Celebrities aren’t only known for gracing the big screen or performing on stage, as stars have successfully made a name for themselves in the entrepreneurial world. From Blake Lively’s lifestyle website Preserve to Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James, find out which of your favorite celebrities have added entrepreneur to their resume!
Lively launched her “part magazine, part e-commerce hub, part philanthropic endeavor” Preserve in 2015. Although the site has taken off, the actress revealed to TIME in June that readers could expect improvements! “The site’s not close to what I want it to be,” she explained. “I hope by the time it’s what I want it to be, my standards will be raised infinitely more.”
Witherspoon succeeds in everything she does (she has an Oscar to prove it!) – and running a website is no different! Only hours after the actress launched her website Draper James, which carries American South-inspired apparel, jewelry and home goods, many of her items were sold out!
Jessica Alba co-founded The Honest Company when she wanted “unquestionable safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient and affordable products” for her children and home – and everyone agreed! In the first year, the company made $10 million in revenue, growing to $150 million in the second year. The actress clearly has a hit on her hands!
Fans got the opportunity to be just as chic and fashion forward as Gwen Stefani when she launched L.A.M.B (Love Angel Music Baby). “L.A.M.B. is a line that I want to wear every day,” she said of the collection. The clothing brand has turned into a million-dollar empire!
Is there anything Justin Timberlake can’t do? The singer recently became co-owner of AfterMaster, an audio technology company. “I'm thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking company," he said in a statement. "The first time I heard audio, post AfterMaster, I knew that I had to be a part of this company and that we had something revolutionary on our hands."
If there’s anything Gwyneth Paltrow is known for more than her flicks and “consciously uncoupling” with Chris Martin, it’s Goop! With close to one million newsletter subscribers and over 3.75 million page views a month, the actress’s website is a fan-favorite! The lifestyle website sells apparel and home goods, and offers recipes, travel recommendations and more.
Jay Z’s long list of entrepreneurial projects include becoming the president of Def Jam Recordings, creating Rocawear clothing, being part owner of the Brooklyn Nets, launching streaming music service Tidal and a lot more!
Jessica Simpson turned her Jessica Simpson Collection into one of the most famous brands in Hollywood, as her 10-year line now brings in one billion in annual sales!
Ashton Kutcher loves to invest in companies, as he’s invested in around 28 including Skype and Spotify. He also founded TV and film production company Katalyst Network.
Drew Barrymore made a name for herself in the makeup world with her brand Flower Beauty, which offers affordable products from lipstick to eye shadow. She recently expanded her business with Flower Eyewear.
Do you want to be a hero entrepreneur like your favorite celebs? Then check out ABC Family’s new series StartUp U, where 10 millennials attend a seven-week program at Draper University to learn the skills they need to build a successful startup. Startup U airs Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT on ABC Family.