Billionaires: men in $10,000 suits smoking $500 cigars in mansions talking business with other men just like them. We don’t often picture female billionaires, and especially not young women — but they are becoming more and more prevalent.
While the following young ladies may have had a head start by being born or marrying into wealthy families, they have certainly made a name for themselves in the billionaire community. They’ve increased their net worth using their own smarts, creativity, and talent, so let’s be honest… who wouldn’t want to be on this list?
1. Tory Burch: Having made the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women more than once, Tory’s fashion business is bustling. The 52 year old built her $1 billion from the ground up, beginning with one storefront in Manhattan in 2004.
2. Dylan Lauren: Instead of following in Ralph Lauren’s fashionable footsteps, daughter Dylan was inspired to open a candy store after watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at age 6. Now 44 years old, she owns Dylan’s Candy Bar, the largest candy store in the world, worth $2 billion.
3. Anna Anissimova Shafer: Once known as the “Russian-American Paris Hilton,” Anna is valued at $3.4 billion, primarily from her oligarch father. She eventually married film producer Peter Shafer and pursued a career in acting, considering herself an “average girl”.
4. Athina Onassis: As the only granddaughter of famous Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, Athina became the sole heir to his fortune at the age of 10. Still, her net worth of $1 billion can’t compete with the thrill she gets from competitive horse jumping.
5. Caroline Jones: The daughter of hedge fund manager and major investor Paul Tudor Jones, Caroline Jones has gone into a totally different direction: music. Her $3.4 billion trust fund surely got her by while she recorded her first album!
6. Laurene Powell Jobs: Being Steve’s job widow means Laurene gets more than free iPhones for life: upon his untimely passing, Laurene inherited $18 billion. Now, she strives for social justice and education reform through the Emerson Collective.
7. MacKenzie Bezos: Despite her divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, 48-year-old MacKenzie will keep a pretty penny — $69 billion. She’s an award-winning author, an anti-bullying advocate, and she helped build Amazon from the ground up.
8. Ariana Rockefeller: What American doesn’t know the name, Rockefeller? Although it’s been a few generations since John D. was around, Ariana inherited $2.8 billion, part of which the 37-year-old invested into her own fashion line.
9. Perenna Kei: Once the youngest billionaire in the world, Perenna Kei has had $1.3 billion in the bank since she was 24 years old. Perenna has a degree from the School of Economics and helps run Logan Property, owned by her father.
10. Amanda Hearst: The heiress of the Hearst Corporation, the 35-year-old still works hard for her $2 billion as a contributing editor at Marie Claire and founder of fashion retailer Maison de Mode.
11. Georgina Bloomberg: Being born to media mogul Michael Bloomberg has had its downsides. The 36 year old said “having the name Bloomberg sucks,” in the documentary film Born Rich, but has since retracted the statement and enjoys her $18 billion.
12. Sofia Barclay: After attending the prestigious Westminster School, 23-year-old Sofia pursued her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. As the granddaughter of media and real estate giant David Barclay, Sofia’s $3.2 billion should float her if it doesn’t work out.
13. Dorothy Wang: The fact that she’s featured on a reality show titled Rich Kids of Beverly Hills should tell you enough. Daughter of Roger Wang, CEO of real estate company Golden Eagle International Group, the 31-year-old is valued at $3.5 billion.
14. Anna Getty: Worth $5.5 billion, this 46-year-old is the niece of Gordon Getty and stepdaughter of John Paul Getty III, both having oil money. Anna gave up acting to become a yoga guru and now runs health and mindfulness company PureStyle Living.
15. The Clarins Sisters: Claire, Virginie, Prisca, and Jenna are the granddaughters of Jacques Clarins, the founder of Clarins skincare. The girls are all ambassadors and have even created their own kits! They also do a ton of charity work to keep any stress wrinkles at bay.
16. Ecclestone sisters: As the founder of Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone has been able to provide for his family with his estimated $2.8 billion. His daughters are surely living the fast life, but they plan to earn their own keep soon.
17. Marie Besnier Beauvalot: Lactalis (formerly known as the Besnier Group) is the biggest dairy producer in Europe, pulling in a pretty $20 billion. The 39-year-old is one of three heirs and still works at the company despite the $5.6 billion in her pocket.
18. Tatiana Santa Domingo: Before marrying Andrea Casiraghi, Prince of Hanover, the 35-year-old inherited $1.6 billion from her grandfather, owner of the Santo Domingo Grou, and launched an online shop for artisan-made crafts.
19. Kristy Bertarelli: After being crowned Miss UK, Kristy married Swiss businessman Ernesto Bertarelli. His money combined with her inheritance from Churchill China earned the 47-year-old the title of Britain’s richest woman with $8.5 billion.
