You might know them from the world of entertainment, sports or modeling. But these young female celebrities are also successful entrepreneurs, parlaying their fame into fortune. Click through to find your favorite celebrity who’s also a star in the boardroom.
Jessica Alba Net Worth: $200 Million
Film and TV star Jessica Alba, 34, is also a star in the boardroom and with consumers around the world. After experiencing an allergic reaction to baby detergent, the actress founded The Honest Company in 2012.
The company concentrated on safe eco-friendly baby products and diapers. The first year, Forbes reports, the company took in $10 million. Projected income for 2015? A whopping $250 million and a valuation of $1 billion. That’s a business blockbuster.
Ivanka Trump Net Worth: $150 Million
Former fashion model Ivanka Trump, 33, daughter to presidential hopeful and billionaire “The Donald,” is no slouch in the business category. Before her current position as executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization, the blonde beauty designed a diamond jewelry line and released a line of handbags and footwear.
More recently, she’s successfully led complicated deals, like the $200 million negotiation with the U.S. government to redevelop Washington, D.C.’s Old Post Office, and is working to build out the Trump Hotel Collection.
Beyoncé Net Worth: $250 Million
Beyoncé is more than just a pretty face and a soothing voice. The 33-year-old singer has a history of serial entrepreneurship. She co-founded the fashion line House of Deréon with her mom in 2005, and in 2014, she teamed up with British retailer TopShop to create the Parkwood TopShop Athletic Ltd. sports and active wear label.
Most recently, perhaps to get her followers into that sexy active wear, Beyoncé and her trainer Marco Borges started 22 Days Nutrition. For a little over $600, the company brings three vegan meals a day to your home for 22 days. No word on whether it comes with a motivational single.
Venus Williams Net Worth: $75 Million
Venus Williams, 35, the winner of seven Grand Slam singles tennis titles, has a pretty decent business game too. In 2002, Williams became a licensed interior designer and founded V*Starr, an interior design firm. The full-service company caters to both residential and commercial clients.
On her company website, Williams says, “I love design. It is a lot of work, but if I could, I would be involved in all kinds of design.” Sounds like a retirement plan to us.
Jessica Simpson Net Worth: $150 Million
Don’t let her turn as Daisy Duke or her pop candy lyrics fool you. Jessica Simpson, 35, is a savvy entrepreneur. She hit the market with Jessica Simpson Dessert, her line of “kissable” lipstick, perfume and other beauty products, in 2004.
Then, in 2006, she rolled out a women’s clothing line, The Jessica Simpson Collection. According to Forbes, the line brings in $1 billion a year. That’s poppin’.
Maria Sharapova Net Worth: $195 Million
Besides routinely being ranked the number one tennis player in the world, the Russian-born Maria Sharapova, 28, also models for fashion houses, and famously, the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
She also has a sweet business with Sugarpova, her line of candies shaped like kisses and tennis balls. They feature names like Sporty, Flirty, Splashy and Smitten. Not just empty calories, a portion of all sales go toward supporting scholarships to children in areas that were affected by the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown.
Reese Witherspoon Net Worth: $80 Million
Reese Witherspoon, the Academy Award-winning star of “Walk the Line,” “Legally Blonde,” and other popular films, has proven her worth at the box office for decades with paychecks as high as $15 million.
But Witherspoon, 39, is just as successful off camera. She serves on the board of directors of the Children’s Defense Fund and co-founded her own production company, Pacific Standard, which released 2014’s hit “Gone Girl.” That’s staying power.
Kim Kardashian West Net Worth: $85 Million
Starting out as an assistant and stylist to Hollywood stars, and friend of Paris Hilton, the raven-haired Kim Kardashian West, 34, took full advantage of opportunities that came her way to become one of the more successful entrepreneurs on the list.
Building on her family’s reality TV show fame, the pregnant mother of North West now presides over a mini empire, including a cosmetics line, a clothing line, weight loss products, and perfume and retail endorsements. Her estimated annual income, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com: $25 to $30 million.
Lauren Conrad Net Worth: $25 Million
Lauren Conrad, 29, got her big break in 2004 when she starred in the MTV reality show hit “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” and two years later, “The Hills,” a show about her move to Los Angeles after high school.
She didn’t slow down. After a not-so-hot first clothing line, she succeeded with LC by Lauren Conrad in 2009 and launched an upscale clothing line, Paper Crown. She also penned The New York Times best-seller “L.A. Candy,” along with six other novels and nonfiction tomes.
Alana Blanchard Net Worth: $2 Million
She might not be super-rich, but Alana Blanchard’s lifestyle is pure gold: professional surfer and bikini model. At age 25, she is no air-headed beach bum. Blanchard didn’t make her money from winning contests — in fact, she’s not even in the surfing big leagues anymore.
But with more than 3 million followers on social media and her own bikini line, Blanchard is a savvy marketer. She recently announced her own modeling agency, The Surf Look, which will include clients such as 11-time world champ Kelly Slater, three-time champ Mick Fanning and others. But lest surfers think she’s selling out, don’t worry. She told SurferToday.com: “No, you won’t get surfers ordering pizza inside the barrel with The Surf Look.”
Angela Simmons Net Worth: $7.5 Million
The daughter of Run-DMC rapper Rev Run (aka Joseph Simmons), Angela Simmons first got attention when she appeared in the family reality TV show, “Run’s House,” which ran on MTV from 2005 to 2009.
