15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

Dreams have taken normal humans to extraordinary heights. We all have dreams yet just a handful of us have the burning passion for converting them into a reality. Ordinary people like us become famous celebrities who make their dreams come true. That’s what sets the achiever apart from the rest of the world.

Dreams are what make us different from other living beings. We dream, we desire & we deliver. Just think about the world if we didn’t dream. We would still be living in the stone age. Our curiosity, desire to do something that seems practically impossible has brought us a long way.

Here presenting a list of  World Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big. They came from a humble background. These people didn’t inherit huge wealth but had a dream. A dream that defined their lives & made it their life’s motto. We are all here to see their success stories.


Famous Celebrities who made it big


1. Walt Disney

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them’. – Walt Disney

Walt Disney, son of a farmer, is considered the Global Cultural icon. He is the most prominent figure in the American Animation Industry. Can you believe it that he was rejected by a publishing house for a ‘lack of imagination’?

Today the net worth of Walt Disney Empire is $5 Billion.

2. Warren Buffett

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.’ – Warren Buffett

In his early days, Warren Buffet sold door to door weekly magazine, coco-cola bottles & Chewing gum. He also worked in his grandfather’s grocery store, delivered newspapers & done many small jobs. By his own admission, he always knew that he was going to be a wealthy person. Interestingly, he was ranked the world’s richest person in 2013 & 5th richest in 2015.

His net estimated worth is $ 72.3 Billion.



3. Charlie Chaplin

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.’ – Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin’s childhood was not happy. His father was absent & mother had to struggle to keep the family afloat. When he was 14, his mother was sent to a mental asylum. He is one of the most iconic figures in the Hollywood industry. In his career span of over 75, years he made many films, won several awards. He is one of the best-known personalities in the world.


4.  Howard Schultz

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘In life, you can blame a lot of people and you can wallow in self-pity, or you can pick yourself up and say, ‘Listen, I have to be responsible for myself.’- Howard Schultz 

Howard Schultz was born in a Jewish family to an ex-army man later truck driver. He had a quite modest upbringing. In fact, he was the first person in his family to go to college. Today, he is Chairman & CEO of Starbucks

His net estimated worth is $ 2.5 Billion.


5. Larry Ellison

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

Larry Ellison was given for adoption by his parents to his uncle & aunt as he contracted pneumonia.  His adoptive mother was loving, but his adoptive father was not caring or loving. From a computer programmer, he became the 5th wealthiest person in the world.

His net estimated worth is $ 56.2 Billion.

6.Ralph Lauren

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘The clothes that I design and everything I’ve done is about life and how people live and how they want to live and how they dream they’ll live. That’s what I do.’- Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lawren in his initial days sold ties. He started his company by taking a loan of $50,000. His first product was a Tie. Presently Ralph Lauren clothing is a multi-billion dollar global company.

His net estimated worth is $ 7.1 Billion.


7.Oprah Winfrey 

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.’- Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey didn’t have an easy childhood. She was born to an unwed teen. For most of her early life, She struggled her way through various life hurdles. At present, she is one of the self-made billionaires of the world & one of the most influential women in the world.

Her present net worth is $ 3 Billion.


8. J K Rowlings

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.’ – JK Rowlings

JK Rowling was an unemployed woman living off state benefits. One fine day she decided to turn to her passion for writing. The Rest, as we all know, is history. Within a short span of 5 years, she became the 8th richest woman in the United Kingdom.

JK Rowling Net worth is $1 Billion.



9. Jim Carey

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them.’ – Jim Carrey 

Jim Carrey was forced to quit school at 15 to support his family. He worked as a janitor. From such a humble background, he went on to become one of the most loved Hollywood actors.

10. Leonardo Dicaprio

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.’- Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio was raised by her single mother. His parents divorced when he was still a toddler. The cult movie ‘Titanic’ made him a global icon. He never looked back.  He is into charity big time. He is associated with many charitable causes & donated a large chunk of his earnings to school, children’s homes & other institutions.

His present estimated wealth is $200 million.


Famous Celebrities from India


11. Dilip Kumar 

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big


The living legend was once a fruit seller. His destiny & will to make it big in the film industry brought him to the dream city. Our beloved actor & thespian continues to inspire generations of actors. Even superstar Amitabh Bachchan & Shahrukh Khan have admitted having been inspired by the legendary actor.

12. Rajni Kant 

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘ You can’t get anythign without hardwork. What you get without hardwork will never fruitify’ – Rajni Kant.

Rajni Kant’s success story remains one of the most celebrity stories in India. He came from a humble background, worked as a bus conductor. Later he went on to become phenomena. Need I tell you what he is capable of :)

13. Dhirubhai Ambani

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘ If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.’ – Dhirubhai Ambani

Dhirubhai Ambani, founder of the biggest business empire in India was once a worker at a Petrol Pump. He was a dreamer since his early days. He used to tell his colleges at petrol pump that he would own a Mercedes one day & they used to laugh at him

Reliance industries owned by Mukesh Ambani, Dhirubhai Ambani’s elder son, alone are presently worth  $24 billion.

14. Kalpana Chawla

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

‘ When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system’ – Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla the first woman of Indian origin to go in a space mission. She always dreamt of becoming an astronaut. She was conferred with many prestigious awards such as NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal and Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

15. M.S Dhoni

15 Famous Celebrities Who Dreamt & Made it Big

“I believe in giving more than 100% on the field, and I don’t really worry about the result if there’s great commitment on the field. That’s victory for me” – Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni or better known as Mahi by his fans all across the globe was once a TTE at Kharagpur Railway station. Presently he is the skipper of Indian Cricket Team, Most successful Indian Captain in the history of cricket & highest brand endorser just after Shahrukh Khan.

His net worth is $30 Million which exceeds Sachin Tendulkar’s Net worth



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Garima Nag
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  1. This is a powerful and cream list. I enjoyed reading this post too Garima, like many others from your blog. Awesome work, since you have started the post with the epic Wolf of the Wall Street photo :) Loved it!

    • Hi Tara

      I loved the movie ” Wolf OF the Wall Street albeit the scams, pretentions, sex escapades & everything in-between. It surely had a strong message to dare to dream & make it your reality. All of us dream but not make of us have the courage to go after it. These stories have surely inspired me. Hope it does the same to the people reading them.

      Thanks a lot for your encouraging words. Motivates me to keep my writing dream alive :)


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