Actors that are rich, but not by acting.
Jessica Alba: Co –Founder of “The Honest Company.”
The actress’s latest film Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For may have flopped at the box office, but that won’t matter to her bank manager thanks to her role as co-founder of The Honest Co., which provides environmentally-friendly baby products. A recent funding round puts the eco company’s worth at around AUD$1 billion.
Kevin Costner: Business Owner “Oil machinery.”
Costner owns Ocean Therapy Solutions, which develops machinery to help separate oil from water. The Waterworld star made a big sale after the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He met with the oil company and ended up selling them 32 V20s, worth just over AUD$59 million.
The actresses’ great-grandfathers founded NFL teams the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants and still have stakes in them, making them sports royalty. Given that the ladies’ uncle John, who now co-owns the Giants, is worth over AUD$570 million, it’s safe to say both Mara thesps don’t need to worry if the acting work dries up
Ashton Kutcher: Technology Investor
The Kutch used his money from That 70s Show wisely, indulging his love of technology by investing in it. His portfolio is now pretty impressive and includes Skype, Spotify and Airbnb. That speculation has paid off – he is now worth over AUD$160 million.
Jessica Simpson: Founder “The Jessica Simpson Collection”
She may not have dazzled in films like The Dukes of Hazzard and Employee of the Month, but Simpson has proved herself to be a savvy businesswoman. The Jessica Simpson Collection was founded in 2006 and sells items as diverse as sportswear and fragrances to major department stores across the world. And people like it, the brand is set to break the AUD$1 billion sales barrier this year.
William Shatner: TV Spokesperson for “Priceline.com”
The Star Trek legend became the TV spokesman for comparison site Priceline.com in 1997 and rather than take a fee, agreed to be paid in stock. The company has since skyrocketed in value, with some observers putting Shatner’s haul at a staggering AUD$686 million. That’s probably a bit generous, as the star sold most of his equity when the price was lower, but he must still be glad he said yes to the offer in the first place.
Jeremy Renner: Renovating Houses.
As recently as 2009, the Avengers actor was saying he earned more from his house-flipping sideline (that’s buying a wreck and doing it up before selling it at a profit) than he did as an actor. “I dig it,” he has said, “it keeps me grounded.” He has flipped over 20 homes and last year put a house on the market for AUD$27 million having bought it for just over AUD$8 million.
Francis Ford Coppola: Wine Business Owner.
The Godfather director never liked Hollywood much and always lived in Northern California rather than Los Angeles. He embraced the wine culture there, setting up a company which now turns over AUD$570 million thanks to its quality vino, as well as the more recently added cigars, restaurants and holiday resorts in Central America.
Paul Newman: Salad dressing.
If Paul Newman hadn’t been such an altruistic guy, he would have been a whole lot richer before his death in 2008. The profits from the Newman’s Own brand – most famous for its vinaigrette – all go to charity. It’s estimated that it’s generated AUD$457 million since its inception. Not bad, Butch Cassidy.
Arnie has been one of the most successful movie stars of the last 30 years, but he was rich before The Terminator thanks to his entrepreneurial verve. Soon after coming to America, he set up a mail order business which sold bodybuilding how-to booklets and products like weightlifting belts. He is thought to have made his first million that way, before getting his first proper Hollywood lead role in 1982’s Conan The Barbarian.
Jami Gertz: Rich by marrage.
Gertz will be well known to Eighties fanboys who will remember her in The Lost Boys. More recently, she’s turned to TV work, but she doesn’t really need the money. In 1987 she married financier Antony Ressler, who is now worth a cool AUD$1.1 billion