Part of what’s good about “making it” as an actor, musician, model, or whatever is the money. Celebrities are, for the most part, filthy rich, because we give them our money in exchange for them being talented and beautiful and better than us in every way. That’s the social contract.
However, a number of stars have risen to fame thanks to already having a lot of edges in life—such as money. These people grew up rich and so they don’t even need our money. (But they do need our love and adoration. They’re still human beings, you know.)
1. Chevy Chase.
The notably difficult but undeniably hilarious star of Caddyshack and Fletch was born Cornelius Crane Chase. He’s part of the Crane plumbing and bathroom fixtures fortune which is worth about $50 million.
2. Taylor Swift.
Her father, Scott Swift, worked for investment firm Merrill Lynch as a financial adviser and senior vice president, and he advised himself to become filthy stinking rich by managing assets worth about $450 million. He also owns 3 percent of Swift’s first record company, Big Machine. So he’s almost as rich as you could get from writing songs about how John Mayer is a douche.
3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Get out! The fake vice president’s late father, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, was once the president of the Poetry Society of America, and that’s how he earned his hundreds of millions. Kidding. He ran the crude oil and gasoline divisions of the Louis-Dreyfus company, a French-based commodities juggernaut worth billions that was started by his great-grandfather. The family fortune is about $3 billion, and that’s not even counting the Seinfeld money.
4. Nick Kroll.
The Kroll Show and The League star grew up in the tawny New York suburb of Westchester, as he was the son of Jules B. Kroll, who started the corporate services company Kroll Inc. in 1972. The elder Kroll made millions, and then made even more when he sold the company for nearly $2 billion in 2004.
5. Kate and Rooney Mara.
Get your Maras straight: Kate Mara was in The Martian, House of Cards, and that Fantastic Four remake. Rooney Mara was in Carol and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And they’ve got football team-owning grandpas on both sides of the family tree. And those things are not cheap. Their maternal great-grandfather Art Rooney founded the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1933, and their paternal great-grandfather formed the New York Giants in 1923. Altogether, that’s about $1 billion in family money.
6. Adam Levine.
That guy from Maroon 5, your ex-girlfriend’s favorite band, is the son of Fred Levine. He’s the founder of the department store chain M. Frederic. (He’s the Fredric, you guys.) Fred’s worth $35 million.
7. Carly Simon.
The singer/songwriter of “Nobody Does it Better” and “You’re So Vain” is the daughter of Richard Simon. He’s the “Simon” in Simon & Schuster, which makes these things called books. They’ve got about $44 million.
8. Christopher Guest.
The guy behind Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap and Corky St. Clair of Waiting for Guffman has about $20 million of his own money, but his family has a very old claim on something a bit more priceless: peerage. His family is English nobility and he once sat in the House of Lords in Parliament. His full name is Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest. In other words, he’s…an aristocrat!
9. Anderson Cooper.
The CNN anchor is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt, who with her titular line of clothing created the idea of “designer jeans” in the ’70s. Some of her seed money likely came from the fact that she was a descendent of classic tycoon-era tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt and inherited $200 million.
10. Armie Hammer.
The Social Network twins and ill-fated Lone Ranger isn’t the heir to the Arm & Hammer baking soda fortune. Actually, his great-grandfather is Armand Hammer, who found Occidental Petroleum in the 1900s and died with a net worth of $200 million. In other words, oil. Black gold. Texas tea.