10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Have Their Own Business Empires

From musicians such as Sean “Diddy Combs” to media personalities like Paris Hilton.

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Most celebrities have made their fortune doing the things they do best — whether it is singing, acting, hosting, or something completely different. However, some of them have their “side jobs” which help bring in those extra coins. Whether it is starting a makeup brand, a record label, or simply investing wisely, one thing is for sure — these celebs definitely know how to grab every opportunity to earn even more moeny.

From musicians such as Sean “Diddy Combs” to media personalities like Paris Hilton — keep on scrolling to find out just who ended up on our list today.

10 Victoria Beckham

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Kicking off our list of celebs who have their own business empires is the English singer and fashion designer, Victoria Beckham. Throughout her life, Posh Spice has done many things — she’s been a member of the world’s biggest girl group, she got married to David Beckham, and she started her own eponymous fashion line. Almost a decade after launching her fashion line, Beckham also launched her own makeup brand, Victoria Beckham Beauty.

9 Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

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Apart from having a very long and successful music career, Sean “Diddy” Combs has his own businesses as well. Back in 1998, the rapper started his own fashion and fragrance line, Sean John.

In addition, Diddy has also owned or still owns several restaurants, a vodka brand, a TV network, and a brand of beverage for athletes. With all these businesses and investments, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Diddy has an estimated net worth of $885 million.

8 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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If you are a 90s child, the chances that you grew up watching movies starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are pretty big. After doing numerous movies and series, Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen stopped acting and started working in the fashion industry. They have several fashion labels, from couture fashion to ready-to-wear clothes that you can get at stores like Walmart and J.C. Penney.

7 Jay-Z

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With an estimated net worth of $1.4 billion, Jay-Z is one of the richest musicians in the US. Apart from having a very successful music career — which started back in 1988 — the rapper also has his own businesses. He’s invested in brands such as Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Usse cognac. In addition to that, the rapper also acquired Aspiro, the company that owns Tidal in 2015.

6 Jessica Alba

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Next on the list is actress Jessica Alba, who started acting when she was only 13. It wasn’t until she was 19 that she rose to fame. Apart from acting, Alba is also a businesswoman. In 2011 she founded The Honest Company, which sells baby and household products. A few years later she launched beauty and skincare products under the name Honest Beauty. Alba’s company is doing well even during the pandemic — its revenue increased by 28% in 2020.

5 Ashton Kutcher

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Even some of his biggest fans are not aware that besides doing acting and producing, Ashton Kutcher is also a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur. The No Strings Attached actor has invested in over 60 companies so far, including some big ones such as Skype and Airbnb. Kutcher also co-founded his own venture capital company called A-Grade Investments, which invests in tech start-up companies.

4 Gwyneth Paltrow


Let’s move on to actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who launched her own lifestyle brand called Goop, back in 2008. The brand consists of a newsletter, podcasts, recipes, an online store where you can get skin care products, and so on. Some things that were featured on the website did raise a lot of eyebrows at some point though, thanks to some of the most ridiculous lifestyle advice. Regardless, Goop is doing good and is helping to increase Paltrow’s net worth.

3 Dr. Dre

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Dr. Dre started his music career back in 1992 when he released his debut album The Chronic. He’s continued successfully pursuing music ever since, but in the meantime, Dr. Dre also became an entrepreneur.

The rapper founded the record label Aftermath Entertainment which houses stars like Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Dre also started the Beats Electroincs LLC, a very successful brand of audio products, which was bought by Apple for $3 billion in 2014.

2 Oprah Winfrey

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With an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion, Oprah Winfrey is one of the 500 richest people on the planet. But this shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Apart from hosting her iconic show, Winfrey also started her own magazine, a radio channel, and eventually a cable channel, The Oprah Winfrey Network. In 2018, Winfrey also signed a deal with Apple, worth $1 billion.

1 Paris Hilton

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Wrapping up today’s list is none other than the main It-girl of the 2000s — Paris Hilton. Since her rise to fame, Hilton has tried out in many different things, from singing and modeling to launching her own stores and fashion and fragrance lines. Her perfume line alone has grossed over US$2.5 billion so far. Her brand includes 19 product lines, 50 retail stores worldwide, and a club in the Philippines

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