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50+ Celebrities Who Grew Up Poor

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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
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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.
    • Born: 1969-07-24
    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, USA

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  • Selena Gomez
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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.
    • Born: 1992-07-22
    • Age: 28
    • Birthplace: Grand Prairie, Texas, United States of America

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  • Tom Cruise
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    Tom Cruise grew up in near poverty with an abusive father. He is now reportedly worth $380 million.
    • Born: 1962-07-03
    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States of America

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  • Justin Bieber
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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.
    • Born: 1994-03-01
    • Age: 26
    • Birthplace: London, Canada

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