At 15, Jewel left her abusive alcoholic father to live in an unheated cabin, riding horseback or hitchhiking to work in Alaska. Later, she moved to California but health problems made it difficult for her to hold down a regular job. At the ripe old age of 18, the singer was forced to live in her car for a year, driving from city to city to play gigs before landing a record deal.
Pieces of You
Jewel was finally discovered at a San Diego coffee shop and signed to Atlantic Records. At just 21, Jewel wrote and recorded her first album “Pieces of You”. That album would go on to sell more than 15 million copies worldwide. Her current net worth is estimated at a comfortable $30 million.