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International showjumping is the hobby of the superrich
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International showjumping is the hobby of the superrich

Whether their families are royalty, Silicon Valley billionaires or famous rock stars, it seems there’s only one hobby of interest to the daughters of the world’s richest parents — the eye-wateringly expensive world of international showjumping.

Last weekend, Eve Jobs, daughter of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was pictured at an equestrian event in Florida with Jessica Springsteen, leading the charge of privileged young women devoting a sizeable chunk of daddy’s fortune to the sport.

With champion showjumping horses fetching up to £8 million, handmade saddles costing £4,000 and £250,000 luxury horseboxes fitted with air-conditioning, horse showers and CCTV, it’s no wonder the sport has become a favourite of the super-rich.

So, who are the showjumping heiresses — and how much of their family’s fortune have they blown on their very expensive hobby?

ROYAL JUMPER

Charlotte Casiraghi, 31 

Daughter of Monaco’s Princess Caroline and granddaughter of film star Grace Kelly, Charlotte’s wealth is estimated at £4 billion.

She seems most comfortable in riding gear, first taking part in the Longines Global Champions Tour in 2009. 

Daughter of Monaco’s Princess Caroline and granddaughter of film star Grace Kelly, Charlotte’s wealth is estimated at £4 billion

Daughter of Monaco’s Princess Caroline and granddaughter of film star Grace Kelly, Charlotte’s wealth is estimated at £4 billion

Princess Casiraghi (centre) alongside members of the Monaco Royal Family in 1995

Princess Casiraghi (centre) alongside members of the Monaco Royal Family in 1995

While not a professional, she often rides in the Monaco leg, of which she is patron.

After her father died tragically young in a boating accident, her mother tried to keep her out of the public eye.

Yet today, she is a regular at fashion shows and has been on the cover of French Vogue.  

CHRISTINA'S GIRL

Athina Onassis, 33 

The only surviving descendant of her grandfather, Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping magnate and the second husband of Jackie Kennedy, she was left an estate estimated to be worth £2 billion.

Athina’s childhood was marred first by the death of her mother, Christina, when she was three, and then by a much-publicised legal battle over the control of the estate.

The only surviving descendant of her grandfather, Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping magnate and the second husband of Jackie Kennedy, she was left an estate estimated to be worth £2 billion

The only surviving descendant of her grandfather, Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping magnate and the second husband of Jackie Kennedy, she was left an estate estimated to be worth £2 billion

Athina’s childhood was marred first by the death of her mother, Christina, when she was three (pictured together)

Athina’s childhood was marred first by the death of her mother, Christina, when she was three (pictured together)

Her childhood love for horses provided valuable respite and she started competing as a teenager.

Athina, who has twice broken vertebrae in her back in falls, now runs a stable in the Netherlands. 

BORN TO RIDE

Jessica Springsteen, 26

Jessica, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen (who’s worth an estimated £220 million), is one of America’s top showjumpers. 

She inherited her love of horses from her mother, former backing singer, Patti Scialfa, and got her first pony aged six.

She says she’s fought hard to overcome the stereotype of a spoilt princess and has a reputation for good manners and hard work, though daddy’s cash does help. 

In 2012 he bought the horse that won Team GB an Olympic gold. The exact price isn’t known, but horses of that calibre can sell for £5 million.

Jessica, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen (above), is one of America’s top showjumpers

Jessica, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen (above), is one of America’s top showjumpers

BILL'S PAYING...

Jennifer Gates, 21

Eldest daughter of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who’s worth an estimated £70 billion

Eldest daughter of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who’s worth an estimated £70 billion

Eldest daughter of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who’s worth an estimated £70 billion.

He famously said he plans not to give his fortune to his three children. But Jennifer is not exactly slumming it.

She combines studying at Ivy League University Stanford, and a possible future career as a doctor, with competing in global showjumping competitions, such as Longines, at the highest level.

Jennifer is viewed as one of the U.S.’s best young riders — higher in the ratings than the daughter of his old rival Steve Jobs.

Jennifer is viewed as one of the U.S.’s best young riders — higher in the ratings than the daughter of his old rival Steve Jobs

Jennifer is viewed as one of the U.S.’s best young riders — higher in the ratings than the daughter of his old rival Steve Jobs

HORSE GOALS

Sofia Abramovich, 22

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich is worth an estimated £7 billion

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich is worth an estimated £7 billion

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich is worth an estimated £7 billion.

His daughter Sofia is chauffeured about, but her favoured mode of transport has four legs: she’s ridden for Russia and is taking part in the Longines Global Champions tour in Monaco and London.

