Rags To Riches: Celebs Who Turned Their Pain Into Their Passion

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2. Oprah Winfrey

When Oprah was 9 years old, she was lived in Milwaukee under the supervision of her 19-year-old male cousin who sexually abused her. She was then abused by a family friend and an uncle a couple of years later, followed by ongoing abuse that she kept silent about.  Currently, most people know Oprah as one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the wealthiest and most successful women in the world. Oprah faced a hard road to get to that position, however, enduring a rough and often abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for TV.”  Well, after taking the #1 spot 4 times over the past 7 years on the Forbes “Celebrity 100” list, she definitely has the last laugh.

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