There are those who joined showbiz in hopes of helping out their families. There are also those who pursued a career in acting because it is their passion.
Celebrities are known for being famous and rich. Most of them got their riches after joining the Showbiz industry. There are celebrities who pursued a career in acting because it is their passion. There are also celebrities who made actin and entertainment industry a dream come true and past time more than just earning. There are celebrities whose wealth is rooted their family name and existing fortune.
Here are the 10 Filipino celebrities that started out rich even before they became famous:
1. Solenn Heusaff
Solenn came from a French family involved in the petroleum business. Her dad was also a former French Marine. Solenn took up Fashion Design in Pairs and then took a six-month course in makeup and prosthetics. She is also a painter, book author, and entrepreneur.
2. Denise Laurel
Denise belongs to the prominent political clan Laurel. She's the great-granddaughter of the third Philippine President, the late Jose Laurel and the granddaughter of the late Vice President Salvador Laurel. She has roots in Spain, Tanauan in Batangas and Cebu where for Lola Celia's clan Diaz is also famous.
3. Heart Evangelista
Aside from being an artist, Heart Evangelista-Escudero or Love Marie is a restaurant heiress. Her father, Rey Ongpauco, owns the Barrio Fiesta chain of restaurants. At the age of seven, she convinced her initially-reluctant dad to let her chase her dream of becoming an actress.
4. Derek Ramsay
Derek was born in England was raised by a British father and a Filipina mother. His father used to be part of a security force of Britain and worked as a detective-inspector of Scotland Yard. Derek established his own electronic-security company here in the country.
5. Paul Jake Castillo
Paul Jake's family owns International Pharmaceuticals Inc., the company behind Efficascent Oil, Bioderm, and Casino alcohol. The Castillo family in Cebu owns a Matutum Meat product, which distributes Holiday Corned Beef. Jake himself is a businessman and owns Yobob Lechon de Cebu.
6. Ellen Adarna
Sexy model and actress, Ellen Adarna is a motel heiress from Cebu City. Her family is well-known in Cebu for owning various hotels. She eventually freed herself from the shadow of her family's hotel business and decided to pursue a career in show business when she arrived in Manila.
7. Maine Mendoza
Even before being discovered as Dubsmash Queen by Eat Bulaga, Maine is already in a wealthy family. Her parents worked as an engineer and an accountant, they also own a gasoline station franchise and a fast-food chain.
8. Beauty Gonzales
Beauty grew up in Dumaguete City, where her family owns a hacienda. When she joined Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus in 2008, she was introduced as sugarcane princess of Negros Occidental. She earned the tag "Rebellious Beauty" because she's used to having the people around her give in to her every whim.
9. Kris Aquino
One of the most obvious richest celebrities is Kris Aquino. Even if she decided not to enter show business, she can still lie a glamorous life because of their family's wealth. Her family owns a hacienda and lots of real commercial properties that is enough to provide a life of abundance up to their grandchildren. Now, Kris is rich because of her own accomplishments also.
10. Lucy Torrs-Gomez
Lucy is known as a rich celebrity because her family owns a sugarcane plantation in Ormoc City, the place where she currently runs as a congresswoman.