Some of us spend our days stargazing, and dreaming of fortune and fame; and the lavish lifestyle that accompanies it. After all, when you’re blessed with an unlimited bank account and celebrity status, you can live the high life. For these bankable stars, the sky is the limit. Without thinking twice, they can drop their millions on extravagant mansions, ludicrous cars, and exotic getaways.
Other people are a little more grounded. They stay humble despite being super-rich. Some “started from the bottom,” and they never forgot where they came from. A few shunned the lavish life for the simple life. Others didn’t forget to give back. So let’s glimpse at these refreshingly modest celebrities who didn’t let wealth change who they really are.
Halle Berry Keeps It Real
Academy Award-winning actress, Halle Berry is one of Hollywood’s leading ladies. She is one of the highest-grossing actresses on the planet and was once hailed as Miss World. From Monster’s Ball to the X-Men franchise or John Wick, Halle is always on top of her game. The humble star also keeps it pretty real.
Halle once said, “I am very thankful for my good fortune, but one of my biggest fears is that I could lose it all.” So Halle doesn’t take her fortune for granted. Just like a regular housewife and mother, she doesn’t just rely on her assistant for her errands. She loves to grocery shop with her kids, rides public transport, and walks her beloved pets like us regular people.
Keanu Reeves Is Happiest on a Park Bench
As one of the bankable and most beloved actors in the world, Keanu Reeves has come a long way since Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures. The Hollywood heavyweight from The Matrix franchise could live the life of luxury. However, he’s not so into money. The humble star once declared, “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.”
Amazingly, Keanu donated almost 85% of his The Matrix earnings to the costume and special effects team. He’s also never been one to flaunt his cash. So rather than frequenting the celebrity hotspots, he’s the happiest keeping to himself. You can also spot him riding the subway, helping the homeless or checking out all the latest sales at the mall.
J.K Rowling Lives an Ordinary Life
As the best-selling author behind the world-renowned Harry Potter franchise, J.K Rowling is one of the wealthiest stars in the U.K. She has a net worth of around $1 billion, and could probably afford to live in a castle. Still, J.K Rowling never forgets where she came from, or the struggle she experienced to get to the top.
Despite her spellbinding success, the author prefers to stay low-key and separate her public persona from her private life. She once said, “Many parts of my life are perfectly ordinary, one could even call it boring, but that’s what I like about it.” So she prefers to use her husband’s last name, lives simply and dresses in modest outfits. She also donates much of her wealth to charities and philanthropic causes.
Mila Kunis is Super Chill
Mila Kunis is one of the most recognized and loveable Hollywood actresses in tinsel town. Part of her appeal is that she tends to take on relatable, laid-back, and hilarious roles. In comedic hits like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Bad Moms, she won us over with her refreshing, honest, and down-to-earth approach. Turns out, Mila is not so different in real life.
The Ukrainian-born star moved to LA at the age of seven, not knowing a word of English. Even though she now has millions in the bank, and has bagged one of Hollywood’s eligible actors, Ashton Kutcher, she still keeps it real and stays humble. Mila takes no shame in eating junk food and goofing around with Ashton. The couple also nailed parenthood, and are determined to do everything in their power not to raise spoiled kids.
Warren Buffet Eats Like a Six-Year-Old
Business magnate, Warren Buffet seems to have life figured out. Aside from being one of the world’s most successful investors, he also has a pretty crazy business diet. By his own admission, he “eats like six-year-old.” His sugar-lusting diet consists of twinkies, copious amounts of coca-cola, ice-cream, and See’s Candies. While he is really into money, he’s also a pretty generous philanthropist.
Warren has even been known to shun lavish Michelin-star meals, for junk food. Of course, Warren loves numbers, so when he found “the lowest death rate is among 6-year-olds”, he “decided to eat like a 6-year-old.” He also used his business-smart to invests in the household brands that he loves, like Coca-Cola and Sees-Candies. His generosity also knows no bounds, as he pledged to give away 99% of his wealth to philanthropic causes.
