The United States has long epitomized the land of opportunity, where the American Dream reigns supreme and possibilities abound. Despite its relative youth compared to European nations, America consistently leads in producing some of the globe’s most accomplished individuals and influential corporations. Ah, capitalism—whether in food, services, technology (hello, Silicon Valley), or entertainment (cue the Kardashians and Jenners), success stories abound.
Here is the list of Top 40+ Richest Heirs & Heiresses in America
Nicola Peltz Beckham
Net Worth: $50 million
In recent years, Nicola Peltz has become a prominent figure, largely due to her marriage to Brooklyn Beckham. However, Peltz is well-acquainted with a life of privilege. Her father is the American billionaire and businessman Nelson Peltz, while her mother is the model Claudia Heffner. Notably, she is one of eight children, and she also has two half-siblings from her father’s earlier marriage.
Peltz has strived to carve out her own identity and ventured into acting from a young age. Noteworthy among her roles are performances in “Bates Motel,” “The Last Airbender,” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” In 2022, she tied the knot with Brooklyn Beckham in a lavish (and eventful) wedding held in Palm Beach, Florida.
Net Worth: $16 million
Robert Sedgwick Kyra Sedgwick is one of those familiar faces—recognizable yet often not associated with a name. Sorry to the fans! Just a casual observation. This Golden Globe-winning actress has graced numerous TV shows and films, but here’s a tidbit: she was born into a wealthy family. Her father, Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, was a highly successful venture capitalist. Quite the notable lineage, right? And to add to her financial background, Sedgwick is actually married to none other than Hollywood star Kevin Bacon—yes, the one and only Mr. Footloose himself!
Sedgwick burst onto the Hollywood scene as a teenager, launching her career at just 16 on the show Another World. This breakthrough paved the way for roles in notable films such as Phenomenon, Singles, and Heart and Souls. She notably starred alongside Tom Cruise in the Oscar-nominated Vietnam War movie Born on the Fourth of July. Yet, her most renowned portrayal came in the TNT series The Closer, earning Sedgwick critical acclaim and multiple Golden Globe and SAG award nominations! Oh, and don’t overlook her role as Holt’s arch-nemesis, the infamous and antagonistic Madeline Wuntch, for all you Brooklyn 99 fans.
Net Worth: $14 million
Coming up next is the epitome of both the girl-next-door and the not-so-typical (cough, Anastasia Steele), Dakota Johnson. As the offspring of Hollywood icons Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, it’s fair to say that acting runs in her veins! Hailing from Austin, Texas, young Dakota was inevitably noticed (with star parents, it was destined) and began her journey as a model before transitioning into film, following the path laid by her illustrious parents.
Her most noteworthy portrayal, however, is as Anastasia Steele, the central character in the adaptation of the book series “Fifty Shades of Grey.” This controversial role demanded Johnson to bare it all, given the explicit nature of the content. But if there’s a breakthrough role to have, this one sits at the top! In fact, for her portrayal of the provocative (well, she didn’t start that way, but Mr. Grey certainly drew that out of her!) Ms. Steele, she secured the People’s Choice Award and snagged a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Among Johnson’s other film credits are roles in Suspiria, The Social Network, 21 Jump Street, Wounds, and The Peanut Butter Falcon.
Net Worth: $80 million
No introduction necessary for this Hollywood darling! Kate Hudson, the Oscar-nominated actress and daughter of the iconic Goldie Hawn, is poised to inherit quite the substantial sum from her mother.
Hudson embarked on her acting journey at a tender age, stepping onto the stage at eleven years old! Starting from the Santa Monica Playhouse, she ventured into film with the 1998 release Desert Blue. Skipping ahead a bit, we arrive at her breakthrough moment: Almost Famous. Portraying the charismatic band groupie Penny Lane earned her a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination! However, we adore her in How To Lose a Guy In Ten Days alongside Matthew McConaughey. Her credits also include appearances in Fool’s Gold, My Best Friend’s Girl, Bride Wars, and several other films.
Net Worth: $20 million
Andrew Cockburn isn’t the primary focus, but it’s tough not to notice the captivating blue-eyed brunette, Olivia Wilde. She’s not just a striking actress; she’s also in line to inherit a considerable sum! Quite recently, she even produced the film Booksmart, currently playing in theaters!
After attending the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, this actress initiated her career in television. Sharing the screen with the enigmatic House himself, she made her debut on the acclaimed series House, portraying Dr. Hadley, or better known as “Thirteen.” Following this breakthrough, she swiftly transitioned to the silver screen, landing roles in movies like Conversations with Other Women, Tron: Legacy, Butter, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Lazarus Effect, Rush, and more. In terms of her financial future, she’s the daughter of two journalists, a background that has led many to observe her “strong journalistic streak” and “highly critical and analytical” nature.
Net Worth: $4.9 billion
Imagine never having to worry about buying clothes. For Chloe Green, daughter of Sir Phillip Green, the CEO of TopShop, that’s just reality. With access to her father’s fashion empire, her wardrobe must be incredible! But let’s face it—she won’t settle for faux-leather and polyester; it’s all about the real deal from brands like Balenciaga, Gucci, or Chanel. Obviously. Lately, Green has been making headlines for her relationship with former felon Jeremy Meeks. Social media exploded when images of the so-called “hot” felon with his tan skin and blue eyes surfaced after his 2014 arrest during a gang sweep—his mugshot went viral. Going viral for your looks is one thing, but going from felon to dating a billionaire is a whole other level.
Phillip, her father, is at the helm of Arcadia Group, which holds ownership over TopShop among other firms and labels. Thanks to her father’s affluence, she enjoys a lavish lifestyle, openly showcasing it on social media. Think lounging in designer swimwear aboard her expansive yacht, Lionchase—you know, just the usual.
