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Celebrities That Went Bankrupt Before They Were Rich

It is very true that money is scarce in supply, and therefore nobody can ever have enough of it. It needs to be managed with a lot of wisdom no matter how massive it is, lest you find yourself suddenly bankrupt, with no cent under your name. It raises a lot of questions when a rich celebrity with millions of money and huge net worth is declared bankrupt.

Several singers spanning across Oscar award winners, actresses, television personalities and even political figures have found themselves in times of dire fiscal crisis due to funds mismanagement, misfortunes, and lavish lifestyles among other factors.

Let us look at these examples of celebrities who went broke.

Mike Tyson.

This is a renowned boxer who kicked off his boxing career as a young adult and won several championship titles even before he was 20 years old. Mike Tyson is estimated to have earned over $400 million within the first 18 years of career.  It is so unbelieving that the boxer was declared bankruptcy and even filed for bankruptcy protection in the year 2003. Mike Tyson blamed this crisis on the whores he used to hang around with, expensive jewelry, and assets like mansions and cars.

Tyson is currently determined to stand on his feet once again by creating a show based on his life story in Las Vegas and authoring a book.From his recent statements, he sounds focused and ready to learn from his past mistakes.

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

He is a bestselling author in America in the 19th century who made fallacious decisions about his well-earned cash and this led to a pathetic financial crush down on his side which almost turned suicidal. 

Apparently, he had to file for bankruptcy though privately but it later came out of the limelight unexpectedly. The author’s financial crisis was all to blame on the failed publishing business he had purposed to venture in with millions of his cash. However, he delivered himself off this turmoil by authoring more books which luckily thrived such as “Pudd n head Wilson” and “Following from the equator.”

Shane Filan, who is s member of the west life band.

Shane Filan’s financial breakdown set off after he lost several of his real estate stakes in the 2012 Ireland financial crisis and was left with debts of over 18 million Euros’.From there on, he was declared bankrupt to a point where he had to give up his family home worth 3.5 million Euros’. 

The pathetic financial condition was further worsened by west life’s decision to split. At this point even a mere previously cheap looking toy was unaffordable. Shane Filan was able to stand up again through encouragement from family (wife in particular).

50 cent.

50 cent is an American rapper whose real name is Curtis James Jackson. He gained celebrity title through a compilation of a variety of songs, acting, and engaging in thriving business. It was very much unbelievable that a multimillionaire can one day be termed as broke. They should be blamed on an extra expensive lifestyle and careless habits. The famous Lastonia Leviston won a $7 million worth court battle against 50 cents, for posting an intimate video of her and her lover, Rick Ross without asking if it was okay with her.

50 cent was a hater of Rick Ross and made up his mind to release the intimate tape as soon as he laid hands on it, and he did not know it would turn bitter on his finances. This led to an inevitable strain on this rapper’s finances.50 cent is, however, a very lucky man because he is now bankruptcy-free, having paid off his debts worth 22 million dollars, that is, 17 million to the audio equipment company and 7 million to Lastonia Leviston.

Johnny Depp.

The Hollywood actor ranked among the highest paid actors with a net worth of over 400 million dollars went into a fiscal dilemma owing to the extravagant lifestyle he engaged in. It was unexpected that such a considerable amount could fade away so fast.

US actor Johnny Depp poses during a photocall to present the movie ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ during the 45th Deauville US Film Festival, on September 8, 2019 in Deauville.

Johnny Depp spent thousands of cash on wine and squandered lots of money on several unnecessary activities monthly amidst warnings by his management team TMG. The high interest rated loans he took from financial institutions are also mostly to blame for the fiscal dilemma.

M.C. Harmer.

M.C. Hammer (Stanley Kirk Burley), American Hip hop artist had a huge net worth of over 33 million dollars in 1991. Barely 5 years later, he had lost it all and was declared bankrupt, and this massive amount of cash had been blown off. M.C. Harmer had employed a massive number of staffs and therefore had a huge payroll to deal with at the end of the month.

This cost him a fortune, not forgetting the mansion with a huge price tag that he took up and the numerous cases that were filled with him for taking up other people’s songs rights.This turmoil led him to put his house up for sale at a depreciated amount (less than half the amount used in building it).

Toni Braxton.

Toni Braxton is well known for the hit song “unbreak my heart” which has gained her massive following. A Grammy award-winning R&B singer being declared bankrupt in spite of the millions of sales she made from album sales left many fans mouth agape. Toni Braxton said her financial crisis was caused by not being given enough emoluments from the high album sales.

She fancied over expensive kitchenware and furniture. This Lavish living could be number two reason why the star’s bank balance ain’t so much attractive at the moment. Spending millions of cash making her kitchen look classy didn’t favor her wallet a great deal.

Larry King.

The famous radio show journalist found himself in a financial dilemma during the early days of his career with debts of $350,000. The journalist filed for bankruptcy protection in 1978.

Larry King had extravagant spending habits early in his career including buying highly-priced assets. His career almost came to a standstill because of the bankruptcy case but later stood up again and is currently hosting “Larry King Live” on CNN.

Kim Basinger.

Kim Basinger is an Oscar award-winning actress. It’s eyebrow-raising when an Oscar award winner goes broke, given the huge amount of money that the award carries with it.

The actress filed bankruptcy protection in 1993, after mainline pictures filed a suit against her and court order required that she compensates them with 8.1$ million for withdrawing from a film she had agreed to take part in “film Boxing Helena.” Later on, they came to an agreement that she pays them only $3.8 million. She had to surrender the venture in Braselton Georgia, planned for bringing up movie studios and film festival auditorium in a bid to flee from bankruptcy.

Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson was an artist, who compiled several hits in the fifties and sixties. His house accidentally went ablaze, and he was left owing the government tax dues of over $32 million.

The family home he owned was attacked and was left with barely anything. IRS took over most of his assets due to bankruptcy state. The economic crisis was to be blamed largely on the extravagant spending and living without a financial plan from his accounting team. Willie Nelson compiled an album and used the cash from it to get rid of the tax burden in 1993.