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15 Athletes Who Were Born Into Wealthy Families

15 Athletes Who Were Born Into Wealthy Families

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Many athletes are rags-to-riches stories. They develop superior talents to most kids in their neighborhood, and work their way out of the slums and ghettos. Other athletes come from upper middle-class families. Then there are the select few who are born into a family with wealth preceding their own generation. Here are ten athletes born with silver spoons in their mouths.

15. Kobe Bryant

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15. Kobe Bryant

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Known as one of the greatest NBA players of all time, Bryant lived an interesting childhood. His father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, played in the NBA for several years before taking his talents overseas. Kobe came along, spending much of his childhood in Italy. The basketball ability he received from his father has certainly helped him make quite the name for himself. Kobe’s current net worth is estimated at 0 million.

14. Mike Dunleavy

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14. Mike Dunleavy

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Currently playing for the Chicago Bulls, Mike Dunleavy Jr. spent his childhood learning from his father, Mike Dunleavy Sr. His father was a prominent NBA player in the 1970s and ‘80s, and also made his mark on the game via coaching. Dunleavy Sr. currently has an estimated net worth of million.

13. Eli and Peyton Manning

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13. Eli and Peyton Manning

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Sometimes, quarterbacking runs in the family. Peyton and Eli Manning, considered two of the top quarterbacks in today’s NFL, are the sons of Archie Manning, former New Orleans Saints signal-caller. The two grew up learning from their father how to be great quarterbacks, and have since exceeded the amount of money their father used to make. Archie’s estimated net worth is currently at million.

12. Grant Hill

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12. Grant Hill

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While Hill is obviously a bigger name than his father considering his rise to stardom in the NBA, he certainly came from lavish beginnings. His father, Calvin, was a Yale graduate and a two-time All-Pro running back for the Dallas Cowboys. Hill currently has an estimated net worth of 0 million.

11. Gerard Pique

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11. Gerard Pique

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Considered by many to be one of the best defenders in soccer, Pique currently plays for FC Barcelona as well as the Spanish National Team. Born to a businessman father and a mother who was a director for a prestigious hospital, it’s clear that Pique hasn’t had to deal with too many financial difficulties throughout his life. He currently has estimated net worth million. Oh, and he’s dating Shakira.

10. Tim Hardaway Jr.

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10. Tim Hardaway Jr.

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Hardaway Jr. (seated) is the son of five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway Sr. Playing his college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines, Tim Jr. was then selected in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Tim Hardaway Sr. currently has an estimated net worth of million.

9. Laila Ali

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9. Laila Ali

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Laila is the eighth of nine children fathered by boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Laila followed in her dad's footsteps and went on to become a Super middleweight female champion. Her career record in the ring is 24-0-0, winning 21 of her matches by knockout. Her father's current net worth is estimated at million.

8. Cutter Dykstra

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8. Cutter Dykstra

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Cutter is the son of Lenny "Nails" Dyktra, who was a three-time MLB All-Star. Lenny's career spanned 11 years with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. Cutter was a second-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers who currently plays for the Washington Nationals' Class Double-A Harrisburg Senators. Before his dad filed for bankruptcy in 2008, his net worth was million. Today, Lenny is serving time in prison for grand theft auto.

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Dale Sr. (right) influenced his son, and they are one of a number of racing families in professional sports. Dale Jr. has 43 career wins in NASCAR. He has done far better with endorsements in his career, with an estimated net worth of 0 million. At the time of his dad's death, Dale Sr. had an estimated net worth of million.

6. Michael & Marco Andretti

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6. Michael & Marco Andretti

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The son and grandson of Formula One and IndyCar icon Mario Andretti, Michael (left) and Marco (right) grew up with the smell of gasoline in their nostrils. Probably the most famous racing family in the world, their patriarch Mario has a net worth of 0 million.

5. Cordell Broadus

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5. Cordell Broadus

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Cordell Broadus (far left) is the second eldest son of Calvin Broadus, who is more commonly known by the hip-hop moniker Snoop Dogg. Snoop's son currently has multiple Division I NCAA football scholarship offers on the table and is reportedly leaning towards accepting the offer by the University of Southern California due to his desire to major in cinematics. His father's current net worth is estimated at 5 million.

4. Trevor Gretzky

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4. Trevor Gretzky

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A son of "The Great One", Trevor (far right) was born into a Hollywood lifestyle after father Wayne was infamously traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988, hours after winning his fourth Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers. Trevor was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2011 Amateur draft. He currently plays in the Los Angeles Angels' farm system for the Burlington Bees. Wayne's net worth is around 0 million.

3. Mike Comrie

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3. Mike Comrie

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Comrie played 13 seasons in the NHL for six different teams. His father, Bill, also dabbled in professional hockey for some time. He abandoned his NHL dream early to start a business with Mike's two uncles, which eventually became known as The Brick, nation-wide furniture and appliance chain located in Canada. Bill's current estimated net worth is 0 million.

2. Oscar Pistorius

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2. Oscar Pistorius

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Aside from the obvious dual amputee appearance in the Olympics and current murder charge Oscar is on trial for, his family money dates back to 1944 and a limestone mine owned by his grandfather, Hendrik. Hendrik and his three sons currently own 120 companies that are doing business. In a statement applying for bail, Oscar has stated he owns properties appraised at .3 million. He stands to inherit much more if found innocent.

1. Shane & Stephanie McMahon

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1. Shane & Stephanie McMahon

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Though the term "athlete" is used loosely in reference to these two, technically they did "compete" at times in their WWE careers. Heirs to the pro-wrestling dynasty built by their late grandfather Vincent and sustained by their father Vincent Jr., life must have always been pretty cozy financially for the two McMahon siblings. Their father, Vincent K. McMahon, has a current net worth of .4 billion.