Kristen Bell is a Thrift Shopping Queen
Another laid-back comedic actress on our list is Kristen Bell. She stole our affections in movies and TV hits like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Bad Moms, and The Good Place. Kristen has also gained worldwide acclaim as the voice behind Princess Anna in the Frozen franchise. Together, Kristen and her actor husband, Dax Shepard, are one of the wealthiest couples in Hollywood.
Kristen and Dax are both avid savers, so prefer not to splurge on lavish items. In fact, their frugal ways lead them to “one of the worst weddings ever,” in a courthouse. Kristen also loves using coupons and is a self-confessed “thrift shop queen,” who prefers to buy second-hand clothes for her kids. Part of the reason for this is that she embraces a sustainable and vegetarian lifestyle, and is really into upcycling, and using less plastic.
Leonardo DiCaprio Saves The Trees
Leonardo Di Caprio is one of the most bankable and influential actors in the world. It could be easy to associate him with his power-hungry broker persona in The Wolf of Wall Street. But his real-life personality couldn’t be further than the truth. The award-winning actor, whose latest ventures include The Revenant and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, uses his spare time to save the trees.
Leonardo did once purchase an island near Belize, but even that extravagant purchase had environmentalist intentions. He’s also been described by his co-stars as “a humble and down-to-earth actor,” and loves championing charitable causes. Leonardo is an environmental activist, which is probably why he rides a Citi bike. He also recently pledged $5 million to help protect the Amazon and save the trees.
Zooey Deschanel Spends Wisely
Known for her quirky comedic style, Zooey Deschanel charmed us all in cult-classic movies like Elf and 500 Days of Summer and in the sitcom New Girl. Still, while she rakes in plenty of cash each month, Zooey really is a financial advisor’s dream.
Just like her quirky New Girl persona, Zooey is just as down-to-earth in real life. Zooey loves to save and shuns the designer-lifestyle. Instead, she lives within her means, and her monthly expenses are relatively low. Zooey prefers to spend wisely and invests her assets in stocks and real estate. She’s also pretty generous when it comes to donating to charitable causes.
Darius Rucker Stays Humble…Like Hootie
As the lead vocalist and guitarist of the rock band, Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker has enjoyed a star-studded career. He’s also well-known for being humble despite his fortune. Darius was even given a shoutout in the Notorious B.I.G classic, “Mo Money Mo Problems,” with the lines “stay humble, stay low…like Hootie.”
Nowadays, the former rocker is more of a country crooner, and embarked on a successful solo singing career. Darius draws on his smooth Southern style and is adored everywhere he goes. But he still remains humble, and once said, “I’m so lucky. I wasn’t expecting any of it.” In his spare time, Darius works with charities to help underprivileged kids and raises funds for hospitals. He’s also not too famous to try new hobbies, like curling!
Julia Roberts Doesn’t Have Enough Dresses
With her magnetic smile and impossible charms, Julia Roberts won us all over as one of Hollywood’s most adored actresses. She wowed us all in hits like Pretty Woman, Eat, Pray Love, Wonder, and Homecoming. The award-winning actress is also one of the highest-grossing stars on the planet.
While Julia could happily live lavishly, like Beyonce, she prefers to stay humble. She prefers modest, low-key outfits, and once said “I never had enough dresses to be a lady.” In fact, Julia knits clothes for her children, uses simple shampoo from a hotel, and spends her time growing organic vegetables in her garden.
Mark Zuckerberg Has a Humble News Feed
As the prolific founder and CEO behind Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has enough assets to really live his best life. With his ever-growing social media empire, Mark is one of the world’s richest businessmen. Still, unlike other flashy CEOs, Zuckerberg doesn’t flood his social media news feeds with outrageous sports cars or private jets. He really lives a humble life.
As a testament to his low-key lifestyle, Mark keeps it minimal and eliminates decision-making stress by wearing the same signature t-shirt and jeans every day. He also commutes to work in his low-key car and reportedly tied the knot with his long-term girlfriend, Priscilla Chan in their backyard. They were even spotted eating McDonald’s on their honeymoon.
