It's easy to view celebrities as if they're royalty, born into a lavish lifestyle and idolized by all from day one. That elegant image betrays the hard work that so many now famous individuals put in to gain their well-earned money and fame. If you look at rich celebrities then and now, you'll find that they may have even had it harder than most.
Seeing broke celebs before they were rich can be a shocking thing, as money and fame come with many perks, including professional styling. But these wealthy people are more than just pretty faces - many of them have inspiring stories to share, too. Check out what rich people looked like when they were broke and try to stave off your jealousy of the wonder of being a millionaire.
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Believe it or not, there was a time when Oprah Winfrey wore potato sacks for clothes. She survived a difficult childhood marked by frequent moves and physical and sexual abuse. Winfrey's life changed once she went to live with her father and discovered her passion for media.
She parlayed a career in newscasting into daytime television, and now she is worth around $3 billion.
- Age: 67
- Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
- Alternative Name: Oprah
Now the Harry Potter author is worth around $1 billion.
- Age: 56
- Birthplace: Yate, United Kingdom
- Photo: Camp Wilder/ABC
When Hilary Swank moved to Los Angeles with her mother, they were forced to live in a car. Later they moved into a friend's place, where they slept on air mattresses as her mother saved up to rent a place of their own.
Now, she's an Oscar winner with roughly $40 million in the bank.
- Age: 47
- Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
- Photo: Taps/20th Century Fox
Now he is one of the most famous actors of all time, worth around $43 million.
- Age: 59
- Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States of America