Roman often arrives by helicopter to her showjumping meets. Years ago, he paid three times the market price for a showjumping pony — an estimated £500,000 — after it won first prize in its class at the International Horse Show at Olympia.

His daughter Sofia is chauffeured about, but her favoured mode of transport has four legs

His daughter Sofia is chauffeured about, but her favoured mode of transport has four legs

SELLECK'S STABLES

Hannah Selleck, 29 

Hannah is the only daughter of Magnum, P.I. actor and producer Tom Selleck, who is estimated to be worth £35 million

Hannah is the only daughter of Magnum, P.I. actor and producer Tom Selleck, who is estimated to be worth £35 million

Hannah is the only daughter of Magnum, P.I. actor and producer Tom Selleck, who is estimated to be worth £35 million.

She started riding at the age of four every day after school at the family ranch in Thousand Oaks, California.

So devoted was she to her horses that, as a teen, she chose to go to a college close to home, so she could stay near her stables.

After college, she tried a job in PR for six months, but soon gave it up to run a horse-breeding business with her father.

Hannah has won the individual gold medal in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships and has ridden on the same showjumping team as British make-up artist Jemma Kidd.

Hannah has won the individual gold medal in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships and has ridden on the same showjumping team as British make-up artist Jemma Kidd

Hannah has won the individual gold medal in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships and has ridden on the same showjumping team as British make-up artist Jemma Kidd

ARIANA'S TRULY GRAND

Ariana Rockerfeller, 34

Ariana is the heiress granddaughter of David Rockefeller, who was worth £2.75 billion at the time of his death

Ariana is the heiress granddaughter of David Rockefeller, who was worth £2.75 billion at the time of his death

Ariana is the heiress granddaughter of David Rockefeller, who was worth £2.75 billion at the time of his death, aged 101, last March.

Her family amassed a huge oil fortune, which gives Ariana the funds to take part in equestrian events around the world.

Her family amassed a huge oil fortune, which gives Ariana the funds to take part in equestrian events around the world

Her family amassed a huge oil fortune, which gives Ariana the funds to take part in equestrian events around the world

APPLE OF HIS EYE

Eve Jobs, 20

The youngest daughter of the late Apple computers founder and his wife Laurene, Eve lost her father when Jobs died of cancer in 2011, leaving a £7.5 billion fortune

The youngest daughter of the late Apple computers founder and his wife Laurene, Eve lost her father when Jobs died of cancer in 2011, leaving a £7.5 billion fortune

The youngest daughter of the late Apple computers founder and his wife Laurene, Eve lost her father when Jobs died of cancer in 2011, leaving a £7.5 billion fortune.

Her mother let her have online schooling so she could spend more time riding — her ‘passion’.

Her Instagram feed (50,000 followers) alternates bikini pictures with shots of her jumping fences and getting trophies. Her £11.6m equestrian estate has a barn for 20 horses and a show-jumping rink.

Last year, Eve won £9,000 for her successful ride in the Miami Beach leg of the Global Champions tour last year and is ranked No 23 by the U.S. Equestrian Federation — her rival Jennifer Gates is No 19.

Last year, Eve won £9,000 for her successful ride in the Miami Beach leg of the Global Champions tour last year and is ranked No 23 by the U.S. Equestrian Federation — her rival Jennifer Gates is No 19

Last year, Eve won £9,000 for her successful ride in the Miami Beach leg of the Global Champions tour last year and is ranked No 23 by the U.S. Equestrian Federation — her rival Jennifer Gates is No 19

DESTRY'S DIRECTION

Destry Spielberg, 21

Her father, director and producer Steven Spielberg is worth an estimated £2.8 billion

Her father, director and producer Steven Spielberg is worth an estimated £2.8 billion

Her father, director and producer Steven Spielberg is worth an estimated £2.8 billion — and the youngest daughter of Spielberg and actress Kate Capshaw is not only a model, she’s also a rising equestrienne, who has taken part in the Longines Masters in LA.

It may have helped that her dad bought her a horse called Rumba for a six-figure sum after a string of wins on the showjumping circuit.

On Destry’s Instagram, where she has 22,000 followers, between shots of her celebrity parents and her looking glam in bikinis, there’s a moody black-and-white picture of her with Rumba captioned: ‘My love forever.’ 

The youngest daughter of Spielberg and actress Kate Capshaw is not only a model, she’s also a rising equestrienne, who has taken part in the Longines Masters in LA

The youngest daughter of Spielberg and actress Kate Capshaw is not only a model, she’s also a rising equestrienne, who has taken part in the Longines Masters in LA