To see them stepping out of their luxurious mansions to climb into the backseat of a limo in an impeccable outfit, you’d think these people were born to riches.
However, some of the most famous people in the world who are now immensely rich have gone through some very rough patches in their lives, being homeless and barely able to afford food in their younger years.
10 James Cameron
James Cameron is enormous. The list of blockbusters he directed is awe-inspiring, and so is his fortune. At the time of his debut, all he had was his brilliant mind.
While he was working on the script for Terminator, Cameron lived in his car. He was so desperate to make it into the movie world that he agreed to sell the movie’s rights for $1, on condition he is allowed to direct it.
It must have been tough when the film became a huge box-office success, but in his career, which spans more than four decades, Cameron made around $700 million. Not bad!
9 Halle Berry
Before making it to the big screen, Halle Berry was a model. She made it into the 1986 Miss World but did not win, so she didn’t make much money.
Berry set her eyes on New York, deciding to study acting. As her mother would not finance her endeavors in this direction, the beautiful actress was forced to sleep in homeless centers sometimes. It was a good life experience that taught her about living within her means.
8 Jennifer Lopez
Everybody knows it takes a lot of determination to make it in showbiz, but Jennifer Lopez needed tons of it, as she also had to fight with her mother, who had a very different career in mind for her daughter.
Lopez did not give in, even if that meant leaving home when she turned 18. For the next few months, she slept on a sofa at the dance studio until she got a contract as a dancer with a European company.
7 Jim Carrey
Life wasn’t always fun for Jim Carrey. The Canadian-born actor dropped out of school the day he turned 16 and took odd jobs to help his cash-strapped parents.
It didn’t help much, and the Carreys became homeless. They all moved into a van for a few months. Despite all this, the young Carrey started performing comedy acts, polishing his future career skills.