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Celebrities who were once poor!

Celebrities nowadays seem to be vacationing at expensive resorts, owning priceless vehicles and throwing lavish parties. Charging hefty sums for their work of art, these superstars were once even poorer than you and me! Go through the list below to find out more about these insanely-rich people who came from really humble backgrounds!

1. Rajnikanth

Often treated as a superhuman being, Rajnikanth wasn’t exactly as lucky once as he is nowadays. The star worked two jobs, as a coolie and a bus conductor to make ends meet! Before signing on for films, life seemed pretty boring for someone like Rajnikanth!

2. Shahrukh Khan

Who isn’t aware of King Khan and his towering success in Bollywood? India’s arguably greatest acting sensation of all time quit his Master’s degree in Mass Communication and traveled to Mumbai with a meager Rs.1500. I guess it’s safe to say Shahrukh has more than 1,500 lying in his numerous bank accounts by now!

3. Amitabh Bachchan

The Bachchan family has a distinguished and unrivaled status in Bollywood, all because of Amitabh Bachchan himself. The iconic Bollywood giant charges a hefty fee for each movie that he stars in. Do you know, before he embarked on the journey to greatness as an actor, Amitabh had to sleep on the benches of Marine Drive in Mumbai? Yes, the megastar during his early days, never owned even a single bedroom apartment!

4. Akshay Kumar

Today’s Boss and Khiladi used to wash dishes and wait on tables back in Bangkok! Yes, Akshay was a waiter and chef in Bangkok and often used to sleep on the kitchen floor at nights!

5. Boman Irani

Before he made it big with the record smashing Munnai Bhai M.B.B.S, Boman used to work as a waiter and room service staff. Only when he ventured into theater and scored big with Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, was he able to gain celebrity status as an established comedian in Bollywood!

6. J.K.Rowling

Did you know, the author who penned the famous Harry Potter novel series, used to live on welfare and in U.K government housing society before she made it big? When her novel series sold big, J.K was flying all over the world, just not on a broomstick!

7. Tom Cruise

One of the most sought-after stars on the planet, Tom Cruise was the son of a single mother who worked up to four jobs a day to support her family. Cruise dropped out of his high school and pursued a career in acting. As it turns out, his life can also be captioned as ‘Mission Impossible!’

8. Eminem

Today, Eminem tours the world and astounds audiences worldwide with his lyrical genius and rhyming schemes. Did you know, the white rapper used to flip burgers at a Detroit burger restaurant and lived in a trailer park, before being discovered by Dr.Dre?

9. Justin Bieber

The megastar with a global fan following which he refers to ‘Beliebers’ today, was very poor before he was discovered by Usher. The American pop sensation used to live off a simple diet of macaroni and cheese, sleeping on a worn out couch in a rat infested house! Today, the Baby star is worth almost $65 million!

10. Leonardo DiCaprio

Before the star made it big and being worth more than $200 million, Leo grew up in an impoverished Hollywood neighborhood, with prostitution and drug dealers rampant in his neighborhood! This Wolf of Wall Street indeed grew up in a wolfish environment!

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