We already know too well what happens when success meets extravagance: expensive shopping sprees, gourmet restaurants, fancy cars, private jets, etc. But what happens when success meets modesty? We usually don’t get to hear a lot about such cases. So this list is dedicated to those rich and famous who lead a life as simple and as humble as they can – at least in relation to what their money could buy them.
Prince William & Kate Middleton
Royalty and all, this couple is trying to stay grounded and sane when it comes to spending money. They shop for groceries themselves, and Kate prefers not to use a stylist but to pick her own clothes. Sometimes she even – are you ready for this? – wears them more than once!
Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan
The internet empire he built has brought him a net worth of $9.4 billion(!), but Facebook founder and his wife seem to live like any other young couple. The two got married in a small wedding at the backyard of their home, and are often seen eating in fast-food chains. Zuckerberg’s wardrobe hasn’t changed much and still includes mostly jeans and hoodies. Big Like on that, Mark!
Sir Paul McCartney & Nancy Shevell
Former Beatles co-founder McCartney is worth more than $1.5 billion, yet he is notoriously cheap. His second wife Heather Mills claims the main reason for their divorce was continuous arguments over his refusal to be more charitable. When his daughter, designer Stella McCartney, went to college, he only agreed to pay her tuition if she attended a state college. His current wife Nancy is also known to be very down-to-earth and leads a quiet, under the radar life.
Alexis Bledel & Vincent Kartheiser
Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser’s first Hollywood home was a humble one-bedroom bungalow. He says he prefers a simple lifestyle over a lavish one, having been the youngest of six children. When Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel and him got (secretly) married, they had his apartment renovated and she moved in. Not exactly the typical Hollywood couple.
Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher
Despite the fact that she earns $31 million a year, singer Carrie Underwood still seeks for bargains and walks her own dog. She also refrains from hiring a personal trainer, and instead she’s training with her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher. The couple may have a large cottage but they still prefer a modest life.
Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick
In one of Kourtney and Kim Take New York‘s episodes, Kourtney Kardashian revealed that she’s addicted to couponing. She said that “Everyone in my family calls me cheap because I’m actually smart with my money.” This is not something to be taken for granted when talking about a family of big spenders such as the Kardashians.
Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick
S** and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker grew up with seven siblings, and her family had to make ends meet with the help of welfare. No wonder then that she and her husband, actor Matthew Broderick, are considered one of the most modest celeb couples. Despite the fact that their net worth is over $135 million, their son, for example, wears gently used clothes he inherits from his older cousins.
Jay & Mavis Leno
Even though his net worth is over $350 million, Jay says his wife and him live solely off his income from doing standup gigs. Reportedly, every cent he earned from The Tonight Show went right into the bank (what about his notorious car collection though?). The couple have no kids so we’re very curious to know what they’re planning to do with all that money.
Tobey Maguire & Jennifer Meyer
Former Spiderman star Tobey Maguire prefers not to be a slave to Hollywood as he puts it. This means he wishes to avoid being forced to keep making movies even if he doesn’t want to, in order to support a lavish lifestyle. Good point. So his wife Jennifer and him live a relatively frugal lifestyle, and Toby wears mostly his old t-shirts and jeans.
Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard
Frozen star Kristen Bell and comedian Dax Shepard had a wedding that cost less than $150. Nope, that’s not a typo. Dax told Jimmy Kimmel: “So we went to the Beverly Hills Courthouse and all in, with fuel to get there, $142 out the door.” Wow, that’s got to be the cheapest Hollywood wedding ever! Kristen also says she tries to save money when grocery shopping, and she is an enthusiast couponer.