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A list of stars who have gone bankrupt. Celebrities often get carried away with their reckless spending, from ultra-luxurious mansions to fancy cars, while there are those who lost everything because of misguided investments or some type of addiction. In Hollywood, some of the most famous names have fallen into debt at some point in his or her career. There are the headline making stories such as rapper MC Hammer amassing $13 million in debt in the mid 1990s, to the King of Pop Michael Jackson owing millions on his famous Neverland Ranch estate. Stars who went broke range from musicians, athletes, reality TV personalities and even Hollywood legend Walt Disney

There are times when celebrities declare bankruptcy more than once. Singer Toni Braxton first filed in 1998 and again in 2010 after dropping out of her one-woman Vegas show due to a bout with lupus. Real estate mogul Donald Trump reportedly filed for bankruptcy four times, in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009. While there's definitely an increasing fascination for stars and actors going bankrupt, comeback stories are just as noteworthy. The famous people on the list below not only went from rich to broke, but most bounced back from their financial troubles and bankruptcies on some level and even turned their lives around.

50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Declared Bankruptcy
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50 Cent ain't worth what it used to be. According to the Wall Street Journal, the rapper and actor (whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III) filed for Chapter 11 in July 2015, stating that he had assets and debts between $10-$50 million.

According to a press release from his lawyer, the declaration allowed 50 "to reorganize his financial affairs, as he addresses various professional liabilities and takes steps to position the future of his various business interests."
The decision could have had something to do with the ruling against 50 Cent in court the week before. He was ordered to pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston after illegally releasing a sex tape featuring Leviston and her boyfriend in 2009.

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Age: 41

Birthplace: South Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Rapper, Investor, Entrepreneur Film Producer, + more

Credits: Spy, Real Steel, Morning Glory, The Hangover

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Larry King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Declared Bankruptcy
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CNN talk show host Larry King filed for bankruptcy back in 1960 and again in 1978. He went on to become one of the most successful talk show hosts of all time.

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Age: 83

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Talk show host, Journalist, Radio personality, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Larry King Now^! Larry King Live^! We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story^! Larry King TNT Extra 3

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Drake Bell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Declared Bankruptcy
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Nickelodeon child actor Drake Bell, who starred in "Drake & Josh," has filed for bankruptcy. The 26-year-old actor just filed legal docs, claiming he's in the hole to the tune of $581,000. Bell says he's only making $2,820 a month, but his expenses total a whopping $18,771. The most lucrative year Bell lists is 2012, when he made $408,000, but the next year he made only $14,099.

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Age: 30

Birthplace: California, Contiguous United States, Santa Ana, United States of America Orange County, + more

Profession: Television director, Record producer, Guitarist, Comedian Musician, + more

Credits: Ultimate Spider-Man, Superhero Movie, High Fidelity, Jerry Maguire

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Declared Bankruptcy
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In 2007, Michael Jackson filed for bankruptcy because he could not pay a $25 million loan on his home the Neverland Ranch.  Reportedly, the ranch cost Jackson over $10 million a year to maintain.

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Age: Died at 51 (1958-2009)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: This Is It, Michael Jackson: Thriller, The Wiz, Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Declared Bankruptcy
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In 1921, Walt Disney filed for bankruptcy after his Laugh-O-Gram Studio failed and left him in debt. Disney recovered and in 1928 he developed the iconic character Mickey Mouse.

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Age: Died at 65 (1901-1966)

Birthplace: Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Animator, + more

Credits: Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians, The Skeleton Dance

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Declared Bankruptcy
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In 1990, country music legend Willie Nelson filed for bankruptcy after discovering that he owed the IRS over $16 million in back taxes.

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Age: 83

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Abbott

Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Poet, Record producer Television producer, + more

Credits: Forrest Gump, Shrek, Wag the Dog, Brokeback Mountain

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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Declared Bankruptcy
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MC Hammer became a superstar in the early 1990s after his hit "You Can't Touch This" soared up the charts. In 1996, he filed for bankruptcy reporting over $13 million in debt.

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Age: 53

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Rapper Entrepreneur, + more

Credits: Into the Wild^! The Proposal^! Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan^! Tropic Thunder

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Stan Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Have Declared Bankruptcy
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Stan Lee's Stan Lee Media company declared bankruptcy in 2000.  In order to protect his famous comic book characters during the bankruptcy proceedings, Lee assigned them to a new company which he developed called POW! Entertainment.

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Age: 94

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Comic book creator, Editor, Television Show Host, Publisher Business executive, + more

Credits: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man 2

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