It looks like some people have it all in life: power, fame, influence, and money while most of us, everyday people, often look up to them and dream about becoming just like them. What would you say though if we told you that some of the most famous celebrities and successful people out there struggled way more than your average Joe and had to deal with poverty and homelessness the same way everyday people do? On this list you will read about 25 rich and famous people that give new meaning to the saying Everything comes with a price, and who used their struggles in life as their main inspiration to achieve their greatest goals.
20. Shania Twain
The queen of the ’90s country music scene and probably the most commercially successful female country singer ever can probably enjoy any kind of luxury she desires (and how couldn’t she with an estimated net worth of $350 million)? However, way before Shania conquered the charts, she struggled with a series of problems including poverty, domestic violence and homelessness. She stayed in various shelters in Toronto and slept on buses while at twenty-two she had to raise and provide for her younger siblings after their parents died in a tragic car accident.
15. Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra introduced herself to the world as the new Pamela Anderson in the role of Lani McKenzie in Baywatch. Unfortunately, she never became the ultimate sex symbol she was supposed to be and since then would be noticed more for her glamorous lifestyle and bizarre relationships rather than her acting career. However, Carmen has not always lived a glamorous lifestyle. Thanks to her then boyfriend’s thievery; Carmen spent a couple of years homeless and in Los Angeles’ shelters before finally getting a shot at becoming Baywatch’s new hot babe.
10. John Woo
The famous Chinese director who has given the world the epic blockbusters Face/Off and Mission: Impossible II had to deal with life’s rough side from a very young age. Poverty and lack of food on many occasions was standard for Woo’s family since his father had tuberculosis and could not work and provide for his family. Additionally, when the Woo was only seven he became homeless after the family home was burned to the ground in a fire. For the next two years the family would wander from shelter to shelter until they managed to get a new place to live a normal life again
5. Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey is nowadays one of the greatest comedic actors of our generation and one of the richest with a net worth of about $150 million, but from what we’ve learned about his early years life wasn’t always that funny or generous to him. The youngest child in his family, when he was only fifteen his father lost his job, and everything in the Carrey family’s life quickly spiraled out of control and they lost their apartment. The family then moved into their van where they spent a significant amount of time until they rented a new place and Jim left school to work as a janitor to support his family.