30 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous

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In 2012, Taylor Swift wrote “The Lucky One”, a song about the dangers of fame. Lyrics like, “Another name goes up in lights. You wonder if you’ll make it out alive. And they’ll tell you now, you’re the lucky one,” read like a warning to stay away from the trappings of celebrity.

But Swift and many other celebrities chased fame like it was their destiny. Was it solely their talent that got them there, or did they have some help reaching the top? Many easily recognizable actors and singers had a leg up in the fame game thanks to wealthy relatives who helped finance their way to stardom. Check out these pampered prodigies and decide for yourself if family money paved their way.