The success of many companies early on in the history United States created many powerful families that own a vast amount of wealth. These elite families pass on their fortunes to their (rather lucky) children, and generational wealth continues to grow and expand. The heirs and heiresses inherit massive fortunes and become millionaire and billionaires as well. Here are the richest heirs and heiresses of these wealthy elite families.
Paris Hilton has made her own career just for being an heiress. Her original wealth came from being an heiress to the Hilton Hotels Corporation. Along with her own earning from TV shows and other ventures, she is worth about $300 million.
Actress Olivia Wilde has made a name for herself by appearing in films and TV shows like House. Not many know that she is also an heiress, as her father is Andrew Cockburn, editor and journalist at Harper’s Magazine. She is worth about $20 million.
Kate Hudson is a well respected actress in her own right, however she comes from a family of famous actors. Her mother is actress Goldie Hawn and her step father is Kurt Russell. Though she was raised by Hawn and Russell, her biological father is singer Bill Hudson. Kate is worth about $80 million.
Dakota Johnson is best known for her role in theĀ Fifty Shades of Grey film series. However, both of her parents are famous actors as well. Her father is Don Johnson and her mother is Melanie Griffith. Dakota has a net worth of about $14 million.
Anderson Cooper is one of the most well-known faces of news network CNN. However, not many know that his mother was socialite and fashionista Gloria Vanderbilt, of the Vanderbilt family of New York. Anderson's net worth, consisting of his family fortune and his own work, is about $110 million.
The heir to the Getty Oil fortune, Balthazar Getty has also pursued a career in the arts, dabbling in acting, music, and producing. He starred in TV show¬†Alias. His net worth is estimated to be about $200 million.
Amanda Hearst is an heiress and socialite who is part of the Hearst Corporation fortune. The company ownsÂ Buzzfeed, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Elle, ESPN, and many more media groups. She is an associate marketing editor at Marie Claire and has a net worth of $100 million.
Brooke Shields was a massive star in the 1980’s as both an actress and a model. However, her father was an executive for Revlon and her mother Teri Shields was also an actress. Brooke’s net worth is an estimated $25 million.
Billie Lourd is a third generation Hollywood actress. Her mother was Carrie Fisher and her grandmother was Debbie Reynolds. Billie is heir to their fortune, but she herself is an actress, having starred in Scream Queens, American Horror Story, and also Star Wars, just like her mother. She is worth about $25 million.
Jake Gyllenhaal is a prominent actor who has starred in countless films, however, did you know that his parents are also successful members of the film industry? His father, Stephen Gyllenhaal is a director and his mother is Naomi Foner, a screenwriter. His net worth is about $65 million.
Daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, Dylan Lauren is an heiress who has also built her own empire. She created the company Dylan’s Candy Bar, which has gone on to become the world’s biggest candy franchise. She is worth a staggering $4 billion.
Everybody knows Scarlett Johansson's name but not many realize that she is an heiress. Her mother is film producer Melanie Sloan while her father is successful Danish architect Karsten Olaf Johansson. She is worth about $140 million.
Sister of Paris, Nicky Hilton is also an heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune. She is a businesswoman as well, having launched her own fashion line called Nicholai. Her husband is James Rothschild, who is a heir to the Rothschild fortune. Her net worth is about $20 million.
Funnyman Chevy Chase became well known when he starred on Saturday Night Live. His later work included a starring role on comedy TV show Community. His is also an heir to the Cran Company fortune. His grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt, who adopted Chase’s mother. His net worth is about $50 million.
Ariana Rockefeller is an heiress to the Standard Oil fortune, yes ofÂ that Rockefeller family. She went to Columbia University and has also started her own fashion line. Her net worth is about $2.8 billion, not too bad if you ask us.
Lydia Heast-Shaw is also an heiress due to her connection to the Hearst company. Her mother is Patty Hearst, whose grandfather was William Randolph Hearst, the publishing magnate. Her net worth is estimated to be a mind-boggling $28 billion.
Actor Edward Norton is known for his many roles in films like American History X and Fight Club. However, he is also an heir to the fortune from his grandfather’s company, urban planning business the Rouse Company, as well as Enterprise Community Partners. He is worth about $80 million.
Singer Carly Simon is known for many hit songs like “You’re So Vain.” However, not many know that her father is the co-founder of book company Simon & Schuster. Her net worth is about $65 million.
Actress Kyra Sedgwick is known for her roles in TV show The Crime and also many films. Her father is successful venture capitalist Dwight Sedgwick V. She is married to actor Kevin Bacon. Sedgwick’s net worth is about $16 million.
