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An Inside Look at the Lives of the Heirs to The Worlds Greatest Family Fortunes
Jamie Johnson, 20-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical empire, turns in a remarkable documentary about the lives of the children of the wealthiest families in the world. This 2003 Sundance Film Festival Selection and Emmy-nominated documentary shows Johnson turning the camera on himself and 10 of his friends. Born Rich candidly reveals the great privileges and the excess baggage that go along with their high net worth. For the first time ever in a feature documentary, hear Trumps, Bloombergs and Vanderbilts discuss the one subject everybody knows is taboomoney, and lots of it.
Georgianna Bloomberg, media heiress
Stephanie Ercklentz, finance heiress
Cody Franchetti, textile heir
Christina Floyd, professional sports heiress
Juliet Hartford, A&P Supermarket heiress
Josiah Hornblower, Vanderbilt/Whitney heir
S.I. Newhouse IV, media heir
Ivanka Trump, real estate heiress
Luke Weill, gaming industry heir
Carlo von Zeitschel, European royalty
-Commentary by director Jamie Johnson, producer Dirk Wittenborn and textile heir Cody Franchetti
"Great fun will drop your jaw to the floor." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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It seems that Jamie Johnson IV is an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune. He is also interested in film and interviews his rich friends. The production values are not the best. Imagine this as a student film. But he can give us access to these fascinating people. Each one is screwy to one point or another. But each has a heck of a burden. What do you do with your life if you have enough money to do anything you want?
How much money are we talking about? One kid is in line for twenty billion-with-a-B dollars. Yikes.
He shows us a little of their lives. He talks about how his grandfather was swindled out of millions by a gold-digger. He shows how his father, unable to work at J&J for family/political reasons, adopted an idle life of oil painting.
What do these young people want to do? Rise above their wealth. Be someone, be indispensable. WIll they do it it? Hard to say. Being someone requires a lot of work, and they cannot be forced to work if they don't want to.
Do they deserve sympathy? Perhaps a bit. Is it an interesting story? You bet.