Documentary Tuesday: “Born Rich”



In the early 2000s, Jamie Johnson, an heir of the Johnson & Johnson fortune, decided to make a documentary about the experiences of children of the insanely wealthy. The result, Born Rich, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and is a fascinating (and infuriating) look at the lives of kids that have more money than many countries. This is the film that was referenced in John Oliver’s incredible takedown of Donald Trump the other night when he played a clip of an interview with Ivanka Trump. (In fairness, Ivanka was one of the more normal kids profiled.)

If you’re unsure if you want to watch it, here’s a quote from European textile heir Cody Franchetti that shows you the type of people with whom you’re dealing in this thing: “I’m reading a book and I’m thinking about pussy, but I find when I get the pussy, I’m thinking about the book.”

Hate when that happens.

Some of the film’s subjects claimed to have been tricked into being interviewed, including one that sued to have the film blocked, which was ultimately dismissed. Thus, we get to watch it.


If you want to know more about these lucky bastards, The Daily Mail followed up on the film’s subjects for the film’s tenth anniversary in 2013.

Previously in Documentary Tuesday:

Room 237 | Exit Through the Gift Shop | The Death of Superman Lives | 30 for 30: The Price of Gold | Paradise Lost | 30 for 30 Short: The Deal – Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox | The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings | Imagine…From Pencils to Pixels | Behind the Music: Nirvana | Planet B-Boy | Soul Survivor | The Cheshire Murders | Sound and Vision | Welcome to Death Row | Einstein | 30 for 30: Broke | The Thin Blue Line | Surviving Alone in Alaska | American Meth

Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


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