20 Celebrities With Surprisingly Rich Relatives

Sep 7, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)

Some of our favorite celebrities are from infamous families that already rich and famous while others came from nothing and worked for their success. And there are the families that never make the entertainment news, because while they might be rich and successful, they aren’t a famous family. Sometimes they don’t even share the same name - or the same looks. But while they might not be famous, these twenty celebrities have surprisingly rich relatives! Discover twenty celebrities with successful and wealthy families you’ve never heard of before.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus


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Audiences everywhere fell in love with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine on “Seinfeld,” but she’s definitely not the first in her family to achieve worldwide success. While his daughter might be better known, Gerard Louis-Dreyfus is Chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services and was said to be worth an estimated $3.4 billion in 2006 by Forbes. He was born in Paris, France in 1932 and moved to the United States in 1940 with his mother after his parents’ divorce. He joined the Louis Dreyfus Group in 1965 where he’s stayed ever since. But it looks like his daughter didn’t fall too far from the tree, as Gerard Louis-Dreyfus was also the head of the Poetry Society of America from 1998 until 2008 and writes poetry when he’s not conducting high-end business deals and has been published in publications such as “The Hudson Review.”

Rooney Mara


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Rooney Mara (born Patricia Rooney Mara) is an actress best known for her role as the main character in the “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” (US). She has quite an extensive list of successful family members, the most popular and well-known being her sister, Kate Mara, who starred in “House Of Cards” and “The Martian.” But while her celebrity sister has achieved some success on the silver screen, most people don’t know that her great-grandfather on her father’s side founded the Pittsburg Steelers back in 1933 when the entire NFL first started, while her great-grandfather on her mother’s side founded the New York Giants. Her great uncle is now the owner of the Steelers and the former United States Ambassador to Ireland. Her father is now the Vice President of Player Evaluation for the New York Giants. Her grandfather was the long-time co-owner of the Giants until his death in 1988 when her uncle took over that position. The Mara sisters actually have it built into their contract that if either NFL team make the Super Bowl, they take the week off to watch their teams compete!

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