Net Worth: $500 million
The heiress to the Seagram Liquor fortune, next up is former equestrian Clare Bronfman. The now 40-year-old Bronfman is the youngest daughter of billionaire philanthropist Edgar Bronfman Sr. But whilst things seem pretty a-okay, she has had her time in hot water too – she is notable for her involvement in NXIVM, a controversial “personal development” company which has been described as (for lack of a better word) a cult!
The New York-born Bronfman began her equestrian career at 17 and discovered a great talent: three years later she was qualifying and competing at the highest level! After winning a number of domestic and international competitions (as well as some prize money!). Despite her successes, including winning the equestrian Grand Prix twice, there was something else which caught her eye, and led her down a more uh… questionable path. Bronfman and her sister Sara came under scrutiny for their participation in the NXIVM Group, which purportedly helped people to achieve “personal success.” The mysterious group has been the object of a federal investigation, with Bronfman recently pleading guilty to charges of illicit activity. Wouldn’t you think – gee, if I had all that money why would I go into a multi-level marketing scam? Like come on, seriously!
Net Worth: $200 million
Source: Hensley & Co.
The Phoenix, Arizona-born Cindy McCain is famous for more than having been married to the U.S Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain. A businesswoman, philanthropist and humanitarian in her own right, she is in fact the daughter of wealthy beer distributor Jim Hensley! So yep, she’s a direct heiress to the Hensley & Co. fortune. She studied at the University of Southern California, and soon after married John McCain. After they moved to Arizona, John McCain was elected to the U.S Congress – and re-elected five more times!
Following her father’s death in 2000, she inherited the controlling stake, becoming the chair of Hensley & Co. With her inheritance behind her, McCain is an active philanthropist and serves on the boards of Operation Smile, Eastern Congo Initiative, CARE and HALO Trust. More recently, McCain was vocal in the fight against human trafficking. Despite negative scrutiny during her husband’s presidential campaigns, McCain kept it cool, calm and classy. Tough when the public eye falls on you and all that you do. Since her husband’s passing last year, she focuses on philanthropy and spending time with her children.
Net Worth: $20 billion
Source: George Soros (Father)
The son of billionaire philanthropist and business George Soros, next up is Alexander Soros. His father George, born in Hungary, he emigrated to the United Kingdom and attended the London School of Economics. He began his first hedge fund, Double Eagle, in 1969, which gave him the seed money to start Soros Fund Management. Double Eagle, which became Quantum Fund, was estimated to hold assets worth over $25 billion US. Amazing. With a father who’s known as “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England” (because his short sale turned him a profit of $1 billion during the infamous 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis), Alexander sure has a lot to live up to… or not.
The NYU and Berkeley alumnus earned a Ph.D. in history, and then he was sat on the board of the Open Society Foundation, his father’s philanthropic agency. Did you know that as of Feb 2018, George Soros was worth $8 billion, having donated over $32 billion to this agency? Aside from being deputy chair, the playboy son of Soros is actually a successful writer, having bene published in Politico, The Guardian, The Forward and many othrs. Like his father, Soros has the giving gene, contributing to the Jewish Funds for Justice, which is an American charity helping Jewish causes. He also is on the board of Global Witness, which campaigns against human rights abuses by multinational companies in poor countries. His work with environmental activists has seen a few trips to the Amazon rainforest, but it seems in general, Soros is giving back to the world, what the world gave his family!
Teresa Heinz Kerry
Net Worth: $750 million
Source: Heinz Ketchup
Now Teresa Heinz Kerry has quite the story. Born in the colony of Portuguese Mozambique, her father was a Portuguese oncologist and her mother a Portuguese and British national. After earning a BA in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, she completed further studies in Geneva before moving to the U.S. to be an interpreter at the United Nations. In 1966, just three years after leaving Switzerland, Teresa married future U.S. Senator John Heinz, an heir to the H.J. Heinz Company. With Heinz, Teresa had three boys, however a sad turn of events was going to tear the family apart. In 1991, Senator Heinz died in a plane crash. However Teresa Heinz had met someone just a year earlier whom she would begin dating in 1993. Sure, some would say it was too soon, but hey, you can’t turn love away.. right?
Anywho, the lucky man was none other than Senator John Kerry, and the pair were married a short while later, tying the knot in 1995. Heinz Kerry, upon her ex-husband’s death, was set to inherit a fortune, just shy of $800 MILLION. The accomplished polyglot (she speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Italian) is also a humanitarian, and chairs Heinz’s charities, as wall as founding her own charity, Second Nature, which helps bring sustainability and environmental consciousness to college campuses. She also founded the awards program The Heinz Awards, which celebrates contributions to the environment and ecology. It seems that Heinz Kerry has had quite the wild ride, and now spends her time with her husband John and their grandchildren.
Net Worth: $28 million
Source: George Riley Mercer
This Real Housewife is more than just a reality star – she’s famous for being the heiress daughter of George Mercer, a ridiculously wealthy real estate developer and investor. Her mother, Dale was an interior designer, who also had a lot of success! A further income stream for the Mercer family was from her grandfather, George, who founded the Mercer Rug Company back in 1936. The socialite and TV personality was born in Richmond Virginia, and was schooled at Lawrenceville School, before earning a BA in art history from the very prestigious Columbia University. She later followed in her mother’s footsteps and obtained a Master’s in decorative arts from the Cooper Hewitt design museum.
Tinsley’s done a few things over the course of her career, working at Vogue in the early days, and then working at Samantha Thavasa. She has her own clothing line, “Riccime” by Tinsley Mortimer which was exclusively sold in Japan! But that’s not all for Mortimer – did you know she was an ambassador for Christian Dior, which led to the development of a lip gloss named especially for her? It’s called “Tinsley Pink” if you were wondering! Fast forward and Mortimer was featured in Vogue, WWD, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire, before making a cameo appearance on the hit show Gossip Girl! Naturally she was well, a natural on camera, which led to her own TV show High Society – however when the show was canned, so was Mortimer, as her reputation was teetering on the brink of decline! But The Real Housewives of New York City came to the rescue, and scooped up the hot mess from the previous years. Check out the catty drama if you’re ever bored and want to feel good about yourself. Hehe.