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10 Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous

Taylor Swift performs on stage

Taylor Swift performs on stage Taylor Swift performs on stage | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

There are many celebrities who have been able to make huge fortunes for themselves after gaining fame. But while some of these celebrities were once poor, there are others who probably would have been just fine, even if they never got discovered. This is because they came from rich families. Sometimes this means they got help from their parents to pursue their dreams, while others just wanted to go out on their own and make a name for themselves. Here are 10 celebrities who were rich before they were famous.

1. Taylor Swift

attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The blonde started in the music scene with curly hair, a guitar, and wrote love songs about boys she fell for in high school. Since then she has become one of the most powerful forces in the music industry. Some might assume she started from modest means, but her family was pretty well-off before they helped her become a star.

Her mother worked in finance, while her father, Scott Kingsley Swift comes from a line of bank presidents. He works at Merrill Lynch. Eventually, when Taylor started getting serious about her country music career he moved to the Nashville office of Merrill Lynch.

Swift’s father also bought part of the music label, Big Machine, which signed the singer, according to Salon. That’s a big power move! So who knows where the songwriter would be without the help of her rich family.

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