11 Famous People Who Were Once Homeless

Even Steve Jobs is on this list.

People often make unfair assumptions about why others have become homeless. But while it can be easy to pass judgements, it's important to remember that homelessness can happen to anyone at anytime for reasons having nothing to do with a person's work ethic or drive. 

In fact, some of the most famous and successful people were once homeless. Their stories prove that being displaced from a home does not define a person, and that life can take a turn at any moment. 

Here are 11 famous and successful people who you may not have known were once homeless.


1. Jennifer Lopez.

Before she was known worldwide as 'Jenny from the Block,' things were not easy for Jennifer Lopez. After butting heads with her mother because she chose a career as a dancer instead of college, Lopez was homeless at age 18. She even spent some nights sleeping in a cot in a dance studio. Within a year, she nabbed her first major gig and the rest is history.

2. Steve Jobs.

While dropping out of Reed College ultimately helped Steve Jobs achieve his dreams, it first left him without a dorm room. He was homeless, and reportedly had to collect coke bottles to earn money for food. The decision to leave college eventually paid off for Jobs as he founded one of the most successful companies of all time.

3. Michael Oher.

Some may know him as subject of the hit book and movie The Blind Side, but before Michael Oher became a Super Bowl winning lineman, he was homeless. Oher was a living on the streets as a child before a family adopted him and he embarked on his football journey.

4. Jewel.

For over 20 years, Jewel has been singing some of the greatest ballads ever. But before she was a big success, Jewel lived out of her car as a teenager. She finally pulled herself out of that situation after getting her first record deal.

5. Sylvester Stallone.

Sylvester Stallone went from rags to riches with Rocky. Before the film was made, he was homeless and sold his dog for $50. One week later, after he cashed in by selling the script, he reportedly bought the dog back for $3000.

6. Halle Berry.

Halle Berry found herself without cash as a struggling actress, and she had to seek refuge in a homeless shelter. Berry did ask her mother for financial assistance, but she refused to help. It was an important lesson for Berry, and one that motivated her to launch her career. She eventually won an Academy Award.

7. Steve Harvey.

Long before Steve Harvey became a television host, he was struggling to make it in the world of entertainment. He was homeless for three years, slept in his car and lived on bologna sandwiches. Now, between his gigs and television appearances, he is sitting on a $100 million empire.

8. Heather Mills.

While Heather Mills is a recognizable model and activist, most people do not realize she was once homeless. As a teenager, she ran away from home and reportedly lived under the arches at London Waterloo. After her career blossomed, Mills was successful and no longer homeless.

9. Drew Carey.

For The Price Is Right host Drew Carey, he once couldn't afford a place to live or food to eat. As a youngster in Las Vegas, Carey said that he was homeless and searched for spare change just to survive. Carey eventually got back on his feet and became television icon.

10. Jim Cramer.

When CNBC's Jim Cramer was younger, a thief broke into his apartment and stole everything. Cramer had nothing left and with no place to stay, he was living out of his car. Cramer eventually saved enough money to get a new place. From there he launched a career as a hedge fund manager and a television host.

11. Chris Pratt.

Years before Chris Pratt became a star on television and in movies, he was reportedly homeless and living out of a van in Hawaii. And he was living in that van until he was casted in Cursed Part 3, which launched his career.

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