Net Worth: $65 million
It’s surprising to learn that the talented movie star Jake Gyllenhaal not only possesses immense skill but also has a significant inheritance! This Hollywood actor is actually the son of Stephen Gyllenhaal, a renowned film director in the industry. Interestingly, Jake’s sibling is also a respected actor, Maggie Gyllenhaal. It appears that the knack for acting, producing, and writing runs in the family—his mother, Naomi Foner, is a screenwriter! With such a rich background and parents deeply rooted in the industry, Gyllenhaal naturally pursued a career in acting.
Although he had early roles as a child actor, he pursued higher education at Columbia University and earned his degree. His breakthrough came with acclaim for his portrayal of Homer Hickam in October Sky. He further garnered praise for his role as Donnie Darko in the film of the same name!
Net Worth: $2.8 billion
Standard Oil and the Rockefellers? Oh yeah, the Rockefeller Center—it’s that stunning and widely recognized ice-skating rink, complete with the grand Christmas tree. Ringing any bells, New Yorkers? Well, Ariana is a part of that lineage. She’s an heiress to the influential Rockefeller dynasty, whose immense wealth originated from oil—Standard Oil, to be exact. The Rockefeller family legacy traces back to the early 19th century, when the family’s patriarch established the oil refining company, amassing billions back then! Over time, they expanded, investing in oil and real estate, effectively maintaining, if not growing, their family fortune.
A Columbia University graduate, Ariana initially landed an internship at the United Nations. Yet, another passion beckoned her—fashion! Her eponymous label has seen success, featuring a range of opera coats, tweed jackets, and dresses with classic elements influenced by her preppy lifestyle. Her inaugural collection drew inspiration from a Picasso painting that adorned her childhood home. Moreover, she delved into designing a handbag line during her time with Reed Krakoff! Clearly, fashion has proven fruitful for Rockefeller! However, this Rockefeller isn’t solely about style—she’s a philanthropist and a significant advocate for the Human Society. Chairing the NYBG Winter Ball and frequently attending charitable galas, she resides in a (we’re guessing, stunning) Upper East Side apartment with her entrepreneur husband, Matthew Bucklin.
Net Worth: $300 million
In modern conversations, Paris Hilton is often credited for bringing Kim Kardashian into the limelight. We vividly recall those years when a young Kim was considered a fashion accessory in the company of the Hilton heiress. How the roles have reversed! Despite her current position, Hilton remains one of America’s most recognizable celebrities. A native of the Big Apple, she also inherits a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune.
Yet, Hilton is more than just an heiress—she invested in building her personal brand and, at that time, was the talk of the town! Leveraging her socialite and fashionista status, Hilton ventured into several perfume lines. Her personal retail enterprises have amassed a staggering $3 billion US, yielding an annual income of $10 million US! Let’s not overlook her venture into the DJ business—in 2014, she pocketed $2.7 million US for four nights’ work, totaling $347,000 US an hour, during her two-month residency on the Spanish island Ibiza. Adding to her array of business endeavors is the Paris Hilton Beach Club Resort, established in the Philippines.
Net Worth: $200 million
Getty Oil and America—two phrases that, when combined, often imply substantial wealth. Moving on to our next individual, with a direct tie to the Getty Oil fortune: once known as Paul Getty, he’s now recognized as Balthazar and is active as a musician and producer. He contributes to a rap duo called The Wow and is also involved in the band Ringside. Even in his younger days, he explored his creative side, making an appearance as Ralph in the 1990 film adaptation of Lord of the Flies. This film, featuring a 15-year-old Getty, gained cult status and raked in over $14 million at the box office.
Beyond his film endeavors, Getty boasts an impressive roster of TV series to enhance his credentials. He portrayed Richard Montana in the popular series Charmed, took on the role of Thomas Grace in the action drama Alias, and appeared as Tommy Walker in the drama Brothers & Sisters. Despite his substantial wealth, it’s heartening to note that Getty is involved with The Lunchbox Fund, contributing to providing food for underprivileged children in Africa.
Net Worth: $100 million
When you’re born into the family of a media tycoon, a slice of the fortune often comes your way. However, for this New York-born socialite, there’s more to her story than just wealth. Yes, she’s strikingly attractive, so it’s no surprise she ventured into modeling! Now 35, she’s a former IMG model, defying convention at a height of only 5 foot 3 inches! She graced various covers for Town & Country, International Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan, while also making appearances in Vanity Fair.
Beyond her engagements in modeling and publishing, she dedicates her efforts to her charity, Friends of Finn. This initiative is dedicated to preventing and shutting down puppy mills, notorious for their mistreatment of dogs. Considering the reception of John Wick (where the plot involves a man seeking revenge for his dog), this charity is likely to garner significant support! In terms of family background, if you’re unfamiliar with the Hearst family, William Randolph Hearst was a titan in the industry and amassed a fortune now valued in the billions.
Net Worth: $25 million
Those eyebrows are truly unforgettable! They practically marked this stunning brunette from a young age. Brooke Shields is renowned for her acting chops and, of course, her striking appearance. Transitioning seamlessly from a former child and teen model, she carved out a successful career in the film industry. Hailing from Manhattan and a former attendee of Princeton University, she ventured into the realms of film and fashion as early as 1966.
After the success of the film, Shields surged into the limelight once again, starring in not just one but two movies that later achieved cult status! Even today, snapshots from The Blue Lagoon circulate on Instagram, capturing the image of a bronzed, leggy, blue-eyed teen—truly a vision! Following that success came Endless Love, another 80s classic that gained a fervent following in later years. The model and actress continued to grab headlines by marrying tennis superstar Andre Agassi. Unfortunately, their match didn’t last more than two sets, resulting in a divorce just two years after they tied the knot. Following her marriage to Agassi, she met Chris Henchy, with whom she shares two children. The couple has been married for almost twenty years!
