Comeback champions

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Neil and Christine Hamilton

He was implicated in the cash for questions scandal in 1994, defeated at the 1997 general election and was subsequently declared bankrupt. She stood by him, and by the turn of the century Neil and Christine Hamilton's credibility was zero. Now, the couple are minor media celebrities. And, after all, what is the drama of Prime Minister's Questions compared to Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Kate Moss

She was one of the world's top supermodels before images of her apparently snorting cocaine surfaced. In the immediate aftermath, she was dropped from contracts with leading fashion houses. However, she simply said sorry, dumped her rock star boyfriend Pete Doherty – seen by many as the root of her problems – and bagged herself a host of new deals.

Prince Harry

Portrayed as a modern-day Prince Hal in the tabloids, the royal tearaway was regularly pictured rolling out of nightclubs. The low point came in 2005 when he made the front page of The Sun after turning up at a fancy dress party dressed as a Nazi. He has since made something of a transition from red-top fodder to war-zone hero after it was revealed the prince had secretly spent 10 weeks fighting in Afghanistan.

Steve Jobs

When, in 1985, he was relieved of his duties at Apple following an internal power struggle, he created another company and sold it to his previous company 11 years later, ensuring his return to Apple in 1996. Once back at Apple, he quickly became its saviour. He is credited with inventing the iPod, iTunes and the iPhone, which helped revolutionise music and communications.

Jonathan Aitken

After being jailed for perjury in 1999, the former Tory MP, unable to pay his legal fees, was forced to file for bankruptcy. His wife, Lolicia, announced upon his imprisonment that she was leaving him. His career appeared over. But, he has risen from the ashes. He has found God, and a new, media-friendly spirituality. In 2007, he took charge of a task force on prison reform headed by the former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.