Although Hollywood is filled with nepo babies, some stars are still self-made.
Carrey‘s movie career has totaled a net worth of $4.9 billion, which has ensured a few generous paychecks. However, things were so tight for him as a kid that he and his folks were forced to live in a van for some time.
Before Arnie broke into American movies, things were tough. Having been born in the aftermath of World War II, much of his homeland was destroyed by bombs, and the Terminator star lived in a damaged home with no phone or plumbing.
Before Halle Berry made waves in Hollywood, her life was very different. Growing up on the east coast, money was tight, and at one point, she even lived in a homeless shelter in New York City.
Moore was a high school dropout from a dysfunctional family with an unstable income. However, this only drove the star to make something of herself, and to her credit, she is now said to be worth $200 million.
The Oscar winner came from very unorthodox roots. Not only was his family poor, but they were also involved in a religious cult. Once away from this, he thrived in Hollywood and has over 50 acting credits.
The actor grew up poor in rural Arkansas and has stated his diet was so meager he had deficiencies. Fast-forward a couple of decades, his career behind and in front of the camera has earned him a $45 million fortune.
The Rambo star’s roots are the rough neighborhoods of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. His career began at an early age when he took bit parts in movies to earn extra cash for his family.
Before Gomez got her big break with Disney at 18, things weren’t easy for her and her mother. Her mom fell pregnant at the age of 16 and had to work several jobs to keep food on the table.
The country music legend may have a fancy home in Switzerland and a ranch in Tennessee. Still, her early years weren’t quite so abundant. She grew up in rural Canada in a home with little money coming in and an abusive stepfather.
Kunis and her family fled to America from Ukraine after the Soviet Union collapsed. Back home, the family was poor, and food was often scarce. Nowadays, she and her hubby Ashton Kutcher are one of the wealthiest couples in Hollywood.
Parton has been open about growing up in poverty in the rural mountains of Tennessee. However, the singer-songwriter is estimated to be worth $600 million.
The ‘Lose Yourself’ rapper has been candid about his upbringing, which was replicated in his movie 8 Mile. Gone are the ghettos of Detroit, though, as the star has a net worth of $230 million.
The Harry Potter writer is one of the wealthiest novelists ever, owing to the successful franchise. However, her upbringing was “as poor as it could be,” and she wrote her first novel while receiving relief cheques from the government.
Though the Titanic star is Los Angeles born and bred, it wasn’t from the Hollywood side. DiCaprio opened up in an interview about being from a “seedy” neighborhood where drugs and prostitution were rife.
Before LeBeouf found fame and fortune, his upbringing was a humble one. He described his parents as “starving artists.” Luckily for him, he hasn’t shared their fate and is estimated to be worth around $25 million.
Before Swank became a two-time Oscar winner, she grew up in a trailer park in Washington state. She credits this upbringing as helping her “infuse” a gritty realism into her characters.
Before Cruise became a household name, he and his mom fled his abusive father when he was 12. The two of them left with absolutely no money or possessions. Nowadays, he’s worth $600 million.
The TV star was raised in an abusive home in rural Mississippi, and her first job was at a local radio station. Winfrey credits this job with helping her get a foot through the door. She’s now worth $3.5 billion.
Jennifer Lopez famously sang about her humble New York roots in the song “Jenny From the Block.” Those days are long gone; she has since raked in an impressive $400 million.
Sarah Jessica Parker
SJP’s impressive career spanned over three decades and earned her a net worth of $200 million. However, her beginning was poor, and she has opened up about her family struggling to pay bills.
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