Net Worth: $25 million
Calling all Star Wars enthusiasts! First things first—rest easy, Carrie Fisher. She’ll forever be remembered as the woman who embodied space’s “hot girls” (cue that iconic gold two-piece!) and undoubtedly graced many bedroom walls with her posters. She passed away just a few years ago, leaving behind her beautiful daughter, Billie. Her father, Bryan Lourd, is quite accomplished himself—he happens to be one of Hollywood’s most prominent talent agents! With her lineage, Lourd inherits Carrie’s wealth and estate.
We didn’t mention her famous grandmother earlier, did we? Fisher’s mother happens to be none other than Debbie Reynolds—a Hollywood icon! Billie pursued her studies at NYU, but her heart still resides in Beverly Hills. Following in her mother’s illustrious path, she’s appeared in TV series like Scream Queens and American Horror Story. Additionally, she joined the cast of recent Star Wars films, portraying Lieutenant Connix and even shared the screen with her mother!
Net Worth: $4 billion
Let’s cut to the chase with this one—it’s pretty straightforward. You know that iconic little blue logo featuring a polo player on a horse? Well, this is the daughter and inheritor of that fortune. Dylan Lauren might be an heiress, but credit is also due to her entrepreneurial prowess. Born in Manhattan, she’s the daughter of the founder of the renowned fashion brand, Ralph Lauren.
Speaking of Dylan’s entrepreneurial endeavors, she’s the owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar—the world’s largest candy store. Interestingly, Dylan Lauren ventured into this enterprise after being inspired by the classic film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Nearly two decades later, Dylan’s Candy Bar continues to thrive, captivating millions of children (and adults at heart!) every year! Given her fashion-forward father, it’s no wonder Lauren was recognized as one of the “Most Stylish New Yorkers” by US Weekly magazine in 2007.
Net Worth: $20 million
We’ve already introduced one member of the Hilton family, and now it’s time to shine a light on her sister, Nicky! As the younger sibling to Paris, Nicky Hilton also inherits a share of the Hilton Hotels fortune. However, she’s more than just an heiress—similar to her sister, she’s carved her own path in the business world, specifically as a fashion designer! Born in New York, Hilton attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, likely relishing her sister’s parties and mingling with her high-profile circle. It appears she transitioned from school to a well-suited marriage, as they say—she’s actually married to James Rothschild, an heir to the Rothschild fortune.
Nicky’s beauty also landed her modeling gigs. However, it’s her thriving fashion business that truly soared and achieved remarkable success! Under her brand Nicholai, she’s crafted a line of handbags, not just for her label but also for other brands like eLuxe and Samantha Thavasa. Undoubtedly, her own wealth played a part in her appearances during NY’s Fashion Week! Handbag design has proven to be a lucrative venture for the younger Hilton, as evidenced by her collections for the baggage company Tolani. Following the triumph of her “Mommy and Me” capsule, which garnered success, she continued designing for the 2017 and 2019 seasons.
Net Worth: $50 million
While he’s recognized for his iconic presence and the reputation he garnered from his National Lampoon’s franchise, Chevy Chase is more than just an American comedic figure! Born in Manhattan, Chevy Chase was originally known by another name—Cornelius Crane. That’s right. The comedian, writer, and actor was born to a Manhattan book editor and magazine writer, Edward Tinsley Chase, and a mother who was a concert pianist.
The name “Chevy” is actually a nickname bestowed upon him by his grandmother! Legend has it that she derived it from a medieval English folk song called “The Ballad of Chevy Chase.” While we won’t go through his entire list of accomplishments on-screen, for the younger generation, he’s notably remembered for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and for his numerous comedic roles in movies like Caddyshack and Fletch.
Net Worth: $28 billion
Absolutely, that figure is a whopping $28 BILLION. Our next heiress could practically address hunger with that kind of wealth. Lydia Hearst Shaw, despite her immense riches, is more than just affluent—she’s a blogger, model, and has graced the screen on a few occasions. She’s undeniably connected to the publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst. However, it’s her mother who might ring a bell for many. Patty Hearst was Lydia’s mother and was infamously and tragically kidnapped by the left-wing American terrorist group, the Symbionese Liberation Army. The turmoil she endured during her time with the group was extraordinarily distressing—equally astonishing was the 35-year prison sentence she received. Nevertheless, President Carter commuted this sentence, and it was later pardoned by President Bill Clinton.
Hailing from Connecticut, this young woman initially attended Sacred Heart University but later ventured into modeling. She has graced the runways for esteemed brands like Fendi, Chanel, Nicole Miller, and Jeremy Scott, while also featuring in advertising campaigns for Prada, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, DKNY, and NARS Cosmetics. Quite an impressive résumé! Fast-forwarding a bit, she’s now married to comedian and podcaster Chris Hardwick. Here’s a fun fact: did you know she once dated Jeff Goldblum? Despite their significant 32-year age gap, they were an item for nearly a year before parting ways.
Net Worth: $400 million
Ah, the unmistakable Tommy logo—those iconic three stripes in red, white, and blue. It’s practically a tribute to America, isn’t it? Tommy Hilfiger remains an undeniable American classic. Collaborations with supermodels like Gigi Hadid only contribute to the brand’s prominence. Let’s admit it, Tommy Hilfiger is one of the most globally recognizable brands. Now, let’s talk about Ally Hilfiger, daughter of the man behind Tommy Hilfiger… well, Tommy Hilfiger. That, naturally, positions her as the heiress to the substantial fortune. While there are individuals on this list with greater wealth, $400 million US is certainly nothing to scoff at.
