6 Famous People Who Lead Surprisingly Modest Lives

“Modesty is the color of virtue”. The words spoken by the great Greek philosopher Diogenes epitomize everything there is to grasp about the real meaning of modesty. In Hollywood, where frivolity wears the crown, there’s only a handful of celebrities who prove that modesty can indeed prevail.

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1. Keanu Reeves

The famous actor is the ‘living proof’ that simplicity and decency can indeed weave their way through Hollywood. He has overcome a great deal of hardship in his life but not without going through hell and back. He’s a truly humble person, he regularly donates to charity, helps the homeless, travels on the subway and acts as a completely ordinary person, wearing simple clothes.

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2. J.K Rowling

The author of the best-selling book series in history, ‘Harry Potter‘, has a very modest, ordinary lifestyle. She’s donated to charity a large part of her fortune and tries to separate her professional life from her personal life.

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3. Hayden Christensen

You may remember him from ‘Star Wars’ Episode II and III where he played ‘Anakin Skywalker’ but since 2005 we haven’t actually seen him on the big screen. Though he became famous at a very young age, he was never Hollywood material, shunning the spotlight on any occasion. He bought a farm back in his homeland Canada for his family where he’s now working the land. He recently broke up with Rachel Bilson after nearly 10 years together with whom he has a two-year-old daughter.

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4. Mark Zuckerberg

The creator of Facebook doesn’t exactly hang out in Hollywood but we can acknowledge his celebrity status. As you probably have seen him many times before, he wears the same gray T-shirt almost every day and has rarely been caught displaying an extravagant lifestyle.

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5. Ingvar Kamprad

Probably one of the most modest billionaires in the world, the founder of IKEA is an example of simplicity. He buys his clothes from second-hand shops, drives the same Volvo for years, flies economy and decorates his home with items from his own furniture factory.

6. Matthew McConaughey

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey used to live in a trailer even after he made it big in Hollywood. The actor prefers a minimalist lifestyle over a big house which demands a lot of work and energy.

“Modesty is not only an ornament but also a guard to virtue” (Joseph Addison). Don’t ever forget that and please pass this on!