9 Hollywood Stars Who Made It Big From Dirty Money

Nicki Minaj

Moved from Trinidad to the US at age 5, grew up in poverty in Queens, New York, prayed nightly to be rich, and became a successful rapper.

Celine Dion

Born into a large, struggling French-Canadian family of 14 children, but now a wealthy singer with five Grammys and sold-out shows in Las Vegas.

Leighton Meester

Born in a federal jail in Texas while her mother was serving time for drug smuggling, she rose to fame as Blair Waldorf on "Gossip Girl."

Jim Carrey

Lived in a VW camper with his family, worked various low-paying jobs, experienced homelessness, but became a famous comedian starring in "Dumb and Dumber" and "Ace Ventura."

Leonardo DiCaprio

Grew up in poverty in Hollywood surrounded by criminals, battled homelessness, but eventually became a successful actor.

Mark Wahlberg

Dropped out of school at 14, lived a life of petty crime, served jail time, turned his life around with a record deal, and became a blockbuster actor.

JK Rowling

Started as a struggling single mother on government handouts, wrote the "Harry Potter" series, and became a billionaire.

Mariah Carey

Grew up poor, moved to New York, worked multiple jobs, discovered by a Columbia Records executive, and became a Grammy-winning artist.

Justin Bieber

Lived in a rat-infested house, slept on a pull-out couch, often went hungry, but rose to fame and wealth, now living a luxurious life.