30 Most Powerful Celebrity Siblings
These brothers and sisters definitely won the genetic lottery.
These high-profile pairings may not have to share the limelight on the red carpet, but trust us, they know a thing or two about sibling rivalry—and revelry. From Jake and Maggie to Serena and Venus, these famous folks have their own stories about brotherly love and keeping secrets between sisters. Here's a look at our favorite celebrity siblings and what makes their familial bond so strong. And for more on healthy family life, check out The 100 Best Places to Raise a Family.
The Kardashian-Jenner Sisters
There's probably set of celebrity siblings that's more famous. Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie have managed to parlay their reality show fame (or is it infamy?) into nothing short of world domination. The famous sisters have graduated from five-figure pay days for merely mentioning their "favorite" brands on social media to each having their own gazillion dollar empires that include clothing and make-up lines (natch) as well as their own super successful apps.
Snapchat's stock took a dive losing $1.3 billion of the company's market value (yes, you read that right) in a single day when Kylie asked her 25.2 million followers on Twitter: "Sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad." Ouch. And for more on the Kardashians, check out The Kardashians' 30 Funniest Moments.
Kate and Pippa Middleton
Dubbed "The Wisteria Sisters" by the British tabloids, who once described the Middleton sisters as "highly decorative, terribly fragrant, and with a ferocious ability to climb," both Kate and Pippa have landed atop the social heap in UK.
Now known as Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate is "Queen-in-Waiting" and has mastered the art of being royal. Little sister Pippa married well, too, tying the knot last year with financier James Matthews. The sisters, who reportedly speak every day, live in their respective mansions (okay, Catherine's is technically a palace) just a few miles apart from each other. And if you love the royal family, read up on The 8 Best Movies About the British Royal Family.
Jaden and Willow Smith
The terminally trendy offspring of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are considered two of the most influential celebrity siblings in fashion and have got the contracts from Louis Vuitton and Chanel to prove it. Jaden, who loves skirting convention, recently silenced his fashion critics with this tweet: "If I Wanna Wear A Dress, Then I Will, And That Will Set The New Wave…"
Kate and Rooney Mara
They might come from a long line of football royalty (Dad's family co-owns the New York Giants; mom's family founded the Pittsburgh Steelers), but these famous sisters and native New Yorkers opted out of the east coast elite to score big in Hollywood.
Rooney got an Oscar nod for her starring role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Kate has turned in impressive performances in buzzworthy hits including Brokeback Mountain and House of Cards. And for more on the Mara sisters, check out these 20 Celebrities Who Were Born Wealthy.
Beyoncé and Solange Knowles
Queen B has no better defender than her sister—just ask Jay-Z. The tabloids went nuts when footage surfaced Solange kicking and taking some serious swings at the rapper in an elevator at the 2014 Met Gala in New York City after rumors surfaced he was stepping out on Bey.
Father Matthew Knowles weighed in on the fight that made international headlines saying, "I laughed so hard, because if you know Solange, that's Solange. You never know what you're gonna get—[she's] a firecracker." From the look on Jay's face when the threesome got to the ground floor, it's pretty clear anyone who dares to mess with either one of these fashionable forces of nature is playing with fire. And for more from Queen Bey, check out the 30 Funniest Celebrity Memes.
Gigi and Bella Hadid
These impossibly gorgeous celebrity sisters rule the runways of Europe, having strutted their stuff for the best fashion houses including Versace and Chanel. Gigi has landed big contracts with Maybelline and Tom Hilfiger, while Bella has no less than 14 endorsement deals with designer brands such as Bulgari and Fendi.
Their younger brother Anwar is so good-looking that we wouldn't be surprised if he joined the family business. Their mother, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Yolanda Hadid (who changed her name back after her divorce from David Foster), schooled wannabe models and their momagers on the tricks of the trade on her short-lived reality show "Making A Model With Yolanda Hadid." Some things you just can't teach. And if you love the Hadids, see how Gigi Hadid Just Set Instagram on Fire with a Racy Victoria's Secret Shoot.
The Jonas Brothers
Beloved by teenybopper fans for the Disney Channel show that launched their careers, Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas were at the top of the heap of Boy Bands for years selling 20 million albums before Nick "initiated" the conversation about the famous brothers going their separate ways in 2013.
Joe now performs with his own band and recently proposed to actress Sophie Turner, Nick has found success as a solo artist, and Kevin appeared on The Apprentice in 2015. But they're still tight. "We're family first, and that's always been our main priority," said Nick. And for more from the Jonases, check out the 30 Funniest Jokes in Popular Songs.
