Money comes and money goes, what makes money last is being smart with it. The thing about making a lot of money in a short period of time is making sure your financial success lasts as long as possible. Celebrities tend to go from rags to riches almost over night and while some people are able to handle the pressure and responsibility that comes with a lump sum of cash, others end up in worse situations than they started.
Throughout the 90s countless new faces emerged in show business. It was one of the best decades for television and young celebrities were making more money than ever. Some of these 90s celebrities took their money and made it last until now, while others have not had the best of luck when it comes to finances.
We thought it would be interesting to do a little “where are they now” when it comes to finances. While some people on this list have excelled past all of our expectations others have truly disappointed their fans. So here it is 8 celebrities from the 90s that are broke and 8 that are still rolling in cash. From comedians to sitcom and movie stars, this list is filled with your favorite stars from the 90s.
16 Wesley Snipes - Broke
Wesley Snipes was a huge star in the 1990's. Best known for his role in the movie Blade, Snipes was seen to have a bright future ahead of him.
However, in 2006, his life began to crash down when he not only filed for bankruptcy but also got locked up for tax fraud only a few months later. The verdict was released and Snipes was found guilty not paying over twelve million dollars in taxes.
Snipes ended up spending three years behind bars and in a previous interview, he stated “Nobody wants to get locked up, although 'locked up' is a matter of perspective. There can be people who are out who are in prison mentally and emotionally and worse off than those who are behind bars.”
15 Jennifer Aniston - Rich
Jennifer Aniston made herself a household name when she played Rachel Green on the epic television series Friends.
Aniston won over the hearts of America throughout the nineties and she went from being a normal television star to one of the most famous human beings on the planet.
Aniston made a lot of money from the show friends and she has only built on that fortune since then. Aniston is one of those women who does not need monetary things to be happy and has stated "You can undo a lot of things. If you're not happy, you can become happy. Happiness is a choice, that's the thing I really feel."
Jennifer Aniston has been through a lot throughout the past decade and has gone through all the heartbreak and sadness in front of the world and we are so happy she has found happiness from inside her soul.
14 Pamela Anderson - Broke
Once upon a time, Pamela Anderson was not only one of the sexiest women on the planet but she was also extremely successful.
However, years have passed since her golden days in the nineties and her fortune, as well as her good looks, are slowly slipping away from her.
Rumor has it that Anderson owed over $1.7 million dollars in 2009. Apparently, her extravagant, diva-like lifestyle finally got the best of her. Without working as much anymore and without making any sound investments, Anderson is simply spending more than she is making, which is never a smart thing to do.
The notorious blonde once stated "I have to think of moderation, which is not a word that's in my vocabulary. But I try” and we hope she has tried to learn what moderation is when it comes to spending money.
13 Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen - Rich
When it comes to child stars in the 90s there are very few that are as successful as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
The set of twins became household names as young children when they split the role of Michelle Tanner on the epic television series Full House. Full House was one of those shows that had and still has a huge following.
Full House opened numerous doors for the twins and from there they not only went on to appear in a variety of different movies but they also launched their own clothing line.
The Olsen Twins are a brand on their own and not only are they super talented they are also fierce business women. Although they put show business behind them, these sisters are still considered legends when it comes to 90s sitcom stars.
12 MC Hammer - Broke
Stanley Kirk Burrell, better known to the world as MC Hammer was a pretty big deal in the late 1980's all the way until the late 1990s. The American recording artist, producer, and entrepreneur has made some financial mistakes throughout his life.
In 1991 the recording artist made a little over $33 million dollars. Only 5 years later, in 1996, he was already $14 million dollars in debt and was forced to declare bankruptcy.
Many people are curious as to how he even spent so much money in that short amount of time and the answer is simple. Cars, planes, companies, and mansions, all of which were not necessary.
MC Hammer once stated “Money has never been an issue with me. I will make and continue to make plenty of money” however, that does not seem to be the case.
11 Mario Lopez - Rich
For many 90's lovers, Saved By The Bell is known as one of the best after school shows ever. The show was awesome and it is what launched Mario Lopez into stardom. Lopez has made quite a career for himself throughout the years, not predominantly as an actor, but more so as a host. Since his days on Saved By The Bell, Lopez has hosted shows like Extra and Dancing With The Stars.
His charming attitude in combination with his striking good looks is just a few reasons why America has fallen so deeply in love with him.
Lopez, who is of Hispanic origins is very proud of his roots and has said: “I'm proud of my background, so I hope there will be more roles where Hispanics are being portrayed.”
10 Jodie Sweetin - Broke
Full House was one of the biggest shows of the 90s and it is where actress Jodie Sweetin found the most success throughout her career. Sweetin who played Stephanie Tanner on the sitcom was once one of those girls every other girl wanted to be.
However, with great power comes great responsibility and the fame and riches proved to be too much for this child star.
Sweetin is a recovering meth addict and has not been the most responsible star with her cash flow. “We all have our demons. When we finally learn to let them go, we get to live and be free” said the actress.
It was stated in her divorce papers that her home with ex Cody Herpin had been in foreclosure. Sweetin had so much going for her and she continuously went down the wrong path which is what landed her in this situation.
Lucky for her, Full House came out with a spinoff show and she was asked to return to the small screen, which means, she is making more money than she was a few years ago!
9 Melissa Joan Hart - Rich
Growing up, girls across the country were hoping that on their birthday their family would reveal to them that they had powers, just like Melissa Joan Hart's character on the show Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
Hart was living the dream then and she is still living it today. She has had many different roles after her big break and although none of them have had as much success she is clearly smart with her spending.