Despite being in line to inherit a considerable fortune, the New York-born socialite has faced significant challenges. Her childhood and adult years were marred by Lyme disease. While she had the financial means to explore various remedies, this long-misunderstood condition profoundly affected her life. She actively participated on the board of Project Lyme, an organization dedicated to prevention and early detection. Additionally, she penned a book titled “Bite Me,” humorously chronicling her personal journey toward better health and discovering happiness.
Net Worth: $65 million
Carly Elisabeth Simon, a singer-songwriter and published children’s book author, gained prominence in the 1970s with her music releases and achieved multiple chart successes in the U.S. Her inheritance traces back to her father, Richard Simon, the co-founder of the renowned book company Simon & Schuster. Her father’s background as a classical pianist might just be the spark that inspired Carly to delve into music and pursue it passionately!
The tall and statuesque Carly (standing at 179cm!) initially kicked off her career as one-half of the duo, The Simon Sisters. However, she made the decision to part ways from her sister Lucy and venture into her own solo path, departing from their folky duo. Her pursuit of a solo career indeed found success, and it seems Lucy was fine with the move! Achieving early success, her debut album, Carly Simon, earned her a Grammy.
Net Worth: $28 billion
We’ve previously covered Lydia, but let’s talk about Patty Hearst now, the granddaughter of the media mogul William Randolph Hearst. By the way, if you ever find yourself en route to San Francisco and get the opportunity to visit the Hearst Estate, it’s an absolute must-see! Trust us, it’s quite remarkable.
San Francisco native and a University of California alumna, Hearst pursued a career as both an author and an actress. Her literary work, notably “Every Secret Thing,” is truly worth exploring. This particular book recounts her experience with the Symbionese Liberation Army on February 4th, 1974. The memoir soared to the top of The New York Times List, captivating readers with its compelling narrative. Additionally, she has made appearances on various TV shows and films, often portraying herself in productions centered around her family’s rich heritage and vast wealth. With a stake in a $28 billion empire, her ties to it are significant, to say the least.
Net Worth: $6.6 billion
Mars, Inc. holds a significant share in the global candy bar market—if you’ve ever purchased a candy bar anywhere in the world, chances are it might have been made by Mars. The family’s net worth is an astonishing $78 billion. In 2017, the company boasted a workforce of approximately 100,000 employees—quite substantial, right? Victoria Mars represents the fourth generation of this renowned candy-making (and joy-bringing) dynasty! She’s an astute individual, having studied at Yale and later obtaining her MBA from The Wharton School. With an 8% ownership stake in Mars, Inc., she also served as the chair of the company’s board of directors at one point in time.
Attracting investors as notable as Warren Buffett, the company consistently pulls in billions annually—just in 2017, it boasted a revenue of $35 billion. Clearly, candy holds a special place in the hearts of many. Reflecting on her early career, Victoria began as a brand manager for Milky Way in France—a notable starting point despite how different her current position may be. However, despite her family connections to Mars, she diligently climbed the ranks, mastering every aspect of the company. Yet, Victoria’s interests extend beyond business; she initiated an organization named Livelihood Funds, focused on promoting sustainable agricultural resources in Africa.
Net Worth: $28 million
This Real Housewife isn’t solely known for her reality TV stardom—she’s renowned as the heiress daughter of George Mercer, an immensely affluent real estate developer and investor. Her mother, Dale, also enjoyed substantial success in the interior design field. The Mercer family further benefited from her grandfather, George, who established the Mercer Rug Company in 1936. Born in Richmond, Virginia, the socialite and television personality received her education at Lawrenceville School before obtaining a BA in art history from the esteemed Columbia University. Later, she mirrored her mother’s path by earning a Master’s in decorative arts from the prestigious Cooper Hewitt design museum.
Throughout her career journey, Tinsley has ventured into several fields, starting at Vogue before joining Samantha Thavasa. She established her own clothing line, “Riccime” by Tinsley Mortimer, exclusively available in Japan. But that’s not all—did you know she served as an ambassador for Christian Dior, inspiring the creation of a lip gloss named after her called “Tinsley Pink”? Quite the claim to fame! Later on, Tinsley made notable appearances in Vogue, WWD, Harper’s Bazaar, and Marie Claire. She even had a cameo on the popular show Gossip Girl, where her natural on-camera presence led to her own TV series, High Society. However, when the show was canceled, her public image also suffered a setback, leading to a decline in her reputation.
Teresa Heinz Kerry
Net Worth: $750 million
Teresa Heinz Kerry boasts an intriguing life journey. Originally from the colony of Portuguese Mozambique, her father was a Portuguese oncologist, and her mother held dual Portuguese and British nationality. After obtaining a BA in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, she pursued further studies in Geneva before relocating to the U.S. to work as an interpreter at the United Nations. In 1966, merely three years after leaving Switzerland, Teresa married the future U.S. Senator John Heinz, an heir to the H.J. Heinz Company. With Heinz, Teresa had three sons, but tragedy struck the family. In 1991, Senator Heinz passed away in a plane crash. Yet, Teresa had met someone a year prior and began dating him in 1993.
Anyway, the fortunate man happened to be Senator John Kerry, and shortly thereafter, the two tied the knot in 1995. Following her former husband’s passing, Heinz Kerry was in line to inherit a considerable fortune, nearly reaching $800 MILLION. A skilled linguist (fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and Italian), she’s also deeply involved in humanitarian work. Heading Heinz’s charities and establishing her own foundation, Second Nature, she actively promotes sustainability and environmental awareness on college campuses. Additionally, she initiated The Heinz Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions to the environment and ecology. Heinz Kerry has truly had an eventful journey and currently enjoys her time with her husband John and their grandchildren.
