29 Musicians Who Were Born Rich

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There’s an old saying that some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. If you aren’t from old-timey times, that’s a smarmy way to say someone was born into money. 

Yes, it’s true, many people are born with certain monetary advantages, and numerous musicians fall into that category. In this article, discover 29 musicians who were born rich. 

29 Musicians Who Were Born Rich

1. Clairos 

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Contrary to common belief, Clairo is one of the many musicians who were born rich. Her father, Geoff Cottrill, formerly served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Converse and is now an executive at Clairo’s recording studio, Rubber Tracks. Furthermore, she is also the great-granddaughter of one of the co-owners of Macy’s.

Because of this, many have speculated that Clairo was an industry plant, and her success is attributed to her father and a behind-the-scenes marketing team. Most recently, the name of her album, Cheap Queen, was met with critiques, prompting a discussion that touched on her privilege.

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2. Lana Del Rey

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Lana Del Rey, a yawn in singer-songwriter form, is one of the slimier musicians who were born rich. Instead of being upfront about her cushy upbringing, she often claimed that she lived in a trailer park, even though she only did it to get inspiration for her insipid music. Evidently it didn’t work.

Far from ever needing to settle for substandard housing, Lana Del Rey’s father is incredibly wealthy, as he is a successful real estate broker and the president and CEO of Web Media Properties. 

According to some sources, her father reportedly supported her career when she was starting out.

It’s almost like she’s a living version of the protagonist from Pulp’s “Common People” (which William Shatner did better btw).

Related: Lana Del Rey’s Net Worth

3. Billie Eilish

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Perhaps surprisingly, Billie Eilish comes from a family of successful artists. Her parents are renowned actors, and her older brother, FINNEAS, established himself in the music industry before her popularity. So, it’s no surprise that the superstar quickly became an overnight sensation.

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4. Steve Aoki

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Steve Aoki also finds a place on our list of musicians who were born rich. The reputable DJ and music producer had a very comfortable background growing up, as his father was an amateur wrestler and the founder of popular restaurant chain Benihana and Genesis magazine.

However, despite having a millionaire parent, Aoki never asked for financial assistance, not even a dime from his father, even when his record label, Dim Mak, faced financial challenges.

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5. Taylor Swift

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The iconic “Sparks Fly” singer was also born into wealth. Her father is a descendant of three generations of bank presidents, and her mom worked in mutual funds. 

To put this in perspective, when Taylor Swift signed a record deal with Big Machine at an estimated $120,000, her father invested in the startup fledgling company.

Let’s just say Taylor’s career went “All Too Well” after the investment. Taylor Swift’s net worth has soared to over a billion dollars.

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6. Adam Levine

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The charismatic and sometimes controversial vocalist of Maroon 5, Adam Levine, also had a very comfortable life growing up. Before fame, he was just another rich kid on the streets of Los Angeles, California. 

Thanks to his father, the founder of a clothing boutique called M. Fredric, he attended a private school where he met two of his Maroon 5 bandmates, Jesse Carmichael and Mickey Madden.

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7. Lady Gaga

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The most recognizable name in pop music is also on our list of musicians who were born rich. Lady Gaga came from a wealthy family, as her father was a successful internet mogul and the owner of the company Guest Wifi. At the same time, her mother was a business executive at Verizon.

Because of her affluent upbringing, she attended expensive private schools and received high-end music lessons.

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8. Ariana Grande

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The iconic ponytail pop-princess Ariana Grande is also one of the most famous musicians who were born rich. 

The singer hailed from a financially privileged background with her father, Edward Butera, owning a graphic design firm called IBI Designs, Inc., and her mother, Joan Grande, serving as the CEO of Hose-McCann Communication, which has an annual revenue of $7 million.

Related: Why Has Ariana Grande Lost So Much Weight?

9. Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus also had it all growing up. Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, was a country music star, providing her with numerous connections in the entertainment industry. Billy Ray Cyrus established his name on the country scene and amassed a considerable fortune before Miley’s career took flight.

Related: Miley Cyrus’ Biography

10. Ed Sheeran

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Ed Sheeran‘s parents were successful artists before Ed Sheeran’s rise to fame. His father, John Sheeran, is an art curator and editor, while his mother, Imogen, makes jewelry. Hence his place on our list of musicians who were born rich.

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11. Jack Harlow

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Before becoming one of the hottest names in the rap game, Jack Harlow was simply the son of two accomplished and business-savvy individuals. 

His mother, Maggie Harlow, and his father, Brian Harlow, were both highly successful entrepreneurs, each with their own thriving enterprises.

The two helped Harlow launch his career and lay the foundation for his current widespread popularity.

Related: Jack Harlow’s Net Worth

12. Finneas

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Award-winning American singer-songwriter and the brother of Billie Eilish, Finneas, is next on our list of musicians who were born rich. 

He was the first to enjoy the fruit of his parent’s labor. With their connection in the entertainment industry, he was able to push through to the mainstream, which also allowed him to elevate Billie Eilish’s career. 

13. Miles Davis

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It’s a big surprise that the legendary and highly influential American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Miles Davis is one of the musicians who were born rich. His parents owned a 200-acre estate with a profitable pig farm. 

