If you are looking for someone to get your money to work for you, then look no further than some of the famous females of time. It is easy to underestimate actress and female entertainers as being a one-trick pony, but you are seriously mistaken if you underestimate these women. Let’s explore some female celebs who can teach us something about being an entrepreneur.
You may think that Alba rocked it in latex during her Fantastic Four days but did you know that she is now better known as one of the most successful business people. She may have serious acting ability but her business - the Honest Company - was recently valued as a stunning $1.7 billion. The company is just seven years old and sells ethically made, non-toxic family and household products.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
They may have been known as child stars, but the Olsens are a long way away from their days on Full House. They are now leading business leaders in the world of fashion having launched two successful clothing lines - The Row and Elizabeth and James. If you think it is their Hollywood status that won them custom, you would be wrong. They were shown respect by the industry in 2012 when they were awarded the CFDA Women’s Designer of the Year award. These women have talent and are not scared to flaunt it.
So you are a famous actress and have been married to a famous musician and you're an amazing businesswoman. Yes, it seems unfair but it is true. Paltrow launched Goop in 2008, offering advice as a celebrity lifestyle guru. The business grows year after year and she recently launched her Goop skincare line.
First, it has to be acknowledged that Witherspoon has shown insane levels of resilience to even bring her acting career back online. Her recent starring role alongside Jennifer Aniston in The Morning Show on Apple+ has proven her talent continues to shine. However, her work in front of the camera is only an ounce of her success. She also runs her production company Pacific Standard, which champions the writing of women looking to break into film. The production company was responsible for bringing Gone Girl to the big screen.
If her acting and production work is not enough, she has also launched her own Draper James line of clothing - which continues to be successful year after year since 2015.
Tyra Banks is first and foremost known for building one of the most successful modelling careers in history. She bossed the runways of the world with style and determination. Yet, her real stardom emerged once her modelling career waned, as she launched America’s Next Top Model to stunning success over many years - and which was the making of her production company, Bankable Productions.
As well as her work in front of the camera, she has a makeup line called Tyra Beauty - along with so many others. She learnt her trade in business classes at Harvard - and it goes to prove that the talent this woman possesses is far, far from skin deep.
Simpson’s fashion line is reported to be worth more than £1 billion a year. There are few department stores across the US that do not stock her clothes - making her one of the leading fashion business leaders in the sector. You may think she is just a singer - but you would be so wrong - she is a fashion designer and author and is said to have a net worth of $170 million.
No longer a child star and not just a talented actress - she has expanded her business well beyond acting. She has her own production company called Flower Films, as well as a makeup line called Flower Beauty. On top of this - yes, there is more - she owns and runs Barrymore Wines. This woman likes to be busy and knows how to build a business.
Oprah had to be at the top of this list. She is the queen of all she surveys - and would compete at the top of any list of entrepreneurs - celebrity or not, female or not. She started as the host of a talk show and made this genre iconic. Now she owns her own network, called OWN, as well as a magazine and as a writer of books. This woman has so much power and influence that she has even been mooted as a potential president one day. Now, that is some entrepreneurial skill.
So, what is the point of an article that focuses on female celebrities and their entrepreneurial skills? Are we surprised because they are celebrities or surprised because they are females? The truth is that we tend to underestimate people - and this is an article that goes to prove that many people walk through like with much more talent than they show on the surface. Be open-minded and be willing to be surprised by human potential.