Hollywood’s biggest 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 making big moves and redefining themselves through their investments.
11. SNOOP DOGG
Snoop Dogg, rapper, entertainer, and activist, has raised the bar even higher as a tech investor extraordinaire.
In 2015, Snoop created Casa Verde Capital to invest green into the startup world’s most promising weed tech companies. Casa Verde has invested in countless marijuana startups including Trellis, Green Bits, and the delivery service Eaze, better known as the Uber for weed.
Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop Dogg, tends to take the high road when it comes to his investments. While Snoop invests in many legal cannabis services, he also backs more conservative endeavors, like the mobile stock trading app Robinhood, as well as Reddit.
Most Notable Investments: Robinhood, Reddit, Eaze, LeafsBySnoop, FunkSac, Green Bits, and Merry Jane.
12. 50 CENT
50 Cent, is one of the world’s best selling rappers of all time. He is also a very successful businessman with something to prove.
Fiddy, also known as Curtis Jackson, isn’t just collecting his music royalties anymore – he is also collecting a vast portfolio of investments. His most notable business ventures include projects in: Glaceau vitamin water, multiple clothing and apparel brands, mobile apps, film and talent management, and more.
Unfortunately, back in 2015, 50’s net worth went from $155 million to being in debt a whopping $32.5 million. Although that didn’t keep him down too long, 50 Cent is now estimated to be worth $20 million and growing.
Most Notable Investments: Glaceau, SMS Audio, G-Unit Films, Cheetah Visions, Effen Vodka, FRIGO
Drake, the Toronto-native, is one of the richest rappers in the world, and one of many to appear on this list. Aubrey Drake Graham is on his way up, and he doesn’t look like he is slowing down any time soon. He has mastered the art of rapping and now has his eye on mastering the art of investment.
Drake doesn’t just rely on making money off his music; he also has his own whiskey company and record label. With multiple investments in tech, stocks, nightclubs and restaurants, as well as major endorsement deals with Apple and Nike.
Most recently, Drake got on the eSports bandwagon by becoming a co-owner in the eSports, lifestyle and apparel brand 100 Thieves, alongside Scooter Braun. The millionaire rapper has also partnered with the Toronto Raptors, working together to give back to the fans.
Most Notable Investments: 100 Thieves, Madefire, Omni, DeLeón tequila, Virginia Black Whiskey, Toronto Raptors NBA team, MatchaBar, and the clothing company; October’s Very Own.
14. JESSICA ALBA
Jessica Alba has the talent of seeking out groundbreaking and innovative investment ventures. She is the co-founder of Honest Company, a highly popular beauty, and lifestyle brand. The company started as a way to sell organic products online to ethically minded consumers and turned into a billion dollar enterprise.
The Fantastic Four actress and business mogul, has also invested in mindfulness app Headspace, and Managed by Q, an office cleaning company, as well as Honor senior home care.
So what is her investment approach? She looks for a company with values in line with her own. She also listens to her friends and makes sure that she is bringing something different to the marketplace.
Most Notable Investments: Honest Company, Headspace, Managed by Q, and Honor Senior Home Care.
Do we talk about how this pop star didn’t drop a song the whole of 2018 but remained in the news and media trends? Rihanna is one of the top-selling digital artists of all time. However, she not only makes millions from her music, but she also profits off of her wise investment decisions.
The singer has made millions from her beauty line, Fenty Beauty, which earned her roughly $72 million in sales in just its first month. And to keep things interesting, Rihanna has just launched her highly anticipated lingerie line, Savage x Fenty. The collection has been called a “game changer’ and is a line designed for women of all shapes and sizes. RiRi also earns large capital by partnering with dozens of big-name brands, such as MAC cosmetics, Puma, and Armani.
Most Notable Investments: Fenty Beauty, Savage x Fenty, Tidal, and multiple real estate ventures
Nas has always been ahead of the curve, whether it be with his prolific rap lyrics or with his investment ventures. Nasir Jones and his venture capital firm, QueensBridge Venture Partners, have backed over 40 startups since 2007.
The legendary lyricist and his firm have made numerous strategic investments, ranging from financial services to music production. Companies included on this prestigious list include Lyft, Dropbox, Rap Genius, Coinbase and the no-fee stock trading app, Robinhood.
