Celebrities Who are Surprisingly Successful Investors With Many Types of Businesses
Though most celebrities that we know and support have reputations as singers, actors, hosts, or any of the like, they usually have other occupations under their sleeve. Sometimes, it can be as noticeable as modeling for a particular brand or company. Other times, it can be as subtle as making investments for startup companies. Sometimes, it isn’t even the celebrities approaching the companies, but the other way around. Companies and brands always need to promote their new products to the market, and a way to guarantee sales is by having a celebrity become the face of the company. More often than not, when a celebrity has an excellent reputation, their fans will also be encouraged to purchase the products and services that they promote. Other times, celebrities will create their own line of products and businesses and endorse them to the public, assuring that their quality is just as good as their star power. For this article, we will be talking about celebrities who have gone on to other business ventures and partnerships throughout their career.
Snoop Dogg is one of those rappers that you can recognize even if you aren’t too familiar with his music. He was discovered by Dr. Dre in 1992 and then started his career. With over 35 million of his albums sold worldwide, Snoop Dogg had produced hit records like Tha Doggfather, No Limit Top Dogg, and Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss – only four out of his seventeen albums didn’t peak at the top-fifty on the Billboard charts.
Outside of his music career, Snoop Dogg also made investments in other business ventures, including in mobile app Snoopify, and a comfort footwear line of Snoop Dogg slippers. He recently partnered with 19 Crimes for his Snoop Cali Red wine brand. In 2014, Snoop Dogg was among the investors who gave $50 million to Reddit. In 2015, he announced his new brand of cannabis products.
Rihanna is a singer and songwriter who became a notable figure in the music industry thanks to her hit records Umbrella, Diamonds, What’s My Name, and her collaborations with famous artists like Eminem and Drake. However, Rihanna’s career as a businesswoman is also worth just as much admiration as her music career. It can be said she is a commercially successful music artist.
In 2017, Rihanna made investments to start her line of cosmetic products through the company Fenty Beauty. The brand’s revenue has exceeded $100 million. It’s safe to say that the Caribbean Queen did not disappoint with Fenty Beauty’s quality. Eventually, Fenty Beauty collaborated with Puma for their clothing line through the Fenty x Puma brand. In 2016, aside from being one of the company’s many faces, Rihanna also became a designer for Dior, adding her artistic touch to the company’s line of sunglasses.
Sean John “Diddy” Combs, also known as P. Diddy, is a rapper, songwriter, and record producer. His career started in 1997, when he released his debut single Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down, which was then followed by the album No Way Out – the album eventually won Diddy the Grammy Award for Best Album and sold over 7 million copies. Outside of his rapping career, Combs is also a successful businessman.
He started a clothing line “Sean Jean” in 1998. In addition, He made investments with Diageo, sharing their earnings from their products. With Diddy’s popularity as a rapper, one of Diageo’s products, the vodka Ciroc, skyrocketed in sales with its 50,000-case-per-year record becoming almost 2-million-per-year. Another project that Diddy and Diageo started is the Ciroc Studio, a recording studio that aims to help up and rising artists of all music genres.
Ellen DeGeneres is well-known for hosting the show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. But her career hasn’t always been uphill. DeGeneres’ first rose to fame for her acting credit in the TV sitcom Ellen. After the show stopped airing, Ellen was out of the spotlight for a couple of years. Fortunately, she regained her footing when she got the chance to voice the lovable fish, Dory, in 2000’s Finding Nemo – eventually granting her the opportunity to start her The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
With her show performing exceptionally in terms of views and reception, Ellen has racked up enough money for her to donate to charity and fundraising events. As for one of her hobbies, DeGeneres would also purchase homes and eventually sell them after a couple of years of ownership – kind of like her own real estate business venture.
George Clooney is perhaps one of the most charismatic actors in Hollywood, and he made a name for himself through his acting credits in films like the Oceans movies, 2002’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, 2011’s The Ides of March, and 2014’s The Monuments Men. He has won in his acting career three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards. However, during the early years of Clooney’s career, he became friends with Rande Gerber.
The two eventually thought of creating their vodka brand, and they wanted it to not only have great quality but also be affordable in price. After some time developing the vodka’s taste, Clooney and his friend introduced their product Casamigos. With its sales showing excellent results, Diageo acquired Casamigos, paying Clooney and his partners around $1 billion. This goes to show that some of the best business ventures involve an idea shared by friends.
Jessica Alba is an actress who first rose to fame with her acting credit as Max Guevara in the TV series Dark Angel. Her outstanding performance in the film “Honey” in 2003 made her quickly rank among the best actresses on Hollywood A-List. She eventually went on to star in blockbuster films like 2005’s Fantastic Four and its sequel, 2007’s Good Luck Chuck, and 2010’s Machete.
Jessica Alba also founded the Honest Company, which focuses on selling safe and eco-friendly consumer goods for the family, like diapers, baby wipes, body lotion, and laundry detergents. The idea of diving into this business venture began when the actress gave birth to her first child, Honor, inspiring her to sell safe products for every family member. First selling in stores around America and Canada, Alba and the Honest Company hopes to sell their products in the European market eventually.
Kim Kardashian West has maintained her celebrity status all throughout her involvement in the reality TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians. But this celebrity, along with the rest of her family, has also gone and went to other business ventures. Through the years, the investments that Kim Kardashian had been involved with include her Kimono Solutionwear clothing brand, her choose-your-own-adventure-style mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, and KKW Beauty for her beauty line of cosmetics.
In recent news, Kim Kardashian has been studying to become a lawyer and has taken a 4-year apprenticeship with a law firm, and is hoping to take the bar exam in 2022. It is nice to know that Kim Kardashian has an interest in serving the justice system. Her interest in law will follow in the footsteps of her father Robert Kardashian, who was a member of OJ Simpson’s defense team.
Ashton Kutcher is one of Hollywood’s most popular comedy stars. He may mostly be known for his role as Michael Kelso in the TV sitcom That ‘70s Show, and in films like 1999’s Coming Soon and 2000’s Dude, Where’s My Car? The CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men he acted in was also very successful and popular. But one impressive feat the actor has is the series of investments that he has made outside the film industry.
First investing in starting restaurants, Kutcher eventually went on to help startup companies like Spotify, Airbnb, and Skype – three companies out of the at least 60 companies Kutcher has supported. After supporting a few startup companies, Ashton Kutcher founded the capital firm Sound Ventures. Thanks to these business ventures that Kutcher has taken outside of the film industry, the actor has accumulated an approximate net worth of a whopping $200 million.
In the music industry, Madonna has earned the title of “Queen of Pop.” After starting her career in 1982 with her eponymous debut album, Madonna eventually made a significant name for herself in the industry and was even regarded as one of the most impactful figures in pop culture. But her career as a singer isn’t the only thing that Madonna deserves credit for.
During one of her recent tours, Madonna grew a liking for the coconut water beverage made by Vita Coco. With Madonna being quite particular of the food and drinks she consumes, it certainly makes sense the coconut water became her favorite – it has more potassium than a banana and more electrolytes than an energy drink. To support the company, she went and invested $1.5 million in the company. In addition, Madonna has produced four fashion brands and launched a range of skincare products in recent years.
Beyonce’s reputation in the music industry has become more like a royal status, earning her the title of “Queen Bey” from her fan base. She is the most nominated woman in the Grammy Award’s history and has influenced many other artists. Furthermore, the popularity has opened many opportunities for the singer, including an acting credit in the film Dreamgirls, as well as another in Disney’s remake of Lion King, where Beyonce voiced Nala’s character.
However, outside the entertainment industry, Beyonce has tried other business ventures. In 2016, she collaborated with Topshop to launch her clothing brand Ivy Park – she also collaborated with Adidas to launch her line of sneakers. Beyonce also released her line of fragrance products called Heat, where she earned $75,000 from its sales on the first day. Because of her involvement in a vast array of businesses, Beyonce has become one of America’s richest self-made women.
Among Jared Leto’s film credits are the movies Requiem for a Dream and Chapter 27. Leto won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for his acting in Dallas Buyers Club. Jared Leto is also the front-man of the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. Throughout his career, Leto has thought up of ways to help his band reach out and communicate to their fans, eventually launching the social media and digital market company The Hive – later opening its doors to artists like Jessie J, among many others.
In 2010, Leto created the full-service company The One and Only Golden Tickets, which provides and manages concerts, festivals, and events – the company was eventually renamed Adventures In Wonderland. Among the other business ventures that Jared Leto is involved with is the company Reddit, a well-known community-based website which he funded at one point.
Justin Bieber is a cover-singer-turned-pop-sensation who started his career when he was 13 years old. He first released singing videos on youtube. Years later, and the singer is still coming out with one hit after another. He eventually became the youngest solo artist to ever have seven number-one albums in America. Up to now, he has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
Outside of his singing career, Bieber managed to make investments in companies like Spotify and Shots Studios, a company with a record label under the Universal Music Group. Aside from these, the singer has also gone and endorsed brands like Adidas, Calvin Klein, Beats by Dre, and Best Buy. Thanks to his popularity, he has even helped artists like Carly Rae Jepsen and Madison Beer become more popular singers – he tweeted about the two artists, which made his fans curious about them.
Will Smith is mostly known for his roles in films. These films include the Bad Boys franchise, Independence Day, Enemy of the State, and the critically-acclaimed film, The Pursuit of Happyness. However, in between his filming schedule, Will Smith has managed to make investments in various companies and projects. Will Smith founded the production company Overbrook Entertainment, which is a record label that especially caters to unknown artists, helping them record their music.
This is also where Will Smith records some of the songs for his films. In 2005, Will Smith, along with Jay-Z, invested $10 million in Carol’s Daughter, a line of beauty products. In 2011, Will Smith paid $280 million to have partial ownership over the Philadelphia 76ers – apparently, it was his long time dream to be a co-owner of a sports team. Will and his wife Jada also have an impressive real estate portfolio.
Shawn Corey Carter, popularly known as Jay-Z, is a rapper and songwriter who is considered to be one of the greatest hip-hop artists ever. In 1995 he founded the record company Roc-A-Fella Records and began his career. Among his greatest albums include 2001’s The Blueprint, 2003’s The Black Album, 2007’s American Gangster, and 2017’s 4:44. He has won a total of 22 Grammy Awards.
However, Jay-Z is also well-known for his investments in various businesses, which include a talent agency and a clothing brand. Among his business ventures include the Rocawear clothing line, the full-service entertainment company, Roc Nation, as well as co-ownership of the Armand de Brignac champagne brand. With these and the other projects under his name, Jay-Z has racked up an approximate net worth of $1 billion, becoming the first hip-hop rapper ever to reach the billions range.
Justin Timberlake is a singer and songwriter who first rose to fame as the youngest member of the hit boy band NSYNC. When he continued his career as a solo artist, Timberlake sold over 32 million albums and 56 million singles. Justin Timberlake also gave the film industry a shot, receiving an acting credit for movies like 2010’s The Social Network and 2011’s In Time.
Aside from all of these, Justin Timberlake has also explored other businesses over the years. In 2005, the singer-actor and his friend Juan Ayala, launched the clothing line, William Rast. In 2007, being a big fan of golf, he purchased the Big Creek Golf Course and redeveloped it into the eco-friendly Mirimichi Golf Course, earning him the Futures Award. In 2016 he invested in a beverage company. With his business ventures flourishing, what goes around truly comes back around.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. is an actor who had regained his reputation when he got the acting credit for his comeback film Iron Man, eventually starting the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other well-received films that Downey Jr. has starred in include Tropic Thunder, the Sherlock Holmes movies, Due Date, and The Judge. Outside of his acting career, Downey Jr. also showcased his singing skills, performing for the soundtrack of some of his films like Chaplin, Too Much Sun, The Singing Detective, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and, in 2004, he released his record The Futurist.
Robert owns a lot of houses in the Los Angeles. Robert’s real estate portfolio could be worth $405 million. In recent news, Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Levin are working with Apple to produce a TV series through their production company Team Downey. Whatever project Robert Downey Jr. will tackle in the coming years, one can guarantee that his fans will support him 3000.
Lady Gaga is one of the most iconic artists in recent years, releasing albums in various genres ranging from dance-pop, electronic rock, and EDM. Lady Gaga also took an interest in acting, later gaining credit for starring in the American Horror Story: Hotel miniseries and the greatly-loved musical drama A Star is Born. In the last year, Lady Gaga’s efforts have earned between $300 million and $40 million, most of which come from touring shows.
In recent years, with an Amazon partnership, Lady Gaga started her line of beauty products, Haus Labs. Aside from acting and singing, beauty also has a special place in Lady Gaga’s life, and she finds enjoyment in mixing her own concoctions backstage before she goes to perform. And with that passion in mind, Haus Lab was made with the plan of being affordable to a wider demographic – and thanks to its Amazon partnership, it can be delivered anywhere in the world.
