Stars who were already rich before becoming famous
Most of us can only dream of becoming rich and famous, which only few achieve it. But being born with "a silver spoon" is like an added bonus for those who are already in the limelight. Here are a list of stars who were already rich before gaining fame.
Robin Thicke (worth $15 Million)
Robin Thicke, who rose into fame with his hit track "blurred lines", is the son of Alan Thicke. In the 1980's, Alan Thicke became a household name in the United States by playing the father on the show "Growing Pains". Since then, Alan hasn't quite stayed in the spotlight, however, he's still an icon in his native Canada.
Psy (worth $25 Million)
Psy, who broke the YouTube counter with his hit song "Gangnam Style", broke all records with over 2 billion views. But before getting the fame, Psy already had a considerable amount of money, as he came from a very wealthy family from the Gangnam District, of course.
His father was an executive for a manufacturer of semiconductors. If it weren't for the singing, Psy was next in line to take over his father's business. Either way, he was set for life before he even got out of high school, except now he gets to do what he loves.
Adam Levine (worth $35 Million)
Adam Levine didn't have a great upbringing, as he dabbled in drugs during his teenage years, and his parents divorced when he was very young. However, the family that he came from did have substantial wealth. Adam's uncle was an author and his father owned a chain of retail stores.
Adam's original band name was Kara's Flowers and the group started out in a garage. They got their big break while performing at a lavish private party, so Adam's connections were put to good use. Since then, the now-named Maroon 5 has blown up and made Levine a very wealthy person.
Anderson Cooper (worth $100 Million)
The famous news anchor has an incredibly impressive bloodline, with his grandparents being millionaires of the Vanderbilt family. He used his connections to get an internship with the CIA, which is an almost impossible task without formal training, unless you have a family with that much pull. Anderson instead decided that he wanted to get into journalism and he is now become one of the most popular faces on TV.
Taylor Swift (worth $105 Million)
Taylor Swift's father is a financial adviser, his father was a bank president, his great grandfather was a bank president, and his great great grandfather was a bank president. That's right, four generations of financial success, so you now know that she was already rich before her singing career.
The family packed up and moved to Nashville from Pennsylvania to help Taylor get a country music career. Since then, she has been making songs that get stuck in your head for days.
Miley Cyrus (worth $150 Million)
Miley Cyrus' dad Billy Ray Cyrus was already a famous name with his 1992 hit song "Achy Breaky Heart". After the hit song, Billy Ray stuck around on the country charts for another couple of years, but he never made it back into the Top 40. Still, he made millions from his singing career, which gave Miley a good opportunity.
Miley then got a show on the Disney Channel, Hannah Montana, which also included her father. She then broke off on her own to launch a singing career.
Lady Gaga (worth $190 Million)
Lady Gaga claims that her parents were from lower-class families, but they made plenty of money living in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Obviously, her parents made enough money to send her to a private Catholic school, which is not a cheap bill in New York City. They are both in the internet business, which has allowed her to get off to a good start.
Lady Gaga is now one of the biggest money makers in the music industry with 12 hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Charts, including 3 that reached Number 1. Her tours have been the biggest source of her wealth, as she is now worth over $110 million.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (worth $3 Billion)
A lot of people are surprised when they find out that Julia Louis-Dreyfus(famous for playing Elaine in Seinfeld) is worth a total of $3.4 billion. Yes, that's billion with a 'b'. She has made $200 million from acting alone, but that's hardly a dent in her overall net worth.
So how is Julia worth all of this money? Her 82 year old father, William Louis-Dreyfus, is the chairman of an energy company. Energy is big business in the world today, and the company that is worth billions will be all Julia's after William passes away.