6 Insanely Successful People (Who Had a Lot of Help)
“Problem” singer, donut-licker and America-hater Ariana Grande has been earning big bucks for a while now, starting with her stint on Nickelodeon, followed by two number one debuting albums – not that she needs the money, of course.
The daughter of a well-off CEO and a successful graphic designer, Grande grew up in a $1.1 million mansion in Boca Raton and was allegedly spoiled rotten, particularly after her parents’ divorce when she was 10 years old. This would explain some of her supposed diva behavior, but it doesn’t explain why her older brother Frankie Grande, who was in his late teens at the time of his parents’ divorce, is so unbearably awful.
Remember that episode of Seinfeld when Jerry and George were nervous about meeting Elaine’s father because he was such a well-respected author? We’re guessing that Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander were equally as nervous when they met Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ real life father, businessman William Louis-Dreyfus.
The great-grandson of a French shipping and commodities mogul and the current chairman of Louis Dreyfus Group, Mr. Louis-Dreyfus’ fortune is estimated to be around $3.4 billion. It’s very likely that Julia had an extremely privileged upbringing, but she probably doesn’t need daddy’s money now, considering the Seinfeld royalty checks that must still be rolling in.
Even though he swears he had to give up being rich in order to pursue his dream of acting, we doubt that being the great-grandson and namesake of oil tycoon Armand Hammer hurt Armie Hammer at all.
The Lone Ranger and Social Network star was no doubt born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but claims his parents virtually disowned him when he shrugged off college and the family business in favor of acting. Still, anyone who considers Columbia to be a back-up plan was probably going to be alright no matter what.