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1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

This actress is known for her work in Seinfeld, Veep and The New Adventures of Old Christine. However, Julia is also heir to a multi-billion-dollar shipping fortune her great-grandfather founded in France in the mid-1800s. When her father died last year, he left behind an estimated $US3.4 billion.

When actors, singers and models hit celebrity status they receive quite remarkable money for their work.

These celebrities have received notable success in their careers but even without the spotlight they would have been just fine.

Scroll through the gallery above to see which celebrities were extremely wealthy before their climb to fame.

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