The former member of Wu-Tang Clan gave up his worldly possessions and became a taxi driver in 2002 after difficulties with his wife caused him to lose peace and money.
“I was actually living in the street,” the rapper told MTV in 2003. “It was by choice. But it was more of my way of rebelling against the materialistic world.”
The rapper eventually moved back home with his wife.
During the 2011 NBA lockout, Boston Celtics guard Delonte West found a job at The Regency Furniture Showroom. He reportedly only made $15 million throughout his entire eight-year career, which is low for the NBA.
West seemed to embrace his lack of money as he tweeted in 2012:
“Got broke again…got back again….and so the world continues to turn…..hey u can’t take it wit cha…”
The former Seattle Supersonics player had to coach high school basketball to help pay his child-support bills once his NBA career was over after 14 seasons. He also ran the Seattle restaurant, Oskar’s Kitchen.
The reality star from VH1’s Black Ink Crew stripped at the Miami strip club King of Diamonds to make some extra cash — some of which she claims to have donated to charity.
“The money I made that night was donated to charity,” she told VH1. “I own a nonprofit organization called GunPlay.”
The former NBA player reportedly had to do one-on-one basketball games to earn some money after his career ended and he made some bad investments. He is now playing in the D-leagues to pay off debts that he accrued after spending $110 million and getting caught for fraud in Nevada. His road to poverty is now the subject of the documentary Gone in an Instant.
The former world famous boxer had to become a bouncer for a nightclub once his career ended. He died in 1970 of a drug overdose.
M.C. Hammer rose to legendary status in the 1980s. After admitting to using up most of his fortune in 1997 on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Behind the Music, Hammer began a ministry on a Trinity Broadcasting Network show, called M.C. Hammer and Friends, about his life on the cusp of bankruptcy.
“My priorities were out of order,” he told Ebony Magazine.
“My priorities should have always been God, family, community and then business. Instead they had been business, business and business.”
The former Diff’rent Strokes child star hit some rough times once the show was canceled. Despite making cameos in 13 primetime TV shows and many direct-to-DVD movies, Coleman was forced to get a job as a security guard in the late 1990s. In 1998, he was charged with assault for an argument that ensued with a customer while he was on the clock.