They may have come from nothing but these 10 celebrity names are now some of the most famous in the world.
Here we take a look at some of the most impressive rags to riches stories around, from comedians and boxers to a Silicon Valley software developer, they cover all areas and industries.
Making their way into the top three of the list are a musician, author and popular TV personality... can you guess who?
Popular music producer and rapper, Jay Z, comes in at number three.
He may be one of the most well known voices in the world and have one of the most famous wives in the world but Jay Z wasn't born into luxury.
He grew up as Sean Carter in a Brooklyn housing project where he was abandoned by his father and ended up allegedly selling drugs on the streets.
In at second place is the creator of one of the world's favourite wizards, JK Rowling.
She describes her former lifestyle as: "As skint as you can be without being homeless, in other words we were existing entirely on benefits."
The writer is said to have come up with the concept of Harry Potter and Hogwarts on a delayed train between Manchester and London.
Hitting the top spot in the 'Top ten rags to riches success stories' is America's favourite TV personality, Oprah Winfrey.
Winfrey suffered hardship in her early years while she was raised by her single, teenage mother.
She lived in poverty and was sexually abused by family members and supposed friends.
In a real turn around she has made her way through everything and is now one of the worlds' most recognisable television personalities.
Watch the video above to find out which other household names have made it into the top ten.
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