Rags-to-riches stories don’t just happen in the movies.
Some of the world’s richest and most successful people didn’t start off that way — they spent nights sleeping on the streets, in their cars, or on friends’ couches. Some of these celebrities struggled with addiction or trying to make it on their own while pursuing their dreams.
Fast-forward to today, many hold Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy award titles and have earned the respect and admiration of their industry peers and fans across the world.
Here are 20 incredible stories of people who turned misfortune into great success.
Vivian Giang and Natalie Walters contributed to earlier versions of this story.