Top 50 Richest Heirs & Heiresses In America
For most people, working hard is the only way they are able to get ahead in life. However, some people are just born lucky and inherit the wealth their parents worked hard to get. You may recognize these heirs and heiresses since they are usually given the spotlight in the media. Whether you love or hate them, I think it's safe to say we all wish we were born into a life of luxury. So check out this list of the richest heirs and heiresses and I bet there are some on this list that you didn't even know came from massive wealth.
Kyra Sedgwick’s acting career peaked with her performance in The Closer, for which she earned an Emmy award nomination. This is an indication that she has earned enough money from acting over the years but her earnings from acting are trumped by her family's wealth and connections.
Kyra was born into wealth and power, as her father is Dwight Sedgwick V, a wealthy venture capitalist. Her great-grandfather, Henry Sedgwick III, was equally as successful being a well-known lawyer and author, and a progeny of a Continental Congress delegate.
Armie Hammer’s stature and good looks have enabled him to land a couple of memorable roles in recent years, but what many fans of the actor don’t know is that he is from a wealthy background, and has a sizable inheritance. He lived on the Cayman Islands for many years and generally lived a life of luxury.
Armie’s grandfather is Armand Hammer, an oil billionaire and the founder of one of the biggest gas companies in the world in Occidental Petroleum. The actor’s grandfather was worth over $800 million before his death. However, The successful actor decided not to touch his family resources as he makes enough money himself.
Paris Hilton is one of the world’s biggest stars, and for good reason as she’s a gorgeous bundle of talent and charm. But beyond her good looks, Hilton is also well-paid, and from a wealthy background herself.
Her great-grandfather is Conrad Hilton, the founder of the incredibly famous Hilton hotel chain. She’d have a bigger share of her great-grandfather’s wealth if he hadn’t pledged to donate nearly all of his wealth to charity.
Anderson Cooper wasn’t looking to make more money when he decided to become a journalist as he already had lots of it courtesy of his background and family business. Since he ventured into journalism, Cooper has made some money but not nearly as much as some of his ancestors before him. Several generations before him, his great-great-great-great grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt, made a ton of money from his railroad conglomerate.
Also, his grandmother is Gloria Vanderbilt, who was a famous actress, fashion designer, author, and artist. Lastly, his mother, Gloria, also owned a large estate that became Cooper’s after she passed. Cooper inherited his mother’s $1.5 million estate after her death in 2019, which was much lower than people expected. Regardless of his inheritance, Cooper was already doing quite well for himself as he earns over $10 million per annum as a news anchor.
The founder of Estee Lauder Cosmetics Company is Aerin Lauder’s grandfather so you know she was born into wealth, and that wealth has been sustained as Aerin is a successful businesswoman. Likewise, her father was the US Ambassador to Austria during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.
Aerin's the image and style director for Estee Lauder Companies, where she owns 16 million shares that contribute to her over $2.7 billion net worth. She also owns an accessory and furniture company, in addition to owning her own luxury brand called AERIN Beauty. Her own brand is established in more than 40 countries where it sells luxury items.
Oil tycoon and one of the world’s richest men in the 1960s, Jean Paul Getty, is the great-grandfather of Balthazar Getty. Balthazar’s great-grandfather was worth an estimated $6 billion when he died, and he earned the recognition of the Guinness Book of Records as the richest private citizen in the world in 1966.
His mother, Gisela, is a professional documentary maker and photographer of German origin. Despite his family’s wealth and legacy, Balthazar worked to be recognized as an actor and musician.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has earned a ton of awards since she broke onto the American television acting stage. She’s a successful actress that many remember for her performances in the likes of Veep and Seinfield, and she’s also the progeny of Leopold Louis-Dreyfus, the founder of the Louis Dreyfus Group.
Members of Julia’s family still control the shipping conglomerate founded by her great-great-grandfather all those years ago. Her father was Gerard C. Louis-Dreyfus, who was worth $3.4 billion when he died.
Katie Holmes’ marriage to Tom Cruise led to the birth of Suri Cruise, who is their only child together. She inherited some of her father’s facial features, and she’s worth $25 million compared to her father’s $570 million.
After nearly six years together, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise in 2012, and Suri has been with her since. She was kept out of the reach of the press for a while after her birth but the paparazzi always find a way to catch up.
The founder of Nike, Phil Knight, is Travis Knight’s father, so it’s not surprising that Travis controls more than 38 million shares of the company. Phil Knight is worth about $33 billion, so Travis is due to earn a nice slice of that in the near future.