Sarah Jessica Parker Loves Comfy Clothes
During her time on Sex on The City, Sarah Jessica Parker got carried away and rocked the streets of NYC in a series of fabulous and show-stopping frocks. While she has since graced movies like Failure To Launch and the HBO series Divorce, many fans still think of Sarah as her glamorous alter-ego, Carrie Bradshaw. Of course, Carrie had an expensive designer shoe addiction and a real Haute-Couture obsession.
It might surprise you to know that real Sarah is a far cry from her Carrie Bradshaw alter-ego. Sarah can regularly be spotted rocking the streets of NYC with her husband and kids in comfortable and simple outfits, especially jeans. She rides the subway and stays humble. Sarah also raises her kids modestly borrows hand-me-downs “because I’ve got all these older nephews.” She added how “I don’t think I’ve ever bought” her son “clothes.”
Sir Paul McCartney Loves to Ride His Bicycle
As the former co-lead vocalist for the Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney is a musical legend and one of the most successful performers of all time. He’s also one of the wealthiest stars in the world. Every music venture he touches, it literally turns to gold. He’s even a knight. Still, Paul never forgot his humble roots.
It’s well reported that Paul lives a modest and frugal life. The bankable star even once threw a birthday celebration and made guests pay for their own drinks. Maybe he was trying to teach them a lesson on staying humble. When Paul was on tour in Winnipeg, the down-to-earth star wanted to ride his bicycle, and ended up photobombing this couple’s wedding!
Tori Spelling Lives The Simple Life
As the daughter of the mega-famous TV producer Aaron Spelling, it’s fair to say Tori Spelling was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Growing up in a monster-mansion in the Hollywood Hills, Tori was a member of one of Hollywood’s richest and elite families. Plus, many fans remember Tori as Donna Martin in the iconic “rich kids” ’90s TV sitcom, Beverly Hills 90210.
However, Tori now lives a simple life. A few years ago, she sold her sprawling mansion and moved to a bungalow with her family. She also loves spending her time growing organic fruits and vegetables in her back yard, She believes this is the best place to raise her five children. She also owns a pig named Nutmeg and a chicken named Coco.
Ingvar Kamprad Loved To Recycle Tea Bags
Swedish business magnate, Ingvar Kamprad is mainly known for his IKEA furniture empire. He fast became one of the richest billionaires on the planet. Ingvar could really afford private jets, Lamborghinis, and multiple mansions – and he would never have to worry about furniture. Still, Ingvar was one of the most humble billionaires around.
Ingvar had deep pockets, but the self-made billionaire preferred to live a frugal lifestyle. He would typically shun private jets to fly economy class. He believed that buying expensive items was a bad habit, so you could often spot him buying second-hand clothes, driving a low-key Volvo, recycling tea bags and reusing salt and pepper sachets.
Carrie Underwood Shuns Expensive Clothes
Grammy Award-winning singer Carrie Underwood has earned the title of the queen of country-pop. With numerous accolades to her name and a big bank account to match, you might expect this country crooner to live a fabulous, high-rolling life. However, even though she is at the top of her game, she also stays close to her humble roots.
Carrie was once a contestant on American Idol and had a habit of arguing with the costume department about wearing expensive outfits. She even once said she “would never pay hundreds of dollars on a pair of jeans.” Even after making it big in Nashville, Carrie is still known for her thrifty ways; and often double checks herself before making big purchases. As you can imagine, she loves coupon shopping too!
Ashton Kutcher Doesn’t Want To Raise Brats
Ashton Kutcher is one of Hollywood’s most loveable comedy stars. After breaking out in That 70’s Show, he made a name for himself in hits like No Strings Attached, Two and a Half Men, and The Ranch. He’s also a successful venture capitalist. Still, just like his super-chill and laid back wife, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher shares some of her frugal and humble traits.
