From penniless to prosperous: Steve Harvey opens up about overcoming poverty


Comedian, author  and best-selling talk show host, Steve Harvey, is the genuine article – a rags to riches story, a poor man who came out of poverty and faced homelessness at one point to become the influential, bald millionaire we all know and love today.

In an exclusive interview with People Magazine, Harvey tells of how he overcame a penniless childhood to amass an empire with the estimated worth of over $100 million. Hard to believe now, but back in the day, he was actually sleeping in his Ford Tempo.

“It kills me when I hear very successful people say, ‘I always knew I would get here,’ ” Steve Harvey says. “I didn’t. I always hoped I would get somewhere, but this is above and beyond. My imagination didn’t even go this big.”

He certainly seems to have it all. His bestselling 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man has been adapted into a blockbuster film and a sequel. He now hosts a syndicated radio show as well as the game show Family Feud and a hit daytime talk show, The Steve Harvey Show. Most recently he has hosted NBC’s hit variety series Little Big Show.

Steve Harvey laughing at himself on Christmas Day after his Miss Universe gaffe of calling out the wrong winner

But when he first quit his job to take a chance at being a comedian, he found himself separated from his wife, on his own and living on as little as $50 a week.

“That was an ugly period, just very painful,” he says of becoming homeless in the late ’80s.

“Everybody has a moment when they turn back, when you say to yourself, ‘This is too much,’ ” Harvey says. “I had it on several occasions.”

But, even at his lowest point – hiding in a hotel restroom while attempting to wash up – Harvey powered through.

“I sat down and started crying, but a voice said, ‘If you keep going, I’m going to take you places you’ve never been,’ ” the star explains. “It was like God said, ‘Don’t quit, you’re almost there.’ ”


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