Despite his family background in sportswear and fashion, Travis is himself an actor and lead animator for the Laika movie studio. He has headed projects like Bumblebee, Kora and the Two Strings, and Coraline. In addition to serving on the board of directors at Nike, Knight has two Academy Award nominations.
Blue Ivy Carter
Blue Ivy Carter’s parents, Beyonce and Jay-Z, make up the world’s most powerful celebrity couple, and there’s a lot of success and money between the two of them. Beyonce is worth $400 million, and Jay-Z is worth about $1 billion, making their daughter one powerful heiress indeed.
She’s been kept out of the public eye for the most part, but a glimpse of her can be caught at NBA games, where she sometimes turns up with her parents. She has also appeared in a couple of her mother’s songs, where you can see she is destined for greatness.
Peter Brant II
Peter Brant II was born into a life of privilege; his father, Peter Brant, is a billionaire and the Chairman and CEO of White Birch Paper. His mother is supermodel Stephanie Seymour, and along with some siblings, Peter is the heir to their father’s significant wealth.
In 2016, Peter Brant II and his brother, Harry, came together to create a unisex makeup collection with a cosmetics company in 2016. Besides being an heir to a significant fortune, Peter Brant II has earned a reputation as a socialite.
Ariana Rockefeller’s great-great-grandfather is John D. Rockefeller, a philanthropist and business magnate that founded the Standard Oil Company. The company is credited for revolutionizing the oil industry in the United States, and it made her great-great-grandfather the richest man in the US, and to date, he’s still considered the richest person in the history of the United States.
Ariana herself owns a line of handbags and fashion products, and she also serves on the board of David Rockefeller Fund, a nonprofit organization. However, nothing she does will ever compare to the legacy her great-great-grandfather built for his family line.
Megan Ellison’s father, Larry Ellison, is a billionaire and the founder of Oracle, a tech giant that provides software and data management system services. Megan’s father’s company is one of the largest tech companies in the world, and her father is worth about $67 million as a result.
Megan, however, makes enough money herself to be unbothered about her family fortune. She owns Annapurna Pictures, which launched in 2011, and has produced Academy-Award recognized movies over the years, including American Hustle and Zero Dark Thirty.
Jared Kushner’s father is Charles Kushner, the man that founded Kushner Companies, a property development organization that earns billions of dollars per annum. Jared is slated to earn a fourth of his family's business, and he is also married to Ivanka Trump.
Charles Kushner’s conviction for fraud in 2005 paved the way for Jared to take up the management of the companies. One of the first things he did was purchase 666 Fifth Avenue for a record sum of $1.8 billion.
Dylan Lauren is the daughter of Ralph Lauren, one of the world’s most famous designers. Even though she will certainly get a nice slice of the family fortune, she ventured into business herself, and she’s been successful.
Dylan owns Dylan’s Candy Bar, a place touted as the biggest candy store in the world in New York City. Opening the candy store was a dream for her, and she achieved it in 2001. The place offers thousands of candies from all over the world to its customers.
Ally Hilfiger’s father, Tommy Hilfiger, is a famous designer and the founder of the Hilfiger fashion brand with an estimated net worth of $400 million. Ally isn’t a part of her father’s brand’s management but she does own a slice of it; she prefers to do her own thing, and reality TV was her starting point.
In the early 2000s, Ally starred in the reality show, Rich Girls on MTV. Her co-star and friend, Leo Gleicher, was with her on the show but there was some friction between them that caused them to part ways after the show ended.
Georgina Bloomberg’s father is Michael Bloomberg, one of the richest people in the world, and the former mayor of New York City. Georgina herself is a member of the US Equestrian Team board of trustees, a team that fights for animal rights.
She will inherit a part of her father’s significant wealth, but that didn’t stop her from building her own brand and striving for success. She was particularly motivated because she hated being seen as nothing more than a Bloomberg.
Tiffany Trump is the daughter of former US President, Donald Trump, who was worth $3.1 billion before he became President. It is unknown how much she will inherit from Trump’s sizable wealth but we do know that she’s a part of his estate planning process.
Tiffany attended the University of Pennsylvania until her graduation in 2016, after which she proceeded to Georgetown Law School. There were rumors that some of her siblings tried to get her off Donald Trump’s will to get bigger cuts, but that didn't end up happening.
No one really knows how much Chloe Green is worth herself, but we do know that her parents, Christina and Philip Green, are worth nearly $5 billion. The couple made their wealth from Taveta Investments, a UK-based company that owns and operates multiple retail outlets like Topman and Topshop.