Gwen Stefani is a singer and songwriter who, before becoming a solo artist, was the band No Doubt’s vocalist, releasing hit records like Just a Girl, Spiderwebs, Don’t Speak, and Hey Baby. Outside of her music career, Gwen Stefani has made significant investments in the fashion business, releasing her own line of products ranging from clothes, accessories, and perfumes. In 2004, Gwen Stefani released her LAMB fashion line, taking inspiration from the Japanese, Guatemalan, and Jamaican fashion styles.
She eventually expanded the fashion line with Harajuku Lovers, which also sells cameras and mobile phone charms. In later years, as a tie-in to her two brands, Stefani released the perfume L for the LAMB collection and another five for her Harajuku Lovers line: Love, Lil’ Angel, Music, Baby, and Gwen. She also launched a limited edition cosmetics line in 2016 in collaboration with Urban Decay.
Tyra Banks is a TV personality who first started her career as a model, later becoming a member of Victoria’s Secret Angels. Later on in her career, Banks got an acting credit for the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and films like 1995’s Higher Learning and 2000’s Coyote Ugly. But among her most memorable outings is her involvement in shows like America’s Next Top Model, The Tyra Banks Show, and America’s Got Talent.
Through the years, Tyra Banks has gone to many business ventures, including an ownership interest in The Muse, which is a career advice website. But in more recent news, Tyra Banks is investing her money on starting an ice cream company that she calls SMIZE – creating an ice cream company has always been a dream for the model.
Ryan John Seacrest is perhaps one of the busiest people in the world of show business. Among the list of things he has done in his repertoire include being the host of TV shows American Idol and American Top 40, and the radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest also has a production company called Ryan Seacrest Productions. Under this production, Seacrest has taken credit for helping launch shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Netflix’s Insatiable, and Shades of Blue.
Ryan Seacrest also co-owns the restaurant Katana, a Japanese restaurant with a sci-fi inspired decoration to its architecture. He is the creator of the Ryan Seacrest Distinction Line and men’s skincare collection, which is sold exclusively at Macy’s. In 2010, Ryan Seacrest created the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a nonprofit organization aiming to entertain children in hospitals undergoing treatment, hoping to bring a more positive atmosphere for them.
Nasir Jones, more popularly known as Nas, is a rapper and songwriter who first rose to fame with his debut album Illmatic in 1994. This was after he was featured on hip-hop group Main Source’s record Live at the Barbecue. Out of the twelve albums that he has released, seven of them have achieved platinum and multi-platinum status. Outside of his rapping career, Nas has also tried out other business ventures, and has put investments towards a restaurant called Sweet Chick restaurant — he hopes to expand the brand all around America.
For the fashion industry, Nas started his clothing line called HSTRY, where he contributes his artistic vision to the clothes’ designs. Aside from these, he also created the venture capital firm QueensBridge Venture Partners, where he invested funds for startup companies that range from healthcare to technology, including Dropbox, Genius, and Lyft.
Jessica Simpson is a singer who went on to star in a few movies and participate in TV shows. She debuted in 1999 with her album Sweet Kisses, followed by 2001’s Irresistible, 2003’s In This Skin, 2004’s ReJoyce: The Christmas Album, 2006’s A Public Affair, and 2008’s Do You Know. For her outing as an actress, Simpson got an acting credit for films like 2005’s Dukes of Hazzard, 2006’s Employee of the Month, and 2007’s Blonde Ambition.
In 2005, Jessica Simpson, in collaboration with the Camuto Group, launched The Jessica Simpson Collection. But what first started as a line of footwear products eventually expanded to clothes, accessories, handbags, jewelry, and fragrances – this expansion has surely helped the business earn a good amount of revenue through the years.
Reese Witherspoon debuted her acting career with the 1991 film The Man in the Moon but garnered worldwide fame for her acting credit as Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy flick Legally Blonde and its 2003 sequel. For her performance as June Carter Cash in the musical biopic Walk the Line, Witherspoon won an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Outside of acting, she also owns a production company called Type A Films, which was then merged with Made Up Stories and became Pacific Standard – films produced by the company include 2014’s Gone Girl, 2015’s Hot Pursuit, and 2019’s Lucy in the Sky. And as if this isn’t even enough, the actress-producer also owns the clothing line Draper James, which sells products that range from clothing, accessories, and home decorations. In 2019, Reese bought a mansion on a hill in Malibu for $6.25 million. She owns several properties in Nashville, Tennessee.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is a rapper who gained a footing in the rap scene thanks to Eminem and Dr. Dre. He later sold over 30 million records worldwide and even went on to star in a few films like 2005’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 2006’s Home of the Brave, 2011’s All Things Fall Apart, and 2015’s Southpaw.
Through the years, 50 Cent has made investments in other businesses, like the G-Unit Clothing Company and the production company G-Unit Films and Television Inc., which produced the TV series Power – 50 Cent also starred and was the co-creator of the series. Other business deals he has made also include becoming a minority shareholder of the Effen Vodka brand and his joint partnership deal with FRIGO Revolution Wear.
Oprah Winfrey is a name that is recognized by almost everyone in the world today thanks to her great approach to hosting, which is most notable in The Oprah Winfrey Show – it is still the highest-rated talk show in America. But other than her career as a talk show host, Oprah also founded the production company Harpo, Inc. Through Harpo, Oprah got to work on films like 1998’s Beloved, which was based on Toni Morrison’s novel.
In the early 2000s, Oprah launched her magazines O, The Oprah Magazine, and O at Home – the former now has more than 200 million monthly readers. With all these investments returning a good fortune to her, Oprah makes it a point to give a part of it to charity organizations, hoping to improve the healthcare and education that is being provided to those in need.
Paul David Hewson, popularly known as Bono, is widely recognized as the frontman and lyricist of the rock band U2, eventually granting him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Aside from being the band’s singer, Bono is also well-known for his philanthropic efforts. He would perform with the band for concert events that help charitable organizations. Outside of his music career, Bono joined the venture capital firm Elevation Partners, where he made investments in the Forbes Media Group.
In 1992, Bono bought and renovated Dublin’s Clarence Hotel, transforming it from a 70 room hotel to a five-star 49 room hotel. The firm eventually got hold of a portion of Facebook’s shares, initially purchasing it for around $250 million. After leaving Elevation Partners, Bono co-founded the Rise Fund, which aims to support startup businesses. In recent news, they have invested in the company Zipline and their drone delivery services.
Andre Romelle Young, popularly known as Dr. Dre, is a rapper who first gained fame as a member of World Class Wreckin’ Cru — he later joined NWA. He took credit for releasing a few successful solo albums like 1992’s Chronic and 1999’s 2001. Dre eventually dedicated more of his time to producing records for artists like Eminem, 50 Cent, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar.
In 1996, Dre left death row after getting tired of the ongoing legal disputes and disputes at the controversial company. Outside of his career as a rapper and producer, Dre founded his Beats by Dre brand, which sells different types of headphones and earphones. Some models are even in collaboration with artists like Lady Gaga and Diddy. Although this was his only other business venture, this managed to earn Dr. Dre a fortune and later made him the richest man in hip-hop.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is a retired basketball player who has played for the Los Angeles Lakers and the 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team. After his retirement, Johnson made investments in various businesses. Although he failed initially, he eventually gained proper footing, learning the ins and outs of how companies work.
One of his achievements as a businessman was building 125 Starbucks stores across America, offering the brand to a broader demographic of people along the way. Another would be his ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, a team he helped by increasing the number of attendees in their stadium. If there is one thing that Magic Johnson learned throughout his business ventures, it is that one must always be open to suggestions and that one needs to learn from past failures.
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro is one of the most iconic actors in the Hollywood film industry, starring in films like 1973’s Bang the Drum Slowly, 1974’s The Godfather Part II, 1976’s Taxi Driver — and more recently in 2019’s Joker and The Irishman. De Niro and his partner, Jane Rosenthal, co-founded TriBeCa Productions and are also the ones who organize the TriBeCa Film Festival events.
Outside of the film industry, earlier in his career, De Niro grew a liking to the food that Chef Nobu Matsuhisa makes in his restaurant. Eventually, the two became partners and, later on, made investments together to expand the business. Along with film producer Meir Teper, De Niro and Matsuhisa own 39 restaurants and eight hotels across five continents under the Nobu brand. The Nobu empire is reported to generate hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
Gwyneth Paltrow is an actress who is well-known for her roles in films like 1995’s Seven, 1998’s Sliding Doors, and Shakespeare in Love, and for playing Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Paltrow is not only a talented actress, but also a skilled singer. She demonstrated her vocal talent in the 2000 movie “Duets”. Throughout her career, Paltrow has made a variety of business deals and investments.
In 2005, she became the face of the perfume series Pleasures by Estée Lauder. A minimum of $500,000 from sales of Pleasures was donated to charitable causes. In more recent news, Gwyneth Paltrow joined a group of investors that support the clean makeup line Saie. It was a big addition to her other companies, which include Juice Beauty and Blo Blow Dry Bar. And through her company Goop, Paltrow often takes the opportunity to promote and showcase the products that she believes to be reliable.
John Leibowitz, who is more famously known as Jon Stewart, was born in New York, November 28th of 1962. People have always known him as the class clown and the person that lights up the room whenever he comes in. Everyone knew that Jon was going to be someone special when he grew up and truth be told, Jon became a comedian and a political satirist by profession.
Jon hosted The Daily Show on Comedy Central in 1999 and gained national success almost instantly because of his wit and talent, the show’s popularity skyrocketed to four times its original numbers as a result. Jon, to his credit, does pursue some causes and advocacies outside of comedy and journalism. He and his wife bought a 12-acre farm — the Bufflehead farm — and have begun expanding it by acquiring an even bigger 45-acre land that they will soon open as an animal sanctuary to shelter and rescue abused animals.
Lawrence Gene David or Larry David was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 2nd of 1947. After getting a degree from the University of Maryland, Larry signed up for the United States Army Reserve to offer his services to the country. However, his time in service was never needed and he opted to pursue a different career instead. Larry wanted to pursue a career in stand-up comedy but didn’t really find immediate success, which is why he juggled different jobs just to get by.
Larry’s big break happened when he did a stand-up comedy gig at Folk City in Greenwich Village — and within the next few years, Larry took up a job as a scriptwriter and minor role actor. Larry initially worked for ABC and Saturday Night Live, which were two of the factors that helped him reach success. After partnering up with Jerry Seinfeld to create Seinfeld, Larry’s fortune finally started flowing in and he has since won numerous awards and nominations from his businesses and partnership with Seinfeld. Larry also has a show called Curb Your Enthusiasm and it is one of the most successful shows of his time. Larry undoubtedly has one of the most talented and gifted minds in the industry and his shows are proof that his business savvy is on point.
Jerome Leon Bruckheimer is an American movie and television producer that has had numerous action-packed movies and successful releases all over the world. People don’t realize that Jerry is one of the reasons why mainstream action movies have become so popular. Jerry has always had a profound appreciation and love for movies since his early life in Detroit and upon graduating from the University of Arizona, his feelings only grew stronger. Jerry has had numerous famous movies, such as American Gigolo and Flashdance.
After 1995, Jerry started producing his own movies and had hits like Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, and National Treasure. Many people have also followed his success with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the show has always been on people’s radar since its creation. Jerry has also had many profitable investments outside of being a producer, such as an oceanfront mansion in Malibu, a beautiful house in Los Angeles, and many farmhouses in Bloomfield, Kentucky.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is an English composer and producer of theatricals with many music compositions that have rejuvenated the American and British theatre industry at the start of the 20th century. Andrew studied at Magdalen College, Oxford. As a student, Andrew stepped into dramatic production and partnered with Tim Rice. One of the first productions that the duo made together was Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Turncoat.
To name a few of Sir Andrew’s musical achievements would be a disrespect to the rest as each of them deserves an article or two each to even begin to describe the composer’s genius and musical intellect. People sometimes don’t realize that Sir Andrew’s influence and contributions to music has helped shape the modern mainstream industry that we have today. The English composer has also had success in other businesses, such as in his real estate investments. Sir Andrew has a Tudor Mansion in Southern England, a horse farm in the country, and a gorgeous townhouse in London.
Jami Beth Gertz is a successful American actress and investor that has had many significant achievements under her name throughout her fruitful career in the industry. A lot of people know her for roles in movies such as Less Than Zero, Quicksilver, Crossroad, The Facts of Life, The Stall, and many more. Jami also starred in successful comedy movies such as Still Standing and The Neighbors.