So how does Nas define his investment ideology? Well according to the rap legend, it’s all about being inspired by the people.
Most Notable Investments: Lyft, Dropbox, DeviantArt, Robinhood, and the digital currency exchange Coinbase.
16. GEORGE CLOONEY
Back in 2013, three friends, George Clooney, Rande Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s husband), and Mike Meldman, co-founded a tequila company called Casamigos. Little did they know back then, their labor of love would turn into a multi-million dollar venture.
Casamigos was such a massive hit that it was bought over by Diageo, a British multinational liquor company, in 2017. The company that started as a private collection has quickly become one of the most popular premium tequilas on the market.
From this single investment, Clooney is said to be the highest earning celebrity of 2018, according to Forbes. The “Money Monster” actor made an estimated $US239 million from this investment alone.
Most Notable Investments: Casamigos
17. BILL GATES
Bill Gates, the billionaire philanthropist, is one of the richest men on the planet and the founder of Microsoft. However, even with a net worth of over $90 billion, Bill still wants to earn a nice return on his investments, just like the rest of us.
Since Mr Gates retired from his day job at Microsoft, he tends to focus his efforts on philanthropic causes, as well as on some more diverse personal investments. From Beyond Meat, a plant-based food company to Grail, a medtech company that aims to detect cancer before it is incurable.
Bill Gates has invested millions in a handful of Silicon Valley startups, many of them diagnostic in nature. With the hopes of researching and developing drugs and treatments to cure, slow down, or prevent some of the world’s most common diseases. Let’s hope his most recent investments are as successful as his first.
Most Notable Investments: Microsoft, Caterpillar, Beyond Meat, Grail, Diagnostics Accelerator, John Deere, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Ritz-Carlton, Canadian National Railway, Diago, TerraPower
Bono may be best know as the lead singer of the iconic band, U2; however, he is also a well-respected philanthropist and business investor.
He is a co-founder in the private investment firm, Elevation Partners, named after the U2 song, Elevation, which has had major success investing in companies like Facebook, Forbes and Yelp. The company mainly focuses on media, entertainment and technology and currently holds more than $1.9 billion in total assets.
While the company has had some considerable ups and downs in the past, Bono’s vision for investing has not wavered. Bono looks to support innovative, world-changing companies that are dedicated to making a genuine difference in the world— and you can too.
Most Notable Investments: Facebook, Forbes, Yelp, Marketshare, Dropbox, Nuritas, and micro investing app Acorns and Varo Money
19. ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
Robert Downey Jr. is just as well-known for starring in blockbuster hits as he is for starring in his own controversies. However, one thing that you may not know about this acclaimed actor is he is also well-known for making brilliant tech investments.
The comeback king created his own investment company called Downey Ventures, which has financed many hot-ticket digital startups. He has backed many practical and creative companies including Loot Crate, a monthly subscription box for gamers and geeks; and Masterclass, an interactive site for celebrity-led online courses.
Downey Ventures has also made its mark as initial investors in The Walt Disney Company-owned network, Maker Studios, Inc., and most recently, Ethos, a life insurance startup that focuses on technology and predictive analysis.
Most Notable Investments: MasterClass, Maker Studios, Loot Crate, Ethos
19. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
Justin Timberlake, the former Mouseketeer and teen heartthrob has been killing it for years as a worldwide superstar. And while he is still dominating the music charts, he is also hard at work trying to dominate the investment world.
Just a year after portraying one of Facebook’s creators, Sean Parker; Justin Timberlake invested a hefty amount into the nearly defunct social media platform, MySpace. Unfortunately, he couldn’t resurrect it to its former glory.
While JT’s investment portfolio does include a large number of misses, it happens to include a respectable list of hits as well. Justin has a long history as an entrepreneur and has successfully invested in real estate, tech, liquor, restaurants, and fashion.
Most Notable Investments: Sauza 901 Tequila, Happiest Baby, Miso Media, Bai, Mirimichi Green, Myspace, Stipple, Tapulous, Particle, and NYC Restaurant “Southern Hospitality”.
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