Chloe and her brother will inherit most of their parents’ fortunes but in the meantime, they get to enjoy really luxurious lives. Chloe is known for being a sociable person, and she’s also known for her brief appearance on a reality show.
Ronald Lauder is the son of Estee Lauder, so his wealth comes from his mother’s makeup empire. Rather than forge his own path away from the family business, like his sister Lauren has, Ronald has been actively involved in the makeup empire’s management over the years.
He has served as a member of the Estee Lauder Companies’ board and chairman over the years. Lauder is also an art collector and political activist, having been appointed as the President of the World Jewish Congress in 2007.
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the granddaughter of Eugene Schueller, the founder of L’Oreal, a cosmetics company that has been around since 1907. After his death, his empire and wealth became Liliane Bettencourt’s until she died in 2017, leaving the family fortune to Francoise.
Before Francoise’s mother’s death, she was the richest woman in the world, so her death made Francoise the richest woman in the world. In addition to being an heiress who is actively involved in managing the family business, Francoise is also an author.
Eden Sassoon’s father, Vidal Sassoon, was the founder of a hair-care company that made him worth about $200 million when he died in 2012. She got a slice of $7.3 million for the family, with the rest being sent out via multiple trusts.
Eden is an entrepreneur herself, although her path was inspired by the family business as she owns two Pilates studios in LA, and a hair salon as well. She’s also known as a sociable person, as she was featured on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Allegra’s family name gives her away almost immediately; fashion designer Gianni Versace was her uncle, and he left half of his company to her before he was killed. After Gianni’s death, Versace became Allegra’s in 2004 but she wouldn’t join the company’s board until 2011.
She has a hand in the management of the fashion/luxury brand but her exact functions are yet to be declared publicly. She took ballet classes for a while as a child, so she remains a huge fan of ballet to this day.
Jamie Laing is the great-great-grandson of Alexander Grant, the inventor of the hugely-popular Digestive biscuit that is now affiliated with McVities in the UK. Private investors purchased the company in 2000 but Jamie is still on course to inherit a portion of the family wealth.
He’s no slouch himself as he’s proved himself as a creative businessman as well. He founded Candy Kittens, a gourmet sweets company, and he also operates a YouTube channel he calls "Jamie Laing’s Happy Hour."
Paige Laurie is the granddaughter of Bud Walton, the co-founder of Walmart. After Bud died in 1962, his wife, Nancy’s mother, inherited a significant stake in Walmart, causing her to be worth about $5.5 billion. Paige herself is quite rich as she owns stocks and earns dividends from the company.
According to reports she earns nearly $900k per month from company stocks alone. Paige’s occupation isn’t known but we do know she has a diploma from the University of Southern California.
Lydia Hearst-Shaw was born into wealth and privilege; she’s one of William Randolph Hearst’s heirs so she’s worth quite some money herself. Besides her slice of the family fortune, Lydia followed her mother’s path to becoming a successful actress and model herself.
She has collaborated with the likes of Escada, Fendi, Nicole Miller, Chanel, and M.A.C. over the years. She has also been featured in a couple of movies over the years, one of which is The Haunting of Sharon Tate.
Petra Ecclestone is the daughter of Bernie Ecclestone, the man that served as the CEO of Formula One racing for forty years. Her father is credited for making Formula One a real sport during his reign as CEO; he also made a fortune for his efforts, and he’s worth an estimated $3.5 billion as a result.
Petra opts to use her inherited wealth for charitable courses. She owns the Petra Ecclestone Foundation, which creates awareness around meningitis and autism and supports kids affected by these conditions.
Douglas Durst’s grandfather, Joseph Durst, was an immigrant tailor that founded a real estate organization called The Durst Organization in 1915. His son and Douglas’ father, Seymour, took over management of the company after he passed in 1974, and now Douglas leads the company and controls a diverse portfolio of real estate assets worth an estimated $5.2 billion.
Douglas joined the family company in 1968, and he’s been in charge of its management since 1992. He’s also a trustee of the Old York Foundation, an organization created by his father.
You might recognize her from one of the Fifty Shades movies, or any of the dozens of other movies she’s been featured in, but you probably didn’t know that Dakota’s parents, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, are screen legends themselves.
As a result, she was coveted in her teenage years, and she quickly found work as a model before landing movie roles and becoming a famous actor. She’s worth an estimated $12 million herself, but her parents are worth much more, so she’s on course to receive a chunk of their wealth.
