Top 10 Richest Heirs and Heiresses of America

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America is popularly known for being a home to some of the richest celebrities in the world and world’s most successful multinational corporations. It is a very common sight in America to pass down the generational wealth to spouse, kids, or even beyond. In a case when they are not willing to continue their family business, they still inherit a huge amount of wealth that they can enjoy a luxurious lifestyle for the rest of their life. Some of the richest heirs and heiresses on the list who inherited their wealth are as follows:

Dakota Johnson

Net Worth – $14 Million

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Dakota Johnson is an American actress, model, and tattoo enthusiast with great affluence. She is the daughter of two actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith born in Austin, Texas. Since 2010, she has been a part of the film industry. She is popularly remembered for her eminent role as Anastasia in Fifty Shades of Grey film series. She was featured in Forbes 30 under 30 list. Johnson is a brand ambassador of luxury fashion brand Gucci. Being a daughter of two Hollywood icons, Dakota was always well cared and enjoyed significant wealth. Her wealth stems from entrepreneurship, acting career, endorsements, and investments. 

Olivia Wilde

Net Worth – $20 Million

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Olivia Wilde is an actress and activist born in NYC. She is a rich heiress who inherited her wealth from her father, Andrew Cockburn. She attended the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. She directed a film called Booksmart released at the end of May 2019. The bulk of Wilde’s wealth comes from her journalist father whose million dollar wealth gave the young actress significant safety during her early years in Hollywood. However, her film career took back off in 2015. She played several roles in films such as Conversations with Other Women, Tron: Legacy, Butter, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Lazarus Effect, Rush and more.

Ariana Rockefeller

Net Worth – $2.8 Billion

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Ariana Rockefeller is a fifth generation member of the Rockefeller family and rich heiress to Standard Oil.  She is a philanthropist, fashion designer, equestrian athlete, model, and successful business woman. She studied at Columbia University. Her interest lies in Fashion so she decided to start her own brand with her own label. However, she closed this business in January 2021. She had an estimated Net worth of $2.8 billion according to a report of in 2022. Her husband is an entrepreneur named Matthew Bucklin. Ariana Rockefeller also chaired the NYBG Winter ball and she is a major supporter of the Humane Society.

Kate Hudson

Net Worth – $80 Million

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Kate Garry Hudson is an American actress born to singer Bill Hudson and actress Goldie Hawn. She made her film debut with the 1998 drama, Desert Blue. She received several awards including Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing ‘Penny Lane’ in Cameron Crowe’s musical drama ‘Almost Famous’ (2000) and received an Oscar nomination in the same category. She also got a nomination for an Academy Award. She enjoyed stardom throughout the 2000s and starred in a succession of romantic comedies. She wrote non-fiction books named Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body (2016) and Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition (2017). She is also the co-founder of “Fabletics”, which is a fitness brand and membership program operated by TechStyle Fashion Group. She made immense wealth with her acting and business pursuits. 

Alexander Soros 

Net Worth – $20 Billion

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Alexander Soros, an American philanthropist is the son of businessman George Soros. His father is a chair of the Open Society Foundations and one of the ‘Young Global Leaders’ of World Economic Forum 2018. He attended NYU and Berkeley granted him a PhD in History. Along with a successful writing career, he published his writings in Politico, The Guardian, The Forward, and many more. In 2014, he contributed an essay to the book God, Faith, and Identity From the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors. The Wall Street Journal reported on 11 June 2023 that he would be the heir to Soros fortune and would immediately take over the Open Society Foundation. He gives contributions to the Jewish Funds for Justice, which works for helping Jewish causes in American charity.  

Anderson Cooper

Net Worth – $110 Million

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Anderson Hays Cooper belongs to the Vanderbilt family who holds the largest fortunes in America. He is a successful broadcast journalist, author, TV personality, and political commentator. He is the popular host of CNN news broadcast Anderson Cooper 360°. In 1995, he was hired by ABC news as a correspondent. He even worked as a co-anchor, reality game show host, and fill-in morning talk show host. He made a reputation for his on-the-ground reporting of breaking news events. Inspired by his fashionista mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, he modeled for Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren along with being a child model for Harper Lee’s Bazaar. Cornelius Vanderbilt was one of the prominent figures for  accumulating a large amount of wealth and the richest man in America for many years due to the successful business of shipping and railroads. 

Amanda Hearst

Net Worth – $100 Million

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Amanda Randolph Hearst is a rich heiress to the Hearst Corporation, William Randolph Hearst’s media conglomerate. She was born in New York to Richard McChesney and Anne Hearst. However, his father was not part of Hearst bloodline and left her mother before she was born. She is the founder of Friends of Finn, an organization dedicated to stopping the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills. At Marie Claire, she worked as an associate marketing editor. She is a distant but direct relative to gold tycoon George Heirst. The entire Hearst fortune can be traced back to these origins when ruthless business dealings in 1800s America (if a bit over-dramatized) became the central plot of HBO’s beloved series Deadwood. Hearst co-founded Maison de Mode in 2015, an ethical luxury fashion online retailer. In 2018, Hearst co-founded the charity Well Beings, focusing on animal welfare, conservation and other humane initiatives.

Billie Lourd

Net Worth – $25 Million

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Billie Lourd is a rich heiress who inherited a tidy sum from her rich, talented, and famous parents. However, she worked really hard in the industry which adds to her fortune. She received fortune and estate from her mother Carry Fisher who is popular as a Star Wars actress  and her father, Bryan Lourd was the biggest talent agent in Hollywood. You must have heard about Debbie Reynolds, the Hollywood legend is a grandfather of Billie Lourd. She resides in Beverly Hills and attended NYU. She made her appearance in TV Shows like Scream Queens, and American Horror Story. In Disney’s Star Wars Trilogy which released films from 2015 to 2019, she played the role of Lieutenant Connex.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Net Worth – $65 Million

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 17: Jake Gyllenhaal attends the “Strange World” UK Premiere at Cineworld, Leicester Square on November 17, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

The American actor, Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, and her elder sister is actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. As a child, he was regularly exposed to filmmaking due to his family ties in the industry. He got his first breakthrough in October Sky with the role of Homer Hickam. He even won an Indie Award for his role of Donnie Darko in the eponymous film. Stephen Gyllenhaal accumulated wealth by directing films like Family Spies and Waterland along with TV Shows like The Mentalist and Blue Bloods. In a poll conducted by Glamour magazine, Jake Gyllenhaal was selected as The Sexiest Man of The Year 2018. In 2022, he starred as a criminal in Michael Bay’s action thriller Ambulance. He also voiced a farmer in Disney’s animation Strange World. Besides his acting career, he is vocal about social and political issues. 

Chevy Chase

Net Worth – $50 Million

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 20: Chevy Chase attends the Global Green 2019 Pre-Oscar Gala at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on February 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/FilmMagic)

Chevy Chase is a famous American comedian, writer, and actor. His real name is Cornelius Crane and Chevy Chase was a name given to him by her grandmother. He was born in Manhattan to Edward Tinsley Chase who was a Manhattan book editor and Magazine writer. His mother was a Concert pianist who was heiress to the Crane Company because she was adopted by Cornelius Vanderbilt, her stepfather. His appearance in NBC hit Saturday Night Live, as well as his many comedic movies like Caddy shack and Fletch. He is a breakout cast member in the first season of Saturday Night Live (1975-76) where his recurring Weekend Update segment became a staple of  the show. He earned two Primetime Emmy Awards out of four nominations for both as a performer and a writer.

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