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

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  • 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
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Mariah Carey

Mark Wahlberg

The Pain and Gain star may be worth an estimated $165 million today, but the actor once had to survive on quite a few less zeros. Wahlberg was the youngest of nine children and raised in poverty in Boston. At age 16, he served 50 days in prison for assaulting two men after a drug deal went bad. This was rock bottom for Wahlberg, and he was determined to turn his life around. A short time later, with the help of his brother Donnie Wahlberg, his music career was born.

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