Fame may be fleeting, which is why celebrities will do well to invest their money in something that will provide them with additional income. Some celebrities have their own fashion line, others release perfumes and fragrances, and there are those that open up eateries. Here now is a list of the top 10 celebrities with their own chain restaurants.
10. Ted Turner – Ted Montana’s Grill
Ted Turner is an American media mogul best known as the founder of the cable news network called CNN. He also founded WTBS, the pioneer of the superstation concept in cable television. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Foundation, which started after his billion-dollar endowment. He is also one of the largest private landowners in the United States, which he uses to amass the largest herd of bison in the world. These bisons are then used for his restaurant chain called the Ted Montana’s Grill.
9. Rick Ross – Wingstop
Rick Ross is an American rapper known as the founder of the Maybach Music Group. He was named the hottest MC in the game by MTV in 2012. He was also the first artist signed by the management company of Sean Combs called Ciroc Entertainment. His first album was the 2006 Port of Miami, which he followed up with Trilla, Deeper than Rap, Teflon Don and God Forgives, I Don’t. He has a 2013 release as well called Mastermind. He has taken a liking for Wingstop, buying several franchises in Miami and Memphis.
8. Robert de Niro – Nobu
Robert de Niro is one of the greatest actors of his generation. He has appeared in several iconic films, including The Godfather: Part II, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas. He also appeared in Awakenings, Cape Fear, and the most recent Silver Linings Playbook. De Niro has also partnered with Nobu Matsuhisa to bring classic Japanese flavors to dishes like the yellowtail with jalapeno and black cod with miso. There are now 20 such restaurants in the world, including branches in Tokyo, Dubai, Melbourne and London.
7. Drew Brees – Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches
Drew Brees is the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints in the NFL. He played in college for Purdue before the San Diego Chargers drafted him in 2001. He is a seven-time Pro Bowler and has a Super Bowl ring. He holds the record for most passing yards, highest completion percentage, most games with passing of at least 300 yards, and most completions in a single season. He also owns a franchise of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches known for its free smells in their windows to attract customers.
6. Venus Williams – Jamba Juice
Venus Williams is an American tennis player who became the first African American woman to be ranked number one in the world. She has seven Grand Slam singles titles, as well as 15 other Grand Slam crowns in women’s and mixed doubles. She also has four gold medals in the Olympic Games, one in the singles tournament and three in women’s doubles. She loves frozen smoothies, which is why she bought two franchises of Jamba Juice in Washington, D.C. She plans to put up five more branches soon.
5. NeNe Leakes – Famous Famiglia Pizzeria
NeNe Leakes is a celebrity known for her stints in reality television. She was part of the series called The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She was also one of the contestants of The Celebrity Apprentice 4. She had roles in television shows like Glee and The New Normal. A few years ago, she opened a branch of Famous Famiglia Pizzerias near the airport in Sacramento in California.
4. Peyton Manning – Papa John’s
Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. He started out with the Indianapolis Colts, which he led to a Super Bowl win. He has won the MVP award four times and has been to the Pro Bowl 12 times. He is the fastest player to reach 50,000 passing yards, 4,000 completions and 400 passing touchdowns. After a neck injury forced him out for a season, he returned with a bang with the Denver Broncos, which he promptly led to the playoffs. He also owns 21 Papa John’s franchises, all in the Denver area.
3. Shaquille O’Neal – Auntie Anne’s
Shaquille O’Neal was a basketball player with remarkable qualities. At seven feet and one inch, with a weight of 325 pounds, he was one of the heaviest players in the game, yet, he was able to move around with the agility and coordination of a small man. He was able to use his size and strength to overpower his opponents. He has four NBA rings, including three with the Los Angeles Lakers when he had a tense partnership with Kobe Bryant. He won the regular season MVP award once, and the All-Star Game and playoffs MVP thrice each. He owns 15 branches of Auntie Anne’s, with nine in Michigan and six in Buffalo.
2. Jamal Mashburn – Outback Steakhouse and Papa John’s
Jamal Mashburn was an NBA player with stints with the Dallas Mavericks, the Miami Heat and the Charlotte, later New Orleans, Hornets. He had a decent career, becoming an All-Star once in 2003 and a member of the All-NBA third team that same year. His most outstanding achievement is his transition to the world of business after his basketball career ended. He now has 70 restaurants under his name, including 38 franchises of Outback Steakhouse and 32 branches of Papa John’s.
1. Magic Johnson – Starbucks and TGI Fridays
Magic Johnson will always be known for his infectious smile that brought joy to the game. He also brought joy to his Los Angeles Lakers’ teammates, feeding them with countless assist passes on his way to five NBA rings. He is also a successful businessman, even owning part of baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers. He also owns franchises for TGI Fridays and Starbucks, and he goes to the extent of customizing the restaurants to fit the community.
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