Elle & Dakota Fanning
These blonde beauties have been quietly building incredible acting résumés for years and have been modeling since they were able to walk. Dakota has starred in over 30 films, including the Twilight saga. Elle more than held her own opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent and stars in the new ad campaign for Miu Miu.
Prince William & Prince Harry
One's the future king of England and the other is be most popular prospective groom on the planet. What else do you need to know? For more on the princes, read up on 15 Ways the Young Royals Are Changing The British Monarchy.
Jeff & Beau Bridges
The sons of Hollywood legend Lloyd Bridges have both received their fair share of awards, but Jeff nabbed the top prize—a Best Actor Oscar in 2010—for his performance in Crazy Heart. Still, he has said, "It's not a competition. It's like we're on the same team." Their close family bond and dedication to their craft have earned them reputations are two of the nicest guys in the business and helped them enjoy long careers on the big screen.
David, Andrew, and Dylan Lauren
The offspring of fashion designer Ralph Lauren are, of course, always fabulously dressed, and successful in their own right. David oversees marketing and advertising for dad's empire (and could wind up running the whole shebang someday), Andrew is an actor and producer, and daughter Dylan turned her sweet tooth into a sweet deal with Dylan's Candy Bars around the country.
Venus and Serena Williams
Often rated the number one and number two greatest female tennis players in the world, Serena and Venus' athletic talents are undisputed, but it's their unbreakable bond as sisters that's even more impressive. For more on Serena, see how she Wowed at Her Fairytale-Themed Wedding.
Luke, Andrew, and Owen Wilson
Eldest brother Andrew is lesser known than Owen and youngest sibling Luke. The latter famous brothers have starred in some of our favorite comedies. Owen's credits include Wedding Crashers and the Cars franchise. Luke won over Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde and mugged it up alongside Will Ferrell in Anchorman. They appeared together in The Royal Tenenbaums and Around the World in 80 Days and have had cameos in each other's films.
Donatella and Santo Versace
After the shocking murder of their brother Gianni in 1997, Donatella and Santo defied the naysayers who said the family business couldn't survive without the flamboyant designer. The label is bigger than ever and got the full treatment in Ryan Murphy's recent installment of American Crime Story. If you love fashion, be sure and check out these 50 Designer Brand Names You're Probably Mispronouncing.
Jenna and Barbara Bush
Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, the fraternal twin daughters of President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, wrote Sisters First, a book about growing up in the public eye and have always been two of the most likable members of the Bush dynasty. Jenna, a mother of two, is a correspondent on the Today Show and Barbara, who voted for Hillary Clinton, founded Global Heath Corps. Fun fact: Jenna tried to set up her sister with Prince Harry. Try to imagine what that wedding would have been like.
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Jessica and Ashlee Simpson
Both had their own reality show and after years in the entertainment industry, the two famous sisters—and their kids—remain closer than ever. Jessica is a one woman fashion empire and Ashlee co-designed a collection of tween apparel as part of Jessica's namesake label, the Jessica Simpson Collection.
Alex and Maia Shibutani
The brother-sister ice dancing duo known as the Shib Sibs helped the U.S. figure skaters win a bronze medal in the team event at Pyeongchang Games. They're two-time U.S. National champions who first began skating as kids growing up in leafy Greenwich, Connecticut.
Kate and Oliver Hudson
Their mother is Hollywood royalty Goldie Hawn so it's only natural these two would follow in her footsteps. Kate's an Oscar nominee with her own successful line of ridiculously inexpensive activewear, Fabletics, and Oliver is headlining the much buzzed about new ABC comedy, Splitting Up Together.
Ben and Casey Affleck
Casey managed to escape the long shadow of a famous big brother Ben, who has won Academy Awards for writing Good Will Hunting and directing Argo, with his Best Actor Oscar for Manchester by the Sea in 2017. But both famous brothers have had their fair share of drama off-screen involving allegations of sexual harassment. Because of the controversy, Casey was replaced at this year's Oscar as a presenter for the Best Actress Award by Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence. For more on the Affleck brothers, check out Ben Affleck Speaks Out About His "Garish" Back Tattoo.
Mark and Donnie Wahlberg
They've come a long way from boy bands and Calvin Klein underwear. Today, despite their tough guy reputations, "We're all a bunch of momma's boys," Donnie (who is married to Jenny McCarthy) has said of his family, which includes actor brother Mark, Wahlburger chef Paul — and there's six other not-so famous siblings — who all love matriarch Alma Wahlberg.
Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine
The Oscar-winning celebrity siblings (Beatty as director for Reds in 1981 and MacLaine as actress for 1983's Terms of Endearment) are both Hollywood legends. MacLaine began as a dancer, then transitioned to acting, while "baby brother" Warren studied under Stella Adler and became an actor and director. They were both received the prestigious Life Achievement award from AFI. That's some impressive DNA.
Mary-Kate, Ashley, and Elizabeth Olsen
Mary-Kate and Ashley made a mint as the adorable tot (they took turns on screen) in the eighties sitcom Full House and went on to build an empire before they hit their teens through their company Dualstar. They wisely left Hollywood before they could be considered has-beens and launched their fashion label, The Row, which has been heralded by the chic set and received tons of awards.
When Martha Marcy May Marlene was released in 2011, little sister Elizabeth generated plenty of buzz for her star-making performance in the film. For more about these celebrity siblings, check out these 20 Celebrity Friendships You Never Knew Existed.
Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal
The offspring of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, the Gyllenhaals were destined for the big screen. The A-list sibs, who have both received Oscar nods, have racked up leading roles in successful films, including Secretary and Crazy Heart for Maggie and Jarhead, Brokeback Mountain and Love and Other Drugs for Jake. They've acted in three movies together: A Dangerous Woman and Homegrown, both directed by their father, and Donnie Darko, where they played siblings. Jake is pals with Maggie's husband fellow Jarhead actor Peter Sarsgaard. For more on the Gyllenhaal siblings, check out one of them in these 20 Celebrities Who Graduated From Ivy League Schools.
Kaia and Presley Gerber
There is no way these two could have avoided becoming models. The spawn of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, these two genetic wonders are the new darlings of the fashion world. Kaia stalked the runways of Europe this season (and even rocked it with mom at Versace). She shared the limelight with older brother Presley in a CK Jeans campaign that's all about family. The ad's spot-on tagline: "It's in the genes." Yup.
Tia and Tamara Mowry
The identical twin sisters gained fame on the sitcom Sister, Sister and went on to become reality TV stars with Tia & Tamara. These days Tamara she is one of the hosts of "The Real" talk show and just threw an over-the-top baby shower in Beverly Hills for Tia, who is expecting her second child.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss
The identical twins, also known as "Winklevii" are probably best known for being portrayed by Armie Hammer in The Social Network. They famously battled with Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook and reportedly received a $65 million settlement for their role in creating the now-beleaguered behemoth.
Joshua and Jared Kushner
The venture capitalist Joshua lives in New York City and dates supermodel Karlie Kloss while older brother Jared, the husband of Ivanka Trump, is living in Washington trying to solve of the world's problems for his father-in-law, President Donald Trump.
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Ari, Ezekial, and Rahm Emanuel
These three crazy-smart famous brothers were raised in the Chicago suburbs. Ari, the youngest, is one of Hollywood's top talent agents and is the co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor. Rahm, President Obama's former chief of staff, is the current mayor of his hometown. Ezekial, (known as Zeke) is one of the country's most respected voices on bioethics and healthcare. What the heck did their mother put in their cornflakes?
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Jack, Rose, and Tatiana Schlossberg
The children of Caroline Kennedy and artist Edwin Schlossberg have somehow managed to stay largely out of the limelight. The Ivy League-educated trio (Yale for Jack and Tatiana; Harvard for Rose) have all forged their own path. Tatiana worked as an environmental reporter for The New York Times, Rose (named after her great-grandmother and a Jackie look-alike) is an actress and had her own comedy web series. The youngest, Jack, the only grandson of JFK and the spitting image of his late uncle John, is currently attending Harvard Law School.
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Chris, Liam, and Luke Hemsworth
Yes, there's a third member of this trio of famous brothers, and he was the first one to get into acting (but quickly gave it up and started his own flooring business). All three of the celebrity siblings, born in Melbourne Australia, appeared in the Aussie soap Neighbours—but not at the same time. Liam and Chris have both starred in big-budget films and have sometimes auditioned for the same part—like the time they were both up for the role of Thor. Chris got the part. For more on these celebrity siblings, check out What Celebrities with Perfect Bodies Do Every Day.
Diane Clehane is a New York-based journalist and author of Imagining Diana and Diana: The Secrets of Her Style.
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