Ever since the recession, rags to riches stories have become harder to come by than ever before. However, in a time where inequality between the 1% of millionaires and the rest of the world are steadily widening, these types of stories become even more important to remind the simple folks of how grinding it day by day can propel one to the top.
Anyone who loves a good laugh knows who Jim Carrey is. But all jokes aside, the Canadian actor actually carries a dark past. Jim Carrey was raised in poverty and at a very young age was forced to work at a factory after school. Today, Jim Carrey is worth $150 million and is one of the most successful Hollywood comedians and actors.
Another Canadian millionaire who is an entrepreneur, investor, and TV personality, Kevin O’Leary didn’t always have cash to burn. In fact, O’Leary had a rough start in life when his father died when he was just a child. Later, his mother remarried. O’Leary was forced to move around and live in different countries. In high school, he took on odd jobs after school to earn some side income. Today, his net worth is around $400 million.
Best known for her multi-award winning and, not to mention, generous talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show, the dubbed “Queen of All Media” was also born into poverty in the state of Mississippi. She was raised by a teenage single mother, suffered years of abuse, and later ran away from home. She got pregnant at a very young age, yet her son passed away during infancy. Despite the hardships, she later went on to become the first black woman billionaire in history. In 2014, she was reported to have a net worth of more than $2.8 billion.
Growing up in rural Texas, Harold Simmons remembers his childhood in a shack without any plumbing or electricity. But with effort, he got accepted into the University of Texas and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Later on, he took out personal loans to build a series of drug stores that grew to be a 100 store chain, which he then sold to Eckerd for around $50 million.
Known as the “man who broke the bank of England”, George Soros was born during the Nazi occupation of Hungary. After escaping the war and moving to London, Soros supplemented his school tuition by working two jobs. Today, his investment fund is one of the largest groups in the world, holding an estimated $9 billion.
Sarah Jessica Parker
The actress didn’t always have the “Sex and the City” glamorous kind of lifestyle. She was born into poverty in rural Ohio and had to work two jobs, singing and acting, to support her family. After a string of successful Hollywood movies, TV shows, and commercials, she is now worth $15 million.
After being given away for adoption by his biological parents at an early age, Jobs went on to build one of the largest tech empires in the world today. Apple is now a household brand and has a market valuation of $932 billion. It is poised to be the first company to reach a valuation of $1 trillion.
With these stories to inspire, never give up on your dream for a better future. Whether you are a business owner or someone who’s starting to build a career, there are many banks offering personal loans that can help propel you towards success. Combine this with hard work and perseverance, if they can do it – so can you!