Net Worth: $500 million
Next in line from the Seagram Liquor legacy is former equestrian Clare Bronfman, aged 40, and the youngest daughter of billionaire philanthropist Edgar Bronfman Sr. While her life may seem relatively smooth sailing, she’s faced some controversy too. Notably, she was involved with NXIVM, a controversial “personal development” enterprise that has often been labeled, for lack of a better term, as a cult.
Born in New York, Bronfman kicked off her equestrian journey at 17 and swiftly displayed remarkable talent: within three years, she was competing at the highest echelons! Alongside her wins in various domestic and international events (raking in substantial prize money!), she clinched the equestrian Grand Prix twice. Yet, amidst these triumphs, another interest steered her onto a more controversial trajectory. Bronfman and her sister Sara faced scrutiny due to their involvement with the NXIVM Group, purportedly focused on facilitating “personal success.” This group, shrouded in mystery, became the subject of a federal investigation, culminating in Bronfman recently pleading guilty to charges related to unlawful activities.
Net Worth: $20 billion
Son to the billionaire philanthropist and businessman George Soros, Alexander Soros follows in the footsteps of his father’s impactful legacy. George Soros, originally from Hungary, migrated to the United Kingdom where he pursued studies at the London School of Economics. Establishing his initial hedge fund, Double Eagle, in 1969, provided the seed capital for his Soros Fund Management. Double Eagle, later rebranded as Quantum Fund, amassed assets valued at a staggering over $25 billion US. Notably, George gained fame as “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England,” earning a $1 billion profit from a successful short sale during the infamous 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis.
The alumnus of NYU and Berkeley attained a Ph.D. in history, later serving on the board of the Open Society Foundation, his father’s renowned philanthropic institution. Did you realize that by February 2018, George Soros’ net worth had reached $8 billion, with donations exceeding $32 billion to this foundation? Beyond his role as deputy chair, Soros, akin to his father, is a successful writer whose works have been featured in publications like Politico, The Guardian, The Forward, and various others. He shares his father’s philanthropic inclination, supporting the Jewish Funds for Justice, an American organization dedicated to aiding Jewish causes. Additionally, Soros serves on the board of Global Witness, advocating against human rights violations by multinational corporations in impoverished nations.
Net Worth: $200 million
Phoenix-native Cindy McCain is renowned for more than her marriage to U.S. Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain. As a businesswoman, philanthropist, and humanitarian, she’s independently made her mark, inheriting wealth from her father, beer distributor Jim Hensley, and directly linked to the Hensley & Co. fortune. She pursued her education at the University of Southern California and later tied the knot with John McCain. Following their relocation to Arizona, John McCain secured a seat in the U.S. Congress, being re-elected a total of five times.
After her father’s passing in 2000, she assumed control as the chair of Hensley & Co., taking charge of the majority stake. With this substantial inheritance, McCain has been an actively engaged philanthropist, dedicating her efforts to organizations like Operation Smile, Eastern Congo Initiative, CARE, and HALO Trust. Recently, she’s been a vocal advocate in the fight against human trafficking. Despite facing scrutiny during her husband’s presidential campaigns, McCain maintained her composure and grace. Navigating public attention can be challenging, but she handled it admirably. Since her husband’s passing last year, she’s directed her focus toward philanthropy and cherishing moments with her children.
Susan Alice Buffett
Net Worth: $3 billion
Warren Buffett stands as a titan in the investment world, his net worth exceeding a staggering $80 billion US. As a business magnate, investor, speaker, and philanthropist, the 88-year-old continues to lead as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Renowned as one of the globe’s most accomplished investors, he holds the esteemed position of being the third-wealthiest individual worldwide. Notably, he co-founded The Giving Pledge alongside Bill Gates, encouraging billionaires to commit to donating at least half of their wealth for charitable causes.
She’s deeply involved in philanthropy, steering the Sherwood Foundation, channeling grants toward education, social justice, and human services, primarily supporting children from low-income families. Engaged on the boards of Girls, Inc., the Buffett Foundation, and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, her efforts are geared towards empowering youth and marginalized communities. Her work extends globally, contributing to AIDS crisis interventions and enhancing living conditions for disadvantaged populations in Africa.
Whitney Kroenke Burditt
Net Worth: $2.6 billion
Whitney Kroenke Burditt finds herself in a fortunate position as the granddaughter of James Walton, a retail magnate who, at one time, was the wealthiest man in America. This family connection promises a significant inheritance for her.
As an inheritor of the Walmart wealth, the Los Angeles native, Whitney Kroenke Burditt, had financial security on her side from the start. Daughter of Ann Walton and Stan Kroenke, she ventured into film production and now resides in Hollywood. Engaged in various artistic roles, Whitney acts, dances, and choreographs for multiple stage productions, including “I Sing” and a rendition of “Romeo and Juliet” staged in London. Beyond her artistic endeavors, Whitney is dedicated to philanthropy. She established the Playing for Change charity, which focuses on constructing schools that promote music and arts education worldwide, especially in impoverished regions.
Net Worth: $28 billion
Socialite and philanthropist Anne Hearst directly inherits the Hearst fortune, courtesy of her grandfather, William Hearst, the founder of the media giant Hearst Corporation. Back in the late 19th century, Hearst made a name for himself by owning the most extensive collection of American newspapers and pioneering the sensational “yellow journalism” style.
As the offspring of William’s son, Hearst was set to inherit the fortune amassed by Hearst Corporation over time. Presently, the corporation possesses not just newspapers and magazines but also television stations, channels, a 50% stake in the A&E Networks cable network group, and a 20% stake in ESPN, in partnership with The Walt Disney Company. Quite an extensive empire, right? Speaking of Hearst’s family history, her sister was the one involved in that unfortunate Symbionese Liberation Army incident. Unlike her sister, Anne pursued a more conventional trajectory and currently serves as the director of The Princess Grace Foundation. Additionally, she actively contributes to preserving historical landmarks through her involvement with the Hearst Castle Preservation board and co-founding the steering committee for the Rita Hayworth Gala.
