Hard-Knock Past: Celebs Who Went From Rags to Riches

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  • Lil Wayne
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Mariah Carey
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Jay Z
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • New Edition
  • Tyler Perry
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Mary J. Blige
  • 50 Cent
  • T.I.
  • Tina Turner
  • Bill Cosby
  • Bob Marley
  • Tupac

Lil Wayne

These stars may be able to fly private jets and pop Champagne on a moment's notice now, but they grew up far from glamour.

Our list of celebs who came from poverty starts with Lil Wayne. When he said, "I bought me a double R, because I went from rags to riches," Weezy wasn't just rapping. Wayne was raised by a single mother in the Hollygrove projects of New Orleans before he was effectively adopted by his mentor, Birdman. It wasn't long before Weezy got a taste of the high life.

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