10 Celebrities Who Went From Rags To Riches

We might look at celebs and see this unattainable lifestyle – but many stars actually started out just like us. These are the top celebrities who went from absolutely nothing, to living in luxury.



Hilary Swank
The stunning star who gained popularity after her controversial role in “Boys Don’t Cry” actually started life in a trailer park. She thinks that growing up with poverty helped shape her career and made her more creatively resourceful, bringing your character endless determination and drive. Now, she has a new worth of $40 million.



Celine Dion
Celine wasn’t always the Canadian diva we remember her as. She was born the youngest in a family of 14 children, experiencing serious poverty with a family who just couldn’t make ends meet for all of their kids. Starting with small events, she had to mortgage her home just to release her first record – we’ll say at her current $800 million net worth, it was worth it.

Jay Z
Many would call Jay Z the king of hip-hop, but he wasn’t always a multi-millionaire. This businessman is a mogul of all things music, sports, clothing, and spirits, but his lyrics about the hardcore streets of the inner city come from a place of truth. Raised in a housing project in Brooklyn, he sold crack to escape poverty in order to survive. Now, his net worth is $900 million dollars.



Tom Cruise
There’s not too many actors who are more famous than Tom Cruise, but he didn’t start with the privilege that he enjoys now. He grew up in a dysfunctional, impoverished household and was raised by a very abusive father.

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leo DiCaprio is well known as an A-lister with some serious acting chops, but there’s a reason why he has so much character. DiCaprio was born into poverty and his parents got divorced at a young age, leading him to explore the dark side of LA. He now has a net worth of $245 million, and is experiencing the more positive side of LA.



Tyler Perry
You might know this guy as one of the highest paid men in entertainment, but you wouldn’t be Abe to guess that from his childhood. Filled with physical abuse to the point where Perry even attempted suicide. But now he is embracing life to the maximum and is at the top of the ladder in the film industry, working his way up to the current $400 million net worth.

Oprah Winfrey
Everyone knows who Oprah is – she doesn’t need an introduction. Starting out, Oprah was so broke that she made clothing out of potato sacks. She faced sexual abuse, and pregnancy after running away from home. The baby didn’t survive. However, none of these atrocities slowed her down – instead, she broke race and gender boundaries to become the legend she is (worth a casual $2.9 billion).

Mila Kunis
This babe got famous on That 70s Show, but she didn’t grow up with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. She grew up as an immigrant in Ukraine, and her family fled to America when the Soviet Union collapsed. She even recalls eating “ketchup soup” when she was a kid and rations were scarce. Now, she’s worth around $55 million.



There’s some serious truth to J.Lo’s lyrics in “Jenny From The Block,” and that’s because they’re rooted in raw honesty. While she used to have a little and now she has a lot, this dancer, singer, and actress was born in the Bronx. Raised by struggling Puerto Rican parents, she saw the hustle firsthand and it instilled her with serious drive. Her current net worth is at $380 million.

Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson has come a long way from American Idol. But what many fans don’t know about is her life journey pre-Idol. The star had a troubled childhood – when her father left, her family was split up among different family members, but she never quit, earning her 14 Grammy nominations, 3 wins, and a net worth of $28 million.