Net Worth: $4.4 billion
The American heiress and equestrian descends from William W. Cargill, the original founder of Cargill—a global entity specializing in food, agriculture, financial, and industrial goods. The company primarily concentrates on agriculture and agribusiness, providing essential resources like seed and livestock feed to various companies. Beyond agriculture, Cargill diversifies its investments, delving into real estate, oil, gas, chocolate (yes, an essential commodity!), and meatpacking. This privately held corporation, which remains 90% owned by the Cargill family, currently holds the position of the largest privately owned firm in the United States, boasting an annual revenue turnover of $114.7 billion US as of last year.
Returning to our equestrian, Gwendolyn, she was born in 1962 and inherited a 7% share in Cargill. A committed horse enthusiast, Meyer has clinched numerous accolades, including the prestigious Prix Credit Suisse at the Geneva International Horse Show. Presently, the heiress dedicates her days to her Rancho Santa Fe, California estate, where she trains horses for competitive show jumping. To live solely for your passion without financial concerns—quite the privileged life, isn’t it?
Peter Brant II
Net Worth: $1 billion
The New York City native, who resides in Greenwich (as expected), is a prominent socialite and heir in the city’s elite circles. A model and fashion designer at just 25, he’s the son of businessman and art collector Peter M. Brant and supermodel Stephanie Seymour. He and his brother Harry have earned the moniker “Princes of New York,” as highlighted by The New York Times. An interesting claim to fame, right? While the jury’s still out on that, rumor has it that he partnered with Mac Cosmetics in 2015 to release a unisex cosmetics line geared towards the Gender fluid youth movement.
His take on the family fortune might come off as a bit overconfident and might ruffle a few feathers (well, maybe we’re sharing our opinion a bit here, apologies!), but he did mention to Harper’s Bazaar, “We had to do a report about our parents: where they were born, what they did, and all that. Everyone else had to do theirs as homework, but I finished mine before class ended using Wikipedia.” Quite the quick worker, indeed. However, it seems we’re not alone in feeling a bit miffed by his demeanor. Vanity Fair has labeled him an “enfant terrible.” And, not too long ago, Peter Brant Jr. got himself into a bit of trouble at JFK International Airport due to some drunken behavior. Even his own attorney didn’t mince words, referring to his client as “an idiot.” Well, that pretty much sums it up.
Net Worth: $27 billion
The 2017 headline from The Independent pretty much captures it all: “The extraordinary life of Alexa Dell, the 24-year-old billionaire heiress raised in ‘the castle,’ in a relationship with Tinder’s CEO, and recently engaged with a million-dollar ring.” Shall we say it’s a wrap and head for that afternoon drink? As the daughter of Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell, who boasts a net worth of over $25 billion, she’s quite fortunate! Her engagement, set at The Four Seasons in Kona, Hawaii (owned by her father, conveniently), included a proposal featuring a dazzling 12-carat diamond ring.
She’s been a notable figure in the social scene, growing up in the expansive “Castle” estate in Austin, Texas, spanning a whopping 33,000 square feet. After completing her education at Columbia, this young Dell has delved into the realms of brand and business development strategy. There’s speculation about her potentially stepping into the family business one day, given her interests in fashion and photography, evident on her IG @alexakdell, where her Hermès-filled dream life might make you envious! Her fashion internships decked her out in complete Dior or Chanel ensembles, based on her mood. Recently married, she’s now sharing glimpses of her life with her little one all over Instagram!
Nancy Walton Laurie
Net Worth: $6.6 billion
Bud Walton, the Walmart legacy—what a phenomenon, right? Well, someone who really loves it is Nancy Walton Laurie, an heir to that massive fortune. Her parents, Bud Walton and Audrey Walton, passed on quite a fortune—$6.6 billion, to be precise. She tied the knot with former NBA player and coach Bill Laurie, and together, they have a daughter named Paige. Quite the fortune for one kid, huh? But who said wealth guarantees happiness, right? (insert eye roll emoji) Nancy’s lifestyle seems top-notch; she recently snagged a $40 million mansion in the super-exclusive Bel-Air and owns a jaw-dropping $135 million superyacht.
Nancy, the youngest Walton daughter, inherited half of her father’s shares, while the other half went to her sister Ann Kroenke. Now, wouldn’t a slice of that fortune, say $50,000, be a dream come true? Ah, pardon that; we drifted into fantasyland. A University of Memphis alum, that’s where she met her husband! Besides being a philanthropist (with that kind of wealth, you’d expect that!), she generously donated $25 million to construct a new Mizzou (University of Missouri) sports arena—quite the gesture, even though her daughter, Paige, attended USC.
Net Worth: $500 million
Born in Wimbledon, London, the English businessman is the fourth child among media tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s six kids. Educated at the Horace Mann School and later at Harvard (though he left before completing his degree to kickstart a record label!), he displayed a strong business acumen. He swiftly climbed the ladder at Sky Television in Hong Kong, eventually becoming its CEO. Later, he took charge of developing News Corporation’s media platforms, but faced a prior phone hacking scandal during his tenure as the chairman of British Sky Broadcasting. The infamous News of the World incident grabbed global attention. Additionally, he served as the chairman of 21st Century Fox, wielding influence over media outlets worldwide.
