialite, entrepreneur
Being the great-granddaughter of media mogul, William Randolph Hearst, and the heiress to the Hearst Corporation is only one of Amanda’s notable feats. She’s also an esteemed New York socialite, model, and founder of a charity foundation geared toward helping dogs called Friends of Finn. All her endeavors combined bring her net worth to $100 million.
#17 Anderson Cooper
Net worth: $110 million
Profession: Journalist, author
CNN’s Anderson Cooper is one of the most famous TV personalities, journalists, and authors on the planet. Cooper was born in Manhattan, New York, to writer Wyatt Emery Cooper and fashion designer/writer/heiress, Gloria Vanderbilt. Cooper’s fortune stems all the way back to his maternal grandparents, Reginald and Gloria Vanderbilt, and his business mogul great-grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt. Thanks to both his hard work and inherited fortune, Anderson Cooper’s net worth currently amounts to $110 million.
#18 Scarlett Johansson
Net worth: $110 million
Who doesn’t recognize this stunning A-list Hollywood actress? In total, Johansson’s films have raked in a grand total of $14.3 billion on a global scale. Furthermore, the actress has won a BAFTA Award, a Tony Award, and she has two Academy Award nominations, and five Golden Globe nominations under her belt. Scarlett also comes from a wealthy family. Her parents are Karsten Olaf Johansson, who is a successful Danish architect, and Melanie Sloan, a famous film producer. Between her self-made success and inheritance from her parents, Scarlett’s net worth is a whopping $140 million.
#19 Balthazar Getty
Net worth: $200 million
Profession: Musician, music producer, actor
Apart from being a music producer for the rap duo, The Wow, Balthazar Getty is known for being a part of the band, Ringside. Additionally, he has appeared in several movies and TV shows, mostly during his teen years. The most noteworthy film he has starred in would have to be the 1990 adaptation of the psychological fiction novel, Lord of the Flies. Between Balthazar Getty’s career and inherited wealth from his family’s company, Getty Oil, his net worth is $200 million.
#20 Paris Hilton
Net worth: $300 million
Profession: Socialite, actress, entrepreneur, DJ
With a net worth of $300 million, Paris Hilton isn’t just the heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune, she’s also a self-made businesswoman thanks to her perfume line, Paris Hilton stores, and a beach resort that she owns in the Philippines. In addition, she penned a book entitled “Confessions of an Heiress”, which rapidly topped the bestselling list. Hilton has also dabbled in the world of acting and music. She was cast in the horror flick, House of Wax, and has recorded songs like “Stars Are Blind” and “Nothing In This World”.
#21 Aerin Lauder
Net Worth: $2.5 billion
If you’re thinking that the Lauder family name sounds synonymous with “multi-billion cosmetic empire”, you’re absolutely correct. Estee Lauder’s granddaughter, Aerin Lauder, managed to juggle her university life with working for the family business. She even served as a board member of the company for 12 years. In 2012, Aerin established her very own luxury lifestyle beauty brand called AERIN Beauty. It’s pretty clear that all her hard work has paid off. But how much exactly has it paid, you ask? A whopping $2.5 billion.
#22 Ariana Rockefeller
Net worth: $2.8 billion
Profession: Equestrian, fashion designer
Ariana Rockefeller hails from a family that has been extremely wealthy since the 19th Century. She was born in Massachusetts and raised in both New York and Maine. She’s the heiress to her great-great-grandfather’s company, Standard Oil, which gives her a net worth of $2.8 billion. To top it off, this heiress is an equestrian, fashion designer, and supporter of The Human Society.
#23 Lynsi Snyder
Net worth: $3.6 billion
The In-N-Out Burger company is worth $3.6 billion, and was completely passed down to this heiress in 2017. Lynsi is the only daughter of Lynda and H.Guy Snyder. She’s also the only grandchild of Harry and Esther Snyder, who founded the company back in 1948. When this business woman isn’t busy being the president of In-N-Out Burger, she actively participates in drag-racing events and philanthropic efforts.
#24 Dylan Lauren
Net Worth: $4 billion
Dylan Lauren is the daughter of celebrated fashion mogul, Ralph Lauren. Her net worth is a whopping $4 billion. Aside from being the heiress to the fashion brand, Dylan Lauren is a proud momma of twins and is the founder of the largest candy store on the planet, Dylan’s Candy Bar. The concept behind the store was apparently inspired by Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
#25 Alexander Soros
Net Worth: $20 billion
Alexander Soros is the heir of the billionaire founder of the Soros Fund Management, George Soros. Just like his father, Alexander’s philanthropy has included supporting various campaigns for environmental and human rights projects. Aside from being worth a mighty $20 billion, he also has a pretty impressive writing career, having contributed to publications like The Guardian, The Forward and The Sun-Sentinel. At present, Alexander is the Deputy Chair of Open Society Foundations, which was founded by his father.
#26 Patty Hearst
Net worth: $28 billion
Patty Hearst’s father is publishing magnate, William Randolph Hearst, which gives her an impressive net worth of $28 billion. Patty Hearst made headlines after her infamous kidnapping in the ‘70s. She was found 19 months later and was sentenced to 7 years in jail for the crimes she committed after being threatened and intertwined with her kidnappers. Post jail, she married Bernard Lee Shaw and had two children. In addition, she started a career in writing and actively participated in charities and fundraising events. One of her most noteworthy professional successes is her best-selling memoir, “Every Thing Secret”.
#27 Lydia Hearst-Shaw
Net Worth: $28 billion
Profession: Model, fashion designer, lifestyle blogger
Born in Connecticut to Patty Hearst and Bernard Lee Shaw, this model/fashion designer/lifestyle blogger/heiress inherited her wealth from her great-grandfather, William Randolph Hearst, and is worth a tremendous $28 billion. The 35-year-old beauty made her showbiz debut on the cover of Vogue Italia in 2004. That became the springboard for her modeling career to truly take off, leading to more cover features for other prominent magazines like Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. You’ve likely seen her hit the international runway for the world’s most exquisite fashion brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Fendi, and Chanel.
#28 Victoria Mars
Net Worth: $6.9 billion
Being the heir of a giant candy empire is indeed pretty sweet. To that effect, Victoria Mars is worth $6.9 billion for being an heiress to Mars Incorporated, the company that makes the Milky Way, M&Ms and Skittles. This Yale University graduate first started out as the company’s assistant brand manager for Milky Way back in 1978. In 2014, she became the chairman of Mars Incorporated and holds an 8% stake in the company.