The actress has around 10 TV shows and 27 acting credits under her name and doesn’t seem to want to retire anytime soon. Jami is also married to billionaire Anthony Ressler, and together, they own many businesses that contribute to their wealth and net worth. Jami and her husband manage the company called Are Management. The couple also belongs to an investment group that is known to be the owners of the Milwaukee Brewers, a franchise in the MLB.
Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest movie directors and producers of all time and has over 50 years of film production under his belt. People don’t realize that his legacy and influence in the industry are irreplaceable — he will forever be remembered in history. Steven is a household name for his creation of the movies Jaws and Jurassic Park, which are two of the most successful movie franchises in history, with over billions of dollars in profit from the box office.
In 1994, Steven founded Dreamworks Studios, which is the studio responsible for classic films such as Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, the Shrek franchise, Cast Away, and many more. The movie director is, to a huge degree, certainly one of the most iconic and inspirational names in Hollywood and has proven time and time again that his endeavors both in music and business have been successful and lucrative for him and his company.
Dolly Parton is one of the most iconic country music singers and actresses that the industry has ever seen, with a lot of acting credits and musical achievements under her name. Dolly is famous for her unique singing voice and distinctive voice-over skills which have resulted in her receiving many awards over the years. Aside from the entertainment industry, Dolly is also a highly successful investor and business mogul and among her notable business ventures is the Dollywood amusement park.
The country singer also announced that she plans to further expand her fortune with a new global licensing contract with the talent agency IMG. It is a multi-year deal that includes fashion, accessories, home goods, and jewelry, which will all be lucrative considering Dolly is reported to follow a 9 to 5 schedule despite being a very successful businesswoman with millions to her name.
Simon Cowell is, to his credit, one of the most prominent English music and television personalities that the industry has seen, and musicians that have met him as a judge on shows such as The American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent, and The X-Factor regard him as the hardest to please. Simon is known to have a stern and fierce personality when it comes to working and there is no doubt that he has influenced many musician’s careers.
Simon started his career in EMI Music Publishing, which is his father’s company, and from his position, he diligently worked to become a record producer. During this time, Simon met Pete Waterman, the man from whom he learned most of the values that he upholds today. Today, Simon is still consistently adding to his knowledge and expertise, and contributing to the productions under BMG Sony and his label SyCo, which also produces competition and reality TV shows.
Stephen Colbert is a comedian and author, as well as one of America’s most well-known television hosts. Many recognize Stephen as the host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which is a talk show that has been running since 2015. It wasn’t always smooth-sailing for Stephen like how it is today but his foray into Hollywood proved critical to his talent and intellect in performing. Stephen enrolled in Northwestern University, majoring in Theatre, and after graduating, he immediately found projects to work on.
Stephen joined the Second City comedy group from Chicago and met many comedians that helped him gain the success that he has today. In recent times, Stephen is still fully invested in his talk show and has since shifted to his home study where he holds all of his episodes. As for Stephen’s investment portfolio, it has been reported that his family has sold their old house in Montclair and has since moved to a more private location.
It may seem like a stretch to say, but not everyone has heard of the Jenner-Kardashian family, especially if they don’t really watch television that much. However, it’s rare to find someone who hasn’t heard about the youngest self-made female billionaire in America, and that’s Kylie Jenner. The young entrepreneur and business mogul grew up in the shadow of her famous siblings and family members but may have already, to her credit, dreamed of becoming successful one day.
Truth be told, Kylie has expanded her cosmetics company to become worth more than a billion dollars and is continuing to expand up to this day. What makes Kylie so special when it comes to business is how she got to where she is without asking for help or guidance from other people. Kylie’s success is an inspiration to young people all over the world, and it’s a reminder for one to deprioritize social status and focus on one’s career instead.
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Hollywood’s most prized actors and is the envy of many celebrities all the world over for his talent, movies, and award-winning performances. The award-winning actor has always gone above and beyond with his films and has been blessed with several blockbuster hits under his name — including the legendary movie, Titanic. Leonardo has been in the acting business ever since he was little and it just goes to show how much time and effort he dedicated to his career.
Apart from acting, Leonardo is also known to be a very intelligent investor, having made many investments in positive causes, including in greener ways to do banking. Some of Leonardo’s responsibilities include being an advisor to companies like Obvious Ventures, LoveWild Fish, Aspiration, 8VC, and Data Point Capital. Leonardo is also a board member of Powerhive and a co-owner of Kingo Energy.
Richard Tiffany Gere, or more famously known as Richard Gere, is an American actor and film producer who has had a very successful career in Hollywood thus far. Richard started his journey in entertainment in the 70s when he first took roles for Days of Heaven and Mr. Goodbar, two movies that signaled the start of his acting career. However, what really pushed his reputation to reach global acclaim and solidified his reputation as a Hollywood symbol was the movie American Gigolo.
Richard would go on to play roles in several hits such as Chicago, Primal Fear, and Pretty Woman. Richard has also taken steps into the field of business by putting up the Tibet House US and the Gere Foundation. He is also the chairman of the board of directors for the international campaign for Tibet. To his credit, Gere was able to use his fame to bring attention to a number of worthwhile causes.
Broderick Steven Harvey, or Steve Harvey for short, is one of America’s most successful television hosts — and unlike other hosts, Steve started his career by doing stand-up comedy. This is nothing to be surprised about as Steve’s natural charisma and talent is nothing short of genius. Steve’s career took off when he got featured in Spike Lee’s, The Original Kings of Comedy. The former stand-up comedian would then proceed to become a consistent television personality and host for many years.
Steve has made many investments that have contributed to his enormous net worth, some of which were in the real estate industry. Steve and his wife Marjorie used to rent a gigantic house in Beverly Hills which amounted to just shy of $1.3 million a year. Steve also owns a very luxurious 9,000 square foot mansion in Atlanta, as well as a 5,000 square foot home in Chicago. The latest addition to his real estate portfolio is an uber-expensive Atlanta home that he bought from Tyler Perry.
Phillip Calvin McGraw, someone many will know as simply Dr. Phil, is one of America’s most beloved life strategists and health professionals. Dr. Phil is a psychologist and long-time recurring guest of The Oprah Winfrey Show. He eventually got his own TV show, Dr. Phil. The health host wasn’t always a television personality and used to be a college football player that majored in Psychology.
Phillip then realized that he didn’t want to practice Psychology forever so he quit and started the motivational seminar, Pathways, along with his company, Courtroom Sciences. Dr. Phil also helped Oprah Winfrey and her lawyers win a major lawsuit in the 90s, which has had the positive effect of cementing him as a regular on her show. Dr. Phil is also the author of many best-selling books, and they have become one of his most lucrative business investments to date.
John Christopher Depp II, or Johnny Depp, is one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors. He’s played the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, after all. Depp may have had one of the most inspiring Cinderella stories that the industry has ever seen, from living in a friend’s car for months to buying acres of land and huge yachts today. The famous pirate actor got his big break when he first got cast in the movie, Nightmare on Elm Street, a movie that came at a time when he was still juggling a music and acting career.
However, the year after that would prove to be one of Depp’s greatest trials, as his band and his marriage fell apart. Johnny would then put his guitar down and take his acting to the next level by attending classes and seminars to improve his technique. After Johnny Depp was given the role of Jack Sparrow in the Caribbean films, the rest is history. Johnny has made — and regretted — many lavish expenses in the past, but with the help of his management, it seems that he is making a comeback. Some of these investments include huge sprawling properties in the US, a yacht, houses in Europe and Asia, and more.
The man, the myth, and the legend, Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris, is an American film producer, screenwriter, actor, and martial artist. After his service in the US Air Force, he participated in numerous martial arts championships and even created Chun Kuk Do. He is well known for his role as one of the villains in the 1972 Hong Kong martial arts action-comedy film Way of the Dragon, together with Bruce Lee, who also directed and co-produced the film.
In 2015, together with his wife Gena, Chuck Norris founded CForce Bottling Co. after an aquifer was found on his ranch. Because of his successful acting and martial arts career, Chuck Norris has a total net worth of $70 million. He has also made some investments towards expanding his real estate portfolio and has put his $1.2 million house in Dallas, Texas, up for sale.
English singer-songwriter and musician Sir James Paul McCartney gained worldwide popularity as the bassist and co-lead vocalist of the legendary English rock band, The Beatles. Together with the late John Lennon, his songwriting skills remain the most successful in history. As of 2020, Paul McCartney is worth an estimated value of $1.2 billion. All of this is thanks to his successful career in the music industry and to the various business ventures he’s been involved with, such as MPL Communications, which stands for McCartney Productions Ltd. It is an umbrella company for the business interests of Paul McCartney and it was established back in the late 1960s.
MPL Communications is also responsible for McCartney’s work after his time with the Beatles and is regarded as one of the world’s largest privately-owned music publishers. Other than MPL Communications, McCartney also owns a significant music publishing catalog. To Sir Paul McCartney’s credit, he’s one of a few musicians who’ve reached billionaire status.
American Rapper, record producer, and fashion designer, Kanye Omari West, has greatly influenced the development of popular music and mainstream hip hop in the 21st century. He first came to prominence as a producer during the early 2000s — he was a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records whose been involved with numerous mainstream artists. Kanye, however, gained worldwide fame when he released his album, The College Dropout, back in 2004. As of 2020, Kanye West’s net worth has ballooned from $1.3 billion to $3.2 billion.
In previous years, he earned a whopping $100 million from his various investments and endeavors. The majority of it comes from royalties and earnings from his partnership with Adidas, as well as from his Yeezy brand. Kanye West is one of the most awarded and most successful musicians on Earth, having won 21 Grammy Awards out of his 69 nominations.
George Lucas is a famous American screenwriter, entrepreneur, producer, and film director. He is well known for his work, particularly for his creation of the Indiana Jones and Star Wars film franchises. He is also known for having founded Industrial Light & Magic, LucasArts, and Lucasfilm. These companies have set a new level of quality in the gaming and filmmaking industries, and they’ve created technology that continues to improve and enhance the experience of all the audiences.
He is one of the most financially successful filmmakers in history and has received four Academy Awards. He now has a whopping $8 billion net worth, and it’s all because of his money management skills, which has allowed him to amass such a huge net worth. In 2012, Lucas declared that he was selling Lucasfilm for $4.1 billion to Disney in exchange for cash and stock options. Since he is the 100% owner of the company, the entire $4 billion went straight to his bank account.
Robin McLaurin Williams was known for his wide variety of voices and for his skills at improvisational comedy. The American comedian and actor is sometimes regarded as one of the greatest comedians in history. He first started doing stand-up comedy in the mid-’70s, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and, to a huge degree, gained prominence after he played the role of Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy from 1978 to 1982. Williams had a total net worth of $50 million before he passed away.
He grew up from a very prominent family — his father worked for Lincoln-Mercury Motors as the senior executive and was in charge of the entire Midwest. His mother, on the other hand, was a former model from New Orleans. During his time in Mork & Mindy, Williams was earning a total of $35,000 each episode, which roughly translates to $130,000 today after adjusting for inflation.
The American director, comedian, actor, and author, Carl Reiner, had a total net worth of $70 million at the time of his passing– it was all said to be thanks to his amazing money management skills. During his eight-decade long career, he was given numerous awards, including The Mark Twain Award for American Humor, a Grammy Award, and an amazing 11 Emmy Awards. During his early years in a TV comedy (from 1950 to 1957), he contributed and acted sketch material for Caesar’s Hour and Your Show of Shows. At the age of 77, Reiner was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame (1999).
He had numerous appearances in TV specials for 33 years, from 1967 to 2000, and was a star on TV from the 1950s until his passing. Carl Reiner was happily married to Estelle Lebost from 1943 until her passing in 2008. From the mid’70s until 2001, Carl Reiner sponsored the Charity Celebrity Tennis Tournament under his name in La Costa, California. It was directed by Mike Franks, an international tennis player, and was played by more than 400 participants each year for three days.
Being one of the highest-paid and most famous actors in Hollywood, it’s no surprise that Brad Pitt was able to amass a total net worth of $300 million. The American film producer and actor was consistently earning $20 million for major motion picture releases — and take note, it’s only the minimum amount he was earning. Brad Pitt’s motivation to succeed in life and in his career brought him up to the Alps. But in 1991, Brad Pitt only made $6,000 for his smart part in the film Thelma & Louise. After two years, he earned half a million dollars for his work in Kalifornia and another $4 million for his role in Se7en.
In the following years, he earned $10 million for his work in Sleepers and Seven Years in Tibet. As for his salary as a film producer, Brad Pitt was surely earning millions — maybe even more than what he was earning as an actor. He also has real estate investments all over the country and has been expanding his real estate portfolio over the years. Pitt is also the co-owner of the rosé brand, which is made in his estate.
