Mo' Money, Mo' and Mo' and Mo' Problems

Sometimes, even making piles and piles of money ca$h can't prevent someone from getting into dire financial straits. These three celebrities prove that good habits are applicable to everyone, not just those who are struggling to make ends meet.

 
Nicolas Cage
 
 

Nicolas Cage is an Academy Award-winning actor. He's starred in some fantastic movies like Moonstruck, Raising Arizona, and National Treasure. He's also starred in some terrible movies like Ghost Rider, Bangkok Dangerous, and National Treasure. (I LOVE NATIONAL TREASURE and I don't care who knows it.) But even someone who makes as much money as Nicolas Cage can find themselves in trouble . . . with the IRS. Turns out Little Nicky owed like $14,000,000 in back taxes at one point.
 
Protip: When you're raking in the dough like leaves in the fall, the IRS is going to notice when you don't pay your taxes.
 
Thomas Jefferson
 
 

Yep, good old TJ, one of our founding fathers and the author of one of the most definitive documents in American history, ended up going dead broke. He was a brilliant thinker and born into one of the wealthiest families in the States, but it all went downhill when his father-in-law died. He and his brother-in-law split the inheritance, but it was more than either of them could handle.  When Jefferson died, his estate Monticello and his slaves were auctioned off to pay his debts. So, even one of the founding fathers is prone to debt by unexpected occurrences. 
 
Protip: Know what you're marrying into.
 
Michael Jackson
 
 

The man was a legend, and made millions of dollars. However, even all of this couldn't prevent the King of Pop from dying in more debt than America. (joke) Michael Jackson simply spent too much money on things for himself and his Neverland ranch, and subsequently went into too much debt to settle. His family is now charged with this debt, and he can't escape it even though he died. 
 
Protip: Do not spend more than you earn.
 
Learn from the celebrities! Nic Cage, TJ and MJ are superstars, but still suffered/are suffering from money troubles. This means you are NOT IMMUNE! So be smart!
 
Stay awesome!
 
Janelle