Celebrities are an enviable group of people because from all outward appearances they don't do a lot of hard work, are beautiful, wear pretty clothes, and have lots of money. Some of these things aren't true (as any Worst Dressed list can confirm), while others have more veracity to them—particularly the money part.
For these 12 celebrities, even before they gained fame and saved some hard-earned cash in their own right, they weren't exactly roughing it. Thanks to their parents, these actors and musicians were already high on the high life before immersing themselves in fame and wealth as adults.
1. Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields is basically a princess, if you blur the lines a bit. Her father Francis was the result of a union between a pro-tennis player and an Italian princess. He worked as an executive at Revlon, a company that Shields modeled for. At some point, his family even tried to bribe Shields's mom, Teri, into having an abortion. However, according to NJ.com, she declined, married Francis, and divorced him a few months later. So like Cinderella, Shields has a colorful family background.
2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Long before Julia Louis-Dreyfus found fame (and money) as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, her family founded the Louis Dreyfus Group. In 2006, Forbes estimated her father Gérard's net worth to be $3.4 billion. The next generation of Dreyfuses will probably live in a castle on Mars.
3. Taylor Swift
While Taylor Swift became famous with songs that made you want to cry for her, Swift grew up in a well-off family. Her dad, Scott, made his name at Merrill Lynch, and Taylor's mom, Andrea, similarly worked in finance before becoming a full-time mom. When Taylor, whom Salon described as "a millionaire daughter of the plutocracy," signed on with her record label Big Machine, her dad bought a three percent stake in the company. Not that they shouldn't have signed her anyway.
4. Nick Kroll
Nick Kroll hails from the well-to-do Westchester County in New York. His dad founded Kroll Inc., a billion-dollar company that does business things like release press releases called, "Kroll Selected Best Cyber Security Consultancy."
5. Rooney & Kate Mara
More Westchesterians (not a word). The Mara sisters grew up in the Westchester town of Bedford amid a sports-dominated family. The women's paternal great-grandfather founded the New York Giants, and their maternal great-grandfather started the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the sisters have started their own family tradition, their father still works for the Giants as a vice president.
6. Ariana Grande
Petite pop star Ariana Grande grew up in a multi-million dollar home that conveniently housed a recording studio. In 1964, her family bought Hose-McCann Communications, which her mom still runs. Her father owns IBI Designs, which apparently does pretty OK. So does Ariana.
7. Armie Hammer
Armie Hammer gets his name from his great-grandfather, Armand, who was an oil tycoon worth $200 million in 1986 (Armand died a few years later). Armie Hammer's dad, Michael, is a successful businessman whose holdings include a production company. For Armie's preteen years, the Hammer family enjoyed life on the Cayman Islands. He didn't have to act that hard to play Prince Andrew in Mirror Mirror.
8. Cara & Poppy Delevingne
Cool humans Cara and Poppy had a very British upbringing in London as part of the Delevingne clan. The girls' parents are former socialite, Pandora, and a real estate developer, Charles. Cara Delevingne's godmother is fellow famous woman Joan Collins, which goes to show how atypical her childhood was.
9. Kyra Sedgwick
Even without her successful career and marriage to Kevin Bacon, Kyra Segdwick—whose dad was a venture capitalist—would be an interesting person based on her family background alone. Kyra comes from the Sedgwick family, as in, the storied Boston family that spawned Edie Sedgwick.
10. Gigi & Bella Hadid
Pretty humans Gigi and Bella Hadid got their knack for modeling from mother Yolanda Foster, a model who is current again thanks to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The sisters also got some good genes from their dad, Mohamed, who is a real estate developer in California.
11. The Kardashian-Jenners
As The People v. O.J. Simpson has reminded everyone, the Kardashian name was first known for Robert Kardashian, wildly successful lawyer. At the time of his 2003 death, Robert's net worth was estimated at $30 million.
Then there's Caitlyn Jenner, who as a former Olympian with a flair for business was providing for the family just fine before they inundated all forms of media.
12. Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones is so fabulous in her own right that it's easy to forget her dad is this guy named Quincy Jones. Ya know, Quincy Jones the musician, whom the Internet claims has a net worth of over $300 million. Oh, and Jones's mom is Peggy Lipton, of Mod Squad and Twin Peaks fame.
Rashida was destined to be awesome, as were most of the people on this list.