The American former professional boxer with a 15-year career, Michael Gerard Tyson, is known as “Baddest Man on the Planet,” and because of this, he was nicknamed “Kid Dynamite” and “Iron Mike.” His reign as the undisputed world heavyweight champion for three years, from 1987 to 1990, is a testament to why he is considered by many as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. He is the record holder for being the youngest boxer to ever win a heavyweight title at 20 years, four months, and 22 days old.
As of 2020, Iron Mike has a total net worth of $10 million. This is no surprise since he was once among the highest-paid and most famous athletes on Earth. But in 2003, Mike Tyson declared bankruptcy because he, unfortunately, squandered his fortune, which at one point peaked at $300 million. This is the reason why hiring a reliable financial advisor is important for people who have that much money.
American-German actor and film producer, Walter Bruce Willis, started his career in the industry on off-Broadway stages back in the ‘70s. He gained recognition following his role in Moonlighting, a comedy-drama series that ran from 1985 to 1989. He has also appeared in more than 70 films and has had worldwide fame as an action hero, especially because of his involvement in the Die Hard film franchise from 1988 to 2013. Born to an American father and German mother in Germany, Willis, and his family moved to the United States when he was two years old — probably with the help of a moving company.
During the peak of his career, he was consistently one of the highest-paid actors in the industry, and since the 1980s, he has been accumulating hundreds of millions of dollars from his films. In 2009, Willis signed a four-year deal with French liquor company, Belvedere, which is a company that produces high-quality vodka. In exchange for the right to put his name on the label, and in the brand campaigns, Willis was given cash and a 2.6% equity stake.
Everyone who is a fan of The Matrix and John Wick knows exactly who Keanu Charles Reeves is. He first started acting in TV films and theatre productions before making his debut in the film Youngblood back in 1986. He got his breakthrough when he was tapped to play Ted in the sci-fi comedy movie, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
What skyrocketed him into stardom, however, was the role of Neo in the sci-fi film series, The Matrix — a role that was, interestingly enough, turned down by Will Smith. The salary that was given to him was $10 million, and he was also given a part of the backend. Thanks to the film’s huge success, Reeves made a total of $35 million for just the first Matrix film. If adjusted for inflation, this is somewhere around $53 million. We are pretty sure that he has a good financial advisor since he has already amassed a whopping $350 million net worth.
Known for his role as Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 The Godfather, Alfredo James Pacino has a career that spans more than five decades. He is a recipient of several accolades, including two Tony Awards, an Academy Award, and two Primetime Emmy Awards. He is one of a few actors in the industry who’s managed to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting and has been honored with the National Medal of Arts, The Cecil B. DeMille Award, and an AFI Life Achievement Award.
He has a total net worth of $120 million, which he creditsto his long and successful career in the industry. When he was cast in the first Godfather back in 1972, he earned $35,000, which is around $215,000 today. For the second Godfather, he earned more than ten times his previous salary, which amounted to around $500,000. But it was in the third movie that he demanded a $7 million salary plus a percentage of the film’s revenue. Francis Coppola refused and even threatened to make the opening scene Michael Corleone’s funeral. Pacino eventually raked in a flat $5 million salary for his involvement in the film.
Originally born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, Sir Elton Hercules John is a world-renowned English pianist, composer, singer, and songwriter. Elton John has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has nine number ones in the US and seven in the UK and has over fifty Top 40 hits in the US Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart. John released his debut albums, Elton John and Empty Sky in 1970 and 1969, respectively.
He also founded his record label, The Rocket Record Company, back in 1973, which was responsible for releasing Neil Sedaka’s albums. Despite having his own recording company, he signed a deal worth $8 million with MCA, which is $40 million at today’s rate. Elton John must have amazing money skills and a reliable financial advisor since he has a total net worth of $500 million. He also previously owned the Rocket Music Entertainment Group, which was a music company he set up after he parted ways with Twenty-First Artists.
American director, producer, and actor, Denzel Hayes Washington Jr., is often described as someone who can refigure “the concept of classic movie stardom.” Washington has been in the industry for a long time and has received many awards, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and seventeen NAACP Image Awards. He was praised by critics for his portrayal of the corrupt detective Alonzo Harris in the 2001 crime thriller Training Day.
He rose to stardom after his amazing performance in movies like The Pelican Brief, Malcolm X, Courage Under Fire, and Philadelphia. He was soon getting offered huge sums of money to star in films. Indeed, in 1995, in the film Virtuosity, Washington earned $7.5 million and a whopping $12 million for each of his Oscar-winning performances, including in films like Training Day, The Siege, and Fallen. Today, Denzel Washington has an estimated net worth of $250 million and earns around $60 to $80 million each year.
American singer and actress, Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep, is known for her exceptional work in the industry. Among the numerous accolades that she received in her career include three Academy Awards out of 21 nominations and nine Golden Globe Awards out of 33 nominations. She also received two Emmy Awards, two BAFTAs, the Presidential Medal of Freedom award from former President Barack Obama, and a Cecil B. Demille Award.
Thanks to her money management skills, she now has a total net worth of $160 million. She is one of the highest-paid actresses not just in Hollywood but in the whole world. Between September 2019 and 2020, she received a whopping $25 million for her acting endeavors alone. Her standard salary for a single movie is $20 million. We think that we can all agree that she is, without a doubt, one of the best actresses that we have ever seen on screen.
Tom Cruise has been able to have one of the most decorated careers in the industry. He has starred in numerous films, including prominent roles in the Mission Impossible series. His long list of film appearances and projects allowed him to earn over $600 million in career earnings. Is Tom Cruise doing anything else besides acting to increase his net worth? Tom Cruise founded the Cruise/Wagner Productions together with former casting agent Paula Wagner.
The Cruise/Wagner Production currently has a lot of blockbuster films under its credit. Some of these critically acclaimed films are The Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky, War of The Worlds, and many more.Tom Cruise still has a good number of film projects throughout the next few years. But, Cruise/Wagner Productions have yet to put out another film since 2008. The decline in films produced by his company shouldn’t concern Tom that much. After all, his net worth could sustain a comfortable life and career.
Mark Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, director, and writer. He’s been able to star in a good number of blockbuster films. Some of his notable film appearances came in Ted, Lone Survivor, and Transformers. Of course, there are many more film appearances to his credit, as his acting career allowed him to earn an incredible net worth of $300 million. Mark Wahlberg’s $300 million fortune doesn’t just sit around in his bank. He uses it to cultivate a string of money-making investments and businesses.
The actor/producer owns three General Motors car dealerships. Mark even extended to the food industry through his “Wahlburgers” restaurants. With more money coming in from his acting and film projects, he’d be able to earn more funds over the next few years. We’re confident that Wahlberg will be using these funds to kickstart another entrepreneurial venture. At the rate that he’s investing, he’ll eclipse the $500-million mark in no time.
Jaleel Ahmad White is a comedian, actor, writer, and producer. You may know Jaleel from his role of “Steve Urkel” from the popular sitcom Family Matters. Jaleel gives full credit to his “Steve Urkel” role, which is the reason for his fame. He earned a whopping $180,000 per episode for his role in Family Matters. With this fact, we’re wondering how Jaleel Ahmad White is doing today? Jaleel Ahmad White has been able to sustain a successful life after his iconic role as “Steve Urkel.”
It isn’t clear if Jaleel is involved in any entrepreneurial ventures, but we’re confident he has a few businesses up his sleeve. This former UCLA-graduate has all it takes to succeed in business as he’s incredibly focused and lives an extraordinarily active and healthy lifestyle. We’re confident that Jaleel can fund any business ventures and moves in the future. After all, he was able to earn a $10 million fortune from acting. What’s more impressive is that he has been able to sustain a comfortable life.
Bill Cosby is a well-known American comedian, actor, author, and Hollywood personality. He has been able to carve out a successful career in show business for over six decades. At the height of his popularity, he was able to amass a $400 million fortune. Of course, this figure came from the different acting projects, businesses, and endorsements that he had to his name. Bill Cosby has been able to earn millions from different income streams. Of course, one of the sources of his income is his notable film and T.V. career.
He has published a good number of books allowing him to earn money coming from book sales. Bill has a degree in Education, so we’re not wondering how he was able to establish a career that makes money from multiple sources. It’s doubtful that we’ll be seeing Bill Cosby in movies and films anytime soon because of the recent developments in his career.
Phylicia Rashad is an award-winning American actress that has a decorated film and TV career. She’s well known for her iconic role as “Clair Huxtable” on the hit NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. Of course, Phylicia has had successful film roles after her Cosby Show stint. Phylicia has been able to land prominent roles in both TV., film, and even theatre. Her dedication to acting deserves all the credit as Phylicia was able to amass a $50 million net worth.
Phylicia Rashad has currently more on her plate than just movies and TV shows. She’s the face of a $25 million initiative that aims to diversify American history. Phylicia can certainly make a mark with this initiative, which could open doors to all kinds of Americans. As of 2020, Phylicia continues to appear in film and even on television. She’s set to appear in three films in 2020 alone and play a role in the hit series 13 Reasons Why.
Philip Michael Thomas
Philip Michael Thomas is an American actor who gained popularity in the 1980s. His role as “detective Ricardo Tubbs” from the hit TV series Miami Vice was a very iconic role that opened new opportunities for him. The role also enabled Philip Michael Thomas to win a few awards for his performance. Without a doubt, his popularity allowed him to appear in various movies and advertisements.
Today, Philip Michael Thomas is now 71 and has been away from the limelight for a few decades now. However, he certainly won’t need to rush back into show business as he already has a comfortable net worth of $2.5 million. We believe that Philip Michael Thomas was able to secure a couple of investments that led to his comfortable retirement. Philip Michael Thomas still does a few appearances every once-in-a-while. In fact, he can be booked to speak at events, forums, or other kinds of gatherings for a minimum fee of $25,000.
Rachael Ray is a well-known American TV personality, businesswoman, and author. She’s well known for her work as a celebrity cook. Rachael was able to showcase her talent in cooking for a good number of cooking shows on The Food Network. Because of this, she was able to amass a net worth of $100 million.
This $100 million fortune didn’t come from her TV career alone. Rachael was also able to rake up a long list of high-paying endorsements. We’re wondering if she has a financial advisor who was able to help her sustain her wealth for all these years. We’ve yet to see Rachael Ray establish her own restaurant. She treats her influence as a celebrity cook as her own line of business. She currently has a long list of cookbooks under her name, along with a whole host of TV projects.
Monica Samille Lewinsky is a notable American activist, TV personality, and fashion designer who rose to popularity in 1999. She was also an intern at the White House during President Bill Clinton’s term. Monica Lewinsky is more than just another White House intern as she was reportedly in a relationship with Bill Clinton. Due to her popularity, she was able to achieve stardom and land a couple of TV projects.
She suddenly disappeared from the public eye in 2005. We can confirm that she went to pursue a degree in social psychology at London’s School of Economics. Monica eventually came back after a few years together with a few advocacies. She’s a well-known advocate against cyber-bullying and supports women’s empowerment. Monica said that she’d had trouble seeking employment in London due to her notoriety. She could certainly put up a business that can easily increase her $500,000 net worth. Regardless of what her next step will be, we’re confident that Monica is smart enough to handle her finances.
Pamela Anderson is a widely known American model, actress, and TV. personality. She reached the height of her career a few decades ago when she had several films, modeling, and TV projects. Pamela was able to play a part in the hit TV. show Baywatch and in its movie adaptations. With her success in the industry, she was able to earn a fortune of $13 million.
Pamela Anderson is making a wise choice by diversifying her investments. The former magazine cover girl is now an owner of several businesses. Some of Pamela’s businesses mostly revolve around health, women’s luxury bags, and veganism. Pamela Anderson owns “The Very Good Butchers,” a company that sells vegan meat that tastes almost the same as real meat. Without a doubt, Pamela seems to have invested in the right industries. There have been tons of movements regarding going vegan. Pamela can easily use this as leverage to cultivate a potentially profitable business.
John Travolta is a popular American actor and singer. Travolta first rose to fame during the 1970s when he starred in Welcome Back, Kotter and Saturday Night Fever. Indeed, his performance in both projects opened a ton of opportunities for his career. These performances catapulted John Travolta to stardom. He has consistently appeared in blockbuster movies in the 90s, 2000s, and even 2010s. It’s not hard to see where the American actor got his $250 million fortune from.
We’re sure that John Travolta already secured a long list of investments. However, he spends his downtime cultivating his love for flying. This iconic American actor is also a licensed pilot. He even flew commercially for Qantas Airlines. John and Qantas have a great relationship, so much so that Travolta keeps his personal Boeing 707 from Qantas in the backyard of his Florida home!
