Big named celebs that grace our screens and shine on the stage lead double lives as an entrepreneur, running side businesses
Many would think that once you become a star of stage or screen that you should be satisfied with such shining success, and that becoming an entrepreneur would be a pointless exercise. However, you would be surprised at how many celebs feel the need to make money from sources outside of show business.
1. Gwen Stefani
Stefani began her musical career right at the grassroots. This included her making her own clothes, which she would wear when singing with her band. Her style was distinct, and girls everywhere wanted to mimic her unique look.
In 2004, Stefani launched her own haute couture clothing line which she called L.A.M.B. As well as her fashion line, which has Jamaican, Guatemalan and Japanese influences, Stefani sells accessories and perfumes.
2. Jo Kwon
28-year-old Jo Kwon is a darling of K-pop and a megastar in Korea, where he sings and dances with the boy band 2AM. However, Kwon is definitely not just a pretty face. When he attended university in 2013, he topped his class in his chosen subject.
It appears as though Kwon also has astute business skills as well. A little-known fact is that Kwon is CEO of a cereal shop called Midnight in Seoul. Kwon, and co-owners Kim Rin-yong, Hong Sung-hyeon, and Lee Jin-kyu saw an opening in the breakfast market and grabbed it with both hands.
Kwon’s breakfast restaurant is open in the mornings for commuters needing to get morning nourishment on their way to work. It then opens again in the evenings as a bar. And you can more than just a bowl of granola with milk. Selections include toppings such as nuts, marshmallows, fruit and gummy bears.
3. Jessica Alba
Most people recognize Jessica Alba as an award-winning actress. She began her career at the early age of 13 and the public probably most recognize her for her lead role in Dark Angel. She has starred in blockbuster hits such as Fantastic Four, Into the Blue and Good Luck Chuck.
However, Alba is also a passionate businesswoman. She is equally as talented as an entrepreneur as she is playing a character on screen. So when she began to have children, she saw a niche in the ethical consumerism market. Seeking products she felt safe using around her kids, she decided to start her own company that created products which avoided synthetic ingredients and petrochemicals.
Consequently, Alba founded The Honest Company in 2011, and in 2016 Honest Beauty. Alba’s companies sell products such as laundry detergents, diapers, vitamins and makeup and anti-aging creams.
4. Steve Carell
Funnyman Steve Carell is most famous for his hilarious work in films and television. He has starred in countless blockbusters, including the award-winning Little Miss Sunshine, Get Smart and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Audiences also watch him religiously on The Office.
However, not many fans know that Carell is also the owner of a quaint general store in the all American town of Acton, Massachusetts. According to the actor, he bought the store around a decade ago, and it is run by his sister-in-law.
Carell’s business venture is called Marshfield Hills General Store, and it seeks to retail products from local vendors. As well as local fair, the store contains all the usual suspects that you would expect to purchase from the local general store: bread, fruit, candy, and other household supplies.
5. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock has been a high-powered Hollywood actress since she broke through with her role in 1993’s Demolition Man. Since then she has been many director’s favored choice for taking the lead role in their films. She has starred in Miss Congeniality, Speed, The Proposal and much more. Her outstanding talent has seen her nominated for and receiving Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
However, Bullock has claimed that she needs more in her life than acting. In 2013 she told Vogue magazine “The acting thing is so beyond my control. Acting isn’t mine. You are like a tiny piece in this big corporate mechanism that needs chemistry and divine intervention.”
Consequently, Bullock looked to becoming an entrepreneur to satisfy her desire for some control over her life. So in 2006, she opened a restaurant called Bess Bistro, and then in 2009, she opened Walton’s Fancy. Bullock has complete control over the menus that are chosen every night, so punters know they are receiving her special touch when they visit. And punters always leave raving about how they love her food and service.
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