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
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
5 Gwen Stefani
4 Robert De Niro
3 Jay Z
2 Paul Newman
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.
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