These Celebrities Were Rich Well Before They Were Famous


Some actors have done it all on their own. They use their ability to help themselves out of tough financial circumstances, only to become far too wealthy for their own good. These celebrities have a special story to tell. They grew up in a rich household. Before they ever walked in front of a camera, they were in a privileged place.

Jake Gyllenhaal

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Jake and his sister Maggie grew up in an affluent household. Stephen Gyllenhaal, his father, is a film director, and Naomi Foner, his mother, is a film producer and screenwriter. Jake and Maggie were essentially raised in the industry.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s family is Jewish, but when it came time for him to celebrate his bar mitzvah, his parents made him volunteer at a nearby homeless shelter to gain some insight into his affluent upbringing. His parents demanded that he work during the summer. They were probably afraid that he might grow up to be a spoiled rich boy.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Before landing a lead role on the iconic show Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus knew a thing or two about money. Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, Julia’s father, was the chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services.

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His net worth is estimated to be 3.4 billion dollars. Julia is the daughter of a wealthy business family. Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, the founder of the Louis Dreyfus Company, founded in 1851, is her great-grandfather.

Taylor Swift


Taylor Swift was born and raised in Redding, Pennsylvania. Scott Kingsley Swift, her father, worked as a financial advisor and made a good living. Taylor’s parents were willing to take her to Nashville several times to meet with major record labels when she decided to pursue music as a full-time career.

Paul Giamatti

A. Bartlett Giamatti (Angelo Bartlett Giamatti), Paul Giamatti’s father, was a Yale University professor who later became the university’s president and the commissioner of Major League Baseball.

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Paul clearly attended Yale University and was interested in the undergraduate theatre scene. He graduated from Yale School of Drama with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in drama. This guy had a lot of high-ranking buddies.

Edward Norton

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Paul Giamatti and Edward Norton were both students at Yale at the same time. They also shared the stage in a couple of the same university productions. Edward Norton’s father, Edward Mower Norton Jr., was a Marine lieutenant in Vietnam before going on to become an environmental lawyer and conservationist.

Rooney Mara

Rooney and her sister, Kate Mara, were born into a wealthy family. The Pittsburgh Steelers were founded by their mother’s family, the Rooneys, and the New York Giants were founded by her father’s family, the Maras.

Timothy Christopher Mara, their dad, is still the New York Giants’ vice president of player evaluation. I’m wondering if there were any family rivalries when these girls were growing up.

Ariana Grande

Although Ariana Grande’s parents aren’t exactly well-known, they do have a lot of assets. Ariana Grande’s mother, Joan Grande, is the CEO of Hose-McCann Communications, a marine communications equipment manufacturer. Edward Butera, her father, is the CEO of Ibi Designs, Inc. in Boca Raton and a graphic designer.


Frankie Grande, Ariana’s brother, is a well-known entertainer and producer. It’s safe to conclude that these children had a head start in life.