20 Celebrities Who Moonlight as Successful Entrepreneurs (PHOTOS)

Sure, they've got cash to spare and pretty demanding jobs already. But these overachieving celebrities weren't satisfied to settle for one vocation. From baby wipes to tequila, they've all launched successful side businesses that have netted them a pretty penny. Some, like Jessica Simpson, who many once labeled one of the most ditzy women in Hollywood, have become as famous for their side biz as they are for their original craft.

 

Others have kept their side gigs on the hush-hush. Either way is fine by us, as long as they don't quit their day jobs! 

 

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  • Jessica Alba

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    Fantastic Four star Jessica Alba has proven her real superpower is running a million-dollar business. The actress launched The Honest Co. in 2011. The popular eco-friendly company sells nontoxic baby and cleaning products, as well as other home goods.

  • Dr. Dre

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    Forget earbuds. Dr. Dre made headphones cool again. The rapper co-founded Beats Electronics in 2006, featuring Beats by Dre headphones. The earpieces quickly caught on among celebrities, including Lady Gaga. Apple bought Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion in 2014. Cha-ching!

  • Gwen Stefani

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    The singer put her eye for fashion to good use in 2004, when she started her Asian-inspired clothing line, L.A.M.B. The hands-on owner and style icon helps design the line's expanded collection, which now includes everything from shoes to fragrances. L.A.M.B. earned $90 million in 2012 alone.

  • Will Ferrell

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    Anchorman star Will Ferrell knows comedy. The actor co-founded uber-popular website Funny or Die in 2007 with pals Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. The site is estimated to be worth between $100 million and $300 million.  

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  • Jessica Simpson

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    Simpson may not know tuna from chicken but she certainly knows good business. The Jessica Simpson Collection pulls in more than $1 billion a year. Sold at mainstream stores like Macy's and Dillard's, the lifestyle brand includes more than 30 product categories, including shoes, clothes, accessories, and home goods.  

  • Paul Newman

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    Paul Newman starred in classics like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and won an Academy Award, but one of his most famous legacies is his Newman's Own food brand, which he started in 1982. The actor, who died in 2008, made his own salad dressing and started bottling it for friends. The business took off. Today, his multimillion dollar company has more than 200 products. The company has donated more than $450 million in profits to charity. 

  • Victoria Beckham

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    The Spice Girls are long gone, but Posh Spice is still earning her keep. Beckham launched her self-titled fashion line in 2008. Her clean and, well, posh designs are celeb favorites. In 2014, the U.K. business journal Management Today named her Britain's top entrepreneur of the year, and she's married to David Beckham? The girl's got it all!

  • Karlie Kloss

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    This hot model and Taylor Swift bestie has been baking up a line of healthy cookies with Momofuku Milk Bar's Christina Tosi since 2012. Sales of Karlie's Kookies, which include dairy-free and gluten-free flavors, go toward a charity close to the entrepreneur's heart. The line has donated half a million meals worldwide through FEED. 

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  • Jay Z

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    Jay Z has ruled the music industry for two decades. He's also been hitting high notes as an entrepreneur at the same time. Beyonce's hubby started 40/40 Night Club in New York City in 2003 and it has since become a national chain. His Rocawear clothing line sold for $204 million in 2007. Jay Z also started Roc Nation Sports, a sports-management company, in 2013.

  • Ashton Kutcher

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    Kutcher played a himbo on That '70s Show, but in real life, he's an investment whiz. He co-founded A-Grade Investments in 2010. The venture capital firm fronts tech start-up companies, including winners Spotify, Uber, Fab, and Airbnb. Cashing in on his success, Kutcher launched a new fund this past spring. 

  • Sean "Diddy" Combs

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    Diddy made his name in music, but these days, the rapper's big bucks come from outside ventures, including Ciroc vodka. Combs teamed up with the vodka's makers and turned the liquor into the second-largest high-end vodka in the United States. Diddy also scores big with Sean Jean, an upscale urban sportswear clothing line, among other ventures. 

  • Sandra Bullock

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    Bullock's onscreen charm and friendliness is part of the culture in her Austin, Texas, businesses. The local star owns Bess Bistro, a comfort-food restaurant, and Walton's Fancy and Staple, a bakery, deli, and flower shop rolled into one. 

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  • Venus Williams

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    Tennis ace Venus Williams hit a grand slam off the court with her interior design firm, V Starr Interiors. The firm, which has designed homes for major athletes, talk show sets, and rooms at the Intercontinental Miami, pulls in $7 million a year in revenue. Williams also has her own fashion line.  

  • Robert De Niro

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    The legendary actor knows how to wine and dine. De Niro owns Nobu, a high-end sushi restaurant chain that he started in New York with chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa in 1994. Since then, they have opened nearly 30 more restaurants. De Niro is also part owner of a chain of trendy Italian restaurants.

  • Sammy Hagar

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    He'll drink to that! Van Halen's former lead singer launched his Cabo Wabo premium tequila in 1996. Twelve years later, the stiff drink was the second-best-selling tequila in the United States, and Hagar sold an 80 percent stake in it for $80 million. The retired rocker isn't sitting idle now, though. He still owns two restaurant chains. 

  • Nicole Richie

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    Richie gave her party girl image a makeover in 2008, when she launched her jewelry line, House of Harlow 1960. The successful collection is now sold in 39 countries. Richie also keeps her "simple life" busy with a maternity line, handbag collection, and a fragrance company.

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  • Bono

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    U2's front man branched out from music in 2004, founding Elevation Partners, a private equity firm for large-scale entertainment and media investments. The group has $1.9 billion under management. Bono's other non-music venture, a fair trade fashion line he started in 2005 called Edun Clothing, hasn't been as successful, allegedly reporting million dollar losses.  

  • Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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    Catapulted to fame as toddlers on TV's Full House, the Olsen twins have spent much of the past decade focusing on fashion. The award-winning designers and trendsetters run a multimillion dollar fashion business, which includes their most famous label, The Row. 

  • Francis Ford Coppola

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    This famous director used his proceeds from the Godfather films to buy his first vineyard in 1975. Since then, his super successful Francis Ford Coppola Winery has helped him fund films, such as 2007's Youth Without Youth, that might not otherwise be produced. Coppola also owns a San Francisco cafe, a literary magazine, a line of pasta and sauces, and five vacation resorts. Not too shabby!

  • John Elway

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    Elway first tackled the car business while he was still quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He built a chain of five Colorado used car dealerships from 1989 to 1997, then sold them for $82.5 million. Today, the Hall of Fame NFL player has several dealerships in California and Colorado.

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