Once upon a time, celebrities became rich only by whatever made them a celebrity in the first place. If they could act, they made money off their acting, if they could sing, they made money off their singing and performances. Nowadays, stars like actors, rappers, singers and TV hosts are not just on camera talent; they are so much more. Having their famous names has enabled them to pursue other types of careers that they may have had different interests in. In the upcoming list, meet a selection of super creative celebrity entrepreneurs that went past their million dollar talent careers and into multi-million dollar business ventures.
10 Jessica Alba
You may remember Jessica Alba as the character Sue Storm from the hit blockbuster, Fantastic Four but besides her incredible acting career, she is quite a home product expert. In 2012, Jessica Alba launched her own household product company called The Honest Company. The line provides home consumer products that are 100 percent organic and non-toxic. After realizing how many unsafe ingredients go into household products, Alba decided to create her own products like lotions, shampoos, wipes, diapers and household cleaners. The Honest Company recently raised over $50 million in capital funding. Although The Honest Company’s earnings are private, the fact that it has shown such promise to investors is a great sign. Alba co-founded the company with LegalZoom and Shoedazzle entrepreneur and founder, Brian Lee.
9 Bethenny Frankel
Many people recall Bethenny Frankel's enchanted story. We saw her struggle in love and career on the reality show, The Real Housewives of New York City. For years, Bethenny was peddling her line of food and alcohol products hoping one day to find the right business partnership. She just could not seem to catch a break. Finally, it all came together and the 'skinny funny girl' from reality TV officially launched, Skinny Girl Cocktails. By 2011, Skinny Girl Cocktails was purchased by Beam Incorporated. Although the purchase amount is unknown, rumor has it that Beam Inc. paid Bethenny anywhere from $39 to $64 million for the company. Bethenny also gets a hefty paycheck to be The Skinny Girl representative, and she receives bonuses if the company reaches certain profit milestones. The company increased 400 percent in the second year!
8 Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen
7 Jessica Simpson
6 The Kardashian Family
Whether you love to hate them, or hate to love them, the Kardashian clan is rich and not just from Reality TV. Kris Jenner has turned a crazy reality show into a major merchandising brand of epic proportions. Granted the Kardashian sisters were already in retail with their own boutique-clothing store DASH, but since their rise to fame, the Kardashian clan has launched additional clothing lines for retailers like Sears and Babies "R" Us. They also sell fragrances, shoes, jewelry, socks, bikinis, skin care products, candles, books and more. The Kardashians have had a regular reality show series, as well as several spinoff series.
5 Gwen Stefani
4 Robert De Niro
3 Jay Z
2 Paul Newman
Although Paul Newman is no longer with us, he left a financial empire and legacy that consistently gives back. Paul Newman started Newman’s Own as almost a joke back in 1982, and it took off with huge success. Paul used to bottle up homemade salad dressings in reusable wine bottles and give them out as holiday gifts to friends. He started off in salad dressing, and now they sell everything from pizzas to packaged stir-fry. The goal of the company has always been to give 100 percent of their post tax profits to a charitable trust that distributes the money to a variety of organizations. Their products are all natural, and they even had a separate organic line that has branched out into pet food. They have over 100 food products across nine different divisions. The company has reportedly given over $400 million to charities since its inception.
1 Oprah Winfrey
Although Oprah’s daytime talk show has ended, she’s still raking it in at about 70 million in profits a year. Her once struggling network OWN is now out of the red, and the burgeoning network is experiencing steady growth. She is reportedly launching a Tyler Perry talk show on the new network. Oprah’s majority of net worth comes from her 25 years of the hit daytime talk The Oprah Winfrey Show plus her earnings from her own production company, Harpo that launched shows like Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray Cooking Shows and Dr. Oz’s own talk show. Oprah also uses a lot of her entrepreneurial wealth to support her school for girls in South Africa.