Beyond Casey Johnson: Socialites we don’t worry about


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Casey Johnson‘s legacy is now the stuff of cautionary tales, but notwithstanding her adventures with Courtenay Semel and Tila Tequila, the blond was a member of a very select crowd: heirs and heiresses to outrageous fortune.As Casey is laid to rest at her family’s plot in New Jersey -- Paris and Nicky Hilton are expected among the mourners, Tila is likely not -- we at the Ministry would like to turn the spotlight on some of her society peers who are making good use of their good fortune. Click on the photo of Casey at right to launch a photo gallery of to-the-manner-born names we don’t have to worry about.

[Updated, 11:42 a.m., Jan. 11: Casey has not yet been laid to rest, according to a family source.]

Whether it’s billionaire heiress Athina Onassis-Miranda (granddaughter of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ second husband, Aristotle) or publishing princess Amanda Hearst, these lucky few are on the up and up -- witness graceful Aerin Lauder, who has taken the reins at her grandmother’s beauty empire, Estée Lauder.

Upstart Samantha Marq, in line to inherit cleaning-product empire SC Johnson, is pushing ahead on her debut pop music effort, enlisting producers who’ve worked with the likes of Britney Spears and Leighton Meester. And the lovely Dylan Lauren owns a cool candy store and contributes bunches to charity, even though designer dad Ralph Lauren could keep her lounging in Polo for a lifetime.

The ladies don’t get all the fun, mind you: Anderson Cooper and Alexander von Furstenberg are also part of the gang.


[For the record: An earlier version of this post used ‘to the manor born,’ an incorrect variant of the phrase. From the original Shakespeare, it is correctly ‘to the manner born.’ Thanks to commenter Typhus.]

[Update, 9:02 a.m., Jan. 11: Because of continued interest in the phrase referenced above (see comments), the Ministry has added a poll.]

-- Matt Donnelly and Christie D’Zurilla

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