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Top 25 Richest Heirs And Heiresses In America

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Top 25 Richest Heirs And Heiresses In America

Compared to other developed nations, America is pretty new.

Yet, even despite this newness, it has become home to some of the most successful corporations in the world.

And with this comes a lot of rich people.

You’ve got Hilton, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Ford, and Pepsi to name a few, and with the massive sports legends and celebrities, the U.S. is known the world over for its successes.

Here, however, wealth has accumulated, it’s very common to pass it down through the generations.

Let’s take a look at the Top 25 Richest Heirs and Heiresses in America.

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1Kate Hudson Net Worth: $80 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Goldie Hawn. 


Aside from her own career as an Oscar-nominated actress, Kate Hudson is the daughter of Goldie Hawn.

Her father is Bill Hudson, an American actor, and musician who appeared in the 1987 movie Big Shots.

Kate’s stepfather is Kurt Russell, another actor who has appeared in films including The Christmas Chronicles where he played Santa Claus.

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Kate Hudson’s wealth is by no means all inherited.

She has worked hard in her own career as a Golden Globe-winning and Oscar Nominated actress.

Aside from acting, she also has a successful fashion label called Fabletics.

Hudson is set to inherit a fortune when her mother dies.

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2Dakota Johnson Net Worth: $14 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Don Johnson

The actress Dakota Johnson also has actor parents – Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.

Born in Texas but living in L.A., Dakota is best known for playing Anastasia in the Fifty Shades of Grey film franchise.

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For this role, she was nominated for a Rising Stars BAFTA Award and also won the People’s Choice Award.

Aside from Fifty Shades, Johnson has appeared in The Social Network, Suspiria, Wounds, The Peanut Butter Falcon on Amazon, and 21 Jump Street.

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3Alexander Soros Net Worth: $20 Billion

Inherited Wealth From: His father, George Soros

Son to businessman and philanthropist George Soros, Alex is an intelligent writer who attended NYU as well as Berkley, where he completed a Ph.D. in history.

Soros’s writing has been published in The Guardian, Politico, and The Forward as well as others.

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Like his father, Alex Soros puts his wealth to good use.

He contributes to charities, including Jewish Funds for Justice.

He’s also an environmentalist and gives out grants each year to stop deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, for example.

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4Anderson Cooper Net Worth: $110 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Gloria Vanderbilt

New York born, Anderson Cooper is related to one of America’s richest families – the Vanderbilts.

Cornelius Vanderbilt was said to be the richest man in America during the 1800s thanks to his involvement in shipping and the railroads.

Aside from his historical family links, Cooper is a success in his own right too.

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He is a TV personality, author, and journalist. He has his own news show called Anderson Cooper 360 which is broadcast on CNN.

Cooper went to Yale University and also modeled for Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein like his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

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5Amanda Hearst Net Worth: $100 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Hearst Corporation

The American socialite Amanda Hearst is heiress to Hearst Corporation.

She is an associate marketing editor for Marie Claire magazine and also models.

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As well as these professional roles, Hearst has founded a charity called Friends of Finn, which aims to prevent and stop puppy mills.

Hearst is a direct descendent of George Hearst, the ruthless gold tycoon of 19th century America.

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6Brooke Shields Net Worth $25 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Frank Shields

Former child model turned actress Brook Shields is born and raised in Manhattan and still lives there to this day.

She received critical acclaim for her role in Louis Malle’s Pretty Baby and appeared in two other cult classics in the 80s – Endless Love and The Blue Lagoon.

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Brooke is the heir to Frank Shields’ fortune as a Revlon executive.

After a brief two year marriage to American tennis legend Andre Agassi she has been married to Chris Hency for eighteen years.

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7Billie Lourd Net Worth: $25 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Her mother, Carrie Fisher

Daughter of the late Carrie Fisher and Bryan Lourd, a Hollywood talent agent.

Her grandmother is also a Hollywood legend – Debbie Reynolds.

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Lourd owes some of her fortune to inheritance but has also earned money in the entertainment industry herself.

She has appeared in TV shows like American Horror Story and Scream Queens, and, like her mother before her, appeared in Star Wars as Lieutenant Connix between 2015 and 2019.

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8Jake Gyllenhaal Net Worth: $65 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Stephen Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal’s father Stephen is a famous director in Hollywood.

His mother is Naomi Foner, who is also in the industry working as a screenwriter.