Simmons, 27, also started a shoe brand, Pastry Shoes, with her sister Vanessa in 2007 and most recently launched Foofi, a line that features neon hoodies, vests and floor-length coats. Discussing her plan to join the ranks of successful entrepreneurs, she told The New York Times, “The best advice [my dad] ever gave me was, ‘Do your best and forget the rest.’” Next up: acting in “Supermodel,” hitting screens in 2016.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Net Worth: $300 Million
Beginning their career at the age of nine months on TV’s “Full House” apparently worked out for twins Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, 29. They were never far from the limelight, and that fame only spawned business and marketing opportunities.
In 1993, the twins founded Dualstar Entertainment Group, LLC, and produced many TV shows and videos. They licensed their image for use on everything from school supplies and books to apparel and posters. They also have their own apparel lines, called The Row and Elizabeth and James. Definitely outfitted for success.
Whitney Port Net Worth: $3.5 Million
Whitney Port, 30, first became known in the 2006 reality series “The Hills,” alongside Lauren Conrad. She continued her TV time in her own reality series, 2008’s “The City,” which focused on her move to New York.
Then she took the TV star path of launching her own fashion company, Whitney Eve. Sold in boutiques and online, the label has gotten a “unanimous thumbs-up from the fashion press,” reported Forbes.
Kat Von D Net Worth: $5 Million
Kat Von D, born Katherine von Drachenberg, came to people’s attention in the reality show “Miami Ink,” as the sultry tattoo artist. The fans liked her enough to justify her own show, “LA Ink,” which followed her work at her own Hollywood tattoo shop, High Voltage Tattoo.
But she wasn’t happy with mere TV fame. The 33-year-old tattooed artist partnered with Sephora to create a make-up line that features cosmetics, make-up tools and the fragrances Saint and Sinner.
Lady Gaga Net Worth: $250 Million
There’s no one quite like Lady Gaga. A musical and performance artist since age four, Lady Gaga wrote her first song at age 13 and began singing at open mic nights at 14. She complemented her musical talent with an outrageous fashion sense that garnered her millions.
And now at age 29, Lady Gaga is venturing into the pet industry. According to an exclusive Billboard report, her newest venture will be a pet clothing and products line representing the theatrical creativity of Gaga and her French bulldog, Miss Asia Kinney. Puppies, get ready for some star swag.
Justine Ezarik Net Worth: $2 Million
YouTube sensation Justine Ezarik, 31, did what most thought impossible just a few years ago: made a living from her comedic YouTube vlogs. She was also reportedly the first and most popular “life-caster.” Her popularity has led to more than 2 million YouTube followers, a million followers on Instagram and nearly 2 million followers on Twitter, according to The International Business Times.
She’s cashed in on that success with TV appearances and a recent book, “I, Justine: An Analog Memoir,” which details her path to fame and fortune. Her advice to future YouTubers? Do it for the love, and the fame might come. “It was never because I wanted to make a YouTube channel or move to LA. That just happened,” she told The Times.
Taylor Swift Net Worth: $260 Million
Appealing to tweens, teens, and often their parents all at once, is how six-time Grammy-winner Taylor Swift, songwriter, singer, and actress, made her fortune. She also had endorsement deals with Target, CoverGirl, Sony, Elizabeth Arden, Walmart and American Greetings.
Swift, 25, maximizes her profits with a range of products from clothing and backpacks to iPhone cases and sunglasses. And she’s not shy about it. In fact, to coincide with her China “1989” tour and album, The Guardian reports that she’ll be selling an exclusive “1989” clothing line on Chinese retailer JD.com. Potential backfire: The singer’s initials, TS, alongside the politically charged date of 1989, could remind Chinese officials of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
Jordin Sparks Net Worth: $8 Million
Starting her career big at age 17 as the youngest winner of “American Idol” in its sixth season, Jordin Sparks rocketed to popularity with the Chris Brown duet titled “No Air,” the highest-selling “American Idol” single to date with 4 million copies sold. Since then, Sparks, 25, has also acted on TV and Broadway and branched out into designing perfumes.
Sparks’ fragrances are titled Ambition, Fascinate and Because of You. They’re inspired by her nana, who she said was allergic to everything.
Nicole Richie Net Worth: $5 Million
The adopted daughter of acclaimed singer Lionel Richie, 34-year-old Nicole Richie is nothing if not diverse: singer, fashion designer, TV personality and novelist. Richie’s big break came when she was cast alongside friend Paris Hilton in the Fox reality show “The Simple Life.” The cancellation of the show did not stymie Richie’s success, however.
She penned a novel in 2005, “The Truth About Diamonds,” and later launched her own reality show, “Candidly Nicole,” and two designer clothing lines: House of Harlow and Winter Kate.
Paris Hilton Net Worth: $100 Million
You could argue that Paris Hilton, 34, never had a shot at not being rich and famous. But the party girl who is perhaps best known for a sex tape, despite her acting, modeling and fashion designing, is now trying to gain a legitimate business profile.
In fact, she told “E!,” “I was playing a character on ‘The Simple Life,’ so I don’t blame people for thinking I was ditsy. People assumed that’s who I really was. Now they meet me and realize I’m completely different.” Her perfumes have generated $2 billion in revenue, and she has 56 eponymous stores, according to “E!”
Gisele Bundchen Net Worth: $345 Million
Stunning beauty? Check. Perfect body? Check. Business acumen? Check. Yep, Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, 35, has not only made millions for her looks, she made the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s richest supermodel with a net worth of $345 million.
The wife of NFL quarterback Tom Brady has her own lingerie collection, Gisele Bundchen Intimates, a skincare line and a sandals line called Ipanema Gisele Bundchen. Sounds like a model life.