12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
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1. Katy Perry

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
The international pop star has nine #1 hits, which is more than her older sister and younger brother combined. (via Getty)

2. Abraham Lincoln

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
He was the President of the United States, and some would say the best one in history. Although, what was the point of it, really, because by the election of 1860 his older sister and younger brother had died and he couldn't rub it in. (via The Telegraph)

3. Bill Gates

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
His younger and older sisters may have established nice lives for themselves, but did they start Microsoft and nearly eradicate malaria, MOM?!? (via Getty)

4. Joaquin Phoenix

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
After his parents left the religious collective the Children of God, Phoenix changed his first name to Leaf, to go along with his siblings River, Rain, Liberty, and Summer. He later changed it back to Joaquin and now has three Academy Award nominations, two more than older brother River. (via Getty)

5. Madonna

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
She got to be the most famous person in the world through sheer tenacity, but first she had to struggle to get noticed in a family of eight children in which she fell right in the middle of the birth order. (via Getty)

6. Chris Hemsworth

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
He is Thor and is a super-hunk. This beats being the second-choice boyfriend from The Hunger Games (Liam Hemsworth) or the older brother of Thor and the second-choice boyfriend from The Hunger Games (Luke Hemsworth). (via Getty)

7. Jeb Bush 

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
He may be the third of six Bush children, but if elected president in 2016, he'll easily be at least the second-most popular president named Bush. (via Getty)

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8. Judd Apatow

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
The writer/director of This is 40 and Knocked Up has an older brother and a younger sister. Look for a crudely funny but also surprisingly introspective three-hour movie about this in the next few years. (via Getty)

9. Britney Spears

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
The definitive pop tart has a younger sister, Jamie Lynn, who starred on Zoey 101 until she got pregnant at 16, and an older brother named Bryan, who co-manages Britney's conservatorship, established after Britney's 2007 public meltdown, y'all. (via Getty)

10. Warren Buffett

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
The Oracle of Omaha has an older sister, and a younger sister. One of them, Doris, is a multi-millionaire in her own right. Big deal, because her little brother is a billionaire. (via Getty)

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11. Jennifer Lopez

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
The singer/actress/sex symbol is the second of three sisters and says that in her family she was known as "the athletic one" while her sisters were known as "the pretty one" and "the singer." (via Getty)

12. Donald Trump

12 middle children who turned being ignored as kids into adult fame and fortune.
Certainly the real estate tycoon and presidential candidate's desperate need for attention and propensity for acting out has nothing to do with the fact that he's a middle child(via Getty)

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