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Ariel Winter's Sister

Money Isn't the Motive ...

Because She's LOADED

11/22/2012 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ariel Winter
's sister may have declared bankruptcy more than a decade ago, but her fortunes have changed dramatically ... as in there is no way in the world she needs Ariel's money ... TMZ has learned.

Shanelle Gray is married to David Barry Gray ... who is an heir to the Pepsi fortune. His grandfather was one of the founding members of Pepsi Cola.

David's grandfather, Philip Rubenstein, owned 23 of the original Pepsi plants and, with the help of a guy named Al Steele, took the company nationwide. Rubenstein served as the President of Pepsi Cola in the 1950s and amassed a fortune.

As for what happens to the untold millions of dollars ... Rubenstein died in 1997 and was survived by his wife, 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren, one of whom is David.   Rubenstein's wife died in 1998. Short story -- David -- an actor who played the role of Todd Palin in the Emmy-winning HBO movie "Game Change" -- is in line to inherit a big chunk of the family money.

Family dough aside, Shanelle and David are doing well with their 2 acting businesses  -- Gray Studios in L.A. and Gray Studios in Orange County. The business is so successful, it's expanding to NYC next year.

And Shanelle -- who gave up a fairly successful acting career to raise their 2 daughters -- is now back in the acting game and getting gigs.

Short story -- it seems Chrystal Workman, the mother of Ariel and Shanelle -- doesn't know much about her older daughter, who was taken away from her years ago and placed in foster care. It would seem she has no idea Shanelle is more financially secure than the entire cast of "Modern Family."


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Gave up "successful" career? She was "Secretary" in one ep of Rizzoli & Isles last year!

700 days ago


That's bad to be such a piss poor Mom the oldest daughter was taken away.

700 days ago

charlei harper    

doesn't she (Shanelle) look just empty...blank smile...eyes like a shark and no depth...

700 days ago


First of all im sure david is getting some type of allowance from his mother who has inherited at least half the money or he wouldnt be married with children with no means to provide for them so someone is footing the bill for his family trust for ariel this poor child just wants a chance to live her life and like ya'll said the mother has to be unfit in order for her oldest child to end up in foster care and she didnt try to get her back..Maybe this is shannells chance to get her mother back but after the brother came out and said she shouldnt be with mom..Where there is smoke there is fire and something is not right about Chrystal or her husband they have used those poor kids up but by far Ariel is their most prized posession raking in 75,000.00 a weak come on now

700 days ago


I don't think it the money! This mother is obviously a POS. had one kid removed already and it's not hard to believe that we have another Lohan Family here.

700 days ago


guys, check out "Two Frat Solution" a comedic spoof on youtube of the israeli conflict. they make fun of mel gibson at 6:16. pretty funny

699 days ago


That looks like Sarah Palin and her family to me...
just saying..note the flags on her suit, etc...

699 days ago


Who cares about this girl or her ugly sister...

699 days ago


is that sarah palin with him?

699 days ago


How does being a grandchild automatically make you in line to inherit a fortune if the widow and two children got to the money first, who is to say there is any left over for the grandchildren or even if they plan on leaving the money to the kids?

699 days ago


Let the kid be emancipated. If the kid has a job and is a working professional than she doesn't need mommy telling her she can't have a boyfriend. Children shouldn't be treated like property of their parents until they turn 18. If the kid can support herself than get this out of family court. A child's right to the life they want is more important than parental rights of the parents.

699 days ago

Celebrity Tampon    


698 days ago

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

there's something particularly annoying in reading about someone being heir to this or that fortune. TMZ has absolutely no idea what this guy got or is going to get. He could just as easily have been written out of the will as written into it. Ask the relatives of billionaire Leona Helmsley!

698 days ago


Other trivia: Al Steele was married to Joan Crawford during his Pepsi Cola tenure.

698 days ago
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