It’s undeniable that Tina Turner is an incredibly successful singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Tina Turner also goes by the moniker “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” when she was the frontwoman for “The Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Tina’s energetic performance, stage presence, and outstanding vocals have been her trademark throughout her illustrious career.
Tina Turner has been able to accumulate a whopping net worth of $270 million. In turn, she’s been able to invest in several industries such as real estate, beauty, and many more. Tina certainly created a fortune through her career — it was, after all, filled with tours, film and music projects, as well as other collaborative work. Time will tell whether Tina will continue making money from her past investments. However, we’re confident that Turner will continue to live a lavish and comfortable life with her career earnings as a safety net.
Halle Berry is a popular award-winning American actress. She’s also a model who has had her fair share of experience in beauty contests. Halle Berry first got her breakthrough in the 1992 romantic comedy film Boomerang. Her performance alongside Eddie Murphy opened a lot of doors and opportunities for the actress. She was cast in several X-Men films as well as other award-winning blockbuster movies. She’s won several “Best Actress” awards throughout her illustrious career.
With an illustrious career like Halle Berry’s, it’s reasonable to believe that she’s made a ton of money from her earnings in acting. Halle Berry currently has a $90 million fortune. But, she didn’t get to this $90-million figure through acting alone. Halle owns several investments and is constantly making savvy business moves. She recently purchased a 50% stake in the French lingerie company named “Scandale.”
Julia Fiona Roberts is another award-winning actress on our list. She got her film breakthrough when she starred in the 1990 romantic comedy film Pretty Woman. After her performance in Pretty Woman, it has been award-winning roles after award-winning roles for Julia. Some of the notable films that she starred in are Erin Brockovich and Eat Pray Love. It’s no secret that Julia Roberts has been able to make a fortune from her illustrious acting career. In fact, she earned over $200 million throughout the years for her roles in several Hollywood blockbusters. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s managed to collect a few awards for herself.
Julia’s acting career hasn’t been as active today as it was before. She still accepts film roles but manages to balance the time for her family and her career. Clearly, she prioritizes her family over her career. She can certainly do other things that can make her money while still being able to spend time with her family. With a net worth like hers, Julia can easily get into a string of low-risk investments to secure her kids’ futures.
Michael Jordan is often considered the greatest basketball player who ever lived. He has, to his credit, achieved so many things and broke so many records that even today, players are still trying their best to match up to him. Indeed, as a five-time MVP who led his team, the Chicago Bulls, to six NBA championships, he justly belongs to the pantheon of the greatest ever. However, Jordan is much more than his physical prowess and athletic skills. He is also a savvy investor.
He achieved billionaire status after acquiring an ownership stake in the Charlott Hornets. In 2019, he made a handsome profit when he sold a small piece of his share for $1.5 billion. He also owns a car dealership and seven restaurants. Of course, real estate is a no brainer for billionaires. He currently lives in a luxurious 26,000 square-foot mansion that is sitting on a three-acre land in Florida, which he bought in 2011 for $4.8 million.
Tom Selleck has one of the most familiar faces in Hollywood. He appeared in many successful TV shows and films like Runaway, Three Men and a Baby, and Blue Bloods. However, it was his role in the hit TV show Magnum P.I. that made him a Hollywood star, for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He is known for appearing in trendy TV commercials such as the famous “Marlboro Man” commercial with the tobacco company Marlboro.
With all those projects, it is not surprising to know that Selleck has amassed a massive net worth. But more than his earnings, he’s a shrewd investor as well, and it is said that his investments have been scrupulously selected. In 1988, he bought a ranch in Califonia for $5 million. The property boasts many luxurious amenities such as a tennis court, a swimming pool, and even a golf course!
Billy Dee Williams
This Hollywood actor has been involved in some of the most successful movie franchises which include two Star Wars movies and Batman. He also appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone in the 1981 film Nighthawks. Aside from film, he was involved in equally successful TV projects such as Gideon’s Crossing, The Jeffersons, 227, and Dancing with the Stars. Williams has also made many fans happy by consistently attending various fan conventions, appearing in the iconic role of Lando in Star Wars.
Williams wisely invested his money in real estate as can be seen in his purchase of a large property in Beverly Hills that he bought in 1984 for $553,000. He listed the home for sale in 2011 for $4.5 million. He eventually sold it for $2.8 million. We just hope that he continues to make wise decisions about his investments so that he and his family wouldn’t have to worry about the future.
We’re sure you’ve heard the name of our next celebrity and we can’t finish the list without including him. Clint Eastwood is not only one of the most important Hollywood actors today, but he is also an enduring cultural icon of masculinity. He rose to fame for his collaboration with Italian director Sergio Leone’s string of spaghetti westerns that were a huge hit during the ‘60s and ‘70s. But it was his role in the Dirty Harry films that made him a household name.
Aside from the hefty paycheck he earned from his films, Eastwood was able to grow his money through real estate investing as well. He has a vast portfolio that includes a 15,000 square foot home in California, a 6,136 square-foot property in Bel Air, and a 1.5-acre oceanfront property in Maui, among many others. Moreover, he made a significant investment in the late 90s for his ownership stake in a golf company called Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Celine Dion is a Canadian singer who is widely regarded for her powerful and technically proficient vocals. She rose to international stardom following the release of her hit single “Because You Loved Me”. However, it was her song “My Heart Will Go On” that solidified her legacy as one of the all-time greats in singing. The song was featured in the movie Titanic, which many consider the most successful movie ever made. Dion has sold over 220 million albums worldwide and continues to tour around the globe until today.
She has shown incredible skill in business as well. She ventured into real estate investing as soon as she had enough money to buy a luxurious property. In 2008, Dion spent $7 million to acquire a lavish 6-acre mansion in Florida, which she sold in 2017 for an astonishing $38.5 million. She currently lives in a $10 million investment property in Paris.
A true comedic genius, Jim Carrey is a force to be reckoned with in terms of financial success. In the late ‘90s and early 2000s, Carrey was often listed as one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world. He was also the first actor ever to receive a check for $20 million for a single film. He easily earned hundreds of millions of dollars throughout the years. That is quite an achievement for a former homeless factory worker!
Aside from earning million-dollar paychecks as a film actor, Carrey has also done well investing his hard-earned money in real estate. He bought a massive investment property in 1994 for $3.8 million, which features a swimming pool, a guest house, and a tennis court. In 2002, he also bought a $9 million mansion in Malibu, for which he received a 200% ROI when he sold it in 2011 for $18 million.
OJ Simpson is, to a huge degree, as talented as he was controversial. He is a football player, a sports commentator, and an actor. He was first known in 1969 as the number one draft pick by the NFL team Buffalo Bills. During that time, he demanded what was then the largest contract in sports history: $650 thousand for five years (around $4.5 million today). He played in six Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. However, it was his stint as an actor that propelled him into international stardom. He appeared in films such as The Klansman and The Naked Gun series.
His net worth isn’t that substantial due to the several court cases he was involved in. He is, however, still eligible for an NFL pension, from which he started to get about $10,000 every month. He also has a fully funded personal pension that is worth anywhere from $2-5 million depending on how the assets were invested.
If a Rockstar is to Rock, then Dennis Rodman is to basketball. Indeed, this American professional basketball player is one of the most interesting personalities to have ever played on an NBA court. He was first known as a member of the infamous “Bad Boy Pistons” who were known for their aggressive style of play. However, it was his time in Chicago Bulls that truly cemented his legacy in the sport. Together with Michael Jordan, he has won three consecutive NBA championships with the Bulls.
Interestingly, the notorious North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is said to be an admirer of the basketball star, so much so that Rodman has become like a political diplomat. In fact, he even helped broker a historic peace summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un in 2018. Rodman isn’t known for his savvy investments, but he has several brand endorsements that help him get by.
Pat Sajak has, to some degree, worn multiple hats over the course of his illustrious career. He is a former weatherman, an actor, a game show and talk show host, and a radio personality. With the various roles that he has played, he is perhaps best known for being the host of the extremely popular game show Wheel of Fortune. He has hosted the show for an amazing 30+ years, which continues up to this day. He was even recognized by the Guinness World Records as the longest-running host of any game in history.
Outside of the entertainment industry, Sajak became an investor in 2005 in the Golden Baseball League, an independent professional baseball league. He also serves as a director of a conservative publishing house. He’s also a contributing writer for the National Review Online. All of his endeavors contributed to his massive $70 million net worth.
Wesley Snipes easily belongs in the Mt. Rushmore of African American actors. The actor was born Wesley Trent Snipes on July 31st, 1962. While performing arts were obviously a focus for Snipes from a young age, he was also heavily involved in martial arts. He is, to his credit, truly a remarkable talent who rose to international stardom for starring in memorable films such as White Men Can’t Jump, Demolition Man, and the Blade trilogy.
He achieved his greatest commercial success for the Blade film series, which easily earned hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket sales worldwide. Outside of acting, Snipes has his own production company for film and television and has produced films like A Great and Mighty Walk: Dr. John Henrik Clarke. He also owns a security company that provides security for VIPs and focuses on hiring personnel with law enforcement and martial arts backgrounds.
Jay Leno is widely known for his comedic chops, thriving both as a stand-up comic and as a late-night television host. He is perhaps best known for hosting NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which he hosted from 1992 to 2009. For his work on the show, he earned hundreds of millions of dollars. At the end of his reign as host of The Tonight Show, Jay was earning an annual salary of $15 million. His peak Tonight Show salary was $30 million per year.
What’s even more interesting, however, is that Leno is reported to have never touched his Tonight Show salary and instead lived off his stand-up income. Aside from his career as a host and comedian, Leno has also made investments in an extremely valuable car collection, which is valued at roughly $100 million. Indeed, he is known far and wide for his awesome garage, which houses all his expensive cars.
Ron Howard is a famous American actor and director who is best known for his directorial projects. He was first known as a child star in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. When he became an adult, he starred in popular films such as American Graffiti, The Shootist, and Return to Mayberry. However, it was his stint as a director that truly cemented his legacy in the industry. He has directed award-winning films such as A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Rush, In the Heart of the Sea, and Inferno.
What most people don’t know, however, is that Howard also has a shrewd mind for business. Among his many business ventures are production company Imagine Entertainment, which produced films like Friday Night Lights, 8 Mile, and Inside Deep Throat. He has also ventured into real estate investments by buying a 3,000 square-foot apartment in New York for $5.6 million.
Sam Elliott is an American actor who has a net worth of $10 million. He rose to fame for appearing in popular movies such as Mask, The Quick and the Dead, and Road House. Many people easily remembered him for his unique acting style and distinctive looks. He also had roles in Marvel films, including as General Ross in Hulk and as the caretaker in Ghost Rider. Elliott has also put his iconic deep voice into good use by performing voice-over narration for various commercials.
He has lent his voice to campaigns for Dodge, IBM, Kinney Drugs, Union Pacific, and, most notably, the American Beef Council. Recently, it was announced that Elliott would begin recurring on Family Guy as the new mayor of Quahog, the late Mayor Adam West’s cousin, Wild Wild West. He’s also been married to actress Katherine Ross since 1984 — to this couple’s credit, they’ve proven that at least some relationships in Hollywood can go the distance.
Also known as “TBE,” or “The Best Ever”, the undefeated boxer hasn’t been shy in flaunting his massive wealth. He consistently ranks as one of the highest-paid athletes in the world who at one time, earned about $300 million per fight. His investments are wide and many. He owns an 11-bedroom custom-built mansion in Las Vegas that spans 22,000 square-feet, which he bought for $10 million. He also owns a 13,000 square-foot mansion in Vegas worth around $9.5 million.
In 2017, he bought a $25.5 million mansion in Beverly Hills, a massive property that boasts luxurious amenities such as a candy shop, 12-seat movie theater, and a 300-bottle wine room. He is also the proud owner of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas and a strip club in Las Vegas called Girl Collection. Aside from real estate, Floyd also owns a few dozen sports cars and a private jet.
Lebron James is, to some degree, the most famous basketball player who is still active today. Every year, LeBron James earns around $40 million in salary from the NBA and roughly $55 million from endorsements. Today, his net worth is around $600 million. He also has many endorsements from companies such as McDonald’s, Microsoft, State Farm, Beats by Dre, Coca-Cola, Dunkin-Donuts, Baskin Robbins, Samsung, Nike, and more. Moreover, he also had a 1% ownership stake in Beats by Dre, and when the company was sold to Apple for $3 billion, LeBron’s easily earned $30 million.
He also gets an annual $20 million paycheck from Nike as royalty for his signature shoe line. He also ventured into real estate investing. In 2015, he bought a 9,350 square-foot mansion in LA’s Brentwood neighborhood for $21 million. He is also a business partner for a production company called SpringHill Entertainment, which has produced movies, documentaries, and television shows.
