It’s easy to forget that, with the luxury lifestyle that comes with stardom, not all celebrities were born with a silver spoon in their mouths. In fact, some stars had to pull themselves up from nothing and fight to achieve their goals. These 20 rags-to-riches stories show just how much is possible with perseverance and hard work.
Her media empire has made her one of the richest women in America, but Oprah Winfrey’s early life was one of mistreatment and extreme poverty. She lived in a boarding house for the majority of her childhood – where she endured physical and sexual abuse – before breaking free and working hard to achieve a current estimated net worth of $3 billion.