Being a celebrity seems pretty great.You’re rich and famous.You can have whatever you want. You meet interesting people and attend luxurious parties.
But for many celebs who have now risen through the ranks of fame and fortune, it wasn’t never that way.Many of them could have never dreamt that they’d be in positions they are now.
Fame and fortune are powerful motivators and sometimes,they are powerful enough to pull you from the depth of poverty.
(Born poor is not a mistake but dying poor is the biggest mistake of any person).
Here are some celebrities who are living like the legends:
1. Nicki Minaj – Estimated Net Worth: $70 Million
Nicki Minaj moved to the US from Port of Spain in Trinidad when she was 5 years old.She lived in a povery-stricken neighbourhood in Queens,New York.
According to Minaj, she used to pray every night before bed to be rich so that she could take care of her mother.I guess now her prayers worked well.
“There’s nothing more beautiful than a smile that has struggled through tears.” – Nicki Minaj
2.Celine Dion – Estimated Net Worth: $260 Million
Celine Dion was born on March 30,1968 to a massive French-Canadian and clock-Knit musical family of 14 members and she was youngest amongst them.
Dion hasn’t struggled financially long time, as she has won five Grammys and routinely plays sold-out shows in Las Vegas.
“If you follow your dreams, it means you follow your heart. If you do follow your heart, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Celine Dion
3. Leighton Meester – Esrimated Net Worth: $5 Million
Leighton Meester really has a long jump at the top. She was born on April 9,1986 in a federal jail in Texas. Her mother was having hard times ,struggling for serving drugs into the US.
Yet, somehow, she grew up playing the incredibly affluent Blair Waldorf on “Gossip Girl”. Impressive huh, Meester.
“Be yourself. The happiest and most successful people are those who feel the most comfortable with themselves.” – Leighton Meester
4. Jim Carrey – Estimated Net Worth: $150 Million
Jim Carrey was born on January 17, 1962 in Newmarket Ontario, Canada. He is best known as a comedian and actor for comedic and dramatic film roles in movies including Ace Ventura.
While growing up, Jim Carrey lived with his whole family in a VW camper parked next to the tyre rim factory where they had worked.
After that, Carrey moved on to a plethora of low-paying jobs; he was a janitor, a construction worker and a picture frame factory worker.
He also had some stints of homelessness. But it all seemed to work out for Carrey in the end, as he wound up starring in classic comedies like “Dumb and Dumber” and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.”
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” – Jim Carrey
5. Leonardo DiCaprio – Estimated Net Worth: $200 Million
Oscar-winning American actor Leonardo De Caprio was born in 1974 in Los Angeles, California.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” star wasn’t always a wealthy actor/playboy/mogul. It was found out that the Leo started out in poverty in Hollywood where he was constantly surrounded by criminals and shady characters.
He also battled homelessness for a long time before catching his first break.
“Enough is enough. The truth is our planet’s alarm is now going off and it’s time to wake up and take action.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
6. Mark Wahlberg – Estimated Net Worth: $225 Million
Mark Wahlberg is an American actor born on June 5, 1971 in USA. He started his carrier as a musician of the band and then he started acting in a drama in 1990.
Mark Wahlberg started out as a common street rat. He dropped school at just 14 years old and put his life in danger with petty criminals. After serving jail time for assault, he got his life on track and got a record deal.
He then went to become a big-time actor, starring in many blockbusters including the most recent “Transformers” film, which grossed over $100 million in its opening weekend.
“I’ve always wanted to do right in life. But the wanting and the doing aren’t quite the same thing.” – Mark Wahlberg
7. Mariah Carey – Estimated Net Worth: $500 Million
Mariah Carey was born in Long Isand, New Work. She grew up with nothing. She moved to New York and joined multiple jobs at the same time just to survive. But by some miracle, she was discovered at a party by an executive from Columbia record.
She has also won five Grammys and became one of the highest-selling female artists ever.
“If you believe in yourself enough and know what you want, you’re gonna make it happen.” – Mariah Carey
8. Tom Cruise – Estimated Net Worth: $500 Million
A-list actor scientologist Tom Cruise is the star of several box-office hits, including “Risky Business”, “A Few Food Men”, “The Firm” and “Jerry Maguire”.
Tom Cruise was born on July 3,1962 in Syracuse,New York and was son of an abusive father. His family was very poverty-stricken throughout his childhood. Luckily for Cruise, he hit it big with relatively young with films like “Risky Business” and “Top Guns.” God, I love Top Guns.”
Whatever you say about Cruise, but he’s a consummate professional and he always brings his A-game to every film he works in. When you grew up poor, you develop a certain work ethic it seems.
“When you have to cope with a lot of problems, you’re either going to sink or you’re going to swim.” – Tom Cruise