Ashton and Mila both reportedly bought their wedding rings on Etsy for $190. They also went on a road trip honeymoon rather than opting for an exotic getaway. Ashton is big on social media, but he also uses his influence to promote various causes like ending child trafficking. Just like Mila, he also wants to teach their kids that “although mom and dad might have money, that still means you’re poor.”
Renee Zellweger Sticks To a Tight Budget
Award-winning actress Renee Zellweger has conquered Hollywood and has proved she can really morph into any character from Bridget Jones to Judy Garland in the latest biopic, Judy. She can also be spotted gracing the red carpet in designer frocks, and probably doesn’t need to work another day. However, in real life, Renee is another member of the humble club.
When the down-to-earth star is out of the spotlight, the Texan native lives a humble lifestyle. Since her parents were hard-working immigrants, Renee grew up with an appreciation for hard work. She also had a humble upbringing, so even though she is rich and famous, she never forgot her roots. The actress still sticks to a tight budget, tries to curb her environmental consumption, and loves coupons and bargain shopping.
Eric Clapton Loves To Blend In
Rock and roll legend, Eric Clapton is often hailed as one of the most influential singers and guitarists of all time. With numerous accolades under his belt, Clapton has achieved more in his lifetime than most. He has also amassed has a fortune of over $120 million. However, Eric still loves to blend in with regular people and do regular things.
Despite his status and wealth, the famous musician loves looking unrecognizable in casual clothes and jeans. He was famously once spotted trying to save money by doing his own laundry in the local laundromat. Although he does splash his cash on cars and art, he also gives generously to charities. He also enjoys regular hobbies, like fly-fishing, and was pictured on a trip to Iceland with his prize-winning catch of the day.
Lady Gaga Buys Her Outfits on Sale
Mega pop star Lady Gaga is one of the world’s best-selling artists. She is also one of the world’s richest and influential personalities. Other than her musical talents, recent Golden-Globe win and her massive net worth, Lady Gaga is also known for her extravagant and sometimes outrageous outfits. So, it’s easy to assume she lives a fabulous, high-rolling lifestyle.
Well, behind her extravagant stage-presence, Lady Gaga is still as down-to-earth as they come. She’s even admitted that she picked up some of her unconventional costumes on sale and once said ”Why do people look at me like I’m crazy when I use coupons… or try bargaining at retail?” Lady Gaga also shows off her cooking skills on social media, with dishes like pasta and pizza. She’s also not too famous to eat fried chicken in a fast-food joint.
Bill Gates Wears a $10 Watch
American business magnate, Bill Gates is better known as the founder of Microsoft. With a software empire and over $100 billion in the bank; he is listed by Forbes as one of the richest individuals in the world. The investing mogul also leads a modest life. Instead of impressing his business partners with a flashy Rolex watch, he chooses to wear his trusty $10 watch.
Bill Gates is still pretty old-fashioned at heart and prefers to wash the dishes at home for his family than invest in a dish washer. While he is frugal on some items, he’s also pretty charitable. In 2009, he co-founded The Giving Pledge, to encourage billionaires to pledge to donate half their wealth to philanthropy.
Jennifer Lawrence Stays Grounded
After starring in The Hunger Games franchise, Jennifer Lawrence cemented her status as the highest-grossing action heroines of all time. She’s now better known as the mutant Mystique in the X-men series. Still, the humble star stays grounded and hasn’t let Hollywood get to her head. She once said, “I just constantly feel so lucky… was raised to have value for money, even though you have a lot of it.”
Even as one of Hollywood’s leading actresses, Jennifer preferred to stay in her cozy apartment for a few years and was “in no rush to run out and buy a house.” She’s also not so much of a designer fan and prefers to shop in local shops. The humble star also rides around in a modest car and loves doing regular things like grocery shopping.
