Stipple, Aftermaster, Bai, William Rast, Memphis Grizzlies, Sandbox VR, Dekko
Is this life imitating art? Justin Timberlake won acclaim for his role in The Social Network as Napster co-founder Sean Parker. Timberlake must have tapped into Parker's investment mojo, as the former NSYNC boy-band member investing forays include equity interests in Sandbox VR, audio device company Aftermaster, and photo sharing company Stipple. Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel also are minority owners of the Memphis Grizzlies..
Skype, Foursquare, ResearchGate, Kopari, Lemonade, Airbnb, Fab.com, Spotify, Bird, Gusto, Robinhood, WarbyParker
Although he played a dimmed-bulb Michael Kelso in the TV series ‘That 70s Show,’ Ashton Kutcher is an illuminating source when it comes to making investments. A co-founder of A-Grade Investments with billionaire Ron Burkle, along with music producer and talent agent Guy Oseary, Kutcher has been making investments in the tech sphere since 2010. More recently, in 2015, Kutcher announced Sound Ventures, the successor to A-Grade Investments. Kutcher has an eye when it comes to technology startups, funding well-known companies including the electric scooter company Bird and home rental site Airbnb. Kutcher has also been a guest investor on Shark Tank.
Dutchie, Miss Grass, Eaze, INDOSE, Merry Jane, Leaf Link, Vangst, Metrc, Trellis
Long time rapper and cannabis connoisseur Snoop Dogg is doing more than just inhaling the popular recreational plant these days. A founder of Casa Verde Capital, Snoop has made several investments in cannabis-focused companies including on-demand delivery service Eaze and wholesale marketplace Leaflink. His quick lyrics are on par with his quick business sense as Snoop has also launched Merry Jane, a digital media business that is driven by marijuana news. The rapper has even launched his own cannabis brand -- Leafs By Snoop.
|Occupation:||Professional Football Player|
BLAST, Hims, VICIS, CorePower Yoga, Hydrow, Tocaya Organica
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has scored touch downs with more than just footballs. In 2016, the Green Bay Packer co-founded Rx3 Ventures with partners Nate Raabe and Byron Roth, both of ROTH Capital Partners. The firm has made seven investments to date, focusing within the consumer brands and services sector. With investments ranging from $1 million to $3 million, Rodgers is scoring by investing in companies including personal wellness company Hims and Mexican restaurant Tocaya Organica.
|Occupation:||NBA Basketball Player|
Acorns, Brigit, Coinbase, Ember, Ethos, Hooked, Lime, Lively, Pieology, Postmates, Robinhood
With endorsements from Nike and Foot Locker, it’s no surprise that Kevin Durant is one of the more bankable players in the NBA. Durant has won two NBA championships, an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, four NBA scoring titles, and two Olympic gold medals -- and that’s just on court. Outside of basketball, he has co-founded Thirty Five Ventures with agent Rich Kleiman. Together, Durant and Kleiman have funded spare change investment company Acorns and pizza franchise Pielogy, just to name a couple. Thirty Five Ventures have made close to thirty investments, focusing primarily within the technology sector.
|Occupation:||Producer, Singer, Actress|
Vita Coco, Tidal, Hard Candy Fitness
Quite the influential woman in the music industry and dubbed “Queen of Pop,” Madonna is no virgin to venture capital. The all-time, top-selling female recording artist's love of coconut water led her to invest about $1.5 million in Vita Coco, an all-natural, nutrient-packed drink available at select grocers and retailers. Vita Coco reportedly had a 60 percent share of the coconut water market and was valued at $665 million when it sold a 25 percent stake to Red Bull China in 2014. The “Material Girl” also invested in Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal, as well as millions in real estate. Still a crooner, Madonna continues dropping albums while dropping funds in companies that spark her interest.
|Occupation:||Retired Basketball Player, Sports Analyst|
Krispy Kreme, Auntie Anne’s, Google, Apple, Five Guys, Papa John’s, Loyal3 Holdings
Shaquille O’Neal may have thrown his basketball towel, but he’s found new talents in the game of investing. In 2015, he invested in technology startup Loyal3 Holdings, a brokerage firm whose website and mobile app enables companies to sell a piece of their IPOs directly to small investors. Other investments include Google, Apple, Auntie Anne’s and Five Guys. Shaq also owns an eponymous restaurant near his old LA Laker stomping grounds -- ‘Shaquille’s’-- burger place sits right outside of the Staples Center.
