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This list contains information about celebrities who grew up poor, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, and politicians grew up poor. Some of these famous folks grew up in trailer parks, while others lived in public housing. One famous comedian even lived with his family in a van for some time.

Who is the most famous person who grew up poor? Jennifer Lopez tops our list. Jennifer Lopez grew up in the Castle Hill neighborhood of The Bronx in a small apartment. She is now reportedly worth $300 million. Tom Cruise grew up in near poverty with an abusive father. He is now reportedly worth $380 million. Oprah Winfrey was born in Mississippi to an unmarried teenage mother. She lived in poverty for much of her early life. Oprah is now reportedly worth $2.9 billion.

After his father lost his job, Jim Carrey's family lived in a van. He is now reportedly worth $150 million. Hilary Swank grew up in a trailer park in Bellingham, Washington. She is now reportedly worth $40 million.

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor
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Jennifer Lopez grew up in the Castle Hill neighborhood of The Bronx in a small apartment. She is now reportedly worth $300 million.

Age: 47

Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, + more

Credits: Out of Sight, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, American Idol

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#98 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#34 on The Best Current Female Singers

#64 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#73 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor
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Selena Gomez's mother was 16 years old when the pop singer was born. Her mother struggled to support Gomez financially when they were in Texas. Gomez is now reportedly worth $16 million.

Age: 24

Birthplace: Grand Prairie, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Fashion designer, Actor, Music artist, Voice acting, Singer, + more

Credits: Hotel Transylvania, Spring Breakers, Monte Carlo, Hotel Transylvania 2

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#23 on The Best Current Female Singers

#60 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#89 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#60 on The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor
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Tom Cruise grew up in near poverty with an abusive father. He is now reportedly worth $380 million.

Age: 54

Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Credits: Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men

Also Ranked

#48 on The Best Living American Actors

#52 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#92 on The Best Actors in Film History

#4 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

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Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor
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Justin Bieber grew up supported by a single mother living in low-income housing in Canada. He is now reportedly worth $200 million.

Age: 23

Birthplace: London, Canada

Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, + more

Credits: Justine Bieber: Never Say never, Justine Bieber's Believe, The Karate Kid, Step Up revolution

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#21 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

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