Studies suggest that young people with low socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to complete higher education and have high-paying careers than those from rich and influential families. However, there are always exceptions that break the rules. In fact, many people in the world of rich and famous rose from very humble backgrounds, including:
J.K. Rowling (1965). Author of the Harry Potter series that was sold in over 400 million copies and made Rowling the highest earning author of all time was at a certain point living on state benefits. Also, she had difficulties finding a publisher for the first Harry Potter book, the manuscript of which was rejected by 12 publishing houses before it was accepted by Bloomsbury.
Oprah Winfrey (1954). Nicknamed ‘The Queen of TV Talk’, the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show and one of the most influential women in the world was born to a poor teenage single mother. Oprah gave birth in her teenage years herself but her child died while still an infant. Slowly, however, she began to build her media career, first on radio and then on TV. With a net worth of an estimated $3 billion, Oprah is the richest African-American.
Leonardo del Vecchio (1935). The richest Italian rose from very humble beginnings. Born into a poor family in Milan, del Vecchio grew up in an orphanage. His father died before his birth, while his mother was unable to provide for her son. Nevertheless, he worked hard and in 1961, he founded the company Luxottica s.a.s. which would eventually grow into the No 1 eye-wear company in the world.
Larry Ellison (1944). The co-founder of the company Oracle Corporation and according to Forbes, the 5th richest man in the world had to work his way up as well. His unwed mother gave him up to adoption to her aunt and uncle. After working all sorts of things, he finally founded the Oracle Corporation (as Software Development Laboratories), currently the second highest-earning software company after Microsoft.
Tom Jones (1940). The Welsh singer who sold more than 100 records around the world and received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music had a hard life before rising to fame and fortune. He married his pregnant high school girlfriend when he was just 17. To support his family, he took just about any job including that of a factory worker, construction worker and glove cutter.