15 Millionaire Celebs Who Were Once Homeless

The homeless population in America is one of the fastest growing communities in our country, and should undoubtedly be one of our top priorities. Yet, regardless of our problems, we still live in one of the best countries in the world, where no matter what social class you are currently in, you have the opportunity to pull yourself up by your boot straps, and turn even the darkest situations into a life of prosperity and fortune.

And that is exactly what this list of millionaires did with their once unfortunate lives. Persevered. Take a look into the world of people who turned nothing into something, and let this be some motivation for those of you who are currently struggling, or are in need of some inspiration. Have faith, because as this article will prove, those rags to riches dreams really are attainable.

15 Jennifer Lopez

14 Kelly Clarkson

13 Lil' Kim

12 Hilary Swank

11 Jim Carrey

10 Carmen Electra

9 Ed Sheeran

8 Jewel Kilcher

7 Drew Carey

6 Halle Berry

5 Sylvester Stallone

4 William Shatner

3 Dr. Phil McGraw

2 Steve Jobs

1 Djimon Hounsou

To close out our list of rags to riches stories, we have none other than Djimon Hounsou, who just might have the most unique and hardest come-up of all the entries listed. First of all, Djimon's story doesn't take place in the United States. He was born in the West African nation of Bénin, and at the tender of 13, he and his brother left his home country in search of a better life where they ended up in Lyon, France. Soon Djimon dropped out of school in France, and he and his brother had to live on the streets of the foreign land, doing whatever they could to attain warm clothes and food for the harsh weather and climate. He later got the opportunity to become a model in Paris and even got roles in music videos from the likes of Madonna and Janet Jackson. After becoming a recognizable face in the United States, Djimon pursued an acting career, and let's just say things didn't turn out half bad for him. He's now an Award-winning actor and has worked with acting greats like Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. Let this be a message to those of you struggling day to day, that nothing is impossible. And if you just so happen to be dirt poor and reading this at this very moment... Never. Give. Up.

Sources: BusinessInsider, KCRA

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