8 Celebs Who Were Rich Before They Got Famous

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  • #1 Taylor Swift
  • #1 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift made a name for herself by singing her way up the country and pop music charts, but back home she's known as the daughter of Scott and Andrea Swift.
  • #1 Taylor Swift Scott Swift comes from a long line of investment bankers, some of whom went on to be presidents of various banks. He, himself, is a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch.
  • #1 Taylor Swift Taylor's fame may be new to the family, but being set financially is not.
  • #2 Ariana Grande
  • #2 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande's acting skills are anything but who this starlet really is. Even though Grande grew up in a well-off family, she always felt there was more to life than affluence.
  • #2 Ariana Grande At the age of 10, she co-founded the South Florida youth singing group, Kids Who Care. The group went on to raise several hundred thousand dollars for those in need.
  • #2 Ariana Grande She continues to spread her extra wealth by being part of Broadway in South Africa.
  • #3 Anderson Cooper
  • #3 Anderson Cooper Cooper was born to Wyatt Cooper, an American screenwriter, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. Cooper's maternal grandparents are famous millionaire Reginald Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt.
  • #3 Anderson Cooper The Vanderbilt's fortune stems from Cornelius Vanderbilt, who is famous for establishing the prominent Vanderbilt shipping and railroad fortune.
  • #3 Anderson Cooper Cooper does not announce his wealthy upbringing, but tries to make a name for himself with his own brand of influence.
  • #4 Lana Del Rey
  • #4 Lana Del Rey Del Rey came into the world in 1986 to parents Rob and Pat Grant. The couple was wealthy, thanks to their ties with the former Grey Group.
  • #4 Lana Del Rey The pressures of growing up in her family became too much, so she turned to alcohol, which resulted in her family sending her off to boarding school to deal with her dependency.
  • #4 Lana Del Rey Her life situations have helped her in her quest to write unique music.
  • #5 Rashida Jones
  • #5 Rashida Jones Rashida Jones is the daughter to famous media mogul Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton. Having every opportunity in the world available to her, Jones went to Harvard with aspirations toward attending law school.
  • #5 Rashida Jones After watching the O. J. Simpson trial, she decided law wasn't for her and turned to the performing arts. Jones stays involved in her community and supports Peace First, which is an organization that teaches children violence isn't the answer.
  • #6 Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • #6 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Louis-Dreyfus comes from a long line of billionaires and successful businessmen. Her great-grandfather, Leopold Louis-Dreyfus, founded the Louis Dreyfus Group, which was a French commodities and shipping conglomerate.
  • #6 Julia Louis-Dreyfus The business is still going strong over 100 years later. Her father is famous billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, who chaired Dreyfus Energy Services.
  • #6 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Her family is very political, and financially supports political campaigns.
  • #7 Adam Levine
  • #7 Adam Levine Adam Levine quickly became a household name with his band Maroon 5, but his father had begun working on being a household name long before Adam arrived in the world.
  • #7 Adam Levine Fred Levine founded retail chain M. Fredric. The company is still going strong today, with his father, aunt, and stepmother working as the creative forces behind the upscale clothing they sell.
  • #8 Armie Hammer
  • #8 Armie Hammer Armie Hammer wows his fans in the movies he acts in, but he is not just a celebrity in Hollywood. The actor's paternal great-grandfather, who was a Russian Jewish immigrant, moved to the U.
  • #8 Armie Hammer S. and became a well-known oil tycoon. That founded a deep desire for success in the Hammer family, which helped encourage Armie's father to start several successful businesses that the family still owns today.

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