Following Disney’s acquisition of the majority of 21st Century Fox for a whopping $71.3 billion, Murdoch finds himself without a formal role within the company. However, he’s not dwelling on this change. In March 2019, Murdoch established Lupa Systems, derived from “Lupa,” Latin for female wolf, reflecting the company’s intent to nurture fledgling businesses and invest from their inception. Onlookers are keen to see Murdoch’s next steps as he ventures beyond the family enterprise. Claire Enders, founder of Enders Analysis, notes that “his focus is on building things,” indicating his dedication to innovation. Currently sitting at a $500 million net worth, Murdoch’s trajectory might someday rival his father’s staggering $20 billion fortune!
Net Worth: $7.6 billion
Let’s talk about the other side of the Walmart fortune, Ann Kroenke. With a net worth exceeding $7 billion, Ann holds the other half of this colossal inheritance. Despite not being directly involved in Walmart’s executive or board roles, she enjoys the flexibility to pursue her interests while still benefiting from dividends. Alongside her husband Stan Kroenke, who boasts an even higher net worth, they collectively own Arsenal Football Club in the UK, as well as the LA Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Rapids! An interesting tidbit: “Silent Stan” Kroenke himself commands an impressive $8.8 billion fortune.
They tied the knot in 1974 and share two children, Josh and Whitney. While specifics about Ann’s activities beyond her philanthropy and luxurious yacht adventures remain somewhat elusive, it’s clear that the Walton-Kroenke clan certainly isn’t short on wealth.
Net Worth: $3 billion
Lynsi Lavelle Snyder-Ellingson, the CEO of In-N-Out Burger, seems to defy her company’s menu as a fit and youthful 37-year-old mother of four. She stands as a billionaire businesswoman and heiress of the renowned burger chain, inheriting the entirety of the wealth as the sole child of Lynda and H. Guy Snyder and the lone grandchild of Harry and Esther Snyder. In 2012, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index crowned Snyder as America’s youngest female billionaire until Kylie Jenner and Instagram’s rise bumped her from the top spot!
On her thirty-fifth birthday, Lynsi assumed full ownership of the business and took on the role of president, succeeding her brother-in-law, Mark Taylor. Snyder has often been described as reclusive, and if she chooses to decline interviews, that’s entirely her prerogative! However, her preference for privacy has a deeper reason: in a 2014 interview with Orange Coast, Snyder disclosed that she had been the target of multiple kidnapping attempts. For the safety of herself and her family, Snyder has deliberately maintained a low profile.
Net Worth: $200 million
Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt was Gloria Vanderbilt’s father, and her recent passing brought an outpouring of tributes across social media. She lived a remarkable life, reaching the impressive age of 95. Her son, Anderson Cooper, remembered her as a multifaceted individual who embraced life on her terms. Gloria was not just a fashion trailblazer and artist but also excelled as a painter, writer, and designer. Cooper emphasized that despite her age, those who knew her would attest she remained youthful, modern, and incredibly vibrant.
Born into a family of considerable wealth and prominence in Manhattan in 1924, Gloria’s early years were marked by a significant public custody battle between her mother and her aunt, Gertrude. The fight for control over her trust fund turned into a highly publicized event, dubbed by the New York press as “the trial of the century.” It revealed the complexities and challenges she faced growing up amidst such wealth and family dynamics.
Net Worth: $600 million
Douglas Durst, at 74, stands as the heir to the Durst family fortune, primarily amassed through real estate ventures. His roots trace back to a Jewish family, with his father, Seymour Durst, recognized as a real estate investor and developer. Interestingly, Seymour Durst is credited as the creator of the National Debt Clock, a public reminder of the nation’s indebtedness to the government. The Durst family’s journey to prosperity is quite the narrative. Douglas’s grandfather, Joseph Durst, began as a destitute immigrant tailor from Austria-Hungary. Upon arriving in the United States, he ventured into real estate, ultimately achieving significant success as a real estate manager and developer. His efforts culminated in the establishment of the Durst Organisation in 1915.
Over time, the family’s wealth continued to grow, and in 1992, Douglas assumed control of the “family business” following Seymour’s retirement. Despite his immense wealth, he’s lauded for his commitment to promoting density and sustainability in his ventures. Notably, he oversaw the development of several key projects, including the 48-story 4 Times Square, the 38-story Helena at 601 West 57th Street, the 57-story Epic on West 31st Street, and the construction of the 58-story Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park in 2008.
Net Worth: $18.8 billion
Apple. It’s more than just a fruit; it’s an emblem that instantly conjures images of a bitten apple logo. You think of the newest iPhone or maybe that sleek, shiny Mac you’ve been eyeing. Marketing magic, right? Anyway, onto the story of Lisa Jobs, daughter of the late Steve Jobs, the visionary behind Apple. Since his passing, Lisa inherited a substantial fortune. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, she pursued studies at Harvard. Her mother, Chrisann Brennan, was Jobs’ high school sweetheart, and despite their tumultuous five-year relationship, Brennan bore their child. At one point, Jobs denied paternity, even after a paternity test proved otherwise. Turns out, he might have been a tech genius, but navigating fatherhood? Not his strong suit.
While his handling of the “surprise daughter” scenario wasn’t stellar, the media really sank their teeth into the story. It’s rumored that he lost his TIME Person of the Year title due to this episode. The public backlash seemingly prompted him to patch things up with his daughter, eventually securing her a substantial inheritance. It’s unclear if she received the entire fortune (valued at over $18 billion), but she undoubtedly inherited a significant sum, likely in the hundreds of millions!
Net Worth: $6.4 billion
Cox Enterprises, Inc., operates as a privately held global conglomerate overseeing several subsidiaries including Cox Communications, Cox Media Group, and Cox Automotive. Boasting a workforce of 55,000 employees and a total revenue of $21 billion, it stands as a notably successful entity. Its extensive operations span across Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America.