The American actor, producer, and screenwriter, Matt Damon, is known in the industry as one of the most successful individuals in Hollywood. When discussing his films, his peers would put him on the top of their list of bankable actors in show business. In fact, his films have collectively earned over $3.12 billion from the North American box office alone — this doesn’t include what they’ve earned from various parts of the globe.
In 2000, Matt Damon, along with fellow Hollywood personalities Ben Affleck, Chris Moore, and Sean Bailey, teamed up to create LivePlanet, a production company that made a couple of successful films during that decade. A couple of years later, they disbanded their core group and went on their separate ways to form independent production companies. Damon really has a sharp mind when it comes to investments, and he later teamed up once again with Affleck to establish Pearl Street Films.
Eddie Murphy has sure come a long way, considering his rough start as a comedian. He pretty much started at the bottom of the chain and slowly worked his way to the top using only his wit and talent in both acting and comedy. Aside from that, he also has top-notch money management skills that helped him stay afloat. With everything said and done, he’s now considered one of the world’s best comedians and holds the 10th spot in Comedy Central’s list of 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
From the look of things, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep his finances in stable condition and he’ll achieve that using his real estate knowledge. Murphy owns a couple of breath-taking mansions and he sometimes shuffles his properties on the market, checking to see if he’ll make a profit out of it.
James Bond’s followers grew over the years but many people can agree that it wouldn’t have been possible without the intervention of the legendary superstar, Sean Connery. He’s the first actor that took on the shoes of everyone’s favorite secret agent. Little did he know that the role would cement his legacy as one of the top actors of his time. Even Her Majesty herself was in awe when she saw how impactful Connery’s career was in the industry — she knighted him for services in film and drama.
Judging from what we’ve seen from him, Sir Sean Connery was pretty special in the film industry but he also had the mind of a businessman. He established a couple of businesses during his prime, and one of the most notable in the bunch was his film production company, Fountainbridge Films. Looking back on his career, we can pretty much see the glorious life of a great man.
For those who love music, we are pretty sure you’ve spent a couple of dollars from your credit cards to get your hands on some of Diana Ross’s timeless classics. She used to be part of The Supremes, who reigned the charts during the ‘60s and became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all-time. She’s pretty much the voice behind their hit singles Where Did Our Love Go, Come See About Me, and Love Child. During the ‘70s, she ventured into a solo career and it opened up many opportunities for her.
Setting aside her triumphant run in music, she also seems to have a knack for running a business. Her first venture in the business world came when she established Anaid Productions. It was followed by a series of real estate purchases, which added more value to her growing portfolio.
It is hard to imagine the American music scene without Janet Jackson. After all, she’s one of the top contributors in the industry and she was able to produce world-class tunes for everyone to enjoy. From the look of things, she clearly had what it takes to have a solid career, considering the famed Jackson blood flows within her veins. Just like her older brother, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, she went on to have a very accomplished career in music.
Because of her successful background, as well as all the endorsements and royalties she got from her albums, many people rightly think that her earnings will be more than enough to cover her expenses. However, she didn’t want to become complacent with fame and money. What did she do to overcome this obstacle? She established her own production and events company and managed it to the best of her ability.
Serena Williams is considered one of the greatest athletes of all-time, and she will surely go down in history as among the best Hall of Famers in the field of tennis. After all, her growing collection of medals aren’t just for show. In fact, she earned each and every one of them by outplaying her opponents until they crumbled. With that in mind, she took home 23 Grand Slam singles titles and is just a title away from the all-time record of 24 set by the legendary Margaret Court.
With the kind of money she got from her wins, most would become complacent and wouldn’t consider investing elsewhere. However, Selena is not like most people. She shocked her financial advisor when she involved herself in businesses that made a ton of money — and that will, for all practical purposes, continue to make a ton of money for years to come.
Famous TV host and respected Hollywood personality, Wendy Williams, is known for her program, The Wendy Williams Show. However, a couple of years before she made her mark in the industry, she used to be a star on the radio — she was a DJ. From what we can tell, she really knows how to deal with the opportunities in front of her and we can’t see how she might have a problem with her finances given this.
Speaking of investments, she made a couple that would ensure she would be on stable financial footing. The HSN clothing line was one of her first ventures, which is sold exclusively by HSN. She also established Adorn, a shop that sells expensive jewelry, which is a huge hit among the ladies. On the flip side, she also uses HSN as a platform to sell her jewelry line.
Sophia Loren is considered by many as one of the top personalities of the 21st century. After all, she’s one of the most influential people in the world. Of course, those who follow the star have heard of her journey, from the time she was competing in beauty contests to the moment she became an international icon of Hollywood (thanks to her past film and projects).
On top of her god-like acting skills, Loren is blessed with a keen eye for businesses. Aside from that, she also knows a thing or two about real estate. In fact, some of her real estate investments over the past couple of years are considered top of the line and some have fetched for her a huge amount of money. With that said, she’ll never face any issues with her finances and that means her account will never go under the red line.
The actress and producer, Demi Moore, has been in the industry since the ‘80s, and with her top-notch skills, she managed to get tons of money in her account. She was one of the prime members of the group of young talents during that decade known as the Brat Pack. She slowly crept her way to the top with the help of film projects like Blame It on Rio and St. Elmo’s Fire. However, her status as Hollywood’s top actress only came when she appeared in the 1990 classic love story film Ghost.
Moore might not be as famous as she once was, but she’s definitely still a very bankable actress. Indeed, she doesn’t need to do a film to earn some moolah because she’s reportedly already made investments that continue to rake in the cash. One of her businesses is her bikini line, Andie Swim.
The singer, actress, and TV personality, Cher, is an artist that is in a league of her own. The media often referred to her as the “Goddess of Pop,” which was a nod to her top-notch singing skills and influence on the overall music landscape. She’s not your typical run-of-the-mill artist. In fact, her versatility made all the difference to her career and the changes that she made to her music style helped her get through some really harsh moments in the business.
Her six-decades-long career helped her get a stable financial platform but her investments in a couple of businesses, including the Cher Enterprises, significantly improved her overall status. This only shows that running a business can give everyone a helping hand, and act as a fail-safe plan in case something catastrophic happens with one’s main source of income.
The American journalism landscape wouldn’t be at the degree it is today without Barbara Walters. She’s one of the most well-respected figures in the scene. She also hosted a couple of hit television programs, such as The View, 20/20, Today, and ABC Evening News. She’s been at it for more than five decades, which says a lot about her dedication to her craft.
Currently, in her early 90s, Walters seems to be living a very peaceful retirement life. She’s also doing a great job keeping the details about her life as private as possible, and there is very little information to be had about her past business endeavors. However, we are sure she placed a good portion of her earnings into a couple of businesses since one of her past partners was a former top-notch investor. With that in mind, she probably picked up a thing or two on how to run a business.
Singer-songwriter Shania Twain found success after the release of her 1997 album, Come on Over. It became the best-selling country album of all time and reached 40 million records sold worldwide. Credit to her combination of country and pop music, she has won numerous recognitions such as Best Country Song, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, and reached the no. 1 spot on Billboard Country Charts.
However, Shaina took a break from her career due to health issues. She suffered from dysphonia, which made her voice suddenly and gradually change from normal to rough, strained, and weak. Fortunately, Shaina was able to overcome this trial and openly shared it on the TV series, Why Not? With Shania Twain, which was aired in 2011 on the Oprah Winfrey Network. In the succeeding years, she began performing on different shows in Las Vegas, released a live album, and wrote a memoir entitled From This Moment On.
Born and raised in Texas, George Strait, had a degree in agriculture at Southwest Texas State University before joining the US Army. While on service, he began singing in the band, Rambling Country, and eventually built his band, Ace in the Hole. In 1980, George signed a recording contract with MCA Records and had produced various albums, some of which have been certified platinum and multi-platinum during the following years.
George stays true to the traditional country sound, which gave him numerous accolades and millions of records sold. Throughout his career, he was honored with two CMA Awards, a Grammy Award, an Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year award at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Although George had his final concert years ago at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, he still has five more albums left in his contract with MCA Records. But aside from his music career, George is also into steer-roping, skiing, and golf.
Everyone knows Carrie Underwood as the 4th season winner of the American Idol. She was a senior at Northern State University who was taking up broadcast journalism when she decided to audition for the TV show — and, luckily, she won the title. Because of her amazing voice, Carrie has been able to create multi-platinum albums and win numerous awards, including a Grammy, a Country Music Association, and an Academy of Country Music award. Carrie is also the youngest inductee of the Grand Ole Opry.
When the events of 2020 struck last year, Carrie was one of the celebrities who tried to stay active with life and work at home. The Award-winning singer-songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur focused on her investments, including her Fit52 fitness app and her company, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, which is a women’s fitness and lifestyle brand that was formed in partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods. The brand’s collection includes swimwear and accessories that fit women from size XS to 3X. Carrie also released her first book entitled Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life following her fitness app.
Actor-comedian Jerry Seinfield sparked an interest in comedy because of the influence of his father. He started his comic training at a young age by watching TV every day, learning different techniques from comedians. Credit to his time, effort, and hard work, he was able to develop his unique style of comedy. After studying communications and theater at Queens College, City University of New York, he did his first stand-up performance at Catch a Rising Start nightclub. Later on, Jerry had his first national appearance on The Tonight Show in 1981, which made him one of the highest-profile stand-up comedians in the United States.
After Jerry claimed success as a comedian, he invested in creating a sitcom under his name for NBC and worked with fellow comedian, Larry David. The show was a hit and ran for nine seasons. In fact, its final episode obtained the highest rating in the US. Jerry also wrote a best-selling humorous observational book entitled Seinlanguage and starred in the animated film, Bee Movie, in 2007.
American actress Jennifer Aniston rose to fame for playing Rachel Green on the popular TV show, Friends. Her performance led to numerous awards, including a Golden Globe, a Primetime Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild award. She also landed different roles in both romantic and comedy movies, such as Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, and Horrible Bosses. With her success in the TV and film industry, Jennifer was able to earn an estimated net worth of $300 million, making her one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.
Jennifer put up her film production company in 2002 known as Plan B Entertainment. She also put up Echo Films in 2008. But outside her acting career, Jennifer put investments into her own perfume line, Lolavie by Jennifer Aniston, under a contract with Elizabeth Arden Inc. It was followed by other signature perfumes, including J, Near Dusk, Beachscape, Luxe & Chapter One, and Silver & Solstice Bloom. She moved from perfumes to hair care by co-founding Living Proof in 2012. The actress also became the new spokeswoman of Aveeno Skincare, the face of Emirates Airlines, as well as appeared on Shire’s 2016 campaign for chronic dry eye awareness.
Before her breakthrough in hosting, Wheel of Fortune hostess’ Vanna White attended The Atlanta School of Fashion and Design in Atlanta, Georgia, and worked as a model. She was also a contestant for Miss Georgia USA in 1978 but moved to LA to pursue an acting career. Vanna first appeared on an episode of the game show The Price is Right. Although she failed to win, her presence on the show left a mark and she was cast in small roles for films like Gypsy Angels, Looker, and Graduation Day. It also made way for Vanna to be part of the Wheel of Fortune family along with Vicki McCarthy and Summer Bartholomew. Yet, it was she who became a regular hostess of the show after she signed a contract with the producers.
Apart from her hosting and acting career, Vanna wrote an autobiography entitled Vanna Speaks and was even featured on the cover of a popular men’s magazine. She was also a recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the entertainment industry. With her hard-earned money, Vanna was able to make investments in real estate.
Because of her slim figure, pretty face, and bubbly personality, it’s no wonder that Cameron Diaz started as a model. She was only 16 years old and still in high school when she signed a modeling contract with Elite Model Management. Cameron appeared in numerous advertisements for Calvin Klein, Levi’s, and Coca-Cola. At the age of 21, she made her film debut in The Mask, followed by numerous supporting roles for movies like My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, and Vanilla Sky.
It was her performance in Charlie’s Angels that boosted her career, and Cameron found herself starring in high-profile films, including Gangs of New York, The Green Hornet, Bad Teacher, Shrek, and Annie. Throughout her acting career, Diaz was able to earn multiple recognitions and nominations. She was also hailed as the highest-paid actress in 2013, ranking as the 5th highest-grossing box office actress with over $3 billion in ticket sales in North America. Now, Cameron is a retired actress, author, and businesswoman who promotes her organic wine brand, Avaline.