Jay Leno Still Saves For A Rainy Day
Talk show kingpin Jay Leno is now one of the most recognizable and successful entertainers in showbiz. While he now spends his time rubbing shoulders with the celebs, Jay doesn’t forget where he came from. Before he made it big, Jay was a struggling comedian and actor who even lived on the streets for a period of time and barely made it by, living pay-check to pay-check.
Jay Leno is now a TV icon and has a net worth of over $350 million. However, he never forgot his struggle and still has a strong work ethic. Although he now has a car collection, he doesn’t really splash out on other luxury items. The frugal star is still careful with money and always save some for a rainy day.
Matthew McConaughey is a Minimalist
After a string of romantic hits like The Wedding Planner and Fool’s Gold, Matthew McConaughey cemented his status as one of Hollywood’s favorite romantic comedy leads. He now prefers to grapple more serious and complex roles like Dallas Buyers Club and The Dark Tower. Still, while he’s living his best life, the Texan-native prefers the minimalist lifestyle.
Interestingly, while the Oscar winner was on the way to the top, he still lived in his trailer. This was because he is all about minimalism. He also didn’t want the stress of owning a big mansion with all that maintenance. Matthew is also really into his causes. He helped rescue stranded pets after Hurricane Katrina, started a foundation for teenagers, and recently helped prepare turkey dinners for first responders after the California wildfires.
Chris Pratt is An All-Round Nice Guy
It’s fair to say that Hollywood A-lister Chris Pratt has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame. He broke out as a TV sitcom star on Parks and Recreation before becoming a huge Marvel action star in the Avengers franchise. He’s now a billionaire and at the top of his game, but takes nothing for granted and never forgets where he came from. He’s basically an all-round nice guy.
At one MTV award ceremony, Chris spoke about being to be a “humble influencer.” He encouraged everyone to do a “good deed – reach out to someone in pain. Be of service. It feels good and it’s good for your soul.” He also never forgets his time as a waiter and recently revealed how “Twenty years ago I was a waiter at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Please tip your server.” He added, “Also leave some shrimp” for the server too!
Will Smith is a Humble Legend
Will Smith has come a long way since his days as the Fresh Prince of Belair. He’s now at the top of his game and is one of the most bankable actors in the world. What’s more, he’s also a legend, a family man, oozes charm and charisma and is an all-round great person.
Although Will is a Hollywood A-lister, he never forgets his roots and how he started out as a struggling rapper. He is now a philanthropist and donates millions of dollars to charities and scholarship funds. What’s more, he’s a big family man and uses his social media to dole out inspirational life advice. To top it all off, he remains humble in interviews. He’s actually impossible to hate.
Sarah Michelle Gellar Loves the Simple Life
Sarah Michelle Gellar shot to stardom on the set of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. On the show, she lived a double life. By day, she was an average high school student and by night she slew vampires. And while she is now a high profile celebrity, she never forgets her humble beginnings and prefers to live a simple life with her family.
When Buffy was younger, she was raised by a single mom and once said “I didn’t have the money these kids had.” So even though she is now a celebrity, she never forgot where she came from. She watches her money and saves by clipping coupons. Sarah also prefers to live a humble, simple life away from the red carpet with her husband Freddie Prinze Jr and her children.
Johnny Depp Loves to Give Back
Johnny Depp is widely regarded as one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. After starting out as a teen heartthrob on 21 Jump Street, Johnny proved his acting might by taking on edgy and complex roles like Pirates of the Carribean and Black Mass. He’s now one of the highest-paid actors on the planet too but never forgets to give back or to stay humble.
Johnny had a hard childhood and has worked hard to get to where he is. This is why he seems to live by the motto “Stay Humble.” Now, he remains as down-to-earth as ever and takes a great deal of time to greet his fans. He also donated millions to charity and has a habit of surprising children in the hospital dressed as Jack Sparrow from his Pirate days.
Kate Middleton is Just Like a Regular Mom
Beneath her royal exterior, the Duchess of Cambridge has proven to the world that she’s not afraid to shake things up and define the new generation of the royal greatness. While she has all the power and money that she could possibly wish for, Kate Middleton remains a very down-to-earth and relatable Princess.
