Top 20 Celebrity Investors | Part 1

Celebrities are investing millions into new ideas that they are hoping will become the next big thing. From Tech to Stocks, celebs are bringing their connections and capital to the table. These stars have understood that more money could be made than the the paycheck from that movie, game, brand, business, fashion line and endorsements. Guess what? A few stars have even made more money off investing than their career!

So you want to know how the stars are investing their money? Here are the top celebrity investors Mmaking big moves and redefining themselves through their investments. 

  1. ASHTON KUTCHER

Over the last few years, Ashton Kutcher has become the man to watch in the startup world. Ashton seems to have the magic touch when it comes to investing, and his truly impressive portfolio speaks for itself.

In 2011, Ashton co-founded a venture fund called A-Grade Investments and proceeded to invest in some of the world’s most influential startups including Uber, Airbnb, and Spotify, to name a few. He weighs his investments based on two critical factors: return and happiness.

Most Notable Investments: Skype, Airbnb, Foursquare, Warby Parker, Uber, Spotify, Casper and many more.

2. JARED LETO

You may best recognize Jared Leto as the lead singer of the rock band, 30 Seconds to Mars, or from his Oscar-winning role in the blockbuster film, Dallas Buyers Club. However, this multi-layered, multi-talented superstar is also well-known as one of the savviest investors in Hollywood.

To date, he has invested in more than 50 tech startups, including getting in on the ground-floor of Uber, Airbnb and smart home technology, Nest Labs before Google bought it for $3.2 billion.

While Leto holds a vast portfolio, he remains a very involved investor and even serves as an adviser for a number of companies. Jared attributes his success to his entrepreneurial spirit, which he has had since he was a child.

Most Notable Investments: DocuSign, Reddit, Slack, Nest Labs, Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, and Spotify

3. KIM KARDASHIAN

This celebrity really needs no introduction at all. She’s the reality star, socialite, and woman of the hour. You got it – it’s Kim Kardashian. Love her or hate her, she’s got it all going on. And her investments just happen to be some of the most interesting on this list.

Kim firmly believes in investing in herself, and she has succeeded in that. She not only launched her makeup line, KKW Beauty, launched in 2017 and is now worth over $1 million. She also invested in several other ventures, including e-commerce sites and mobile apps.

This past Christmas her husband Kanye surprised her by investing in some major stocks as a Christmas gift, including companies like Apple and Adidas. When it comes to investment decisions, Kim knows she can’t do it all on her own, so she turns to her mom, Kris Jenner, and trusted family friends as well.  

Most Notable Investments: Netflix, Disney, Adidas, Apple, and Amazon

4. BEYONCE

Beyoncé, American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress, is probably one of the most recognizable artists of her generation. However, in addition to her burgeoning musical empire, she is also expanding her already vast portfolio with smart investments.

In addition to Beyoncé’s recent venture into active wear with her brand, Ivy Park, she has also invested in health and lifestyle projects like WTRMLN WTR and 22 Days Nutrition. Not only does Queen Bey live her own truth, when it comes to investing, she also strives to empower people to live a healthier lifestyle and be the best that they can be.

Most Notable Investments: Tital, Ivy Park, WTRMLN WTR, 22 Days Nutrition, and Sidestep.

5. LEONARDO DICAPRIO

Acclaimed actor, producer and environmentalist, Leonardo DiCaprio is on a mission to save the world, one sustainable investment at a time.

DiCaprio has not only made a name for himself with his award-winning performances on-screen, but he has also carved out his place as a well-respected tech investor off-screen. This socially conscious star has dedicated himself to supporting innovative projects around the world that protect the environment and restore balance to vulnerable ecosystems.

Through his investments, DiCaprio strives to make a difference in our world. He has invested in various industries such as innovative enviro-tech, virtual reality projects, plant-based foods, and even sustainable clothing companies.

Most Notable Investments: Casper, Beyond Meat, Solarin, Mindmaze, Rubicon Global, Allbirds.

6. JUSTIN BIEBER

At 24 years old, Justin Bieber, Canadian singer-songwriter is arguably one of the most famous people in pop culture today.

While his trendsetting and moneymaking talents are well-established, it’s far more interesting to learn how he is investing his immense earnings. The pop star has invested in more than a dozen companies in the startup world, including Tinychat and the wildly popular music-streaming site, Spotify.

