From humble beginnings to a life of luxury, some of today’s celebs have worked their way out of trying circumstances, including abusive families and halfway houses. Check out the slideshow to see the stars that have gone from rags to riches.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Our favourite fashionista was the youngest of four born into a struggling Ohio family. After her parents divorced, Parker’s housewife mother married a truck driver, and the two had four more children, with a total of seven mouths to feed! The actress landed her first role on Broadway at age 11, and eventually moved to Hollywood in the 80s where she launched the beginning of her TV career. She’s worth over $130 million today.
Moore was born into an abusive household with an alcoholic mother and stepfather, who frequently took out their rage on each other. The actress dropped out of high school at 16 to pursue modeling, and not long after she moved to Europe to continue her career. Her breakthrough into TV and film happened at 19, when she scored a spot on General Hospital. Today, Moore is estimated to be worth
The starlet was born when her mother was incarcerated in a Texas prison for drug trafficking. After a 12-week stint in a halfway house, Meester’s mom went back to prison and the young girl moved to Florida to live with her grandmother. “My family has a crazy history… I look back now and I see it in a nice light. It wasn’t uncomplicated… there were happy, fun times,” she told Marie Claire. Meester has a net worth of $5 million.
Most rappers today preach about the thug life, but know nothing about running from cops, hustling for money, and shooting up gangs. Jay-Z, on the other hand, has lived to tell the tale. Hova grew up in a housing project in Brooklyn and sold drugs as a teen to make ends meet. Today, the rapper and business mogul is worth over $450 million and is one of the wealthiest rappers of all time.
At the age of five, the singer moved from Trinidad to the poor neighbourhood of Queens, New York. Minaj says she would pray to God to make her rich so she could care for her mother, adding years of living in poverty gave her the drive to succeed. The singer has a net worth of over $14 million.