You Probably Never Realized These Celebrities are Business Owners

You’re probably well aware of celebrities who have branched out and started their own businesses. George Clooney has his own tequila, Gwyneth Paltrow has her beauty product and wellness line, you get the idea. But there are more A-listers who have their hand in the small business world than you may realize. Here’s a look at 15 of them.

1. Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda on August 16, 2017
Lin-Manuel Miranda on August 16, 2017. | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

The Mary Poppins Returns star is incredibly supportive of the arts. He took that passion a step further in early 2019 when he and three of his Hamilton collaborators purchased the Drama Book Shop in New York City and saved it from closing.

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2. Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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He may have played a villain on The Walking Dead, but in real life, the actor has a big heart — and a sweet tooth. Morgan and budding actor Paul Rudd bought quaint boutique candy hub Samuel’s Sweet Shop together in 2014 after the owner passed away.

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3. Susan Sarandon

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Susan Sarandon | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for L’Oreal Paris

In addition to being a world-renowned actress, Sarandon is quite the ping-pong ace. She started an international chain of table tennis clubs and bars called SPiN back in 2009.

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4. Sandra Bullock

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InStyle tells us the Oscar-winning actress formerly owned an eco-friendly restaurant in Austin, Texas called Bess. Prior to the bistro’s closure, Bullock picked up vintage florist Walton’s Fancy & Staple before moving it and expanding it into a deli.

5. Steve Carrell

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OnDeck.com tells us the comedian and Massachusetts native purchased and restored Marshfield Hills General Store in 2009. The store, which is run by Carrell’s sister-in-law, is stocked with a mix of vintage favorites and modern-day essentials.

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6. Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams
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The Grammy Award winner wears many hats — no pun intended — from having his own multimedia company to owning a bike shop in New York. OnDeck.com tells us Williams also owns a textile company called Bionic Yarn, which makes fabrics from recycled bottles.

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7. Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg
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The actor-comedian-TV personality teamed up with marijuana expert Maya Elisabeth to launch Whoopi & Maya in 2016. The company specialized in rubs, oils, and bath soaks meant to help ease menstrual discomfort.

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8. Ryan Reynolds

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The Deadpool star is one of many celebs who has partnered with an alcohol company. In early 2018, Reynolds announced he was the new owner of Portland-based libation Aviation Gin.

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9. Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson attends CFDA and Fabletics Event
Kate Hudson attends CFDA and Fabletics Event | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Anyone with an Instagram account or Pinterest page knows Hudson is the face of fitness apparel/athleisure brand Fabletics. According to TIME, the company “saw triple-digit growth in its first year” and has since expanded to include workout videos.

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10. Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle | Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Billboard

The “Lady Marmalade” songstress turned her love for food into a full-fledged side career with her own line of hot sauces and relishes — and a couple cookbooks to boot.

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11. Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Barneys New York

The actress, now in her 70s, launched HairUWear, a line of wigs and hair extensions allow women to change up their style without having to commit hours to sitting in a salon chair.

Next: We’ll drink to that …

12. Tituss Burgess

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Tituss Burgess | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Burgess drew inspiration from a widely popular song he improvised on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and launched his own wine. PINOT by Tituss also has a rose variety.

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13. Jaden Smith

Willow Smith and Jaden Smith
Willow Smith and Jaden Smith | Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com

The young rapper and actor teamed up with his dad, Will, to found an eco-friendly bottled water company called Just, which makes its bottles completely from reusable materials.

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14. Sammy Hagar

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The Red Rocker is well known for his love of tequila and having his own label, Cabo Wabo. But the former Van Halen frontman also started his own travel agency while touring so he didn’t have to pay someone else to take care of his travel for him.

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15. Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for CB2

The rock icon took his passion for decorating his own home and turned it into an interior design business, launching Kravitz Design and decorating spaces around the world.

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