Kate prefers to act like a regular mom and raises her children in a down-to-earth way. She believes in the benefits of growing vegetables, cooking together and an outdoor lifestyle. What’s more, Kate has been known to greet royal fans as long-lost friends in a genuine, relatable way. She is also not afraid to get her hands dirty with environmental projects and is heavily involved in charity work and mental health awareness.
Adam Sandler is Just a Regular Funny Guy
As one of Hollywood’s most bankable comedy stars, Adam Sandler has enjoyed a long career entertaining us with hits like The Wedding Singer, Spanglish and Uncut Gems. Despite his fame and fortune, Adam is also a regular, funny guy and his family is now his number one priority.
While Adam remains a humble guy, both on the set of his movies and in real life, he’s also a supportive husband. He also tries to raise his kids to be humble, caring and down-to-earth, just like him. He doesn’t ever want his kids to grow up like other celebrity kids and take advantage of his wealth and fame.
Tom Hanks is The Nicest Actor in Hollywood
Hollywood legend, Tom Hanks is widely regarded as a cultural icon. Over the years, he’s proved his acting prowess in box office hits like Cast Away, Forest Gump and The Post. Tom has won numerous awards and is now one of the highest-grossing actors on the planet. He also has a reputation for one of the nicest people in Hollywood.
Tom Hanks has never forgotten his humble roots and has the magical ability to connect with everyone that crosses his path in an honest, down-to-earth and relatable way. He has earned a reputation as one of the kindest and most genuine stars. He also devotes his time to his fans, replying to fan mail and is generally just a nice guy.
Selena Gomez is a Humble Girl at Heart
Unlike most starlets in her circle, like Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus, the best-selling songstress, Selena Gomez had humble beginnings. She was raised by a single mother and even when she was first spotted by Disney, she remembers how they kept running on out of gas on the way to auditions and her mom had to save to give her a better chance in life.
Now that Selena is a seasoned A-lister, she still saves and recognizes the value of the dollar. While she does splash her cash on some items, she makes sure she gives back to her mom. She also prefers to shop in places like Target, collect antiques and order fast food instead of dining in fancy restaurants.
Robert Pattison is a Shy Philanthropist
Robert Pattison rose to fame as Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie franchise and is now one of the highest-paid actors in the world. He now has other films under his belt like High Life and The Lighthouse and was listed by Forbes as one of the most influential people in the world. He’s also pretty shy and a big philanthropist.
In interviews, Robert remains grounded and humble about his achievements. He has also spoken about being a “shy guy” and “not much of a crowd person.” Robert is also actively involved in a few charities including one that helps vulnerable people and orphans, and the International Medical Corps.
Joaquin Phoenix is a Social Activist
Joaquin Phoenix started out as a child star in movies like To Die For. He has enjoyed a long career and received critical acclaim for roles like The Gladiator and Johnny Cash. He recently jumped back into the limelight for his role as the Joker and scooped an Academy Award. He also leads a low-key life and is a social activist.
While Joaquin is at the top of his acting game, he also leads a humble, private life out of the public eye. He is also a big social activist and an environmentalist and uses his status to raise awareness of issues close to his heart. Joaquin supports numerous charities and humanitarian organizations and has been involved in many environmental documentaries too.
Hilary Swank Never Forgets Her Humble Past
Hilary Swank has now joined the ranks of the Hollywood elite and has an estimated net worth of over $40 million. Her list of credits is impressive, from Boy’s Don’t Cry to Logan Lucky and the Trust. Still, the A-lister had a modest upbringing in a trailer park. She once said that she “was an outcast amongst her peers” and felt shunned “because we had no money.”
This experience stayed with Hillary. It also influenced her later life, and she now ensures she makes her money lasts. She could afford to buy a shopping mall, but she chooses to remain humble with her fashion choices. She’s also another member of the coupon shopping club, loves a good bargain. and is a big fan of dogs. The humble star even started a charity to help abandoned animals.