Most people dream of becoming millionaires and enjoying all of the perks that money brings. Driving around in luxury cars and flying on private jets are just a couple of items that seem like a normal occurrence in the lives of the rich and famous. So it is generally assumed that once you hit it big in your respective field and start making some serious money, your life goes from normal to fabulous overnight. While some of our favorite celebrities and athletes may covet these things, others shy away from it...or at least take a little longer to adjust.
When we think of the richest people in the world, we typically think of movie stars, models and athletes. From Lebron James to Jennifer Lawrence to Mariah Carey, we are all painfully aware of just how rich our favorite celebrities are. But some of them are still living pretty modestly, or at least as modestly as they can. From humble cars to coach seats on airplanes, some celebrities refuse to give up every aspect of their pre-millionaire lifestyles. These are the celebrities and athletes that still travel like us everyday folk and manage to stay down to earth every once in awhile.
25 Bradley Cooper Drives a Prius
Bradley Cooper is one of the most successful actors and directors in the world. Thanks to all of his successful ventures both in front of and behind the cameras, Cooper has amassed an estimated fortune of $100 million (Celebrity Net Worth). Despite his wealth, the star is constantly photographed driving around his 2007 Toyota Prius. In an interview with Vanity Fair, he revealed he has no plans to give us his eco-friendly sedan. Cooper told the magazine it’s “great” and “much more feasible” than other vehicles (Vanity Fair).
24 Simone Biles Gets Some Sleep
Gymnast Simone Biles cleaned up at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, claiming five medals. Biles was understandably exhausted after the games and took advantage of the long flight back to the US to catch up on her sleep. Fellow Unfortunately for her, fellow Olympian and teammate Aly Raisman was there to document her travels, snapping a photo and posting it to her twitter for her 1.1 million followers on Twitter (Mashable). You would think a gold medal-winning team would get to fly home on a private jet, but the “final five” flew commercial.
23 Jennifer Lawrence And Her Volkswagen
Jennifer Lawrence is arguably the most relatable celebrity in Hollywood right now. After landing the leading role in The Hunger Games franchise and an Academy Award win in 2012, the actress started raking in millions of dollars per film role. Even after her fame and success, she was still seen driving around her sensible car: a white Volkswagen Eos hardtop convertible (Auto Evolution). While it’s not the most exciting car, it certainly adds to the stars relatable reputation that helped make her famous.
22 Jake Gyllenhaal Sleeps On The Subway
New York native Jake Gyllenhaal certainly knows his way around the city, so it’s no surprise that he takes advantage of the subway system to avoid sitting in all of that infamously bad traffic. The famous actor has been spotted by countless fans riding the Q train at all hours, proving that this is definitely Gyllenhaal’s normal method of transportation (The Gothamist).
21 Tom Hiddleston Takes the Tube
Across the pond in London, it’s not uncommon for passengers of the tube to spot movie star Tom Hiddleston sitting with them. Fans have seemed pretty quick to spot him over the years, as photos of Hiddleston making a low-cost commute are all over Twitter and Facebook. He is also seen frequently walking around the Belsize Park neighborhood of northwest London with his adorable spaniel, Bobby. The actor gained worldwide fame playing super villain Loki in Marvel Comics' Thor franchise, but that hasn’t stopped him from traveling like everyone else in London (Wikipedia).
20 Brad And Angelina Fly Coach To France
It’s no secret that former Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie enjoyed the finer things in life during their decade-long relationship. From private planes to luxurious mansions, The Jolie-Pitt clan have lived the life most of us could only dream of. So it was unexpected to see them not only flying commercial, but sitting in coach, no less. The superstar couple were photographed catching a flight at LAX with two of their six kids. According to E Online, the family was flying to Paris, where they connected to a second flight to Nice. (E Online).
19 Tim Tebow Flies Coach
Former college football superstar Tim Tebow may be worth less than some of his counterparts, the athlete has amassed an impressive $4 million fortune. The former Heisman Trophy winner was a first-round draft pick into the NFL in 2010. However, his career in professional football was short-lived and Tebow is now a minor league baseball player under contract with the New York Mets organization. While you certainly wouldn’t expect a minor league baseball player on a private Jet, you would expect a millionaire to fly first class. However, Tebow usually flies coach (Just Jared).
18 Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were both rich and famous in their own right before marrying in a top-secret ceremony at South Carolina’s historic Boone Hall Plantation in 2012. The couple has now amassed an estimated combined net worth of $90 million (Entertainment Cheat Sheet) through both successful movies and business ventures. Despite their wealth, the famous actors are still constantly seen flying commercial. The two were spotted doing just that while catching a connecting flight from Spain to New York City’s Laguardia Airport (Just Jared).
17 Karlie Kloss Rides The Subway
Ever since Karlie Kloss purchased her first apartment in the West Village in 2012, the supermodel has been a New York City staple. Despite her estimated $20 million net worth, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel prefers public transportation (Town and Country Magazine). Kloss is constantly seen riding the subway, even after meeting up with former BFF Taylor Swift for lunch. She’s also been seen riding around Manhattan using the public bicycle sharing system Citi Bike (Just Jared).
