Famous families of business icons

Does success run in the family? See what the family members of these leaders of their industries have done on their own.

By MSN Money Staff

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Dec 7, 2012 12:46PM
I wonder how rich and famous any of these offspring would be if not for their famous parents.  Like Stella McCartney, an overnight sensation in the world of designer fashion.  And Martha Stewart's nasty daughter with her own TV show.  It makes me feel kind of sorry for the kids who worked hard and are knocking on doors that will never open to them because of their parentage.
May 28, 2013 4:19PM

C'mon MSN... Success isn't genetic... We (the regular people) already know that successful people are "well connected" people... Well connected to OTHER successful people, that is. It's "who you know" that matters in the course of being successful. This crap even exists in the middle and lower classes as well....Good qualified people can't even get city or state jobs nowadays... Those jobs are given to friends and family.   

Dec 7, 2012 3:47PM
quincy jones is a genius. he truly made it on his own talent.
Jan 8, 2013 10:33PM
No mention of anyone in the Johnson and Johnson family?   This article is garbage.  None of these people would have gotten anywhere without the rich and well known parent.
Jan 14, 2013 1:08PM
The article should read...."People who don't live in the real world".
Dec 7, 2012 9:08PM
The name opens the door.  If there's no talent there will be no success, but with all that money they don't have to worry about starving while they try.
Dec 7, 2012 3:36PM

"how well they've done on their own"? really? you're good with that?


don't make me laugh any harder, pleeeease.

May 28, 2013 2:20PM
You know, it's not hard to be an entreprenur when you have rediculous wealth to fall back on if you fail. Or when those rediculously wealthy folks in your family help promote your company. Just sayin.
Dec 7, 2012 5:26PM

No matter how you much try you can't equal the playing field.  Some are born to BillGates some are born to people who end up in prison. Life is not fair!  Some have to work harder than others

Oh one more thing, some people are just dumber than the rest.

Dec 7, 2012 8:56PM

Richard Branson

, 62, is a high school dropout who made billions (Net worth 4-billion) as the founder of the empire, which includes work in music and air and space travel.

His famous daughter (Holly Branson) posed for Cosmo and then went into medicine.

Want more:

See photos:

See Holly’s low budget wed affair:

Holly's Pimpin with Pippa:

Hey MSN, I just cut wasting my time in half.



May 28, 2013 4:03PM

It's not what you know.


It's who you know.

May 28, 2013 3:50PM

Oh sure - none of these parents put a word in someone's ear.  I see it every day in my own little world - who gets hired, promoted, failings overlooked, mistakes ignored.  Some golf buddy's son or neighbor's niece.  Who wouldn't try to curry favor with Martha Stewart when she casually mentions her daughter's doing this or that by opening doors.

May 28, 2013 5:58PM
How hard is it to be a success in business when you got dang near unlimited resources and your billionare family names  to fall back on as references and contacts.   I don't think any of these people were every worried about being out on the street or not having money to pay bills if their ventures didn't pan out.  lol
May 28, 2013 5:44PM

I find the title of the article ridiculous.....really how hard is it to do well when one your parents or others have connections, money and power.  Unknowns have to bust there rear ends to make it and this is nothing new. 


Furthermore, if they don't succeed they for the most part have their families to fall back on. That is why the wealthy have stayed wealthy. 



May 28, 2013 4:29PM
Offspring of the rich & famous will themselves be rich & maybe famous!   Only way it doesn't happen is for the wingnut to walk away from the riches with no strings attached.  This is an extremely rare occurrence!  Once you are fed from the proverbial platinum spoon, you are hooked!  Like The band ARGENT once sang......"money money monnnnnney ..."    once you have it, it becomes you !   nuff said ! 
Jan 9, 2013 12:42AM
For a moment I thought Jimmy Buffet was Warren Buffet's son. That at least would have made this list interesting.
May 28, 2013 8:37PM
I'm sorry but when I saw Kourtney Kardashian and her father on the MSN homepage with SUCCESS written above their picture I thought it was ridiculous because the Kardashians may have money but are far from having dignity, respect, and morals; the things that truly make someone successful. Kourtney's father defended a cold-blooded murderer, and her sister sold her privates on the internet for a quick buck and fame while Kourtney herself only acts like she has two brain cells while popping out kids out of wedlock from a drunken loser. That is NOT what MSN should be promoting as "success".
Jan 8, 2013 10:35PM
What does this article have to do with Obama?  Any chance to rant and rave like lunatics, rightwing nuts will take it.
May 28, 2013 5:00PM
when starting with all daddies, granddaddies and great grand daddies stolen wealth in abundance any asinine idea might have a chance to work, Even a blind squirrel finds a acorn sometimes. It's the Money Honey not any special intelligence and that's for sure ask the Hilton girls and the Karddashins
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