With her absolute beauty, you would think that Scarlett Johansson was self-made. She has been a bundle of talent since she was a youngster, and as a result, she has starred in hundreds of movies over the years, including Black Widow and The Avengers. However, most would be surprised to find out she comes from a rich family.
Her father, Karsten Johansson, is an architect and actor, while her mother, Melanie Sloan, is also an actress that earned about $5 million per annum at her peak. Her parents’ success inspired her to become one of the highest-paid actresses in the world.
North West is the child of reality TV star and beauty entrepreneur, Kim Kardashian, and rapper Kanye West. Her parents have a combined net worth of over $600 million, and she also has three siblings, Chicago, Psalm, and Saint.
North is the oldest, so it’s only right that she’s the most vocal and recognizable of her siblings. Kanye and Kim Kardashian are now divorced but North West and her siblings are on course to earn a large amount of wealth.
Victoria Mars’ great-grandfather, Franklin Clarence Mars, founded Mars Incorporated in the early 20th century. The company has grown into one of the biggest private businesses in the world, raking in over $33 billion in sales of pet care, gum, and chocolate.
Victoria has been actively involved in the management of her family empire for about four decades now; she also owns an 8% stake in the company, making her worth $5.9 billion. She has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business.
Teresa Heinz Kerry
Teresa Heinz Kerry’s late husband, John Heinz, inherited the Heinz empire and operated it until he died in 1991, leaving his fortune and empire to her. She married John Kerry but opted to be legally called Teresa Heinz because, according to her, that’s who she’s been all her adult life.
Teresa also manages the Heinz charities, and she’s prioritized philanthropic activities and women empowerment activities over the years. She’s worth an estimated $750 million, and she’s also affiliated with the Women’s Retirement Initiative.
Clare Bronfman is the daughter of Edgar Bronfman, Sr., a billionaire and philanthropist that made Seagram liquor the largest owner of alcoholic beverages on the planet in the 1990s. Clare inherited a nice chunk of his wealth after he passed, and as a result, she’s worth about half a billion dollars.
She’s passionate about horses and has pursued an equestrian career for most of her life but she was involved in controversy in 2018 when her involvement with the NXIVM Group became public. The group is a marketing company that has been tagged in a pyramid scheme.
Bradley Cooper’s father, Charles Cooper, was a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch, a job that meant he could afford to raise his child comfortably. Charles passed away from lung cancer in 2011 leaving Bradley a good fortune that he is using to help give back to associations that help fight cancer and Alzheimers.
Cooper himself is worth over $100 million today and he has become a renowned producer, actor, and director with projects like Silver Linings Playbook, A Star is Born, and American Hustle. However, none of these things would have been easy without the guidance, and resources of Charles Cooper.
Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the daughter of Joe Germanotta, a business mogul that has worked for and operated several businesses over the years. Lady Gaga’s father made so much money from his ventures that she was sent to private school in her formative years.
Her parents also own Joanne Trattoria, an Italian restaurant in New York City. She has made so much money from her music and acting that her father now helps her manage her $320 million net worth.
People may be surprised to see Jake Gyllenhaal on this list, after all, he has been a part of some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters and has made a great name for himself. However, Jake's father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, was a well-known film director who was not only able to guide his son through the industry, but also leave him a great fortune.
Jake's mother, Naomi Foner, was equally as talented working as a screenwriter in the industry, so she too was able to show Jake the ropes. You can say talent just runs in this family as Jake was born to be a star even from a young age when he was already getting roles in movies and commercials.
Ariana Grande’s beauty set her apart during her time on Nickelodeon TV shows before she made the jump to music where she’s also been successful. She was born with a silver spoon as well; her father, Edward Butera, founded Ibi Designs, a creative studio in Florida.
Among the firm’s many clients are FAO Schwartz and Eddie Murphy. Ariana has five albums that were certified Platinum, and she’s been prominently featured on the Billboard hits charts as well.
Edward Norton is the grandson of James Rouse, the man that invented the concept of the modern enclosed shopping mall. He also invested in low-income housing and designed places like the Baltimore Inner Harbor and Faneuil Hall.
Edward is an award-winning actor and three-time Academy Award nominee with a couple of successful movies like Fight Club and American History X to his name. He obviously inherited his grandfather’s entrepreneurial skills as he co-founded a data analytics firm and was an investor in Uber.
Michelle Williams became famous for her own success as an actress but she was actually born into wealth. Her father, Larry Williams, is a popular trader of commodities, and he has authored a couple of books on trading over the years.