Swifties around the world will agree that Taylor Swift is one of the best singer-songwriters of all time. Her songs are about her personal experiences, which makes them relatable to her audience. As a matter of fact, through her honest and heartfelt lyrics, she was put on a few lists, including Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and Woman of the Decade. In addition, Taylor has sold over 200 million records making her one of the best-selling artists, with 10 Grammy Awards, 32 American Music Awards, and 23 Billboard Music Awards. Some of her best hits are Teardrops on My Guitar, You Belong with Me, Back to December, Shake it Off, and Lover.
While promoting her albums, Taylor made some investments. One was in a sundress collection for Wal-Mart, another was in a line of fragrances — Wonderstruck, Wonderstruck Enchanted, and Taylor by Taylor Swift. These were followed by partnerships with Sony Electronics, AirAsia, and FujiFilm. In 2019, she launched another clothing line with Stella McCartney, and she was recognized as one of the most influential figures in sustainable fashion.
Barbadian singer Rihanna is known for her artistry. She was discovered by record producer Evan Rogers, and soon gained popularity with the release of her debut album, Music of the Sun. But it was her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, and the single Umbrella, that gave Rihanna a shot at global stardom. She continued to produce chart-topping songs, including Rude Boy, Diamonds, and Work, and collaborated with artists like Eminem, Drake, and Calvin Harris.
Thanks to her million records sold, Rihanna became one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with 9 Grammy Awards, 13 American Music Awards, and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Rihanna is also a successful businesswoman. She is the founder of Fenty, a brand under the luxury fashion group, LVMH, along with Fenty Beauty, Savage X Fenty, and Fenty Skin. She also launched several fragrances and is a co-owner of the music streaming service, Tidal.
One of the most successful actresses in the 1990s to early 2000s is Meg Ryan. She began her acting career with minor and supporting roles, and later had her breakthrough film, When Harry Met Sally. The film brought her massive attention, as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Since then, she was able to land the lead for films like Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, The Doors, and more. Although Meg failed to finish her degree in journalism, she still managed to get into several television commercials and soap operas to earn money.
In 2012, Meg was featured in the documentary film, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. She released an audiobook recording of William Saroyan’s, The Human Comedy. After taking a short break, she got back with an improvisational comedy series, Web Therapy, along with Lisa Kudrow.
Former Victoria’s Secret Angel, Heidi Klum, was the first German model to be a part of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She became the issue cover of numerous magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan. Heidi walked on runways for designers like Vera Wang, Zac Posen, and Philip Treacy, and worked on campaigns for different brands such as Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Furthermore, Heidi became a commercial model for Volkswagen, Carl’s Jr, and Macy’s.
After her successful modeling career, she became the host of the reality TV show, Project Runway. Heidi ventured into acting and had minor roles in the movies The Devil Wears Prada, Ocean’s 8, and Ella Enchanted. She was also a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent from 2013 to 2020. Outside the camera, Heidi designed clothes for Jordache, shoes for Birkenstock, lingerie and make up for Victoria’s Secret, jewelry for Mouawad, and her own line of fragrance.
American actress, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, director, editor, and singer who began her career making her feature film debut in Young and Dangerous, Connie Stevens is quite a catch in the industry. After she gained widespread recognition for her portrayal of different TV roles, this woman made sure her net worth was put into good causes. Being in a place where beauty is advantageous, she created one of the most talked-about cosmetic skincare product lines and called it Forever Spring – The Beauty System, Inc. The company regularly generates $3.32 million in sales and has a total of 35 total employees in all.
Stevens doesn’t merely focus on her cosmetic and skincare line but also on buying real estate, which she sells and basically flips for a higher price. It is a wise decision for her to not only focus on the entertainment industry but to also open businesses. It is safe to say that she won’t be needing money loans anytime soon.
Betty Marion White Ludden, who is popularly known as Betty White, is an American actress and comedian. With a career that spans over 80 years, she is a pioneer in the entertainment industry. She is one of the first women to exert control in front of and behind the camera. Betty is the woman who created and produced Life with Elizabeth, the first sitcom that contributed to her receiving the title Mayor of Hollywood.
She has received eight Emmy Awards in various categories, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three American Comedy Awards, and a Grammy Award. Hollywood was the ideal path for her, and it allowed her to make investments and open businesses all over. Buying two or three real estate properties is a small purchase for someone who has a net worth of $75 million. Her fans made her their inspiration to strive hard in each of their chosen careers. We wish her good health for her to enjoy her endeavors.
A successful American television personality, journalist, and former professional football player, Michael Strahan, to his credit, inspired today’s generation to pursue a career and to invest in the future. Strahan spent his entire 15-year career in a football league that set a record for the most sacks in a season. After all his success as a football player, he shifted his career and went to hosting, eventually winning himself two Daytime Emmy Awards.
These achievements inspired him to create and launch a men’s clothing line, exclusively through J. C. Penney. The line includes suits, belts, ties, cufflinks, collared shirts, suspenders, and other accessories. His drive didn’t stop in clothing lines because he is also the co-founder of SMAC Entertainment, a talent management company that handles music, branding, and production, which was able to create a significant presence in the sports entertainment arena. He truly is an inspiration!
Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, filmmaker, and comedian. He was part of Saturday Night Live before starring in many Hollywood films, which have managed to earn more than $2 billion at the box office. Sandler has a big investment portfolio, and his enthusiasm for the entertainment industry inspired him to create and form his own production company, Happy Madison Productions. Even though most of the company’s films have received negative reviews from critics, most have performed well at the box office.
The company has produced most of Sandler’s films to date. The negativity doesn’t affect how this company handles movies, so kudos to the team! Besides, the company is making tons of money anyway and is filling the pockets of all those involved with it, so who cares if they can’t impress a few critics — certainly not Sandler.
Renowned by many sportswriters, commentators, and players, Tom Brady is largely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time. He has numerous accolades; he is a legend in the sport of football. With all these achievements he has, there is no doubt that he will invest in profitable businesses. Brady co-founded TB12 together with his trainer, Alex Guerrero. The company sells nutrition plans online, supplements, and hosts in-person workout sessions in the Tampa and Boston area.
Their company is well known and they are planning to expand to other states. The government approved a million-dollar money loan for their workers recently, so they can be expected to remain afloat after 2020. In any case, apart from Brady’s many successful businesses, he is also said to have a sizable investment portfolio, which includes shares of stock and a lot of real estate.
Tiger Woods is a template of the perfect athlete. Even people who have no idea what the rules of golf are are aware of his name because of his absolute dominance in the sport. He is tied for second in men’s major championships, first in PGA Tour wins, and holds numerous golf records. Tiger Woods is one of the most distinguished golfers and one of the most famous athletes ever. A World Golf Hall of Fame will be given to him this year.
We all know that golf is not a sport for everybody, mainly because it is expensive — just those clubs they use alone can run in the thousands of dollars. His hobby turned out to be his investment because Woods is the founder and CEO of TGR, Tiger Woods Ventures, a multi-brand enterprise comprising various companies and philanthropic endeavors.
Joel Scott Osteen is an American televangelist, pastor, author, and businessperson based in Houston, Texas. His career was inspired by his father, who encouraged him to preach, only for him to decline because he wanted to work behind the scenes. It wasn’t until 1999 that he decided to go for it and do his first sermon. Osteen has a different style to his sermon preparation, which involves memorizing his lines and listening to himself on tape.
He did not just become a preacher but he also published books, including Your Best Life Now, followed by Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list. The success he has now is because of his hard work and passion for writing. His wallet has not been hurting for cash for a while now, and he has no plans of getting a money loan any time soon.
Host of The Sean Hannity Show — a nationally syndicated talk radio show — and conservative political commentator, Sean Hannity has received several awards and honors, including an honorary degree from Liberty University. Hannity is not just into hosting but has also written three New York Times best-selling books: Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism, Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism, and Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda. Not only that, he released his fourth book, Live Free or Die, last year.
With all these recognitions and awards, he is for sure earning millions. Hannity made writing one of his investments, and that was a wise choice for sure. For his followers and fans worldwide, all his accolades inspired them and made them love Hannity more. Even though his beliefs don’t often fall in harmony with people’s ideas, this does not matter as he is respected and respectful.
Howard Allan Stern is an American television and radio personality, comedian, and host of The Howard Stern Show. His show gained popularity when it got nationally syndicated by terrestrial radio from 1986 to 2005. He won numerous industry awards, eight consecutive times as Billboard’s Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year. Stern is the first to simultaneously have the number one morning show in New York City and Los Angeles.
He became the most fined radio host — he’s been issued fines totaling $2.5 million, most of which came from station owners complaining about his indecent content. He became one of the highest-paid radio figures when he signed a deal with Sirius worth $500 million. He was called the “King of all Media,” and he made sure his investments would be intact for the future. It is great to have this outspoken man in the industry.
Who among you doesn’t know this actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian? She is considered to have one of the most perfect faces in the entertainment industry. She is also one of the most in-demand stars of this generation. She is always part of beautiful women lists, and she has a personal life that’s been keenly covered by the tabloid press. Jolie is not just beautiful, she is also a gorgeous woman with a heart. She is remarkably involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees.
With more than a hundred million net worth, money loans are, for sure, not in her dictionary. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were reported to have a new business that involved producing rosé champagne. It is another addition to their successful wine label in Provence, the Miraval rosé. The wine business is a spectacular success, and we hope to hear more of their accomplishments, especially Angelina’s.
Sandra Bullock is one of the world’s highest-paid actresses. She’s a producer who’s been named People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman. She received several awards, including a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award. Bullock started her acting career with a minor role in the thriller Hangmen and received credit for her supporting role in the action film Demolition Man. Her breakthrough came in the thriller Speed, where she established herself as one of Hollywood’s premiere leading women.
Eventually, she landed a slew of roles in romantic comedies. Apart from acting, she founded the production company Fortis Films, which made her financial advisor the busiest he’s ever been. She is truly a beauty with a purpose! Sure, her love life wasn’t the best — in fact, one could rank it among the worst in Hollywood — but she’s managed to keep her head up nevertheless.
Wonder Woman’s character has a long, and sometimes troubled, history in the pantheon of DC Comics superheroes. But Wonder Woman in real life is not that different from what we can see in the movie. Israeli actress, producer, and model, Gal Gadot, brought life to most DC fans because of her stunning and unique role. She was crowned Miss Israel in 2004 and served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a soldier. She studied at the IDC Herzliya college while building her modeling and acting career.
One of the reasons why the movie’s action scenes were so realistic is because of her training as a soldier. She may have done a few movies in the past, but this woman was catapulted to stardom following the Wonder Woman movie. Gadot made sure that she will not have need money loans in the future, so she formed a production company, Pilot Wave, with her husband, Jaron Varsano.
This award-winning actor is an inspiration to his fans because of his humble beginnings. An American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter, Sylvester Stallone shared in an interview that he struggled for several years early on in his career after arriving in New York City. Later on, he won his first critical acclaim as an actor for his role as Stanley Rosiello in The Lords of Flatbush.
Stallone achieved commercial success as an actor when he wrote the story of Rocky Balboa. It would eventually get picked up and turned into a movie. After all the movies he filmed and produced, he gained a net worth of $400 million. Stallone made sure to put the money to good use by making several investments in real estate. His pocket will, for sure, have no cash flow problems — at least for years to come.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child and succeeded as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child in the 1990s. Destiny’s Child, of course, is one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. The American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer is one of the world’s best-selling recording artists, having sold 118 million records worldwide. Beyonce became the highest-earning Black musician in history and was included in Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world.
All the awards and recognitions in her career pushed her to create her own management and entertainment company, Parkwood Entertainment. Her company began as a production unit for videos and films in 2008. In an interview, she said that she wanted to manage herself and that she didn’t need to go to some big investment company. She is truly a legend!
Madonna is one of the most exceptional and popular singers in the music industry. She is a proud self-made millionaire who is not just known for her amazing talent but also for her greatness when it comes to investing. She was able to mix her hobbies of collecting artwork and her businesswoman mind together. Way back in 1987, she collected a total of 300 works of arts when she decided to pay $1 million for Leger’s Les Deux Bicyclettes.
To tally it all, her whole collection was worth £80 million and was estimated to rise by over 600% in 2008. Keep in mind that this investment alone is just her collection that was recorded back in 2008. It does not include the $1.5 million she invested in the company of Vita Coco coconut water. Imagine how much higher the value of her art collection is now.
French animal rights activist, former actress, and singer, Brigitte Anne- Marie Bardot showed her dedication and undying love for animals by being the founder of The Brigitte Bardot Foundation, located in France. In 1986, she decided to auction her numerous accessories and other personal collection which led her to gather an amount of 3 million for the foundation’s campaign and future activities.
Since then, her foundation took on initiatives to prevent animal cruelty and created shelters for aggrieved animals not just in Paris but in the whole country. It is still successfully running until now and I bet we can say all the hard work she dedicated to it was all worth it. Now that Brigitte is retired in the industry, practically every penny she makes goes to her foundation. No doubt many animals were saved through Bardot’s magnanimous efforts.
