23 Stars Who Are Examples Of Rags To Riches

Celebrities lives might seem shiny after they have it all but before all the glamour entered their life, some of them sure had endured a lot. Some of them have had troubled childhood while some of them barely had anything growing up. These celebs are the perfect example of rag to riches.

Here’s a list of celebrities who came from nothing.

1. Demi Moore left the trailer park and is now worth $150 million.

For Demi, acting was the escape from the hard life she has endured during her childhood and teens. She was abused as a child and was living with bad parents.

“I entered this career having no background or connection to acting. I had so little I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking the risk.”


2. Chris Pine


In his early years, Chris Pine was forced to live on his grandparents’ farm in Martha’s Vineyard after both of his parents were killed in a car accident.

He turned to acting as an escape from a difficult childhood and quickly became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actors. Now he is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors having net worth of $35 million with roles in Star Trek and Wonder Woman under his belt.

3. Nicki Minaj


Nicki Minaj might be a world-famous artist right now but she comes from a household where her father sold their possessions for d*ug money.

“When I first came to America,” she said to Rolling Stone in 2010, “I would go in my room and and kneel down at the foot of my bed and pray that god would make me rich so that I could take care of my mother.”

“At one point you had to sell a few kilos to be considered a credible rapper,” she also said in the interview. “But now it’s like Drake and I are embracing the fact that we went to school, we love acting, we love theater, and that’s OK — and it’s especially good for the black community to know that’s OK, that’s embraced.”


4. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo had a tough childhood as his single mother was working multiple jobs to make the ends meet.

“So I was always wondering how we were going to afford this and that. Acting seemed to be a shortcut out of the mess.”


5. J.K. Rowling

J K Rowling- the beloved author was living on welfare when she started writing Harry Potter. The rest is history.

As of May 2022, J.K Rowling has a net worth of $1 billion dollars.

6. Jim Carrey

Jim’s life was very different before he became a celebrity. “My father lost his job when he was 51 and that was the real ‘wow,’ the kick in the guts,” he said. “We lived in a van for a while, and we worked all together as security guards and janitors.”

Carrey’s estimated net worth is $180 million


7. Gal Gadot


After deciding on a military career at age 18, Gadot served in the Israeli Defense Forces. She became Miss Israel and was crowned fifth in 2004’s Miss Universe pageant.

Currently net worth of Gal Gadot is $31.5 million.

8. Anne Hathaway

Hathaway didn’t always look like a million bucks. She was bullied in high school for her looks and had such low self-esteem that she called herself Whitey, a derogatory term for Caucasian.

However, Hathaway eventually realized that it wasn’t worth it—She wishes to be an actress, and what other people thought about her would no longer matter.

Today, Hathaway is a two-time Oscar nominee with having net worth of $80 million.

9. Mariah Carey


The “All I Want For Christmas Is You” singer grew up in poverty, she is certainly living a good life today.

“I moved to Manhattan alone as a teenage girl. It was an exciting time for me, even though I had nothing,” she said.

“I lived, like, on a mattress on the floor. I was writing my songs and being a horrible waitress. My demo tape ended up at Sony and they signed it away.”

 10. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber grew up really poor. “I remember being poor and being teased by other kids,” he said.

Justin Bieber’s net worth is an estimated $285 million as of 2022.


11. Charlie Hunnam


The 40-year-old actor has had a busy few years. He started off playing Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy in 2008 and then recently landed roles in movies like Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, and The Lost City of Z.

But before he was famous, Hunnam was just another struggling actor trying to make it big in Hollywood and now his net worth is $20 million.

12. Robert Downey Jr.


Once America’s number one bad boy, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of Hollywood’s hottest talents.

The story of Iron Man’s character, Tony Stark, is inspiring on many levels. Downey’s battles with addiction are well-documented; what most people don’t know is that he struggled for years before finding success but now his net worth is $300 million.


13. Céline Dion


Céline was the youngest of 14 children. It was difficult because her father earned pennies per week. Fortunately, a manager spotted her while recording,

Her husband of 21 years mortgaged his house so that she could record her first two albums.


14.  Mark Wahlberg

Mark had a troubled childhood which led him to the path of Dr**s. Thankfully, he found his way and is now on the right path.


15. Oprah Winfrey


From wearing potato sacks to being one of the richest people in the world, Oprah Winfrey has come a long way since those days.


16. Hilary Swank

Today, she’s worth $40 million but as a child, Hilary lived in a trailer.

17. Jennifer Lopez


At 18, Jennifer Lopez was homeless and today she is worth over $400 million.

“I watched my parents,” she said. “My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us. My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school. I always felt that I couldn’t let them down. And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something.”

 18.  Jaden Smith


Early in his life, Jaden Smith was cast in commercials for McDonald’s and other brands, but it wasn’t until he starred in The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith that he became a household name.

His acting career took off from there, with roles in movies like After Earth and The Karate Kid reboot. After becoming famous his net worth is $7 million.

19. Arnold Schwarzenegger


He was born in 1947 in Austria, According to the A-lister, the house he grew up in had no running water and no bathroom. He didn’t even know what a shower was until he joined a local gym at the age of 15.

“My brother and I would schlep the water from the well to the house, and then we would all clean ourselves — first my mother, then my father, then my brother, then me. The water was dirty by the time it was our turn, but my brother and I weren’t going to schlep back to the well.”

Now Arnold Schwarzenegger is a seven-time Mr. Olympia with a net worth of $400 million

20. Halle Berry


Halle Berry grew up poor, raised by a single mother in Cleveland and once lived in a New York City homeless shelter before she made it big in Hollywood. Now her net worth is $90 million.

21. Nick Jonas


When Jonas decided he wanted to pursue music, his parents weren’t so sure it was a great idea. But once they saw how much he loved performing and how serious he was about making music his career, they supported him completely.

Today, Jonas is one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars with having networth of $50 million

22. Leighton Meester

Unlike the character Blair Waldorf she portrays on screen, Leighton’s life was anything but comfortable. She was born in prison.

23. Jane Fonda


Fonda is a great example of someone who overcame a troubled youth and went on to become one of Hollywood’s greatest actresses.

From her early days as a troubled child (she was even caught shoplifting at age 12) to her decision later in life to undergo plastic surgery, Fonda is an American hero and his net worth is $200 million.