All the celebrities seem to have a perfect life and a lot of money in their accounts, but even they went through difficult times from a financial point of view.
Each of us has heard success stories of famous people, who started from scratch and succeeded in life, but there can also be sad stories among celebrities.
Let’s check five celebrities who have been both poor and rich. While some woke up on time and managed to recover, others continue to face financial difficulties.
Oprah Winfrey is one of the most famous women in the world and has an estimated fortune of $3 billion. But her life was not always rosy, as she comes from a very poor family. They were so poor that she had to wear potato sacks instead of clothes because her parents could not afford to dress her.
And that’s the least sad part of her childhood, as she had to go through terrible torments, was sexually abused, and even got pregnant at a very young age.
She couldn’t stand anything that was happening to her and decided to move to Tennessee with her father. There, she started a new life, attended university, and was a bright student.
However, she did not forget where she came from. This is one of the most successful life stories. She is an example for many people and the living proof that you can achieve anything in life if you want and fight for your dreams. Now, she is one of the wealthiest people in the world and even a potential presidential candidate.
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most famous actors in Hollywood. He is an Oscar winner, has starred in many award-winning films, and was even a part of the world’s most award-winning film, “Titanic”. All this ensured his future and wealth. Before he started partying on the yachts and living an extravagant life, he was trying to take care of his parents, so that they wouldn’t miss anything.
He comes from a modest family who lived in the harsh East Hollywood. His parents had modest jobs. His mother worked as a secretary, and his father had to sell comic books to survive.
He had clear goals from an early age, and he was convinced that his acting career would bring him everything he wanted. Also, in an interview, he declared that he was always wondering how they were going to afford necessities. He was sure that his acting career would offer them a ticket out of poverty.
Hilary Swank, the actress who starred in “Million Dollar Baby” and “Freedom Writers,” did not have an easy childhood either. Her family did not have a house, and when her mother lost her job, they had to live in a car. But she defeated his condition and won an Oscar twice.
She never hides the unpleasant aspects of her childhood and even came to be criticized for being open about it, especially after her second Academy Award acceptance speech.
Rowling, the author of the famous “Harry Potter” series, comes from a modest family. She graduated from the University of Exeter, then had many strange jobs and only at the age of 32 published the book that would become a bestseller, and then successfully screened in the world of cinema.
She is also famous for the fact that although she could have already become a billionaire in dollars, she lost this status due to the generous donations to charities. Her fortune is estimated at $650 million.
Before publishing her first book at 32, she was living off government welfare and spent many years doing odd jobs to survive.
When Phil was 12 years old, he was living in a car with his father in Kansas City. His dad was a psychology intern, and both of them were homeless.
Then, McGraw obtained his bachelor’s, master’s, and a Ph.D., and is now known as Dr. Phil. Today, he is worth $280 million and is an author and TV personality.
Being born into a low-income family or lacking money as a teenager will never be a barrier to a successful career. If you believe in your dreams and follow them, you will have the chance to succeed.