Celebrities These days it seems like our favorite celebrities never stick to the original career path that made them famous. While it is common for actors to dabble in singing or for singers to take a swing at acting, more and more celebrities are turning to a completely new field — entrepreneurship.
Let’s take a look at 15 celebrities who crossed into the business world and started their own businesses.
1. Victoria Beckham
Many years ago, Victoria Beckham was one-fifth of the major British girl group, the Spice Girls. However, since ending her time as an international pop star, Victoria Beckham has dabbled in the business world. In 2009, Victoria opened her first boutique in London. Since then, she’s grown into a major fashion name in the U.K. and around the world.
2. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were no stranger to the spotlight growing up. Not only did they begin their career as a baby, but they were running their own empire while other girls their age were in elementary school. The twins have left acting behind to focus on fashion, starting their own company The Row in 2006.
Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is one of the many rappers who has turned their music career into something more. One of the most successful individuals in the hip hop industry, Jay-Z is also one of the co-founders of the Roc-A-Fella empire. This includes everything from films to clothing. He is also the owner of Tidal, a music streaming service.
4. George Clooney
Many of us know George Clooney as the silver fox who appears in many of our favorite movies. However, he does a lot more than just act. In fact, George started his own tequila company, which he recently sold for $1 billion.
5. Jessica Alba
You probably know Jessica Alba from her most popular movies, like Fantastic Four and Honey, but acting isn’t the only thing she does. In 2012, Jessica entered the world of entrepreneurship with her all-natural product line, Honest Company. By creating awesome baby products using only natural ingredients, Jessica Alba and Honest Company were able to become an instant success.
6. Nicole Richie
In the early 2000s, Nicole Richie was known for being Paris Hilton’s best friend. The two spent most of their time partying, appearing on reality TV shows, and being young socialites. However, Nicole Richie left that scene in the dust by becoming the founder of her jewelry line House of Harlow 1960.
7. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon is another actress who has taken her talents to other areas of the film world. In 2010, Reese co-founded the production company, Pacific Standard. With the goal to create movies from novels, Reese and Pacific
Standard have produced major hits, including Gone Girl and Wild.
8. Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk is probably one of the most recognizable names in professional skateboarding. However, he’s also been an entrepreneur for quite some time. All the way back in 1992, Tony started his own skateboard manufacturing company, Birdhouse Skateboards. In addition to Birdhouse, Tony also helped create multiple skateboarding video games in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
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9. Venus Williams
Venus Williams is a star both on the tennis court and off. As the CEO of not one, but two companies, Venus is a sensational entrepreneur. She not only leads a clothing line, EleVen, but also V Starr Interiors, an interior design firm where she works on celebrity condos and resorts — all in addition to dominating in women’s tennis.
10. Lauren Conrad
Lauren Conrad began her time in the spotlight as a high school student on the reality TV show Laguna Beach. As she grew older, she continued her time with reality TV before branching off on her own to start something new. Today, Lauren Conrad owns a website, a clothing line, and has authored a few books, both fiction and nonfiction.