They’ve Got a Story To Tell: Celebs Who Went From Top Ramen to Top Dollar
Mary J. Blige
The reigning queen of hip-hop soul, Blige was raised in a problematic home, living in the Schlogbohm Houses: a housing project in Yonkers, New York. Growing up, Blige went though much, including being molested by a family friend at the age of five. She started her musical career in church, using it as an escape, but as a teen, she started to fell prey to secular temptations; dropping out of high school, and becoming involved in alcohol, sex and drugs. Her saving grace was a trip to the mall, where she recorded a cover of Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture.” With the assistance of her mother’s boyfriend, the recording landed in the lap of Uptown Records’ CEO, Andre Harrell. There, she was paired with Sean “Puffy” Combs, who help to create a brand image for her. Nine Grammy Awards, eight multi-platinum albums and Four American Music Awards later, Blige is at the peak of her success. Today, her net worth is $45 million dollars.