Rags to riches, SHOCKING true stories
From eating caterpillars for dinner to sleeping in homeless shelters, these Rags to Riches stories will shock and inspire you. You may be going through some rough times now, but the lives of these millionaires and billionaires prove that you have just as good a chance as anyone at making it big.
When you think of Trevor Noah, the dimpled host of The Daily Show, caterpillars don’t spring to mind. Yet, the young Noah ate them as a source of protein when he was growing up in cramped housing in South Africa. No food security and a tense political climate meant that childhood wasn’t easy going but Noah admits to using humor as a coping mechanism. With an estimated net worth of $23.5 million today (as of Oct, 2019), he sure is laughing all the way to the bank.
At 21, Halle Berry took some modeling money she had saved up and moved to New York City to become an actress. Within three months, she was out of cash and sleeping in homeless shelters. She eventually moved to Hollywood and starred in several movies, even winning an Academy Award for her role in Monsters Ball.
Do Won Chang:
Do Won Chang, a penniless immigrant from South Korea could barely speak English. In the 1980s, he worked long, grueling hours as a janitor, gas station attendant, and in a coffee shop before pooling in his savings with his wife and starting a retail fashion store in California. That store turned into Forever 21: a booming fashion retail chain that dominates global markets and makes its owners millions.
It’s hard to think of Oprah Winfrey as anything other than crazy rich, but here we are. Winfrey was born into a household so economically disadvantaged, that potato sacks doubled as clothing and running water and electricity were hard to come by. Winfrey has been open about her humble beginnings and her rise from poverty to a $3 billion fortune has inspired generations.
Sheldon Adelson:Adelson grew up in a one-room Boston tenement with Eastern European Jewish immigrant parents who had less than a hundred dollars between them. Today, he owns Las Vegas Sands, the largest casino company in the world.