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

Oprah Winfrey

Who says that hard work and a good attitude can't take you far in Hollywood? The talk show host was born to an unwed teenage mother, raised by her grandmother until she was 6, and later raised by her father. The small family relied on welfare to get by. But after showing promise as a journalist, Winfrey — who also endured sexual abuse as a young child — turned her gift of gab into billions. 

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