The 1955 Miss America and a pioneer of the Catwoman role in Batman is no other than Lee Meriwether. She was, without a doubt, one of the most sought-after actresses during her time. She has an estimated $200 million net worth. Being a supermodel and a veteran actress in the industry for decades, she is probably living a great life in retirement today.
Meriwether keeps her financial investment from the eyes of the public but with the huge amount of money that she has, it’s is safe to assume that she invested in real estate. At 85, she indeed deserves a private life together with her little family. Thus, her die-hard fans will certainly understand her new way of living. Of course, an argument can be made that her fans are well into their old age to be concerned about such things.
A veteran actress, Tina Louise knew ever since she was a teenager that Hollywood is where she truly belongs. She did participate in a scene before she finally had her first feature film, God’s Little Acre. The most popular role she ever played on TV was that of Ginger Grant in Gilligan’s Island. Since then, her career started to kick-in and the number of TV projects lined up for her became enormous. Since she’s been in the industry since the ’50s, she’s managed to win prestigious awards left and right.
Aside from that Tina Louise is also, to her credit, an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has a lifetime membership in the Actors Studio. Whenever she has free time, she dedicates herself to teaching and helping young people. Not much is known about what she’s doing of late, but we’re sure we’ll be hearing more of her soon.
More often than not, we aspire to be the people we look up to. For Dwayne Wade, this inspirational figure was none other than Michael Jordan, one of the NBA’s greatest players. With a vivid goal of becoming as good as his idol, Dwayne eventually improved and showcased his skills throughout his time in school. After finishing college, he got the chance to join the NBA’s Miami Heat. Since then, he has won three NBA championships and even took credit for being an NBA All-Star 13 times.
Since his retirement, the former Miami Heat player has set his foot on other business ventures. His first stint was in collaboration with Tie Bar, where he then sold his own line of neckties, bow ties, and pocket squares. Soon after, he partnered with Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot and designed a few units for them – the last watch he designed was released in 2014 for $19,400 each.
With both his parents being big fans of baseball, it comes as no surprise that Derek Jeter eventually found a burning passion for it himself – and watching Dave Winfield inspired him even more. His journey to becoming an all-star baseball player began when he was five years old when he joined little league baseball. After years of practicing and competing, he finally landed a spot on MLB’s New York Yankees, the team he spent his entire 20-year professional career with.
Besides being regarded as one of the sport’s most talented players and team leaders, Derek is also known for his successful business ventures. Along with becoming the Miami Marlins’ co-owner and CEO, he has also spent some investment money on The Players’ Tribune, a multimedia company that revolves around world-class athletes. He also launched Jeter Publishing, which has since released children’s books, nonfiction books, and is reportedly set to produce films and TV shows soon.
At first, it was a hobby, something that kept him entertained during his free time. Eventually, it became the very thing that led him to stardom. Shaquille O’Neal is a former basketball player well-known for his 19-year career in the NBA. Throughout that period, he played for six teams and won several accolades along the way, including the 1999-2000 Most Valuable Player Award and the 1992-93 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Outside the court, Shaq has released four albums, with his debut album, Shaq Diesel, becoming platinum-certified. With that said, he’s also become quite a successful businessman. Besides making investments in Google and Apple, Shaq also owns a Krispy Kreme franchise, more than a few service companies, and also became a member of Papa John’s board of directors. He’s even made a name for himself in the world of eSports, becoming an investor for the NRG Esports team.
Even during his high-school days, Peyton Manning already showed immense potential in becoming a great football player. With that said, it would come as no surprise that he has since taken credit for being one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks. Throughout his 18-season career, he played 14 of it with the Indianapolis Colts and four with the Denver Broncos.
His younger brother, Eli Manning, was also a talented NFL player who has since bid farewell to the field. That’s not something to be sad about, though, since Eli and Peyton are now working together on a business venture outside the sport. Alongside sportscaster Jim Nantz and legendary tennis player Andy Roddick, the Manning siblings released their very own liquor brand called Sweetens Cove Spirits in 2020. Although it is still exclusive to Tennessee residents, it will only be a matter of time before it finds its way to more markets across the globe.
At this point, almost anyone recognizes Dwayne Johnson; if not for his wrestling career, then his acting career. After graduating with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in criminology and physiology, Dwayne found worldwide fame in the WWF, which eventually became known as the WWE. Outside the wrestling ring, he also made quite a name for himself with his role in films like The Game Plan, Tooth Fairy, the new Jumanji movies, the Fast and the Furious films, and Central Intelligence.
Besides appearing on-camera, Dwayne also owns the Seven Bucks Productions company, which has already made more than a few projects since its inception in 2012. With that said, he’s also had partnerships with other brands, including Under Armour, where he released his own line of clothing called “Project Rock.” Through his social media accounts, most notably on Instagram, the actor has also been an active endorser of the tequila brand Teremana.
In another world, chances are we could’ve witnessed what George Foreman would be like as a football player – he was initially quite a fan of the sport, after all. Despite his interests, he eventually shifted his focus to the world of boxing. Throughout his professional career, spanning from 1969 to 1997, George got the chance to win the heavyweight championship twice and even won himself an Olympic gold medal. By the time he retired, with a record of five losses and 76 wins, 68 of which were knockouts, he also took credit for being the oldest boxer to win the heavyweight championship, at 46 years old.
After he said his farewells to his boxing gloves, George became a successful businessman. Among his business ventures, however, the most notable one is arguably the George Foreman Grill, a portable electrically heated grill. Since its launch in 1994, over 100 million units have been sold. In fact, as of 2011, the former boxer earned $200 million just from its endorsements.
With her mother being the first American to win a World Judo Championship, it was only a matter of time before Ronda Rousey made her way into the world of martial arts. After concluding her judo career at 21 years old, she pursued an MMA career, where she then gave the UFC their first women’s match. After she left the octagon with a record of 12 wins, three by knockout and nine by submission, and two losses, she has since found success in the WWE as a wrestler.
Through the years, Ronda has had the chance to land endorsement deals with the telecom services company MetroPCS, insurance agency Insureon, and sportswear brand Reebok. With that said, she has also found success in the acting business, landing a role in films like The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and Mile 22. She’s also since become a recognizable figure in the videogame industry for her voice-acting work as Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat 11.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Although MMA matches have taken the world by storm in more recent years, it’s safe to say that boxing bouts will never disappear from the public’s radar anytime soon. After all, it has introduced us to more than a few talented fighters, including Floyd Mayweather Jr. With boxing being his passion since his childhood, Floyd managed to impress audiences and peers alike throughout his career, spanning from 1996 to 2015 – although he did return for one match in 2017. He retired after fighting in 50 bouts, 27 of which he won by knockout, and no losses.
He may have earned millions throughout his time in the ring, but Floyd also knows his way around making investments outside of it. Besides creating his promotional firm, Mayweather Promotions, the undefeated boxer also launched his own clothing line and worked on his real estate portfolio. Since then, he’s been increasing his assets, which include an impressive car collection and a gallery of fancy watches.
Swimming is an integral part of Michael Phelps’ life, having developed a passion for it when he was just seven years old. As time went on, this passion eventually brought him to a higher degree of success. As a professional swimmer, he has won an impressive total of 28 Olympic medals, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time. By the time he announced his retirement in 2016, he had received the honor of being considered the greatest swimmer in sports history.
Besides competing, Michael earned a fortune thanks to his endorsement and sponsorship deals with brands like Omega, Under Armour, and Beats by Dre. Now that he’s focusing more on the business side of things, he also launched his very own swimwear brand MP, even wearing some of its suits during his last competition in Rio. Through his Michael Phelps Foundation, the swimmer also made the IM Program, where he takes the time to teach kids how to swim.
During his childhood, Alex Rodriguez looked up to baseball players like Keith Hernandez, Dale Murphy, and Cal Ripken Jr. This inspiration eventually led him to pursue a career in the MLB. After showcasing and improving his skills throughout his school days, he began his professional career playing for seven seasons with the Seattle Mariners. For the rest of his 22-season career, he played three of them with the Texas Rangers and the remaining 12 with the New York Yankees.
Before he retired from his baseball career, Alex already worked on many ventures. In 2003, he launched A-Rod Corp., a company that has made investments in businesses like Snapchat and NRG eSports. Soon after, he founded Newport Property Construction and Monument Capital Management. Since their inception, Property Construction and Monument Capital have made millions from their work in the real estate business.
Like other hobbies, skateboarding can be quite risky. Even so, we couldn’t deny the fact that it’s fun to see talented skaters perform impressive tricks and stunts. One such figure that has made a name for himself in this field is none other than Tony Hawk. Among the many achievements he has made throughout his career, perhaps the most notable one would be when he took credit for being the first to execute a 900, a trick where the skater performs two-and-a-half revolutions mid-air.
Thanks to his fame, Tony eventually got the chance to get featured in his own video game, the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series. He also appeared in more than a few films and shows along the way, including Deck Dogz, The New Guy, and even worked as Josh Brolin’s skater-double in Thrashin’. He’s also made more than 550 skate parks through the years alongside his Tony Hawk Foundation.
At a young age, Warren Moon was already quite responsible and disciplined. Besides playing for his high-school, and soon after, college football teams, he also took the time to find a job to help with his family’s home and personal loans. These habits eventually played a significant role in his life on the football field and after his retirement in 2000.
As a professional football athlete, Warren played for 23 seasons. Six of those seasons were played for CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos; the remaining 17 were for the NFL alongside the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs. Now that he’s focused more on the business side of things, one of his most notable ventures is the founding of the marketing firm, Sports 1 Marketing. Since its inception, the company has helped numerous applicants earn a living in the world of sports and entertainment, a good portion of which include celebrities and athletes.
Shawne Merriman started his career as an athlete during his high-school days, where he spent the first three years as a varsity player for both the football and basketball teams. At that time, he also earned the nickname “Lights Out” for rendering four opposing players unconscious during one football game. He later got drafted into the NFL’s San Diego Chargers team and eventually won himself the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honor. After a couple more seasons, he was transferred to the Buffalo Bills, where he played for the rest of his career until retiring in 2012.
Through the years, Shawne has spent some investment money on more than a few ventures, including a clothing line and TV broadcasting. The most notable one, however, is his most recent work as a mixed martial arts fight promoter and league owner of Lights Out Xtreme Fighting. Since its inception, the former football player hopes to help fellow former athletes land a new start in the MMA scene.
With his older brother, Carson Palmer, also being a football player, it was only a matter of time before Jordan Palmer caught up with him. While studying to get his college degree, he also played for the school’s football team. Soon after, he landed a spot in the NFL’s Washington Redskins team. As a professional player, he’s had the chance to play for the Arizona Rattlers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Sacramento Mountain Lions, Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, and Cincinnati Bengals. During his time with the Bengals, he got to play as Carson’s backup.
Along the way, Jordan also tried his luck in other ventures. His earlier work was in the software business, developing iPhone applications for athletes so they could reach out to their fans more. In 2014, he worked as a quarterbacks coach at an NFL Draft training center. Since then, Jordan has tutored players like Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, and Josh Allen.
During his career as an amateur boxer, Wladimir Klitschko got the chance to represent Ukraine at the 1966 Olympics’ super-heavyweight division returned from the event with a gold medal. By the time he went pro, he became known amongst fans and peers for being an aggressive fighter. Even so, this reputation eventually changed under the guidance of his coach, Emanuel Steward. Until his last bout in 2017, he has been known for following a more defensive-oriented technique.
Outside the boxing ring, Wladimir also found work in other fields, most notably in education. In fact, he and his brother, fellow boxer Vitali, both have a doctorate in sports science. In 2015, he taught Challenge Management to students studying for their master’s degree at Switzerland’s University of St. Gallen. In more recent news, Wladimir is also set to work as a lecturer at Harvard University.
Despite having frequently played ice hockey and soccer during his childhood, the at-the-time young Steve Nash told his mother that he’d become an NBA player – he first played basketball when he was around 12 years old. Well, after playing 18 seasons and becoming a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and eight-time All-Star, it’s safe to say that he has achieved more than what he initially aimed for.
After concluding his career as a basketball player, Steve has since pursued other ventures. With that said, he’s still involved in the sport, coaching for NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Outside the court, Steve also found success as a businessman. Through the years, he has spent a significant portion of his investment money on various endeavors. One of them is his very own Steve Nash Sports Club, a 38,500-square-foot facility that greatly reflects his fitness philosophy. Alongside his cousin, filmmaker Ezra Holland, Steve also delved into the filmmaking business through their production company, Meathawk.