Runa, Aspiration, Casper, Love the Wild, MindMaze VR, Magnus
Leonardo DiCaprio is ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ on and off the screen. The Academy Award winning actor has played some heavy hitting roles and he’s applying his gravitas toward social investing. DiCaprio currently serves as an advisor for venture firms Obvious Ventures and Bluon Energy, and has made investments in environmentally friendly financial company Aspiration as well as beverage startup Runa. Runa supports Ecuadorian farmers through fair trade and DiCaprio has reportedly donated his shares back to Ecuadorian farmers. The actor has also recently signed on to advise a climate technology fund owned by venture capital firm Princeville Capital.
Step, Socionado, Boba Guys, The Boring Company, HipCamp, Jinx, JUST Water, Our Place, Wheels, Gen.G
Uncle Phil would be proud of the mischievous Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor Will Smith. Not only has Smith been ranked by Forbes as the most bankable star worldwide, but he’s recently launched venture capital firm Dreamers VC with Japanese soccer star, Keisuke Honda. Dreamers VC has a mission to invest in companies that focus on social issues meaningful to Smith and Honda. Representative investments are Step, a mobile-based banking services app for teenagers; and JUST Water, a sustainably sourced water in recycled packaging. The fund seeks to raise $100 million for investments in startups. If Smith reprised his role as the Genie in Aladdin, we’d know what we’d be wishing for.
Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Nest, Blue Bottle Coffee, Munchery, Reddit, Slack, Zenefits, Snapchat
While he may have been a joker in Suicide Squad, actor/musician Jared Leto has a full house of investments in some big name tech companies. Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Reddit, and Slack are just a few of the names included in Leto’s ever-growing portfolio (currently at about 50 firms). Leto attributes his entrepreneurial investment savvy back to when his band ‘Thirty Seconds to Mars’ was first signed to a record label and needed to connect with its fan base. Beyond tech, Leto is a founder of Adventures In Wonderland, The Hive, VyRT, and A Sharp Knife.
Universal Standard, Rockets of Awesome, Outdoor Voices, Goop
Never has a rose smelled as sweet to Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow. Formerly known for her Oscar and Golden Globe wins for ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ Paltrow has since taken a step back from acting to focus on health and wellness brand Goop. Goop began as a newsletter and has since developed into an e-commerce site. In 2018, Goop raised $50 million in Series C funding, bringing the company's valuation to $250 million. Apart from Goop, Paltrow has shown an interest in investing in fashion brands including clothing company Universal Standard, and sportswear company Outdoor Voices.
|Occupation:||Retired Basketball player|
Jopwell, Burger King, Sodexo, T.G.I.Friday’s, ShotTracker, Skurt
One of the 50 Greatest Players in the NBA, Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr.'s achievements include nine NBA Finals appearances and twelve All-Star games. Proving that he can score more than just baskets, Johnson created investment company Magic Johnson Enterprises. Over the years, the company has invested in businesses such as the Los Angeles Lakers, movie theaters and restaurants in the United States, including T.G.I. Friday's, Sodexo, and Burger King locations. The Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund, a partnership of Canyon Capital Realty Advisors and Magic, was involved in the $100-million purchase of the 32-story former Transamerica Center complex in downtown Los Angeles that subsequently was renovated and sold for $205 million. Score..
|Occupation:||Retired Baseball Player|
Luvo, WePlay, Miami Marlins, Whistle
A tried and true Yankee, former shortstop Jeter joined the MLB straight out of high school. Now retired, he continues to play the field by focusing on investing in what he knows best -- sports. Broadcaster Whistle, and eSports network WePlay, are both investments made by Jeter. With a 4% stake, and serving as CEO for the Miami Marlins, Jeter purchased the team (along with 16 other investors) for a total of $1.2 billion. The 14-time MLB All-Star also helped launch The Players’ Tribune, a multimedia company where athletes share their honest and unique perspectives to better connect with fans. Another media venture is Jeter Publishing, a co-publishing partnership between the former slugger and Simon & Schuster.
|Occupation:||Retired Basketball player|
Consigliere, Vancouver Whitecaps, Control Media, HomeCourt, Real Mallorca
This South-African born athlete excelled at soccer and rugby, however it was basketball where Stephen Nash found his calling. Named by ESPN in 2006 as the ninth greatest NBA point guard of all time, Nash can handle more than a ball. The all-star has formed the Steve Nash Foundation, which funds projects and creates opportunities for children affected by poverty, abuse, or neglect. His new shoe, the Crossover, launched in autumn of 2019, with proceeds supporting the Steve Nash Foundation. Most recently, Nash has invested in HomeCourt, a basketball training app, alongside Marc Cuban and Jeremy Lin. Nash creates content for television and film with his production company, Control Media, and owns stakes in the Vancouver Whitecaps and Real Mallorca Football Clubs.
