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1. Will Smith

He’s perhaps the world’s biggest movie star, but Will Smith’s career hasn’t been all plain-sailing.
After finding sudden stardom as part of a musical duo with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Smith’s lavish spending left him with such a hefty IRS bill that he was forced to hand over most of his possessions in order to pay off the debt.
But less than a year later Smith signed with NBC to star in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The IRS took a 70 per cent cut of his earnings for the first three years of the show, but after that he was free. The rest is history. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty)

6 celebrities who bounced back from bankruptcy to enjoy success

As President Trump proves only too well, bankruptcy isn’t always the financial ruin it’s billed as. With that in mind, Go Compare has rounded up some of the most surprising celebrities who beat bankruptcy and came back even better.