20 Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor But Are Rich Now

Celebrities have always been popular for their luxurious lives. They earn lots and spend lots. They are beautiful and amazingly talented. We think of them as human beings close to perfection because not only do they enjoy the benefits and glamour that we can’t but also have their own fans that look up to them.

We may think that all celebrities came from a well-privileged bunch because they are so natural and at ease with all the luxury and expensive things they are enjoying right now. But here’s the actual catch — not all celebrities grew up rich. As a matter of fact, there are few celebrities who started and came from humble beginnings. Some of these celebrities may have portrayed rich characters but in reality, they grew up poor. People might not notice or know about that because these celebrities portrayed their rich roles quite well and they totally nailed their performances earning a lot of fans in the process.

20 Celebrities Who Made Fortune On Their Own

Here is a list of 20 rich celebrities who grew up poor:

1. Sarah Jessica Parker

Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor But Are Rich Now

She is the famous Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City. Though, she played a rich girl in the well-loved series, Sarah Jessica Parker’s real life story did not give her such luxurious things in life as she was forced to live on welfare benefits with her family during her childhood days.

Currently though, she already have a net worth of approximately or even greater than $100 million and have invested on real states. The best thing about Sarah Jessica Parker is the fact that she did not let her celebrity and millionaire status get over her head as she still lives a modest and simple lifestyle with her family and admits that she even makes her children wear hand-me-down clothes.

2. Jim Carrey

Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor But Are Rich Now

Did you know that because of poverty, Jim Carrey’s parents and siblings used to live in a tent in his aunt’s backyard? Jim’s mother was a homemaker while is father was a musician and an accountant. He has three older siblings named John, Patricia and Rita. Jim once said that if he did not make it big in Hollywood, he would have been working in a steel mill today. His family’s financial situation also made it difficult for them to support Jim’s ambitions in entertainment.

3. Billy Bob Thornton

Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor But Are Rich Now

Being Angelina Jolie’s ex-husband, Billy Bob made a name in Hollywood as an actor, film maker, drummer, singer and song writer. Before being an actor, Billy Bob worked in telemarketing, fast foods and offshore wind farming in between his auditions. While growing up, Billy Bob’s family lived in a small cabin in the woods where there was no electricity and even running water. Their usual dinner then would be anything that they can catch outside while hunting.

4. Selena Gomez

Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor But Are Rich Now

Being one of Disney’s baby and Justin Bieber’s on-again and off-again partner for 3 years from 2011 to 2014, Selena Gomez’s childhood life isn’t all about glam and money. Though she started her showbiz career at an early age by being one of the kids in 14 episodes of Barney and Friends, Selena had a rather poor childhood.

She was born to a 16 year old mother who needs to have three jobs just to support her daughter as a single mom. Selena even confessed that they used to search for quarters just to have gas for their car and they go to a local dollar store to have spaghetti for dinner.

5. Tom Cruise

Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor

He may still be one of Hollywood’s hottest men at the age of 53 and a biological father to one of Hollywood’s well-dressed and living in luxury daughter. However, Tom Cruise’s early beginnings are a far cry from the world and wealth that his daughter is currently living on. He grew up in a close to poverty family where it was revealed that Tom’s father had been abusive. This might be one of the reasons as to why Tom chose not to be like his father and provided well for his children, most especially Suri, and loved them dearly.

6. Oprah Winfrey

Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor

She may be one of Hollywood’s top earners of today, but Oprah Winfrey’s childhood life was totally the exact opposite. She was born to a teenage mother who raised her as a single parent. Oprah’s mother was a housemaid who later traveled north after Oprah’s birth.

Oprah struggled living with her grandmother for 6 years where she was forced to wear clothes made of potato sacks due to poverty. She also fought her way to school because her peers would make it a point to bully her because of her poverty. When she was sent to live with her father for the second time, Oprah’s life began to change as she excelled in her education and from there on, slowly climb her way to the ladder that would eventually lead her to success.

7. Leonardo DiCaprio

Celebrities Who made on their own

He was most famous for his role as Jack Dawson, a penniless Wisconsin man who luckily won two third-class tickets for RMS Titanic. Just like his character, Leonardo DiCaprio’s life before he made it big was close to being penniless as he was raised alone by his mother after his parents divorced. Her mother needed then to work for a number of jobs to support the young Leonardo.

8. Kate Winslet

celebrities who made fortune on their own

She may have partnered with Leonardo DiCaprio and played the first-class passenger, Rose DeWitt Bukater, in the movie Titanic but Kate Winslet’s life is not a first class. If there is something similar about Leonardo and Kate aside from lead starring the second highest grossing film of all-time is the fact that they grew up poor. Kate’s mom was a bartender while her dad in a construction that builds swimming pools.

9. Hilary Swank

celebrities who made fortune on their own

Having two Academy Awards for Best Actress and a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Hilary Swank is undeniable one of the best Hollywood actresses there is. Though she may earn several millions now, it doesn’t change the fact that she came from humble beginnings. Believe it or not, Hillary was actually raised in a trailer park in Washington. She decided to pursue a career on acting at the age of 15 so her mom decided that they move to Los Angeles to support her dreams. However, because of this move, they were forced to live in her mom’s car until Hillary took some minor roles.

10. Shania Twain

celebrities who made fortune on their own

She may be one of the best Canadian singers and songwriters there is, but her life is not all about being the best and happy thoughts. At the age of 14, Shania’s mom actually relocated her entire family in a homeless shelter in Toronto for them to actually eat and enjoy regular meals.

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