- Total Equity Funding: $8.81 billion
- Celebrity Investors: Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, Ashton Kutcher, Troy Carter, Britney Spears
Remember when we said that Casper was the second-most funded celeb-backed startup on the list? The contest for first place isn't even close, as Uber clocks in with a monumental $8.81 billion in equity funding. Seed funder Ashton Kutcher believed in the revolutionary upstart back in 2011, when he invested $500,000 with his business partner, Guy Oseary. As the frequent Uber-rider told Forbes last year, Uber's "not even actually taking on the taxi companies — [it's] taking on the notion of owning a car." Kutcher knows investments, as his portfolio includes Skype, Airbnb, Spotify, Pinterest, Shazam and Warby Parker. And he's not alone. Gizmodo reports that Jay-Z invested in Uber's $37 million series B round, while Fortune also lists Britney Spears as an investor.
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