His mother, Cleota Mae Henry, was a music teacher and a violinist, while his father, Miles Dewey Davis Jr., was a dentist.

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14. Brian Wilson

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American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and the co-founder of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, was also born into a wealthy background. He grew up in a family with a rich musical heritage that opened many doors and advantages for him.

His father, Murry Wilson, was an exceptional songwriter, record producer, and the founder of the music group he was in. At the same time, his mother was also a musical artist, which helped his career take off quickly.

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15. Brian Jones

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Brian Jones, one of the founding members of the legendary rock band the Rolling Stones, was also born into wealth. 

His father was an engineer, and they were members of the Cheltenham society 100 miles west of London, making him solidly upper-middle-class and another addition to our list of musicians born rich.

Related: 34 Best Rolling Stones Songs

16. Thom Yorke

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Thom Yorke, one of the geniuses behind revolutionary band Radiohead, is also among the roster of musicians who were born rich. For example, he attended Abingdon School, an upper-tier private school that costs almost £40,000 a year.

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17. Kid Rock 

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People love rags-to-riches stories, so some artists create a fake persona of struggling to the top. 

This is the story of Kid Rock, who, despite singing about growing up in a trailer park and building a career around a story about fighting poverty, actually grew up rich and privileged. 

To make matters worse, he allegedly grew up on a six-acre estate with a 5,628-square-foot house that even has its own apple orchard.

The singer also reportedly hid that his family owned multiple car dealerships to appeal to the masses.

I guess he paved the way for Lana Del Ray.

Related: Kid Rock’s Net Worth

18. Grimes

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Even before being attached to the wealthiest man in the world, Elon Musk, Grimes was already born into wealth and had many connections to jet-set her career. 

Grimes’ mom, Sandy Garossino, had plenty of contacts, as she was an established Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. She was likely able to pull some strings to help catapult Grimes to success.

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19. Jordin Sparks

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As this list proves, just because someone was born rich doesn’t make them any less talented. 

Take, for example, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. The “Tattoo” songstress is the daughter of a former NFL legend, Phillippi Dwain Sparks. Despite this, she rose to the top through her hard work and proved that she was more than just the daughter of a successful athlete.

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20. Mark Ronson

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Esteemed American DJ, record producer, and songwriter Mark Ronson is another of many musicians born rich. 

Before he collaborated with many successful artists, the “Uptown Funk” composer was only the son of the writer Ann Dexter-Jones and real estate tycoon Laurence Ronson. His mother would later marry the lead guitarist of the multi-platinum rock band Foreigner, Mick Jones, who likely gave Mark Ronson a lot of contacts and avenues to succeed in the music industry.

21. Chance The Rapper

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Fascinating hip-hop artist Chance The Rapper also had a very comfortable upbringing. The rapper came from a family that owned tobacco fields in North Carolina, and his father worked for two prominent political figures, the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and Barack Obama.

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22. Tyga

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We know him and love him for his gangster lyrics and questionable lifestyle choices, but Tyga’s upbringing wasn’t as difficult as he claimed it was.

Believe it or not, Tyga is another musician who was born rich and wasn’t completely honest about it. The California rapper was born and spent some time in Compton, but he mostly grew up in the glitzy suburb of Gardena, where his parents drove a Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz.

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23. Drake

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Yet another artist who was criticized for roleplaying a rags-to-riches story, pop superstar Drake grew up in a wealthy neighborhood called Forest Hills in Toronto, which is why when he released the song “Started From The Bottom,” he received backlash, as in reality, he had a very lavish upbringing. 

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24. Juice Wrld

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Juice Wrld never hid that he wasn’t about the gangsta life. He grew up in Chicago’s south suburbs, spending his childhood in Calumet Park. 

Though he was surrounded and influenced by Chicago gang culture, he wasn’t a gangster himself. Take note, rich rappers!

Related: How Did Juice Wrld Die?

25. Jaden & Willow Smith

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It’s no secret that these two musicians were born rich. 

Considering that they’re the son and daughter of two famous figures in Hollywood, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, nobody is surprised that they became wealthy and successful. 

Related: Willow Smith’s Net Worth

26. King Princess

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The iconic King Princess also grew up with a privileged background. Her great-great-granddaughter owned Macy’s, and her father owns a well-known recording studio, Mission Sound.

However, King Princess revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that she could not inherit any fortune from her great-great-grandfather.

27. Gracie Abrams

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Being born with the right connections is a privilege. One person who had this privilege was Gracie Abrams, whose parents were Hollywood bigwigs even before her rise to fame. 

Gracie’s Father, J.J. Abrams, is one of the biggest movie directors today, and her mother, Katie McGrath, is a producer, which obviously gave her a lot of connections to make it big on the main stage.

28. Greta Kline

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Talented American musician and songwriter Greta Kline, whose band Frankie Cosmos is named after her former pseudonym, is next on our list of musicians who were born rich. 

Kline is the daughter of two highly successful actors, Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates. Thus, she had plenty of resources to help her career flourish. 

29. Julian Casablanca

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Last on our list of musicians who were born rich is Julian Casablanca, an American singer who is the son of successful businessman John Casablanca, the founder of Elite Model Management. Dig that outfit.

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