Patty Hearst is the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and mother of the aforementioned Lydia Hearst-Shaw. She herself is an actress and author. Her memoir, Every Secret Thing, is a bestseller. Her net worth is a jaw-dropping $28 billion.
Victoria Mars is a fourth generation heiress, whose fortune comes from the Mars family, of the Mars candy empire. The company brings in billions of dollars annually. She has previously worked as brand manager and export manager of Milky Way. Her net worth is about $6.6 billion.
Tinsley Mortimer is an heiress, socialite, and reality TV star whose father is real estate developer George Mercer. Her grandfather was the founder of the Mercer Rug company in 1936. She has also starred onĀ The Real Housewives of New York City. Her net worth is about $28 million.
Teresa Heinz Kerry
Teresa Heinz Kerry was married to Senator John Heinz, who was the heir to the Heinz family empire, who we all know for their ketchup. Once he passed away, Teresa inherited his fortune. She then married senator John Kerry. Her net worth is about $750 million.
Daughter of Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Clare Brondfman is the heiress to the Seagram Liquor company. The company was at a certain point the largest owner and distributer of alcoholic drinks in the world. Her net worth is about $500 million.
Nicole Richie was adopted by singer Lionel Richie and became a household name when she starred inĀ The Simple LifeĀ in 2003, along her the best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton. She now owns her own fashion line, House of Harlow 1960. Her net worth is about $10 million.
Armie Hammer rose to prominence after he portrayed the wealthy Winklevoss twins in the movie chronicling Facebook’s story, The Social Network. However, Hammer is an heir himself to his grandfather’s fortune. His grandfather was oil tycoon Armand Hammer, founder of Occidental Petroleum. He is worth about $16 million.
Aerin Lauder is the granddaughter of Estee and Joseph Lauder, who founded the luxury Estee Laude brand. She holds 16 million shares of the brand's company and has a staggering net worth of $3 billion.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is known for her roles on TV showsÂ Seinfeld andÂ Veep, but she is also an heiress. Her father, Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, was the chairman of a global agriculture company with a net worth of $3.4 billion when he passed away. Louis-Dreyfus has earned herself a net worth of $200 million.
Ally Hilfiger is the daughter of iconic fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. The brand is worth $400 million, which Ally is set to inherit one day. She has also starred in reality show¬†Rich Girls, and we can clearly see why.
Successful Hollywood filmmaker Spike Jonze is actually an heir to a massive fortune. Born Adam Spiegel, Jonze was born into the Spiegel catalogue company, which was founded by his grandfather in 1965. Jonze is worth about $50 million.
Georgina Bloomberg is the daughter of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who happens to be the 9th richest person in the world. He has signed the Giving Pledge, which promises that a majority of his fortune will be donated, but Georgina is still set to inherit quite a fortune.
Suri Cruise was born in 2006 to actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. Now divorced, her parents were embroiled in a legal custody battle, which her mother won. She is set to earn a huge fortune of an estimated $300 million one day.
Travis Knight's father Phil Knight is the founder of a little company called Nike. Travis has a trust that controls 38 million shares of the athletic company, totaling at about $2.3 billion. Travis works as lead animator at Laika movie studio.
Blue Ivy Carter
Daughter of superstars Beyonce and Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter also has two twin siblings. Her parents combined net worth comes out to about $1.4 billion, meaning she is set to inherit about $333 million herself.
Megan Ellison’s father is Larry Ellison, who is the founder of software and data management system company Oracle. It happens to be one of the largest tech companies in the world. Megan founded Annapurna Pictures, a production company that has produced films like Her, Zero Dark Thirty, and American Hustle. Her net worth is a staggering $60 billion.
Senior Advisor to President Trump, Jared Kushner is also an heir to the property development Kushner Companies' fortune. The company brings in about $2.5 billion each year. He is married to Ivanka Trump. His net worth is about $1.8 billion.
North West is the oldest child of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Kim’s net worth is about $370 million and West’s is about $240 million. It’s safe to assume that North will inherit a huge fortune one day.
Dorothy Wang’s father is Robert Wang, the billionaire who is the chairman of the Golden Eagle International Group. She appeared in Rich Kids of Beverly Hills through 2016. Her net worth is about $3.7 billion.
Douglas Durst is the heir to the real estate The Durst Organization, which was founded by his grandfather Joseph Durst in 1915. The company went on to become one of the most prominent in real estate and the family became extraordinarily wealthy. Douglas is in charge of the company and is worth $4.4 billion.
Peter Brant Jr.
Peter Brant Jr. is the son of paper magnate Peter M. Brant and supermodel Stephanie Seymour. Peter Jr. is also a model and has collaborated with MAC Cosmetics with his brother in order to release a unisex cosmetics line for the company. His net worth is about $500 million.