15 Celebrities Who Went From Rags to Riches

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Celebrities Who Went From Rags to Riches

Almost every celebrity started out as an ordinary person with dreams in their heads but some of them started from rock bottom. We meet people facing poverty almost every day and who do not want to live in a big house and being rich. Just because you are not in the best situation financially right now, it doesn’t mean that this can’t change. When you start, pretty much anything is possible. If you are looking for inspiration, take a look at following 15 celebrities who went from rags to riches:


15. Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Life could have been very different for Tom Cruise. After dropping out from high school, Cruise eventually find out his dream of acting. Beginning his career with lackluster roles in a few films, the actor starred in Top Gun and a star was born.

Before Cruise became a household name and one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, childhood was not too kind as he had to live with his abusive father drenched in poverty in upstate New York. With dedication and perseverance, Cruise has stood the test of time by being relevant in his profession for almost three decades.


14. Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg

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While his family background was comparatively better, it was jail time that made Mark Wahlberg realize the error of his ways. As a delinquent, he got in trouble more than twenty times with the Boston Police Department for petty crimes and never completed high school.

After entering Hollywood, Wahlberg achieved immense fame as an actor and is known for achieving vast financial success. To top it all, the actor also took out some time to graduate from high school at age 42 and called it his toughest role yet.


13. Celine Dion

Celine Dion

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Growing up with thirteen other children in her French-Canadian Family was anything but an easy task for Celine Dion as her parents hardly earned enough money.

As luck would have it, Dion’s singing voice saved the day as her music career shines by five Grammy Awards. Best known for her song “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic, she is currently the best-selling Canadian artist of all time.


12. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger 2015

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Coming from a financially unstable family, Arnold Schwarzenegger had to face abuse from his alcoholic police chief father and brother. After moving from Austria to America, Schwarzenegger never looked back and did not even bother to attend the funeral of his two family members.

In the land of opportunities, Schwarzenegger became a body builder and won the title of Mr. Universe once and the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. The adventure just began for the enthusiastic body builder as Schwarzenegger soon entered Hollywood and later politics by serving as the Governor of California.


11. Jay Z

Jay Z

Raised by a single mother in Brooklyn, the young Shawn Corey Carter faced many difficulties after his father abandoned the family. Once getting himself involved in crimes, Carter decided to turn his life around by becoming a rapper.

Now, the rapper is married to Beyoncé and is one of the greatest, commercially successful and best-selling rappers today. Furthermore, the rapper owns night clubs, sports agencies, clothing lines and record labels.


10. 50 Cent

 50 Cent

Born Curtis James Jackson III, it is hard to believe that life of the rapper known as 50 Cent was much different from his current luxurious life. He never knew his father and after his mother was murdered, Jackson had to move in with his grandmother where he earned money selling drugs.

However, Jackson was not just alow life street thug as he had the gift of rapping. Once discovered by Eminem, a musician was born who would go on to pioneer the slow flow style of rap. Now, 50 Cent is not only a musician but also an actor, producer, investor, businessman and entrepreneur.


9. Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan

If there is one Bollywood star known around the globe, it is Shahrukh Khan. Despite nearing the age of 50, the actor continues to star in one hit film after another. However, King of Bollywood entered the business not for the sake of performing but to escape poverty.

Coming from a lower-middle class background, Khan faced a lot of hardships and was once thrown out on the road since his family could not afford the rent. After equating poverty with failure, Khan pursued acting as a profession and cemented his legendary legacy.


8. J.K. Rowling

 J.K. Rowling

In a short span of time, J.K. Rowling established herself as one of the greatest authors in modern fiction and literature by her Harry Potter book series which spawned a giant fan following. While relying on welfare and facing depression, Rowling penned down the first installment of the franchise which became a sensation.

By the time she wrote six sequels, Rowling had become one of the most influential and richest women in Britain. Understanding the hardships of poverty, she contributed a lot in various charities and lost her billionaire status but still remains financially sound.