Blockbusting celebrities are mostly known for their roles in entertainment — they’re Grammy-winning singers, Oscar-nabbing actors, or top-notch self-promoters. Yet despite their busy schedules, many of ’em still somehow find time to establish new ventures in their careers.
Many of the A-list celebrities entertaining us on the big screen or through the radio waves have brewed up businesses and side hustles behind the scenes. These 20 celebrities are just a handful of those who took their talents to the business sector — and you might be surprised how many of their products you’ve been using!
1. George Clooney (Casamigos): Alongside Mike Meldman and Rande Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s husband), Clooney founded a super-premium tequila company in 2013. The company was purchased by Diageo for $700 million, or $500 per bottle. You can grab yourself a bottle for anywhere from $25 to $300.
2. Beyoncé (22 Days Nutrition): Queen Bee partnered with fitness guru Marco Borges to create a vegan diet plan. When you sign up, you get a multitude of tools to help you stay on track like a unique food plan, daily recipes, and even food delivery to your home.
3. Willie Nelson (BioWillie): What’s cool about the company Nelson founded is that he actually uses his product on his tour bus. He created a company that produces a petroleum alternative from vegetable oil and waste fats called biodiesel.
4. Maria Sharapova (Sugarpova): When she’s not serving up aces, the tennis player has her hands full running a candy business. She started the business because she believes that life should be all about having “your cake (or candy) and [enjoying] it, too.”
5. Reese Witherspoon (Draper James): This Southern belle launched a clothing line with Strand Equity Founder & Managing Partner Seth Rodsky. Their main mission is to produce a line that “emphasizes Southern roots and personal style.”
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6. Kevin Costner (Ocean Therapy Solutions): The company uses centrifugal oil-water separators to clean up the ocean after oil spills. After the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010, BP purchased Costner’s machines to clean up the estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil released into the ocean.
7. Drew Barrymore (Flower Films and Flower Beauty): Although Barrymore is still acting, she owns a couple of business, too. She founded her own production company, notable for the movies Charlie’s Angels, He’s Just Not That Into You, and Donnie Darko. She also launched her own beauty company.
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8. Fergie (Voli Vodka): Coupled with rapper Pitbull, she spearheaded a new brand of vodka. It’s made with French wheat and is described as low calorie and citrusy. Fergie loves her new role as business woman and describes it as “intoxicating.”
9. Rachael Ray (Nutrish): Besides being a Food Network Queen, Ray launched a pet food company where she designed nutrient-rich foods for animals. The product’s natural, grain-free, and made with quality food — Ray said she taste tested it herself!
10. Ryan Gosling (Tagine): He co-owns a modern Moroccan food restaurant in Beverly Hills with chef Ben Benameur. There, surrounded by candles and Moroccan pillows, you can enjoy dishes like North African stew and chocolate soup with homemade banana ice cream.
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11. Ashton Kutcher (A-Grade Investments): Founded in 2010 by Kutcher, Guy Oseary, and Ron Burkle, this venture capital firm invests in technology start-ups. The company has invested in companies like Spotify, Uber, and Airbnb, and thankfully so — we couldn’t function without any of these companies!
12. Dan Aykroyd (Crystal Head): This award winning vodka company was founded in 2007 by Aykroyd and artist John Alexander. You will never miss this bottle on the shelf, as the vodka comes in a skull-shaped glass bottle.
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13. Rupert Grint (Eevil Plan Properties): Ron Weasley used to live in a cramped house with the rest of his crazy family, but Grint’s life has taken a different course. He set up this company to manage the income from his many properties, which are valued at over $15.5 million and sit around London’s commuter belt.
14. Bono and the Edge (The Clarence): The U2 bandmates own a boutique hotel that’s located along the River Liffey in Dublin. It was originally built in 1852 but was damaged in the ’70s. Since then, the pair have transformed it into a five-star hotel and even performed on the roof of it.
15. Justin Timberlake (Myspace): In 2011, Justin Timberlake bought a huge portion of the social media company. When News Corp sold the site, Timberlake played a large role in relaunching it with more of a music angle.
16. Kiefer Sutherland (Ironworks Music): Sutherland and co-founder Jude Cole wanted to provide a record label for new artists that helped them navigate the corporate music industry. They generally sign young artists with rock ‘n’ roll influences.
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17. Jessica Alba (Honest Company): Putting her acting aside, Alba founded a baby product company that created safe and affordable baby products. She wanted to help moms provide better and safer starts to their kids’ lives.
18. Ed Begley Jr. (Begley’s Best): The actor, author, and environmentalist, set out to create environmentally friendly household cleaning products that he is proud to put his name on. All his products use non-toxic, natural ingredients that are more effective than chemical products.
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19. Rob Lowe (Profile): He created a “pretty boy” skin-care line specifically for men. The various products’ chemical formulas were designed to fight aging, and includes everything from face cleansing creams to close shave aids.
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20. Gisele Bundchen (Grendene and Hope): The supermodel launched her very own lingerie line and even modeled the pieces at a launch fashion show in Brazil. On top of her modeling career, she launched a skincare company called Sejaa Pure Skincare.
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