The bulk of the Gyllenhaal family's wealth came from Jake's father and his work on US TV shows including The Mentalist and Blue Bloods.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, inevitably went on to be an actor himself, and began working in his childhood and appeared in City Slickers in 1991.

His most famous roles include being the lead in Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain.

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9Carly Simon Net Worth: $65 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Richard L. Simon

Singer-songwriter and children’s author, Carly Simon, rose to stardom in the 1970s.

With 13 Top 40 hits in the US charts, Simon had an extremely successful music career. Her famous single 'You're So Vain' sold over a million copies in the US and perhaps the song that she is best known for.

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Her father, Richard Simon, co-founded Simon & Schuster, a book company that was bought by ViacomCBS.

As a classical pianist, Richard sparked Carly’s musical interest.

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10Nicky Hilton Net Worth: $20 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Hilton Hotels

Fashion designer, businesswoman and heiress, Nicky Hilton is married to another of Americas’s richest, James Rothschild.

Nicky herself is heiress to the Hilton Hotels fortune.

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Nicky is sister to Paris Hilton and has released her own line of handbags called Nicholai.

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11Ariana Rockefeller Net Worth: $2.8 Billion

Inherited Wealth From: Standard Oil

With a net worth of $2.8 billion, Ariana Rockefeller is certainly one of America’s richest heiresses.

As the heiress to Standard Oil and part of the Rockefeller dynasty, Ariana’s family has roots that date back to the early 1800s.

She is the great granddaughter of the famous American financier John Davison Rockefeller.

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Ariana Rockefeller studied at Columbia University and also worked at the U.N. as an intern. She has since started her own successful fashion label in 2011.

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12Chevy Chase Net Worth: $50 Million

Inherited Wealth From: The Crane Company

Writer, actor and comedian, Chevy Chase was born in Manhattan to magazine writer and book editor, Edward Tinsley Chase, and a concert pianist mother.

Chase’s mother was adopted by her stepfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt, which made her heir to his Crane Company.

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It was his grandmother who gave him the moniker “Chevy” after the medieval English song “The Ballad of Chevy Chase”.

Chase has become a national icon for his star roles in hilarious movies such as National Lampoon's Vacation and Caddyshack.

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13Olivia Wilde Net Worth $20 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Andrew Cockburn

At number 13, it has to be Olivia Wilde aka “Thirteen” in the Fox popular medical show House.

She has also appeared in Tron: Legacy, Butter, The Lazarus Effect, Rush and more.

As well as being an actress, Wilde is an activist and heiress.

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Her father, Andrew Cockburn, is a journalist with a million-dollar fortune and makes up the bulk of her inherited wealth.

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14Balthazar Getty Net Worth $200 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Getty Oil

Balthazar, whose real name is Paul, is heir to Getty Oil’s fortune.

Getty was a young actor who played the role of Ralph in the cult classic Lord of the Flies, a film adaptation of William Golding’s novel of the same name.

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He is now a producer and musician and part of a band called Ringside.

In addition to his music interests, Getty is a philanthropist and is part of the Lunchbox Fund which provides food to impoverished food in Africa.

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15Lydia Hearst-Shaw Net Worth: $28 Billion

Inherited Wealth From: William Randolph Hearst

Another member of the Hearst family, Lydia Hearst-Shaw is a blogger and model.

William Randolph Hearst was an American businessman, newspaper publisher and politician who built the company, Hearst Communications.

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Lydia was born in Connecticut and her mother was Patty Hearst. Patty was kidnapped at age 19 and was held captive for 19 months.

Hearst-Shaw is married to Chris Hardwick, a comedian, and podcaster.

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16Scarlett Johansson Net Worth: $140 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Melanie Sloan and Karsten Olaf Johansson

Despite being an excellent actress, Scarlett Johansson did have a leg up owing to her parents. She is the daughter of a film producer and a Danish architect.

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Johansson's net worth is an incredible $140 million and a lot of that is due to her appearances in the hugely popular The Avengers series which she took on the role of Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow.

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17Shannon LaNier Net Worth: $1-5 Million

Inherited Wealth From: The Jefferson Family

Whilst LaNier is not the wealthiest on the list his past is rich in American history.

Shannon LaNier is a TV anchor from Houston whose ancestor is the founding father Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings.

Jefferson reportedly had 6 children with Hemings.

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LaNier studied for a master’s degree in electronic media production and media management at Kent State University, Ohio.