20. The Fredriksen Twins: Sure, life is probably pretty plush when your father owns the world’s largest fleet of oil tankers, but Kathrine and Cecilie aren’t just living off the $10.9 billion family fortune. They have taken on the family business and work hard to prove they’re not stereotypical frivolous heiresses.
21. Even some of our favorite celebrities are heirs and heiresses, with cash flowing in long before fame did. “Gangnam Style” took the world by storm in 2012 and made Psy a global star, but before that Psy was simply the son of Park Won-Ho, the executive chairman of the multimillion-dollar DI Corporation.
22. Ed Sheeran: This English crooner was actually born into a relatively wealthy family. His parents, John and Imogen, ran a successful art consultancy called Sheeran Lock for 20 years. His mother remains a successful jewelry designer.
23. Jamie Lee Curtis: A child of two famous actors, Curtis (middle) also found herself pretty well off from birth. Her parents, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, were huge Hollywood stars in the 1950s and 60s.
24. Jordin Sparks: Though she’s known for winning American Idol, Sparks has been in the public eye since childhood, thanks to her father, Phillippi Sparks. Phillippi spent eight years in the NFL, playing for both the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants.
25. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The former Seinfeld star likely could’ve spent her whole life without lifting a finger. Julia’s father, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, was the chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services and was worth over $3 billion upon his death in 2016.
26. Kim Kardashian: Her father, Robert Kardashian, was the family breadwinner. He notoriously defended O.J. Simpson during his high-profile 1995 murder trial and also founded trade publication Radio & Records, which later sold for a large profit.
27. Chevy Chase: Saturday Night Live and National Lampoon wrote Chevy quite a few checks in his heyday, but it turns out he never needed them. Chevy’s maternal grandmother was the heir to The Crane Company, and his father’s second wife was a member of the Folgers coffee family.
28. Rooney Mara: Her claim to fame may be acting, but maybe Rooney would’ve been better suited for a career in the football world. After all, her father’s family founded the New York Giants, and her mother’s family founded the Pittsburgh Steelers.
29. Bryce Dallas Howard: Though an industry star in her own right, Bryce’s father, Ron Howard, not only had a highly successful career as an actor, but has also established himself as an award-winning director. His net worth is $140 million.
30. Jaden Smith: The Hollywood trendsetter has his famous parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, to thank for his head start in life. Both Will and Jada are film industry icons and have made a fortune from their various blockbuster appearances.
31. Paul Giamatti: Though his role on the show Billions shows his distaste for the wealthy, Paul was born with quite a few dollars to his name. His father, Angelo Bartlett Giamatti, was the president of Yale University for a time and even served as the commissioner of Major League Baseball.
32. Nicole Richie: Her adoptive father, Lionel Richie, had his first album go quadruple platinum shortly before she became part of the family.
33. Armie Hammer: Born with looks and talent, Hammer also had his family’s money on his side. Not only is his father a highly successful businessman, but his great-grandfather, Armand Hammer, was the owner of the global oil corporation Occidental Petroleum.
34. Miley Cyrus: Before she rocked the world as Hannah Montana, Miley’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, topped the charts with his mega-hit “Achy Breaky Heart”. The song became the first single to ever go triple platinum in Australia.
35. Nick Kroll: You might think that a comedian as successful as Nick would come from a family of funny men; however, his father, Jules Kroll, is all business. Jules is the founder of the corporate investigation firm Kroll, Inc., which sold in 2004 for $1.9 billion.
36. Robin Thicke: Before he was blurring lines, Robin spent his days watching his parents count their fortune. Robin’s mother, Gloria Loring, starred on the soap opera Days of Our Lives while his father, Alan Thicke, starred on the sitcom Growing Pains.
37. Anderson Cooper: While he’s been raking in the dough ever since he debuted as a child model for Ralph Lauren, Anderson’s bank account was already set for life. Anderson is the youngest son of Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress to the Vanderbilt fortune.
38. Carly Simon: A gifted musician, Carly credits her father Richard, a classically trained pianist, with her early love of song. Richard was also the co-founder the Simon & Schuster publishing company, from which he made a hefty fortune.
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39. Paris Hilton: Born with the silver spoon to end all silver spoons in her mouth, Paris is the heiress to the vast fortune her great-grandfather Conrad Hilton’s company, Hilton Hotels, has accumulated over the years. Her reported net worth is over $100 million.
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40. Kristian Bush: Though most know him as one-half of the country music duo Sugarland, Kristian is also the great-grandson of A.J. Bush, founder of Bush Brothers and Company. Why is this significant? Well, Bush Brothers are the producer of America’s favorite barbecue side dish, Bush’s Baked Beans.