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Born Rich (2003)

A documentary on children of the insanely rich. Directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson heir, Jamie Johnson.


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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Ivanka Trump ... Herself - Real-Estate Heiress
Georgina Bloomberg Georgina Bloomberg ... Herself - Media Heiress
Si Newhouse IV ... Himself - Publishing Heir (as S.I. Newhouse IV)
Luke Weil Luke Weil ... Himself - Gaming Industry Heir
Cody Franchetti Cody Franchetti ... Himself - Textile Heir
Stephanie Ercklentz Stephanie Ercklentz ... Herself - Finance Heiress
Josiah Hornblower Josiah Hornblower ... Himself - Vanderbilt / Whitney Heir
Carlo von Zeitschel Carlo von Zeitschel ... Himself - European Royalty
Christina Floyd Christina Floyd ... Herself - Professional Sports Heiress
Juliet Hartford ... Herself - A&P Supermarket Heiress
Peter L. Skolnik Peter L. Skolnik ... Himself - Attorney (as Peter Skolnik)


A documentary on children of the insanely rich. Directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson heir, Jamie Johnson.

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19 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Luke Weil claimed he was tricked into appearing on camera and filed a lawsuit in 2002 trying to prevent this film from seeking distribution, but a New York state Supreme Court justice ruled in favor of director Jamie Johnson. See more »


Luke Weil: Did you ever have an encounter that rubs you the wrong way? It's whoever pisses you off. And I'm up at boarding school. And this kid's from like some shit town in Connecticut. You know, I don't know. I can just say, fuck you, I'm from New York. I can buy your family, piss off. And this is petty, and this is weak. And this is very underhanded, but it's so easy, you know.
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22 March 2005 | by goodwithfacesSee all my reviews

Worth seeing. I wasn't as offended by the world-view presented as others were. These are very young people grappling with enormous privilege, which unsurprisingly, is its own circle of Hell. Ironically, their struggles are not very different from anyone else's. "What am I going to do with myself?" is something everyone asks. Not having to work is just the other side of having to work. Ultimately, we all still have to make our way in this world. But, one does get a sense of the truism of Thoreau's comment that(paraphrase)"to be born rich is not to be born at all, but rather, still-born." I saw this on HBO and watched Indian Point, another documentary, right after. There was Robert F. Kennedy, another child of privilege, hard at work doing something that matters to him. The individuals who are struggling in Born Rich could benefit by watching him at work and learning how to live.

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