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Celebrities Who Are Much Poorer Than You Thought

From a distance, the celebrity life seems pretty sweet. Fancy parties, fun jobs, cool perks, and best of all? Huge paychecks. But being one of Hollywood's elite doesn't always go hand in hand with making a lot of money, and famous folks aren't necessarily good at managing their wealth. Whether they spent their money unwisely, filed for bankruptcy, or experienced a lot of unexpected expenses, the bottom lines of these stars may surprise you. Let's crunch the numbers, via Celebrity Net Worth.

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    Celebrities Who Are Much Poorer Than You Thought

    Celebrities Who Are Much Poorer Than You Thought

    From a distance, the celebrity life seems pretty sweet. Fancy parties, fun jobs, cool perks, and best of all? Huge paychecks. But being one of Hollywood's elite doesn't always go hand in hand with making a lot of money, and famous folks aren't necessarily good at managing their wealth. Whether they spent their money unwisely, filed for bankruptcy, or experienced a lot of unexpected expenses, the bottom lines of these stars may surprise you. Let's crunch the numbers, via Celebrity Net Worth.

    Reality TV Stars Who Are Much Poorer Than You Thought

    Reality TV Stars Who Are Much Poorer Than You Thought

    A lot of reality TV could be described as a spin-off of The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Shows like The Hills, Chrisley Knows Best, and of course, The Real Housewives franchise prove that Americans are endlessly fascinated with peeking behind the closed doors of the fabulously wealthy. But alas, not only are we dealing with the smoke and mirrors of television here, but we're also dealing with reality television, meaning almost nothing is as it seems. So let's take a closer look at the balance sheets of these supposed cinéma vérité celebs to find out just how loaded they really are...or aren't.

    Musicians Who Are Poorer Than You Thought

    Musicians Who Are Poorer Than You Thought

    Musicians don't make what they used to. In the age of Spotify streaming, album sales are abysmal. If you're reading The Atlantic, 2012 was the year indie rock died because that's when we realized Cat Power wasn't making millions as the face of Chanel. In fact, she was flat-out broke, and so were some of our favorite artists of all time. Conor Oberst and Grizzly Bear, who spent their careers in the upper echelons of Pitchfork fame, were being priced out of New York City and struggling to afford health insurance.

    Athletes Who Are Poorer Than You Thought

    Athletes Who Are Poorer Than You Thought

    Becoming a professional athlete is like winning the lottery, twice. The first jackpot: sports people with world-class abilities get to focus their lives on a game, earning a place of prominence in their high school, getting into a college of their choice, and then moving on to the big leagues or the Olympics. (Okay, okay, so practice, dedication, and sacrifice has a lot to do with that narrative too.) Anyway, going pro also involves getting paid an obscene amount of money. That's when athletes hit the literal jackpot, often earning salaries in the $100 million-plus range, and that's not even counting the beaucoup bucks they earn appearing in sneaker or hot dog commercials.

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