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18Kyra Sedgwick Net Worth: $16 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Robert Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick is a successful actress whose fortune was not only earned during her career but by inheritance.

She was a millionaire at birth thanks to her venture capitalist father, Henry Dwight Sedgwick V.

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Kyra became an actress when she was just 16 years old and appeared in movies such as Phenomenon, Singles and Heart and Souls.

She also appeared alongside Tom Cruise in the Oscar Nominated war movie, Born on the Fourth of July.

Kyra is married to fellow Hollywood star Kevin Bacon.

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19The Kennedy Family Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

Inherited Wealth From: Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.

The Kennedy family have established themselves as one of the most dominant families in American politics and media.

The Kennedys amassed their fortune thanks to Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. investing in commodities, real estate, and the stock market.

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Notable members of the Kennedy family include former U.S. President John F. Kennedy and former Attorney General Bobby Kennedy, brother to JFK.

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20Eve Jobs Net Worth: $2 Billion

Inherited Wealth From: Steve Jobs

A relatively unknown heiress is Steve Job’s daughter, Eve. She’s currently a student at the prestigious Californian University Stanford, which is where her parents, Steve and Lauren, met.

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The heiress to the Apple founder's billions is mostly out of the spotlight these days and doesn't even post on Instagram to boast about her wealth (she must be a happy person)!

Jobs is a champion equestrian and whilst she is sitting on her father’s $20 billion empire she also has a philosophical outlook about her enormous wealth, something that her Dad no doubt had an influence on.

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21Paris Hilton Net Worth $300 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Hilton Hotels Corporation

Paris is one of America's most famous socialites as she became a household name where she starred in the hit reality TV show, The Simple Life with Nicole Richie.

Sister to the aforementioned Nicky, Paris is a businesswoman as well as an heiress. She has numerous perfume lines and has earned an impressive $3 billion from her brands.

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The entrepreneur makes millions in annual revenues from her Paris Hilton Stores in addition to her Beach Club Resort in the Philippines.

Her fee for appearing at an event is $300k.

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22Tinsley Mortimer Net Worth: $28 Million

Inherited Wealth From: George Riley Mercer

Mortimer is a reality personality, socialite, and heiress.

The former model's father was an extremely succesful real estate investor and developer and her mother was an interior designer.

Her grandfather founded the Mercer Rug company back in 1936.

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Mortimer achieved a BA. in history from Columbia University.

In addition to her academic success the socialite worked as a beauty assistant for Vogue magazine.

In 2010 she starred in the US reality TV show High Society which lasted 8 seasons.

Mortimer has also launched a number of successful eCommerce websites selling home accessories.

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23Clare Bronfman Net Worth: $500 Million

Inherited Wealth From: Seagram’s

Heiress to Seagram’s Liquor fortune, Clare Bronfman is the daughter of Edgar Bronfman Sr, the founder of Seagram who was Canadian.

As well as being an heiress, Bronfman is an accomplished equestrian who has won the Samsung Nations Cup and the Grand Prix twice.

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In 2020, Bronfman was sentenced to 84 months in prison for her involvement in forced labour, extortion and sex trafficking.

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24Patty Hearst Net Worth: $28 Billion

Inherited Wealth From: William Randolph Hearst

Patty, whose daughter is also mentioned in this article, has a huge $28 billion net worth as the daughter of William Randolph Hearst.

Born on the West Coast in San Francisco she attended the University of California.

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As well as being an heiress, Patty is an actress and author and has appeared on numerous TV shows.

Fun fact: Not many people know but Hearst has a family of award-winning dogs who compete in Kennel competitions every year.

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25Victoria Mars Net Worth: $6.6 Billion

Inherited Wealth From: Mars, Inc.

Fourth generation great-granddaughter of the extremely wealthy Mars family, Victoria has been involved in the company since college.

She studied at Yale and also received an MBA from The Wharton School.

Mars, Inc. remains a privately owned candy company and Victoria owns an 8% stake - which is a huge amount given the size of the company.

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The company has attracted huge investors like Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway and generates billions in revenues every year.

In addition to her work at the company, Victoria has launched Livelihood Funds which helped promote sustained resources in Africa for agribusiness.

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Final Thoughts

So there you have it 25 of the richest heirs and heiresses in the U.S.

While some have achieved a great deal through their own accomplishments, it’s safe to say that none of them would be where they are today if it wasn’t for their family background and inheritance.

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