Get To Know Hollywood And Bollywood Celebrity Investors

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22-10-2020
Category :Ecommerce

The list of celebrities who invest in startups is growing at an exponential rate. Taking a cue from the success of other early entrepreneurs and investors, many celebrities have joined the bandwagon in promoting and investing in startups that they can relate to.

The latest to join the league of Indian celebrities who have invested in emerging tech startups is Katrina Kaif. She had already launched her own beauty line ‘Kay Beauty’ on Nykaa Fashion startup. Now, she has invested an undisclosed amount in this beauty products e-commerce platform.

Here, we have compiled a list of international celebrity entrepreneurs as well as Indian Bollywood celebrities who have invested in emerging tech startups or launched their own businesses.

 

Hollywood investors are many. Ashton Kutcher leads the list with his impeccable knowledge in startup investments.

1. Ashton Kutcher

First in the list of celebrity investors is Ashton Kutcher, a celebrated Hollywood actor. He has invested in many tech firms either directly or through his investment firm A-Grade Investments. Some of his well-known investments include Skype- a video calling app, Flipboard- a news aggregator and a social magazine app, FourSquare- a location-based service, Airbnb- a popular vacation rental app, Path- a photo-sharing app (discontinued now), Spotify- a digital music streaming app that gives access to millions of songs, Uber- an on-demand cab hiring app.

 

2. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio had invested in the now-defunct Mobli, a social mobile photo and video sharing app. He has also invested in Suja Juice that sells organic cold-pressed juices. He has also invested in a company Casper that manufactures mattresses and pillows.  

 

3. Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake has steadily invested in a diverse portfolio. He has invested in a photo start-up Stipple, Disney-acquired app maker Tapulous (now shut down), a boutique music record label Tennman Records, clothing brand William Rast, a golf course Mirimichi Golf Course.

 

4. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian, a reality TV star has invested in ShoeDazzle- an online shoe and accessories website.

 

5. Lady Gaga

A keen investor in startups, Lady Gaga had invested in Backplane, a web-based platform that connects fans with their music and sports stars across social media platforms. It closed shop in 2016.

 

6. Will Smith

The Hollywood film star, Will Smith, has invested in the startup Julep- an online beauty-related brand, Hipcamp- an online campsite booking app, BioBeats- a mental health app that uses AI technology.

 

7. Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr, a popular Hollywood actor known for his film Iron Man, has invested in a life insurance startup Ethos Technologies Inc, an online education platform Masterclass that offers interactive tutorials by experts in various fields.

 

8. Demi Moore

Demi Moore has invested in ThriveMarket, an online market that sells organic natural personal care products and groceries. She has also invested in Vita Coco which sells coconut water.

 

9. Madonna

Similar to Demi Moore, Madonna, the queen of pop, has invested in Vita Coco, a brand that sells packaged coconut water.

 

10. Jared Leto

A well-known actor, director, singer, Jared Leto has invested in numerous startups like Reddit- a social news aggregator and web content rating and discussion website, Uber- an on-demand cab-hailing app, Slack- a business communication platform, Headspace- a digital health app, DocuSign- an electronic signature service app.

 

When it comes to startup investments our Bollywood is not behind. From the likes of Amitabh Bachchan to Deepika Padukone, many have invested in either startup or have turned entrepreneurs with their own brand launch. Let us look at the Bollywood investors who have taken the investment and entrepreneurship route.

1. Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan, Indian Bollywood’s Big B has invested in the Mumbai-based local search engine app Just Dial. Together with his son, he has also invested in a Singapore-based blockchain empowered micro-lending solution provider startup, Ziddu.com. He has further invested in a Mumbai-based edtech startup Eduisfun that develops gamified educational apps for CBSE and ICSE students.  

 

2. Shahrukh Khan

The heartthrob of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan has heavily invested in sports through the franchise Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League. He also has a film production and distribution company Red Chillies Entertainment. He also has a stake in KidZania, an international chain of family entertainment centers.  

 

3. Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone has started her business investment by a multi-crore partnership with a health food brand Epigamia. This Mumbai based company sells Greek yogurt, artisanal curd, snacks, smoothies and Indian sweets. She has also invested in an IISc-incubated space tech company, Bellatrix Aerospace.

She, as an entrepreneur has also the fashion label All About You and another NGO The Live Love Laugh Foundation.

Deepika Padukone, through her family investment vehicle, Ka Enterprises, has invested in Blu Smart, an on-demand electric cab and bike-hailing platform. She has also invested in Furlenco- an online furniture rental app and Purplle- a beauty products market platform.

 

4. Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar, the fitness enthusiast he is, has invested in a wearable tech startup, GOQii. Just like Fitbit, this wearable helps people track their steps in addition to their sleep and other physical activities. It is integrated with an app that offers real-time personalized coaching, health checkup schedules and health-related merchandise.

 

5. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya, together with her mother, has invested in Ambee. This Bengaluru-based startup combines data and analytics to give information about the local air quality. This environment intelligence app helps customers take preventive measures in cases of severe environmental issues.

