Berkeley, California-born Nicole Richie does everything from reality television to writing to acting, to simply just enjoying being in the spotlight. Her explosion of popularity has led her to what is currently estimated at a $4 million net worth. Richie came into the world on September 21, 1981, and is the adopted daughter of legendary soul artist, Lionel Richie. Richie attended school in Sherman Oaks, California, as a child, and eventually spent two years at the University of Arizona. A longtime friend of Paris Hilton, Richie is perhaps best known for the reality television show she appears on with Hilton; "The Simple Life." The show ran for five seasons, although, by the final season, Richie's not so secret conflict with Hilton had escalated to the extent that the two would not shoot scenes together. By the end of "The Simple Life," in 2007, Richie and Hilton had reconciled, and during season five they were all smiles.
In the midst of Richie's issues with Hilton, she penned a novel, The Truth About Diamonds, a semi-fictional account of her life and experiences in the media. Richie has since appeared on various television programs, including "Six Feet Under," and "8 Simple Rules." She also put out a jewelry and accessories line in 2008, named after her daughter, entitled: House of Harlow 1960. Although Richie's legal troubles and suspected eating disorder have often come under fire, she is most appreciated for her amicability as an intriguing and talented businesswoman. Richie currently resides with Joel Madden, of the band Good Charlotte, in Los Angeles with their two children.