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8 Celebrities Who Grew Up Rich And 8 Who Are Self-Made

8 celebrities who grew up rich and 8 who are self-made

Not every celeb in showbiz was born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Some went from rags to riches (literally). Take a look at stories that inspire hope and prove that perseverance often pays off no matter how hard the road seems to be.

1. SELF MADE: Hillary Swank

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Clint Eastwood and Hillary Swank in Million Dollar Baby


She grew up in Washington State where she used to live in a trailer park. In an interview with Together Magazine, she said “My friend’s parents would say, ‘You aren’t to hang out with her.’ At 6 years old, to have a parent say, ‘You’re not welcome in our home, you need to go wasn’t easy.'”


2. GREW UP RICH: Cara Delevingne

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Cara comes from a very powerful family. The English actress even has ties to the Royal Family. Her grandmother was a lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret, and her grandfather was a knighted publishing mogul. 


3. SELF MADE: Nicki Minaj

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Nicki has seen times when her mother would rent out their house and live in the basement in order to make ends meet.


4. GREW UP RICH: Bradley Cooper

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Celebrities Who Grew Up Rich

His dad was a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch, and his mom worked for NBC. He did his schooling at the Germantown Academy. 


5. SELF MADE: Leighton Meester

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Leighton Meester and Blake Lively in Gossip Girl

When the Gossip Girl actress was born, her mom was serving federal time for drug trafficking. 


6. GREW UP RICH: Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Emma’s dad used to be the president and CEO of a commercial construction company that generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue every year.


7. SELF MADE: Sarah Jessica Parker

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In an interview with New York Times, Sarah revealed, “We didn’t have electricity sometimes. We didn’t have Christmases sometimes, or we didn’t have birthdays sometimes. The phone company would call and say, ‘We’re shutting your phones off.'”


8. GREW UP RICH: Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein

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The sibling duo’s mother was a costume designer and a fashion stylist. Their father worked as an accountant for the iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses.



9. SELF MADE: Selena Gomez

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Selena’s mom had her when she was just 16. In a 2011 E! special, Selena said, “I remember mom running out of gas all the time, and we’d sit there and have to go through the car and get quarters and help her get gas.”


10. GREW UP RICH: Anderson Cooper

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Cooper’s great-great-great-grandfather was one of the richest Americans in history.

11. SELF MADE: Oprah Winfrey

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The talk-show host grew up in utmost poverty. She’s seen days with no running water and worn potato sacks as clothing


12. GREW UP RICH: Ariana Grande

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Ariana’s mom was the CEO of a communications company, and her dad founded a graphic design firm.


13. SELF MADE: Kelly Clarkson

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The Kelly Clarkson show


Kelly has lived her life on prepay check to prepay check. In an interview, she said, “I don’t know one poor person that’s going, ‘Money doesn’t buy happiness.’ It pays you to get out of eviction notices.”



14. GREW UP RICH: Salma Hayek

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Her dad was an oil company executive in Mexico while her mom was an opera singer and talent scout. They gifted her 3 tigers when she was young.


15. SELF MADE: Justin Bieber


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Tom Cruise and Justin Bieber

Raised by a single mother, Justin claims that his mom used to make him order only water at restaurants since she couldn’t always afford him sodas.


16. GREW UP RICH: Gwyneth Paltrow


Her family has had ties in Hollywood from a very young age. Her dad is a movie director and producer, and her mom is actor Blythe Danner.



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Written by Muneer

Muneer is an Indian writer at FandomWire who plans to visit all countries in this world to eat the food on their streets. Obsessed with joggers, he sings and plays the strings too.