go from rags to riches

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go from rags to riches

To rise from poverty to great or exceptional wealth. My uncle has truly gone from rags to riches. He grew up without a penny, but through sheer determination, he founded his own company and is now one of the wealthiest men in the state.
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Nina Hughes, 43, went from rags to riches but then blew the fortune, saying last night she has led a "crazy life".
A FORMER New Age traveller who went from rags to riches by founding one of the UK's biggest green energy companies is fighting his ex-wife's PS2m claim for maintenance - more than 20 years after they divorced.
HE went from rags to riches not once, but twice, and turned pounds 150 into a multimillion-pound success.
Susan, 50, went from rags to riches when she appeared on BGT and this month shot straight to the top of the charts with her new album, Someone To Watch Over Me.
It's called 'When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out' (Palgrave Macmillan) and it tells the story of how Ireland over the past quarter century went from rags to riches, and halfway back again .
Potts, who lives with wife Julie-Ann in Port Talbot, went from rags to riches as he was pounds 30,000 in debt before the Britain's Got Talent show.
Blue-eyed Dawn joined Monarch five years ago as the sexy cook who went from rags to riches to become the laird's wife.
All of a sudden we went from rags to riches in one year.
Friends and family members said the deaths mark a sad chapter in the history of the family that went from rags to riches in the motel business after immigrating from India two decades ago.
Williamson, who went from rags to riches and back to rags, was nicknamed the Mole of Edge Hill.
I'm really fond of strong women and she was a strong woman who went from rags to riches," says Graham.
com) player Jemo who registered as a new player on February 12th went from Rags to Riches a day later when he struck lucky and won $131,250 after depositing just $100 on the Rags to Riches progressive slot.
Simon Davies, the Wales star who went from rags to riches with Spurs, today sent a message to Robert Earnshaw: to stay with Cardiff City - for now.
Lena went from rags to riches, and back to rags again, ending up in a dingy council flat in Hertfordshire.
After all, Jed is a working-class Geordie who found stardom as a singer and went from rags to riches.