Melissa Joan Hart has always been a good role model and she continues to set a good example to her fans. We adore her and are happy to see she is still rolling in cash.
8 Sinbad - Broke
David Adkins, better known to the world as “Sinbad” was a well-known comedian and sitcom actor in the 90s.
Throughout his career, Sinbad appeared in projects like Jingle All The Way, The Sinbad Show, First Kid and Houseguest.
Even with this success, Sinbad ended up owing more than he was making. The comedian filed for bankruptcy two times and admitted to the world that he was in $11 million dollars of debt, $8 million of which was for unpaid taxes.
Sinbad stated the following in a previous interview,
"We ask for way too much stuff - way too much stuff. You got a job making $100 a year and bought a house for $3 million. Talking about, 'I don't know what happened with the payment.'”
7 Jerry O'Connell - Rich
From 1995 until 2000, Jerry O'Connell played Quinn Mallory in the popular television series Sliders. This successful actor has also been in projects like Scream, Jerry Maguire, Crossing Jordan and of course, our personal favorite, Stand By Me.
Since then, O'Connell has continued to grow on his success all while monetizing on it at the same time.
O'Connell is one of those actors who is talented, smart and good looking. The New York Native also landed himself an incredible lady. In 2007 he married the beautiful Rebecca Romijn and the couple has been together ever since.
O'Connell is a successful actor, yes but what he is most proud of is being a father “When you have little girls, you're the coolest person in the world. I know at some point that's going to end; in their adolescence, I'll become the opposite of that, especially if I'm parked outside a high school party” stated O'Connell in a previous interview.
6 Dustin Diamond - Broke
If Hollywood teaches us anything, it is that money runs out quickly. Dustin Diamond is a perfect example of a teen star who did not take good care of his finances. Diamond who played Screech on the hit television series Saved By The Bell has come across some financial difficulties throughout his lifetime.
A few years ago, in 2006, Diamond went online selling T-shirt with his photo on them in an attempt to raise $250,000 dollars in order to not lose his home to foreclosure. Diamond had also filed for bankruptcy in 2001, only five years before this incident.
Regardless of what we all may think, Diamond is fairly wise and has said “Know your job and don't fake it. It looks easy, but the ones that make it look easy to know what the hell they're doing. They may tell you around the dining room table that you're funny and you should be an actor, but until you challenge yourself by getting on a stage or in front of a camera, that's when your knowledge of the craft separates you from the pretenders.”
5 Will Smith - Rich
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is what turned Will Smith from an actor to a household name. From 1990 until 1996, Smith was killing it on the small screen. From there, he moved on to bigger projects and bigger productions and has gone from being a successful actor to one of the most successful actors appearing in projects like Hitch, I Am Legend and suicide squad.
Will Smith is one of those people who is loved by so many, his talent is undeniable and his passion for his craft and the world around him is exemplary of the man he is. Smith, who is a father and husband has always put his family ahead of work, something that is very admirable. Smith, is an amazing father is always filled with great advice “Don’t chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard. The right people – the ones who really belong in your life – will come to you. And stay.”
4 Brendan Fraser - Broke
In the 90s it seemed as if Brendan Fraser was going to have a very long career. Starring in projects like The Mummy, School Ties and George of the Jungle, Fraser seemed to be the perfect leading man.
However, like many people in the world, Fraser did not know how to keep his success going. In 2013, Fraser asked a Connecticut court to reduce his $50,000 a month alimony payment in order to save him from being completely poor.
With fewer roles for him and faded good looks, Fraser's career did not turn out the way most of us had expected it to. The actor has remained positive throughout his downfall and has stated “I guess darkness serves a purpose: to show us that there is redemption through chaos. I believe in that. I think that's the basis of Greek mythology.”
3 Mayim Bialik - Rich
Mayim Bialik is a perfect example of someone who monetized her success over the years. Bialik who is currently known for her role on the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory was successful way before The Big Bang Theory was a thing. Bialik was a successful star in the 90s appearing in projects like Blossom and Don't Drink the Water.
Bialik is not only a successful actress but she is also quite educated “I have a neuroscience background - that's what my doctorate is in - and I was trained to study hormones of attachment, so I definitely feel my parenting is informed by that” said the actress. This background has probably prepared her for her role on The Big Bang Theory and may explain why she plays her character so well as it is someone she can relate to.
2 Toni Braxton - Broke
Toni Braxton is a singer from 90s who is best known for her hit song “Un-Break My Heart” is no stranger to having money problems. In 1998 and in 2010 the singer filed for bankruptcy. Braxton blamed the music industry for her financial struggles and claims she was only paid $1,972 dollars in royalties for her first album despite it earning more than $170 million dollars around the globe.
Braxton did admit to being obsessed to home decor, claiming that she went a little overboard when it came to decorating her home “I love dishes and house things so I kind of lost it a little bit on the house ware. One-thousand thread-count sheets, that's what I indulged in.”
We are not too sure how many dishes she had to buy to become bankrupt but the reality remains that she had to file.
1 Shannen Doherty - Rich
In the 1990s there was one show that stood out from the rest and that show was Beverly Hills 90210. This show was the show that started the trend of teenage soap operas and Shannen Doherty was a big part of the show's success.
The actress has appeared in countless movies and television shows and has truly made the best out of her career. Although her life seems glamorous, there has been a lot of blood sweat and tears that have gone into making her success last so long. She stated in a previous interview the following “All my fans tell me what a glamorous life I have, but I tell them how hard I work and how many nights I spend alone with my dogs, eating chicken pot pie in my bedroom.”