Katharine Rayner inherited her fortune through her maternal grandfather, the founder of Cox Enterprises. Among three siblings—Margaretta and James—she shares this inheritance. Rayner currently possesses a 16% stake in the company, a portion that came from her late mother’s 49% stake, distributed among her children. Until last year, she lived in East Hampton, New York, with her husband Billy, a painter and author who sadly passed away. Undoubtedly, she has family around for support and to share the blessings of their wealth.
Net Worth: $10.7 billion
Charles Clarence Butt, at 81, is the heir to the H-E-B Supermarket chain, a beloved establishment in the South with an annual turnover of $20 billion. Renowned not only for its market presence but also as an employer, the chain thrives under Butt’s leadership. In 2013, his exceptional management skills earned him the prestigious position of the #5 Top CEO on AdvisoryCloud’s Top CEO List.
Charles, son of Howard Edward Butt Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth, is the grandson of Florence Butt, who established the chain in 1905. His educational journey took him through UPenn’s Wharton School and later Harvard Business School for an MBA. In 1971, he assumed leadership as chairman and CEO of the H.E. Butt Grocery Company. Beyond his billionaire status, Butt is a noted philanthropist, earning recognition from the Mexican government for his charitable endeavors and business contributions, notably receiving the Aguila Azteca medal. Additionally, he’s pledged his wealth to support children and educators, joining Warren Buffett’s renowned Giving Pledge.
Net Worth: $1 billion
Nicole Mellon was married to Matthew Mellon, who, despite his family’s wealth and connections, found a quicker and more lucrative path to fortune than most: through cryptocurrency. As the great-great-great-grandson of Thomas Mellon, founder of Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, he became a leading figure in one of America’s wealthiest lineages. At 21, he inherited a series of trusts valued at $25 million, leading a fast and extravagant lifestyle. In 1998, he met his first wife, Tamara Mellon (yes, co-founder of the renowned brand Jimmy Choo!), at A.A. Fast forward to 2011, Mellon, appointed Finance Chairman by State Chairman Ed Cox, invested $2 million in the cryptocurrency XRP, which eventually transformed into a staggering $1 billion fortune.
Mellon tied the knot with Nicole Hanley and together they had two children, Olympia and Force. They resided in New York City until their divorce in 2016. Their split became highly publicized, starkly visible unlike many other high-profile relationships. One of the primary reasons for their breakup seemed to be the exorbitant expenditures of the family. Subsequently, reports emerged of Mellon’s continued lavish spending habits, including renting a home in LA for a staggering $150,000 per month. Tragically, in April 2018, Mellon passed away in Cancun, Mexico. His death occurred in a hotel room following a fatal heart attack, reportedly induced by consuming ayahuasca, an Amazonian hallucinogenic beverage.
Owsley Brown III
Net Worth: $643 million
Owsley Brown III owes his substantial wealth to his grandfather, George Garvin Brown, the originator of the Brown fortune. George, who established the Brown-Forman Corp. in 1870, laid the groundwork for what would become one of the leading American-owned companies in the wine and spirits industry. The company’s inception in Louisville, Kentucky marked the beginning of several prosperous ventures for the Brown family. Additionally, Brown III’s father, a notable philanthropist in Kentucky, was recognized for his ownership of Bittners, LLC, a renowned interior design, architectural, and furniture business established in Louisville over 150 years ago.
Following his 1993 graduation from the University of Virginia, Owsley Brown III pursued a career in film production. Beyond this, post-university, he initiated the Magnanimous Group, a wine company dedicated to producing wines sourced from sustainable vintners. Brown was meticulous in selecting winemakers committed to crafting wines that not only excelled in taste but also prioritized environmental sustainability. In his film endeavors, Brown delved into contemporary orchestral music, and some of his productions earned accolades. Notably, his debut film “Night Waltz,” profiling composer Paul Bowles, clinched the Independent Spirit Award in 2000.
Net Worth: $1.5 billion
Haley Busch, an heiress of the colossal Anheuser-Busch fortune, has not only inherited vast wealth but also ventured into acting, establishing herself in the entertainment sphere. Her cinematic repertoire, while not comprising Hollywood blockbusters, includes roles in films like “The Final Song” (2014), “The Importance of Doubting Tom,” “Bratz,” and “23 Minutes to Sunrise,” among others.
The daughter of Billy Busch, inheritor of a substantial fortune, Haley naturally gravitated toward the world of polo—a sport often associated with elite circles. A skilled polo player, she is a member of the Bud Light Polo Team and has clinched numerous victories, including the prestigious U.S. Open match. Speaking of Bud Light, did anyone catch that tweet about Area 51 offering free Bud Light to any escaping aliens? (Fingers crossed we’re out before the government steps in!) Raised in St. Louis as one of seven siblings, Haley attended Sacred Heart School before pursuing studies in acting. Now, she balances her time between acting projects and tending to her family’s farm, previously owned by former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant!
Caroline Rose Hunt
Net Worth: $1 billion
Caroline Rose Hunt, once considered one of America’s wealthiest women, owed much of her fortune to her inheritance from the H.L. Hunt Oil empire. With her entrepreneurial spirit, Hunt ventured into the luxury hospitality sector, founding the esteemed Rosewood Hotels Corporation. Her establishments, offering an opulence that goes far beyond the typical “five-star” standard – think Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, among others – cater to a clientele where spending $10,000 a night on accommodation is not out of the ordinary. Celebrities and elite guests are regular patrons at her prestigious and extravagantly luxurious hotels.
Following her education at Mary Baldwin College and the University of Texas in North Austin, the Arkansas-born Hunt had a world of opportunities ahead. Instead of pursuing a conventional career, she embarked on a diverse path that included roles as an author, philanthropist, and mother to five children. It wasn’t until the age of 55 that she ventured into founding Rosewood Hotels, proving that it’s never too late to start something remarkable.
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