Beats Electronics, Omega, Wink, Stradigi AI, Impossible Foods, Honest Dollar
Few recording artists can claim they’ve won seven Grammys AND sent a song to the planet Mars, but will.i.am can. The artist was the first to send a song to Mars in conjunction with NASA’s Curiosity Mars Space Lab. A founding member of The Black Eyed Peas, he founded i.am+, a technology company with a focus on wearables, and was a shareholder in Beats Electronics (acquired by Apple). I.am+ has also acquired Wink, the Internet of Things and Smart Home hub platform, from owner Flextronics for a reported $38.7 million (with an additional $20 million commitment).
|Occupation:||Producer, Rapper, Actor|
AQUAhydrate, PlayVS, DeLeón Tequila, Revolt Films, Ciroc
Though he's gained notoriety for employing a variety of stage names (P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Diddy to name a few) Sean Jean Combs has unquestionably made a name for himself as a formidable entrepreneur. With two restaurants, a clothing line, and a record company, it comes as no surprise that in 2011 Combs was named by Forbes as one of the richest hip hop figures. With a net worth of $825 million, he’s established Combs Enterprises, which tallies an array of businesses and investments including: Diddy Bad Boy Entertainment, Sean John, Combs Wine & Spirits, AQUAhydrate, The Blue Flame Agency, Bad Boy Touring, Janice Combs Publishing, and REVOLT. He might be a bad boy for life but he’s far from being a bad businessman
|Occupation:||Retired Football player|
Caliva, GitLab, Crowd Cow, Rappi, Captain401, Herb, ShipBob, Weave
A four-time Super Bowl winner, former San Francisco 49er quarterback Joe Montana knows how to score. Also known as “the Comeback Kid,” Montana is surely ‘back in the game’...of money. Montana is a partner at Liquid 2 Ventures -- a seed stage venture capital firm. Liquid 2 recently announced a $75 million investment in marijuana startup Caliva. Additionally, Montana has invested in Herb, another marijuana company; and order fulfillment company Shipbob.
PillPack, Ring, PlutoTV, SeatGeek, Lyft, Dropbox, Robinhood, Sweet Chick. Step
Dubbed one of the “Best Rappers of All Time” by Billboard, Nas has shifted his lyrical skills from the studio to the board room. As a founding partner of early stage venture firm QueensBridge Venture Partners, Nas has been part of the deals involving PillPack (acquired by Amazon for $750 million), a prescription drug delivery service; and streaming service PlutoTV (acquired by Viacom for $340 million). The rapper has also partnered with job placement startup Koru to fund a scholarship for college graduates, and will join the startup as a guest coach. With eight consecutive platinum albums and over 30 million records sold under his belt, Nas knows the music game and is also killing the entrepreneur game.
|Occupation:||Retired Athlete, Sports Analyst|
Snapchat, VitaCoco, TruFusion, Wheels Up, NRG eSports, Oscar, Energy Fitness
Alex Rodriguez is still knocking them out of the park. Granted, they may no longer be baseballs, but venture deals, real estate, sports, and media. His first investment came in the form of a Miami duplex. Since then, Rodriguez has developed A-ROD Corp, a full-service investment firm that manages internal and external capital. Monument Capital Management, also founded by Rodriguez, has acquired more than $700 million of real estate assets across 13 states. Other investments include media app SnapChat; as well as fitness companies TruFusion and Energy Fitness. A member of the 3,000 hit club, Rodriguez doesn’t seem to be striking out anytime soon.
Civic Entertainment Group, Pinterest, FlightCar, DigiTour Media, ATTN:, Stamped, Headspace
Ryan Seacrest has developed into a bona fide media and business mogul, with sprawling interests across entertainment, fashion, and direct investments. According to Forbes, Seacrest makes over $20M annually for hosting 'American Idol' and y 'Live!' alongside Kelly Ripa. He makes millions more for hosting New Year's Eve, red carpets and his radio show. