After conquering the show biz worlds these famous faces set out to take on the business world. Here are 12 celebrities that prove to be more than just pretty faces.
After a successful modeling career, Banks founded independent film company Bankable Productions and has produced several TV shows including 'America's Next Top Model' and 'The Tyra Banks Show.' According to Forbes Magazine, her earnings for 2007 were estimated at $18 million.
Mary-Kate, Ashley Olsen
The Olsen twins have grown up a lot since playing Michelle Tanner on the sitcom 'Full House.' They have starred in their own made-for-TV movies, authored a book and own a lucrative clothing and accessory line sold at Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT). Forbes estimates their net worth at $100 million.
'Diddy' has come a long way since starting as an intern for Uptown Records in the early 1990s. And has become the father of self promotion. As founder and chairman of Bad Boy Records, (reportedly worth $500 million), he also owns his own clothing line Sean Jean, and up-scale restaurants in New York and Atlanta. He also developed his own Ciroc brand of Vodka. In 2009, he racked in $30 million, according to Forbes.
Starting out as a news anchor in Baltimore, Oprah Winfrey has evolved into the queen of daytime TV and epitomizes the idea of the American Dream. Last year the self-made billionaire was ranked No.1 by Forbes as the richest and most powerful celebrity and earned $315 million. She has expanded her empire by partnering with Discovery Communications to create the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White is not only a star on the snowboarding and skateboarding ramps, but he's quite the entrepreneur. He has his own clothing line sold at Target (NYSE:TGT), video games feature him and a number of corporate endorsement deals. According to Forbes, he earned $9 million in 2008.
Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter
Conquering the hip world wasn’t enough for Jay-Z. The rapper’s business ventures include being part owner of the New Jersey Nets, his own clothing line and being a co-founder of Roc-a-Fella records. Forbes estimates his net worth to be $450 million.
Professional skateboarder and winner of six gold medals in the ESPN X-Games, Tony Hawk has made a name for himself in the video game world. He’s also made a number of TV and film appearances and has his own clothing line.
Southern bell and teen sensation Miley Cyrus is best known for her role on Disney's 'Hannah Montana,' which has created a loyal fan base and led to sold out concert tours and movies based on the hit show. She has released a number of solo albums and an autobiography in 2009.
The Jonas Brothers
The brothers hit the big time when they formed a band and become teen heartthrobs in 2006. They have released their own film in 3D, penned an autobiography and design their own clothing line sold in Wal-Mart, JC Penny and Sears.
Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson
A New York native and former boxer, 50 Cent’s first album, 'Get Rich or Die Trying,' sold more than 900,000 copies sold in the first week. Since entering the music world, he founded his own G-Unit record label, publishing deals, and clothing companies. In 2007, he inked a $400 million investor deal with Glaceau, the company that produces Vitamin Water.
Known for his catchphrase 'You're Fired,' Donald Trump has made millions as a big time real estate tycoon. After overcoming severe financial problems in the early 1990s that led to several of his businesses filing for bankruptcies, he resurged to fame with a hit reality TV show The Apprentice which earned him more than $100 million in 2003 alone. According to Forbes, his net worth was $2 billion dollars in 2010.
After a hiatus from boy band *NSync in 2002 Timberlake pursued a successful solo music career. He's also worked on movies including critically acclaimed 'The Social Network,' and launched a clothing line at Target. In 2007, he earned $20 million, according to Forbes.
These celebrities are more than just pretty faces. Check out what stars are building their own business empires outside of Hollywood. By Julia Limitone