We tend to recognize celebrities for their work in our favorite movies, television shows, and music. Maybe we know them from their tabloid scandals or very public relationships. However, many popular celebrities are also very successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople. You may not even realize that some of the brands you love were started by celebrities! Here are some of the most successful celebrity entrepreneurs.
1. Jessica Alba, The Honest Company
The Honest Company is a popular childcare brand that offers a huge variety of natural products for parents to use with their babies and young children. The company sells everything from diapers to laundry detergent to vitamins. It was founded by actress Jessica Alba, known for Dark Angel and Fantastic Four, who is also a mom and is passionate about keeping kids safe and healthy.
2. Sofia Vergara, Latin World Entertainment
Sofia Vergara is known for her hilarious role on the popular comedy show Modern Family. However, long before she became a household name, she co-founded Latin World Entertainment, a company that specializes in talent management and entertainment marketing for Hispanic stars around the world. The company now represents dozens of successful Hispanic actors and actresses.
3. Dr. Dre, Beats Electronics
Dr. Dre is a successful rapper, but he’s also created one of the most popular music products in the world: Beats headphones. Over the past decade, the brand has become completely iconic, and Beats are now sported by music enthusiasts around the world. Beats also now sells speakers and other music accessories.
4. George Clooney, Casamigos Tequila
George Clooney is one of the most famous actors in the world, but what many people don’t know is that he’s also a tequila connoisseur. He founded Casamigos with friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman, and it’s received rave reviews from experts around the world. The liquor is grown and fermented from agave in Mexico.
5. Robert DeNiro, Nobu
Robert DeNiro is one of the world’s most highly respected actors, with seven Academy Award nominations. He’s also the co-founder of Nobu, a chain of upscale Japanese restaurants with locations around the world. DeNiro has collaborated with chef Nobu Matsuhisa to create dishes that amaze customers.
6. Justin Timberlake, William Rast
Timberlake may have started his career as a teen star, but he’s successfully transitioned his image into adulthood. One of his ventures is the successful fashion line William Rast. They are most well-known for their high-quality denim pieces.
7. Gwen Stefani, L.A.M.B
As the frontwoman of ska band No Doubt, Gwen Stefani was a 1990’s style icon. She’s now channeled that into L.A.M.B., her fashion and style line that’s developed a global presence. L.A.M.B clothing and accessories are now sold by retailers around the world and worn by many celebrities.
8. Kate Walsh, Boyfriend
Kate Walsh is an actress, known most for her roles in Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. She’s also the creator of Boyfriend fragrance, which balances masculine and feminine elements to create an amazing women’s perfume. The line is sold on the Home Shopping Network, as well as online.
9. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, The Row and Elizabeth & James
These twins started off their careers as child actresses, but transitioned into roles in the fashion industry as they grew into adulthood. They’re now industry moguls, known for running popular labels The Row and Elizabeth & James. Both lines are known for combining bohemian elements with classic, clean lines.
10. Sandra Bullock, Walton’s Fancy and Staple
The actress, known for her roles in Miss Congeniality and The Blind Side, has also been running businesses on the side for decades. She’s the owner of Walton’s Fancy and Staple, a chic flower shop and deli located in one of the trendiest cities in the United States – Austin, Texas. Bullock has transformed this iconic shop into one of Sixth Street’s most visted boutiques.
11. Reese Witherspoon, Pacific Standard
Reese Witherspoon is often recognized for both her comedic and dramatic acting abilities, and is known for Legally Blonde, Election, and Walk The Line. She’s recently ventured into production, starting her own company with movie producer Bruna Papandrea. The company’s first two releases have been Wild and Gone Girl.
12. Tyra Banks, Bankable Productions
Tyra Banks rose to fame in the 1990’s as one of the world’s most famous fashion models. She later became the host of America’s Next Top Model, and started her own production company, Bankable Productions. The company has produced several television shows, most geared at women.
13. Ashton Kutcher, A-Grade Investments
Ashton Kutcher is seen by the public as a goofy and loveable guy, known as the host of Punk’d and for his role on That ‘70s Show. However, Kutcher actually has some serious business smarts, and is one of the founders of A-Grade Investments. The company is a venture capital fund based in Los Angeles, with a focus on investing in tech startups.
14. Will Ferrell, Funny or Die
Will Ferrell is one of the world’s most recognizeable comedians. He got his start on Saturday Night Live, and is also known for roles in Elf and Anchorman. Many people don’t know that he is also the co-founder of Funny or Die, one of the internet’s most popular humor websites, and has parlayed that into a multi-million dollar business.
15. Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson launched her eponymous brand in 2006, and has since turned it into a fashion empire. The line sells shoes, clothing, bags, accessories, and much more, and is also sold in several department stores. Although Simpson started her career as a pop star, it’s clear that her true career calling is in fashion.