The world of entertainment and technology as inseparable from the United States US economy. Hollywood and Silicon Valley as mutual attraction. Not surprisingly, many top celebrities in the country, led by Barack Obama turned into investor startups (start-up).
But indeed, not all companies are funded by the celebrities are able to grow well. Only a few of these startups that could succeed. Here are 8 of Hollywood celebrities who found success with fund startups.
The singer’s band U2 makes firm Elevation Partners in 2004. Its business focus on the areas of media, entertainment and technology, with assets of US $ 1.9 billion. The company also purchased US $ 120 million stake in Facebook in 2010. Then, in 2012, when Facebook shares to the public, the company took off 11.5 percent of the shares. Bono managed to achieve a profit of US $ 10 million of the sales action.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio
In 2011, the actor invested US $ 4 million money in Mobli, a photo app firm origin Tel Aviv, Israel. DiCaprio is also involved in the marketing and branding of this product. Many celebrity friends who helped market. Mobli is still struggling defeating tough opponents, Instagram. Mobli users no more than 10 percent of Instagram users.
3. Ashton Kutcher
Over the last few years Kutcher has become investor for many companies. In 2009, he invested the money in Skype, and Microsoft bought two years later. Through his company called A-Grade Investments, has been more than two dozen companies he funded, including Uber, Airbnb, and Spotify.
4. Jared Leto
The Oscar winner was never show themselves as investors. But more than 40 companies have it funded, such as the Blue Bottle Coffee, Zenefits, and meerkats. According to him, the best investment is in Invternet of Things bought by Google for US $ 3.2 billion in 2014.
The rap singer also invest money in many companies. He had company Queensbridge Venture Partners, which manages the funds. Nas success in singing can not be separated from a similar funding system.
After a drink Vita Coco during her tour, Madonna invested US $ 1.5 million to these products in 2010. These investments to fruition because of the popularity of coconut water drinks it continues to climb. Vita Coco managed to gain market share by 40 percent in the United States. Includes sales to 30 countries with a total of US $ 421 million last year.
7. Magic Johnson
After retiring as an NBA basketball player, Johnson involved in various businesses. Starting from theaters, fitness clubs, and Burger King franchises. In 2010 he was divesting its stake in Starbuck and the Los Angeles Lakers at US $ 100 million.
8. Justin Bieber
The pop star is secretly start a business start-up funding in 2009. Since then he has allocated money for the development of business applications short message TinyChat, rating Stamped application, and streaming music Spotify.