Celebrities With Massively Successful Side Hustles

by Jessica Hickam
Dec 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET

1 /13: Jaden Smith: Just Water

1/13 :Jaden Smith: Just Water

Smith, with the backing of his famous parents, Will and Jada, is bringing out water in an environmentally friendly container. Turns out, Smith has always had a vision for a sustainable water bottle, “When I was 11, I told everyone I wanted to make a really sustainable water bottle for humanity," Smith told New York Magazine.

2/13 :Gwyneth Paltrow: Goop

Paltrow has received a lot of criticism for her lifestyle brand, Goop, since she started the company back in 2008. That hasn't stopped her from amassing 1 million unique followers to her site each month.

3/13 :George Clooney: Casamigos Tequila

Apparently, Clooney accidentally started a $1 billion business when he decided to partner with Rande Gerber to make tequila, but that is exactly the selling price Clooney and Gerber cut with Diageo in the summer of 2017. Now that's what I call a happy accident.

4 /13: Jessica Alba: The Honest Company

4/13 :Jessica Alba: The Honest Company

Alba's company initially focused on selling eco-friendly diapers and baby wipes. It now boasts over 100 products and has a valuation of $1.7 billion as of 2015.

5/13 :Drake: Virginia Black Whiskey

Drake debuted his Virginia Black Whiskey back in 2016 to record-breaking sales. Not only does the whiskey get the social media boost for having Drake's name attached, but apparently, it's also actually pretty tasty.

6 /13: Jessica Simpson: Jessica Simpson Collection

6/13 :Jessica Simpson: Jessica Simpson Collection

Simpson may have started her career as a singer and the ditzy blonde on The Newlyweds, but the same can't be said anymore. Now, she is the head of a billion-dollar empire with her self-named fashion brand.


7 /13: Ashton Kutcher: A-Grade Investments

7/13 :Ashton Kutcher: A-Grade Investments

If you had asked most people back in the days of Dude, Where's My Car? where Kutcher would end up in 17 years, they would not have told you he would be a leading tech entrepreneur. Color us all surprised, because Kutcher is a downright solid businessman. His A-Grade Investments company managed to turn a $30 million investment into $250 million. Yeah, I'd trust him with my money.

8 /13: Whoopi Goldberg: Whoopi & Maya

8/13 :Whoopi Goldberg: Whoopi & Maya

Whoopi Goldberg is using marijuana to help women with their menstruation. The line, launched in 2016, offers body balm, bath soaks, tinctures and, of course, edibles to provide relief.

9/13 :Kate Hudson: Fabletics

Kate Hudson started her affordable subscription-model athletic wear line back in 2013, and it has since exploded. CNBC reports the company has a $250 million revenue run rate, and it's only growing. With 21 million Twitter followers and 18 retail stores, Hudson's reign as the queen of athletic wear has only just begun.

10 /13: Gwen Stefani: L.A.M.B

10/13 :Gwen Stefani: L.A.M.B

Stefani launched her clothing company, L.A.M.B., in 2003 and now has a $90 million annual revenue.

11 /13: Robert De Niro: Nobu Restaurants

11/13 :Robert De Niro: Nobu Restaurants

As someone who has had the pleasure of dining at Nobu, let me tell you, it's worth the hype. De Niro served as one of the original investors in the restaurant chain. Since then, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has built a restaurant empire 31 locations strong with De Niro at his side.

12 /13: Kevin Costner: Ocean Therapy Solutions

12/13 :Kevin Costner: Ocean Therapy Solutions

After getting angry over the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, Costner partnered up with his scientist brother to create a machine that separates oil and water in large quantities. The centrifuge can process up to 200 gallons per minute. BP contracted 32 of the centrifuges in 2010 and used them to help clean up the Gulf.

13 /13: Paul Newman: Newman's Own

13/13 :Paul Newman: Newman's Own

Newman founded the food company Newman's Own, which today can be found in most local grocery stores. Newman used the profits from the company for charity, and the company has since donated $495 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations.