Ashton Kutcher is a TV and movie star famous for roles ranging from Michael Kelso on “That ’70s Show” to Walden Schmidt on “Two and a Half Men.” He also created, produced and hosted MTV’s “Punk’d,” a practical joke reality show that spanned nine seasons.
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He replaced Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men” in 2011 for the final four seasons, earning a reported $700,000 per episode — $15.4 million per season – and he became the highest-paid sitcom actor at the time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
His net worth is $200 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. And it’s likely he put some of that money into the savvy investments and new businesses he’s become known for. He hasn’t stopped acting. On Feb. 10, Netflix is set to air “Your Place of Mine,” a romantic comedy just in time for Valentine’s Day co-starring Reese Witherspoon. The premiere comes days after his 45th birthday on Feb. 7. Read on to learn how Ashton Kutcher handles his money.
Ashton Kutcher dropped out of college at the University of Iowa, where he was pursuing a biochemical engineering degree, to become a model in New York City. He modeled for Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch before leaving New York for Los Angeles and landing a role on “That ’70s Show.”
He starred in several movies at the turn of the millennium, including “Dude, Where’s My Car.” In 2003, Kutcher launched the original MTV series “Punk’d,” which also netted the entertainer an undisclosed amount of cash.
He’s currently reprising his Michael Kelso character from “That ’70s Show” on the sequel, “That ’90s Show,” now streaming on Netflix. His real-life wife, Mila Kunis, plays his wife in the sequel.
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From Actor to Venture Capitalist
While his television and movie career made Kutcher a rich man, he also has a savvy mind when it comes to investing. He founded venture capital firm A-Grade Investments with Guy Ossary, turning $30 million into $250 million for the firm, according to Forbes. A portion of Kutcher’s wealth comes from early investments in startups such as Uber, Skype, Airbnb, Spotify, Pinterest, Shazam and Warby Parker, Forbes reports.
Divorce From Demi Moore Takes a Portion of His Earnings
Before Kutcher married Kunis in 2015, he was married to actress Demi Moore. They wed in 2005 and separated in 2011, with their divorce settled in 2013, according to Biography. In the interim years, Moore apparently sought spousal support and a hefty settlement, claiming Kutcher cheated on her. At the time, Moore possessed a net worth of $150 million while Kutcher’s net worth was $140 million.
Moore wanted an additional lump-sum payment of $25 million, citing her contribution to his earnings in the tech industry, the Los Angeles Times reported. She didn’t receive spousal support, and since California is a no-fault, community property state, they divided their earnings during the marriage. The Times said Kutcher was “a little more generous than he had to be” regarding property division.
Real estate, especially in California, tends to be solid investment, so it’s not surprising that Kutcher also holds property in the state. He owns a beachfront estate in Carpinteria, California, which he purchased with Kunis, according to Money. In March 2022, Forbes reported that Kutcher and Kunis sold the first home they bought as a couple, a $10.35 million secluded Beverly Hills estate. In August 2021, Architectural Digest featured the spectacular farmhouse on six acres the couple had built in the hills above Beverly Hills. They participated in the design of the sustainable home, which is powered by photovoltaics.
In 2012, Kutcher and Moore formed Thorn, a human-rights organization with a goal of stopping human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children through the use of software. In February 2017, Kutcher testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the subject.
In spring 2022, Kutcher and Kunis launched a fundraising drive to benefit Ukrainians disrupted by war. Kunis was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States in 1983 at age 8.
They raised $37 million and contributed $3 million themselves, according to their GoFundMe page. They said the money would be used to ship relief supplies to refugee sites and also to provide short-term housing to those who left Ukraine at no cost.
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Dawn Allcot contributed to the reporting for this article.