Be it personal or professional life; we’re always turning to Hollywood for inspiration. Our beloved celebrities have become role models, and we just know that they are the best people to follow.
Hollywood has many prominent boss ladies who have not only made it big in the industry, but they’ve also built their own business empires. These marvelous women decided to go beyond their careers and find their true calling.
They managed to find something they felt passionately about and found a way to capitalize on it. Isn’t that what entrepreneurship is all about?
Understandably, your entrepreneurial journey may be different from that of these celebrities. However, you can still learn about the power of passion and resolute from these seven inspiring ladies who went beyond their primary careers. Keep reading to learn about their journey and business empires.
1. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon has always been very vocal about how she finds the female representation in Hollywood quite irksome. She has been one of the major celebrities to voice her concern on how women are shown on screen and how their character development follows a run-of-the-mill tangent each time.
To that end, she has worked tirelessly to change that narrative by founding a production company in 2012 called Hello Sunshine. The company is responsible for many hit movies and TV shows, including Gone Girl, Big Little Lies, Hot Pursuit, and many more. In August this year, she sold her production house to a new company for over $900 million.
2. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah has been an inspiration for women of color, not just in America but across the world. She has shown the world what it means to be a powerful woman who doesn’t back down to any challenges. She’s also the first black woman to hit the billionaire mark.
She has built a whole profitable empire by the name of Harpo, Inc. It’s a multimedia production company that has two divisions: Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) for TV and Harpo Print, which develops O, The Oprah Magazine.
When it comes to powerful women of color, another name that pops on the list is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. The woman has garnered a lot of success in her primary career as a singer and has even starred in successful movies like Ocean’s 8.
In 2017, Rihanna kindled her entrepreneurial spirit and launched her own cosmetics brand under the name of Fenty Beauty. The brand gained popularity for being inclusive of women with non-white skin tones. In 2020 alone, the company earned $550 million in revenues, which dubbed Rihanna as the richest female musician in the world.
4. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba found a whole new purpose in life when she became a mother. She claims that as a mother, she was always on the lookout for the best and most reliable products for her children. However, she never had any success in this regard. This was when she decided to start her own line of reliable and safe baby products.
In 2011, under the name of Honest Company, Alba started her line of products that soon gathered the attention of many mothers around the world. In just five years, the company was able to make a turnover of over $250 million. Earlier this year, the company went public and was able to raise $412.8 million in its first round of IPO.
5. Gwyneth Paltrow
The famed actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, has always been considered a big name in the industry. She has managed to work in a range of movies and shows and got the accolades to show for it. Her award collection includes an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Primetime Emmy.
Beyond her career as an actress, the star has also launched her lifestyle brand called Goop. It started as a newsletter in 2008 and quickly became a full-blown brand that sells everything from scented candles, trendy dietary supplements, and even clothing. Currently, her business is worth a whopping $150 million.
6. Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles is regarded as a Queen by many, and rightfully so! When she asks, “Who Runs the World?” we’re all tempted to say “Beyoncé” because that’s how powerful she is! The woman has singlehandedly revolutionized music and took it to a whole new level.
In 2008, Beyoncé started her own production house under the name of Parkwood Entertainment. The company has produced several videos and films ever since. She also started her own athleisure brand called Ivy Park. In 2019, she joined forces with Adidas (while retaining ownership of her brand) as a creative design partner.
Currently, Beyoncé’s net worth is somewhere between $420 million and $500 million, and it only continues to grow!
7. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore is one of America’s all-time sweethearts. Despite battling serious problems from a tender age, Barrymore has shown utmost resilience and made a powerful comeback. She has acted in iconic movies like Charlie’s Angels, 50 First Dates, ET, and many more.
In 1995, the actress also founded her own production house called Flower Films. The company has produced a number of films over the years that have garnered even more success for the actress. She also went on to expand her empire by diversifying.
She launched lifestyle brands like Flower Home, Flower Beauty (a cosmetic brand), and a kitchenware brand called Beautiful by Drew Barrymore.
Currently, the actress has a whopping net worth of $125 million, and her entrepreneurial spirit remains alive as ever!
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These women had a full career going for themselves, and yet they decided to follow their other passions. This is essential to having a complete and fulfilling life, and all women can draw inspiration from these bigwigs. Ultimately, it’s important to feel happy with what you’re doing and to know that you’re making some difference in the world around you.
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