Born Rich (film)

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Born Rich
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Directed by Jamie Johnson
Produced by Dirk Wittenborn
Starring Georgina Bloomberg
Stephanie Ercklentz
Christina Floyd
Juliet Hartford
Josiah Cheston Hornblower
Jamie Johnson
S.I. Newhouse IV
Ivanka Trump
Benjamin Luke Weil
Music by Joel Goodman
Cinematography Nick Kurzon
Edited by Nick Kurzon
Steven Pilgrim
Release dates
  • January 19, 2003 (2003-01-19) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English
This article is about a documentary. For the TVB drama, see Born Rich (TV series).

Born Rich is a 2003 documentary film about the experience of growing up as a child in one of the world's richest families. It was created by Jamie Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune.


Johnson's maternal uncle, screenwriter and novelist Dirk Wittenborn, was credited with encouraging him to make a documentary about the experience of wealthy children.[1] The film premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.[2] HBO acquired the film and first broadcast it in October 2003.[3]

Some of the participants in the film claim to have appeared under false pretenses, saying that Johnson told them it would only be a school film.[4] A New York court dismissed a lawsuit which was filed in October 2002 related to the deception.[5] Reports before and at the time of its release stated that many participants were unhappy about their depiction in the film.[6][7][8]

Ten years after the film's release, a reporter followed up with the persons featured.[9]


The film was described as "a documentary on children of the insanely rich, directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson Inc. heir Jamie Johnson." It consists primarily of Johnson interviewing his friends and peers about the experience of living life free of financial constraints. These interviews are offset by Johnson's exploration of his own experience and family.


Awards and nominations[edit]

The documentary was nominated for two Emmy Awards including 'Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming' for the director, Jamie Johnson. The other nomination was in the category 'Outstanding Nonfiction Special' for the producers: Sheila Nevins (executive producer), Dirk Wittenborn (produced by), and Jamie Johnson (producer).


  1. ^ Chaplin, Julia (October 12, 2003). "Biting the Silver Spoon That Feeds Him, on Film". New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ Harvey, Dennis (January 29, 2003). "Review: ‘Born Rich’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  3. ^ Pierce, Scott (October 27, 2003). "It's tough to be 'Born Rich'". Deseret News. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  4. ^ Chaplin, Julia (12 October 2003). "Biting the Silver Spoon That Feeds Him, on Film". New York Times. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Film About Wealthy Can Be Released". Associated Press. October 22, 2002. Retrieved 2015-04-27.   – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  6. ^ Houston, Frank (June 29, 2003). "Film subjects take exception to 'Born Rich'". Cox News Service in Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 2015-04-25.   – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  7. ^ Wolff, Alexandra (October 6, 2003). "Born Rich Rag". New York Observer. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  8. ^ Laurence, Charles (October 19, 2003). "Super-rich turn on billionaire film-maker". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  9. ^ Pow, Helen (22 October 2013). "Jamie Johnson documentary: A decade after Johnson & Johnson heir lifted the lid on growing up with millions for an HBO documentary that got him sued, MailOnline looks at what the film's precocious stars are doing now". Retrieved 17 March 2014. Ramiro Quintana 
  10. ^ Morgan, Laura (February 27, 2012). "Uptown Girl". Modern Luxury. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Stephanie Ercklentz, Chase Coleman". New York Times. January 16, 2005. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Christina Loran Floyd, Emmanuel Di Donna". Palm Beach Daily News. June 5, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ Worth, Robert F. (November 20, 2003). "PUBLIC LIVES; Embracing a Father's Creation, if Not His Tastes". New York Times. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Jocelyn Hunter, Josiah Hornblower". New York Times. September 9, 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ "S.I. Newhouse IV Settles Down". Gawker. May 5, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Ivanka Trump Weds Jared Kushner". New York Times. October 24, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 

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