America has a long-held fascination for the lives of the uber-wealthy, especially for those who are born into it. Thanks to business magnates whose fortunes were established as early as the 19th century, you would think that their progeny would hardly have to lift a finger to access the millions and billions in their bank accounts.
But surprisingly, many heiresses have become successful in their own right, regardless of whether or not their moneyed upbringings helped them get there. From reality TV stars to fashion moguls, here are some of America’s richest heiresses.
Paris Hilton — Net Worth: $300 Million
Paris Hilton is an heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune founded by her great-grandfather, Conrad Hilton. Paris somewhat followed those footsteps when she licensed her name to an urban condominium development in Manila, Philippines that is home to the Azure Beach Club Paris Hilton.
As a businesswoman, Paris has proven herself an expert at self-promotion and merchandising. She has 19 product lines including perfumes, handbags, shoes and more, in addition to her work as a DJ, singer, and actress. Her business ventures earn her over $10 million a year and she is paid around $300k to make appearances at clubs and events.