16 Katie Holmes Flies Like Everyone Else In Toledo
Katie Holmes may have lived a very fabulous life after her reported $2 million dollar Italian wedding to movie star Tom Cruise, but the same can’t be said post-divorce. According to TMZ, the couple’s prenuptial agreement shut her out of receiving any of Cruise’s $250 million fortune. We’re sure the actress is doing just fine without Tom’s money, but she still had to make some adjustments after the breakup. Most notably, Katie now seen flying coach to Toledo, Ohio, where her parents still reside (Best Life).
15 Alec Baldwin on Purse Duty
Alec Baldwin may be known for his quick-temper, but that side of him seems far removed when he’s on Dad duty. The actor seemed calm travelling with his yoga-instructor wife as they arrived at LAX. Baldwin was seen pushing the stroller along with his wife’s handbag as the couple made their way through the airport. Since marrying in 2012 the couple has added four kids to their family, which Baldwin states is the reason he’ll never be able to retire when he appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers (PEOPLE).
14 Jessica Alba Gives Up First Class
Jessica Alba may have a billion dollar business in the Honest Company, but that doesn’t mean she’s out there spoiling herself. According to celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton, Alba and her husband, Cash Warren, sat in coach during a flight from Los Angeles to New York. The two did, however, put their two daughters in first class, along with a nanny to sit with them. According to fellow passengers, the couple sat in the first row of the economy section, close enough to their tots to interact with them throughout the flight (Perez Hilton).
13 Claire Danes Flies Coach
It may seem like there’s nothing more glamorous than seeing actresses in their designer gowns and sparkling diamonds on the red carpet. Unfortunately, our favorite leading ladies don’t get to enjoy it for long. During the Screen Actors Guild Awards, television star Claire Danes told Extra “I’m flying tonight in coach. It’s the only seat available, and I have to go back to work tomorrow morning.” Sure enough, photographers caught Danes the following morning looking less than enthused to catch her plane back to the big apple (The Points Guy).
12 Arnold Cycling Around Town
Former bodybuilder turned action movie star, Arnie can afford any car he wants to cruise around in. But instead, he is constantly spotted out and about on a bicycle. The Terminator has been seen riding around solo, with family and friends, even with dignitaries in countries like England and Australia. Schwarzenegger, who turned 71 in March, underwent emergency open-heart surgery at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles earlier this year, but was seen back on his bicycle less than three months later (The Daily Mail).
11 Steven Wright Rides the Train
In big cities, public transit is the easiest and fastest option for sporting events. On any given game day in Boston, home to the World Series champion Red Sox, you would expect to see plenty of fans on their way to Fenway Park. But you certainly wouldn’t expect to see a member of the team trying to get there with everyone else. Pitcher Steven Wright was photographed by a fan riding the train to his team’s game, proving that even professional athletes hate sitting in traffic (SB NATION).
10 Michael Phelps Returns
US competitive swimmer Michael Phelps may have an estimated net worth of $55 million (Banking Rates), but after winning his 23rd Olympic medal he hopped on a commercial flight from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to Phoenix, Arizona. Phelps decided after his last Olympic games to retire from the sport in favor of a simpler life, spending more time with his wife and son. He also joined his former coach at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center of Arizona State University as a volunteer assistant coach (AZ Family).
9 David Beckham Takes a Break From His Private Plane
Retired footballer David Beckham is one of the most famous athletes in the world. With an estimated net worth of over $300 million, it’s not surprising to find out that the Beckhams have their own $19 million private plane (Robb Report). Despite owning his own jet, David, along with his kids, have been seen boarding commercial flights every once in a while at LAX. In an interview with Man About Town Magazine, Beckham said his children are “very grounded” and “they do normal things, as normal as they can, given our situation.” (Cosmopolitan)
8 Lindsey Vonn and P.K. Subban In Paris
After months of rumors, Lindsey Vonn and P.K. Subban made their debut as a couple at the 2018 CMT Music Awards in Nashville (CBS Sports). A few weeks later, the Olympic alpine skiing champion and the NHL defenseman were spotted arriving at Roissy Airport in Paris for a romantic European vacation. Despite CBS Sports and other outlets naming them “the next great power couple” in sports, the couple still has to fly commercial and wait for their bags like everyone else.
7 Alex Morgan Poses Post Flight
Soccer player Alex Morgan looks more like a model than athlete. On top of being an Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, the Orlando Pride forward ranks as one of the highest paid women in soccer, raking in millions of dollars a year in sponsorships and endorsement deals (Wikipedia). Even with all that, Morgan still prefers to take commercial flights to and from Orlando, Florida, where she is greeted by adoring fans, even stopping to take photos and speak with them (Twitter).
6 Maria Sharapova Flies Commercial
Russian born professional tennis player Maria Sharapova has been in the public eye since she was just 18, when she became the number one female player in the world. That year she started securing commercial endorsement deals and sponsorships, earning her over $18 million by the end of the year(Wikipedia). Despite the fact that she is still making millions of dollars a year, the star athlete not only flies commercial, she even carries her own luggage through the airport (Sportskeeda).