15 Surprising Celebrity Business Investments

15 Surprising Celebrity Business Investments
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Everyone has something they are truly passionate about. Usually because they experienced something and didn’t get the full experience they wanted. Or it’s something they have kept close to their hearts for a long time. Most people will never have a chance to act on their passion outside of being a volunteer. But when you are a celebrity and have millions on top of millions of dollars, these dreams are a lot closer to coming true. Whether it’s fashion, fragrances, or vodka, these celebrities put their entrepreneurial hats on and are making it happen.

Here are 15 Surprising Celebrity Business Investments.

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Venus Williams

When she’s not on the tennis court winning Grand Slams and Olympic gold medals Venus Williams is running an interior design business out of Jupiter, Florida. She started V Starr Interiors in 2002 and her clientele includes the homes of well known NFL and NBA players in the Miami area and the Burr Athletic Facility at Howard University. Even though she didn’t finish design school, she surrounded with a team of all women professional designers.

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Carmen Electra

You would probably best recognize Carmen Electra dressed in her lifeguard uniform, ready to save lives on the hit ‘90s tv show Baywatch. But, after the show, Electra put her business hat and started a series of workout videos and pole dancing exercises. You can find videos of her on Youtube doing stripaerobics and testing out her competitions portable in-home poles. Best part about her product is that her videos are good for beginners and professional pole dancers.

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Andrew Shue

Besides playing a major role on the Aaron Spelling hit show, Melrose Place, Andrew Shue was playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy, a of the Major League Soccer team. Now, he’s on the Board of Directors for Do Something, a non-profit organization that he co-founded with Michael Sanchez inspiring youth to volunteer and be active for social change. Sanchez and Shue also started CafeMom, an online community for mom’s and mom’s-to-be to share their stories of motherhood.

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Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch is recognized as being one of the sexiest women of all time. Welch has been active in building her business since 1984, with the first releases of videos and book The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program. Her most successful business venture has been with wig collection, HAIRuWEAR, which has been featured on Lifetime TV. The collection has an extensive website with educational workshops and where to find local retailers.

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Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock is more than just an Academy Award winning Best Actress she is beyond passionate and cares about what we put into our bodies. She owns two restaurants in Austin, Texas: Bess Bistro and Walton’s Fancy and Staple, which happen to be located across the street from each other. Bullock also runs her own production company called Fortis Films, which produced the George Lopez Show and the movie All About Steve.

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Natalie Portman

Besides winning the Academy Award for Best Actress, Natalie Portman is a strong animal rights advocate. Her choice to become vegan happened after reading the book by Safran Foer’s Eating Animals and witnessing laser surgery being done on chickens at a medical conference that she attended with her father. Portman eventually started her own line of vegan footwear. She doesn’t wear fur, feathers, or leather in additional to her being vegan.

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Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner has been around the movie industry forever. And he has been nominated for what feels like every award, but he also has a business side that he entertains from time to time. Costner purchased a patent for a device from the government that has the ability to separate oil and water. Costner made a deal for his company Ocean Therapy Solutions and BP to lease 32 of the separation devices in 2010.

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Paul Newman

The late legendary actor, Paul Newman was not just known for his acting, but he was known for his philanthropy. He co-founded his company, Newman’s Own a brand that started out as salad dressing and eventually expanded to lemonade, salsa, popcorn, etc. Newman did the unthinkable – made a company policy that would take all the proceeds (after taxes) and donate them to charity. The company has donated over $400 million to thousands of different charities.

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Jay-Z

Jay-Z is one of the most successful rapper’s of all time. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide and has a net wroth over $520 million. As an entrepreneur, Jay-Z has been quite busy over the years. He co-owns the 40/40 Club in NYC, co-founded of Roc-A-Fella Records, co-created his clothing line Rocawear, and is the co-founder of Roc Nation. He had to relinquish his ownership in the Brooklyn Nets, in order to represent clients in basketball.

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Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell has had an extensive movie career. He will always be Ricky Bobby from Talledega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Boddy, Elf, or Anchorman. In 2007, Ferrell and Adam McKay launched Funny or Die, an online website where viewers can upload videos to be voted on. The website has become very popular since it’s launch. The first video, The Landlord featuring Ferrell and McKay’s 2 year-old daughter, had over 70 million views.

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Gwen Stefani

We all know Gwen Stefani from her days of singing with No Doubt and her most recent years with her solo career. Stefani has always drawn inspiration from Japanese culture, hence her back-up dancers being named Harajuku Girls. She launched a clothing line named L.A.M.B. that is popular with celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Teri Hatcher. She also came out with a fragrance line with five different fragrances names after the Harajuku Girls and herself.

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50 Cent

50 Cent has been making a name for himself as a businessman, with the founding of G-Unit Records and G-Unit Clothing Company in 2003. 50 took an interest in Glaceau and created Formula 50 an enhanced water beverage. He also founded to production companies Cheetah Vision and G-Unit Films, but focuses on Cheetah Vision since it’s the only one still running. 50 has also taken an interest in precious metals, he even visited the South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe.

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Miranda Kerr

Victoria’s Secret Angel, Miranda Kerr replaced Gisele Bundchen as an angel in 2007. Kerr co-founded KORA Organics, a line of skincare products produced and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia. Her organic products have won numerous awards, including best body wash and hand cream in 2012. Twenty of the twenty-one products in her line can be put in the Vegan category.

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Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams has come a long way since his days of producing and making music with the Neptunes. He now has multiple media ventures that function under his umbrella company called i am OTHER, a record label and creative all in one. Williams other business ventures under i am OTHER include clothing brand Billionaire Boys Club and Billionaire Girls Club, footwear boutique Ice Cream Footwear, and textile company Bionic Yarn.

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Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd has been one of our favorite actors in ‘80s and ‘90s hit tv shows and movies like Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, and My Girl. Aykroyd and John Alexander came up with the idea of additive-free vodka and called it Crystal Head Vodka. The vodka is bottled in a Bruni Glass that took two years to manufacture. The additive-free, gluten-free, kosher vodka continues to win awards each year.

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