 

6. Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty, the famous Bollywood actress has invested in Groupco Developers, a real-estate based company that helps people find the best deals on properties. She has also invested in IOSIS, a chain of spas in Mumbai. Being one of the most popular celebrity entrepreneurs, Shilpa Shetty has invested in many restaurants and has also managed to monetize her love for Yoga. Her latest investment venture is Mamaearth, a baby care startup that offers natural, toxin-free products for mother and baby care. Viaan Industries founded by Shilpa Shetty and her husband is in news for alleged money laundering. 

 

7. Arjun Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor has invested in a home food delivery enterprise called the Foodcloud. This startup empowers homemakers to take orders and deliver fresh and hygienic home-cooked food to customers from their home kitchens.

 

8. Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra, a global film actress and a model, has invested in a feminist dating app Bumble. She has also invested in a college education startup Holberton School that offers a project-based alternative to college for software students.

 

9. Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar has invested in a film discovery app Flickbay that uses AI and ML technology to provide users with information about trailers, songs, reviews and ratings on films that are running in theaters or are available on TV and online streaming platforms. 

 

10. Katrina Kaif

Joining the list of Indian celebrities investing in startups is Katrina Kaif, a popular Hindi film actress. She has started her own line of cosmetics Kay Beauty and has partnered with Nykaa Fashion for the product sale.

 

11. Salman Khan

Salman Khan, a popular Bollywood actor, has invested in Yatra- an online travel company. He also has his clothing and fashion brand, Being Human that funds his charity organization, the Being Human Foundation

 

12. Aamir Khan

Like Deepika Padukone, even Aamir Khan, a celebrated Indian film actor and director has invested in Furlenco, a Bengaluru-based online furniture rental platform.

 

13. Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt, a hit film actress for today’s generation has invested in StyleCracker, a Mumbai-based fashion startup.

 

14. Jacqueline Fernandez

Rakyan Beverages (Raw Pressery), an online juice-selling portal has received support from Jacqueline Fernandez.

 

15. Anil Kapoor

Not to be left behind in the list of Indian celebrity investors is Anil Kapoor, a celebrated Bollywood actor. He has invested in Indi, a global video-sharing and social networking app.

 

16. Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn, a director, producer, actor of Hindi films has invested in his multiplex venture NY Cinemas that is planning to open modern movie theaters in small towns.

 

17. Boman Irani

Joining here in the Bollywood investors list is Boman Irani, a popular actor who is remembered for his intense as well as comic roles. He has invested in Rooter, a platform that brings the sports fans together when a sporting event is held.

 

18. Suniel Shetty

Among the celebrity investors, you have Suniel Shetty who has invested in a health and wellness startup SQUATS. He has also invested in Beardo, a male grooming brand.

 

19. A R Rahman & Shekar Kapur

A R Rahman along with the famous director Shekhar Kapur has launched Qyuki, a social media platform that showcases youth-related content to the viewers.

 

20. Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana has invested in The Man Company (TMC), a Gurugram-based male grooming company.     

 

21. Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit together with her husband has invested in GOQii that is a smart-tech integrated healthcare platform. 

 

22. Malaika Arora

Malaika Arora who is a fitness enthusiast has found the perfect platform for investment and it is Sarva, a Mumbai-based fitness startup.

 

23. Rana Daggubati

Famous through the Baahubali series, Rana Daggubati has launched Urban-i, an accelerator platform that helps in the business growth of consumer brand startups in India.

 

24. Shaan

Popular singer Shaan has a 50% stake in Happydemic, an entertainment platform that connects music lovers with musicians and singers.

 

25. John Abraham

A Bollywood actor who swears by health and fitness, John Abraham has picked up a minority stake in Guardian Healthcare. This is a chain of health and wellness stores across India.

 

26. Karishma Kapoor

Karishma Kapoor is one of the Indian celebrities who have invested in emerging tech startups. She has invested in BabyOye, an app that helps mothers find the right baby products.

 

27. Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta, a famous Bollywood actress together with her husband Mahesh Bhupathi, a famous tennis player, has started her production house Bheegi Basanti Entertainment. She has also introduced her fitness and holistic lifestyle DVD series under the name H.E.A.L (Health, Exercise And Longevity).

 

28. Rannvijay Singha

What’s Up Life, an online lifestyle media platform has been backed by investment from Rannvijay Singha. This famous actor and TV personality has also invested in the sports management company IT Magia Solutions and also in a fashion styling app IStyleYou.

 

29. Ronnie Screwvala

Sealing a place in the list of celebrities who invest in startups is Ronnie Srewvala, the founder of UTV Group (now known as Walt Disney Studios India), who has invested in UpGrad, an online higher education platform that helps aspiring students through programs built with top universities and industry partners.    

 

30. Sukhbir Singh

Popular singer Sukhbir Singh has invested in a beverage startup LQI that manufactures smoothies, milkshakes and fruit water frozen packs. He has also invested in a startup eBikeGo that is an electric bike rental company.

 

Conclusion

Picking the right startup to invest in is a challenging job. The idea, the team, the market, the consumers- all these need to be taken into account. But once done, there is a huge scope to get good profits.

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