Beiber believes in investing in what you know and what you love —“I’m not going to invest in something I don’t like; I have to believe in the product.” This ethos has worked wonders for him, considering that since investing in Spotify in 2009, it has become one of the biggest music streaming services in the world, with over 2 million users to date. 

Most Notable Investments: Spotify, Shots Studio, Tinychat, Sojo Studios and Stamped.

7. KOBE BRYANT

Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, celebrates a three pointer in the fourth quarter as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 122-107 during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 23. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant is one of the most well-known, well-loved, and well-paid basketball players of all-time. However, what you may not know, is he is also one of the most well-rounded investors on this list. While he was dominating the court, he was also coming up with a plan to dominate the stock exchange.

Bryant knew he needed to think beyond basketball. So, when he had the chance, he jumped at getting into a new game – the investing game. So, Bryant made a $6 million investment in Gatorade competitor, BodyArmor, the healthier alternative. Earlier this year, Coca-Cola also invested in BodyArmor, making Kobe’s early investment in the drink a very lucrative one. His shares have skyrocketed in value and are now worth a whopping $200 million. Meaning his earnings as an investor may soon surpass his earnings on the court.

Most Notable Investments: BodyArmor, RingDNA, The Players’ Tribune, Reserve, VIPKid

7. MADONNA

Since the material girl came on the scene back in the 80’s, she has always pushed the boundaries; whether it be in songwriting or investments.

It seems as if Madonna is just as successful in her investment endeavors as she has been in her music career. The queen of pop has become an early investor to a number of startups, such as market-leading coconut water firm Vita Coco, and the gym Hardcandy Fitness. Both which have grown to be wildly successful.

While many investors have complicated investment strategies, Madonna uses a much simpler method — her passion.

Most Notable Investments: Vita Coco, Hardcandy Fitness, DanceOn, and music streaming service Tidal

8. OPRAH WINFREY

We all know Oprah has had an exceptional career. She has risen to the heights of mega superstar and is referred to as the most influential woman in the world. But perhaps you don’t know that the woman from humble beginnings was recently named the first female African-American billionaire.

Oprah Winfrey has spent decades giving advice to millions of people worldwide. However, it was one piece of advice she got from Warren Buffett that made her over $427 million in profits. Back in October of 2015, Oprah invested in Weight Watchers and took a seat on their board.

Buffet insists you must understand a business before you invest, which was just what Oprah did. Since then WW’s price per share has soared from $7 to $101, netting the media mogul hundreds of millions in profit.

Most Notable Investments: Weight Watchers, True Food Kitchen, Teavana, Oxygen Media, Waywire

9. JAY-Z

Jay Z is one of the richest musicians in the world, with a net worth of around $900 million. The hip-hop mogul has become one of the most powerful and high-profile investors in Hollywood; and by adding venture capitalist to his ever-expanding resume, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Jay-Z’s venture fund, Roc Nation, has been an early investor in multiple tech companies, such as Ethos, Promise, and Stance. He has also invested in big name ventures such as the stock-trading app Robinhood, as well as smaller startups like JetSmarter, which is like the Uber of private jets.

In one memorable lyric Jay Z states, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.” However, these days, both of those titles may be true. It takes a lot of skill to become a great musician, but it doesn’t stop there for this talent as he parlays his diverse skills into his business investments as well.   

Most Notable Investments: JetSmarter, Tidal, Ethos, Robinhood, Arrive, Pandora

10. TYRA BANKS

The multi-talented Tyra Banks is a supermodel, producer, Havard graduate, and power-investor extraordinaire. There seems to be nothing this A-list beauty can’t succeed in, and her notable portfolio proves it.

Tyra has invested in many early-stage startups and female-focused companies. Through her investment company, Fierce Capital, the Queen of Smize is helping lead a revolution for female-led businesses. So far she has invested in some very successful companies. These companies include the super popular millennial career site, The Muse, which offers career-building tools. Along with, The Hunt, a social shopping site that helps you track down items you love. Banks credits her investment success to her mother, who taught her that investing was crucial and that she had to dream big.

Most Notable Investments: The Muse, The Hunt, Locket, VideoGram

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