20 rags to riches stories that will blow your mind
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- Before they became some of the richest people in the world, these celebrities and entrepreneurs endured hardship and struggles.
- Some of the biggest names in Hollywood grew up in shady parts of LA, while others survived by sleeping in homeless shelters or under bridges.
- These surprising rags to riches stories will show you exactly how one can go from humble origins to Forbes' list of richest people in the world.
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Despite being some of the most recognizable names in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and beyond, these millionaires and billionaires weren't always living the high life. From the seedy streets of LA to the Bayview projects, these celebrities and entrepreneurs made it big after coming from nothing.
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Here are 20 of the most inspiring (and downright wild) rags to riches stories:
Halle Berry slept in a homeless shelter
Sarah Jessica Parker's family couldn't afford electricity or birthday presents
Ed Sheeran dropped out of school and slept in subway stations
Leonardo DiCaprio comes from a drug-torn town outside of Los Angeles
Arnold Schwarzenegger experienced hunger riots in post-World War II Austria
Celine Dion grew up in a poor family as one of fourteen children
J.K. Rowling was a single mom struggling to make ends meet before she wrote Harry Potter
Multi-billionaire Kenny Troutt's racehorse just won the Triple Crown — but before that, he was the poor son of a bartender
Oprah Winfrey grew up poor and went to college on a scholarship
John Paul DeJoria sold Christmas cards and newspapers to help support his family
Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz grew up in the projects of Canarsie, Brooklyn
Forever 21 founder Do Won Chang worked as a janitor before he hit it big
In his high school yearbook, Ralph Lauren answered a question about his future goals with one word: "millionaire." Today, the fashion giant is worth $7 billion.
Steve Jobs was the child of two immigrants and became a millionaire by age 23
Lakshmi Mittal grew up in a poor Indian family in Rajasthan
Roman Abramovich was an orphan — now he owns the world's second-largest yacht
Leonardo Del Vecchio, whose eyeglasses empire makes Ray-Bans and Oakleys, used to be a factory worker
Francois Pinault was teased in school for being poor — now he's the leader behind luxury goods group PPR, which sells brands Gucci and Stella McCartney
Sheldon Adelson delivered newspapers before he became a multi-billionaire
Larry Ellison worked odd jobs in California before founding Oracle
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