He also has a website where he publishes his many charitable donations and offers financial courses. His daughter, Michelle, is a successful actress, and four-time Academy Award nominee that is best known for her role on Dawson’s Creek; she’s also known for My Week with Marilyn and Manchester by the Sea.
British award-winning singer, songwriter, and composer, Ed Sheeran, was born into a family where arts play a big role. His father, John, lectures on art, and his mother owns a jewelry company.
Back in the 1980s, Ed Sheeran’s father operated a museum, and in 1990, he founded an independent art consultancy organization called Sheeran Lock. Ed Sheeran has been featured on Billboard’s Top 10 hits charts a number of times, and his "Divide" Tour was recognized as the highest-grossing tour ever, having raked in $775 million for the singer.
Adam Levine is a famous music star with multiple chart-topping albums and singles, but he was born into a world of fashion. Adam’s father co-founded M. Frederic, an LA-based apparel chain that still exists today.
The most famous member of Maroon 5 chose a different career path for himself and has therefore made a lot of his own money courtesy of his multiple chart-topping albums, six of which have been certified Platinum well-received songs like This Love, One More Night, and Girls like You.
Olivia Wilde is a successful actress, director, and producer that has been featured on over five dozen successful projects including The Lazarus Effect and Drinking Buddies which have seen her earn over $20 million over the course of her career.
Her parents, Leslie and Andrew Cockburn, are journalists and documentary creators for ABC News. Leslie Wilde was also a member of the second class of women to attend Yale, and she created a couple of famous documentaries like Maternal Instinct, The Peacemaker, and American Casino with her husband.
Chevy Chase’s mother was born Cornelius Crane Chase, and she was a plumbing heiress herself. Chevy’s grandfather inherited the Crane Valve Company but there were rumors that he left the family’s empire to his new wife after his death.
His mother was a popular instrumentalist and his father, a writer and editor, became a member of the Folgers coffee family by marriage. Chevy himself is a successful actor that became known for starring in the TV series, Saturday Night Live.
Carly Simon is best known for her song, "You’re So Vain," but many people don’t know about her background in publishing. Her father is Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of the famous publishing company, Simon & Schuster. Growing up, Carly was raised between a gigantic estate in Connecticut and a townhome in Greenwich Village.
As a result of her background and family fortune, she got to interact with personalities such as Jackie Robinson and Albert Einstein. Rather than pursuing a career in publishing, Simon opted to become a singer, and she has scored five top 10 hits, and a couple of platinum albums as well.
Nick Kroll’s sense of humor made him rich and famous, but this wasn’t the case with his father, Jules Kroll, the founder of Kroll, Inc. and co-founder and chairman of K2 Intelligence. The older Kroll is quite successful, and he is credited for pioneering the modern investigations, intelligence, and corporate security industry; as a result, he is worth about $2 billion.
While Nick Kroll hasn’t earned nearly as much money as his dad, he has done pretty well for himself courtesy of successful projects like Adult Beginners, Sausage Party, and The League. Though we have a feeling his inheritance will trump all the success in acting he may have.
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis is a celebrity chef from a family of famous people. Her mother is Veronica De Laurentiis, an Italian actress, and her grandfather is Dino De Laurentiis, a legendary movie producer.
Unlike her grandfather and mother that made their fortunes in show business, Giada is a well-known chef, a star on the Food Network, and an award-winning restaurateur and author. In addition to being a best-selling author, Giada also hosts Giadzy.com, a lifestyle platform where she provides things like travel tips and recipes to viewers.
Sigourney Weaver was born into fame; her father is the late Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., the former chairman and president of NBC. He created shows like Today and Meet the Press, so he set the precedent for his daughter’s career as an actress.
Sigourney has done quite well for herself too, she is an influential pop culture icon with numerous accolades to her name, including a Tony Award, multiple Primetime Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and a couple of other awards. Sigourney also has nearly 100 credits to her name.
You probably know Kate Hudson from movies like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, You, Me and Dupree, and Fool's Gold, but all of this was achieved with a little help from her incredibly talented mother Goldie Hawn. Goldie was also an actress but a singer, dancer, and producer as well.
Goldie rose to fame in the 1960s and 70s and amassed a great fortune and more importantly, respect in the industry. Though Kate didn't settle for her mother's wealth earning a net worth of $80 million herself. You add the fact that her stepfather is Kurt Russell, we don't think Kate will be having money problems any time soon.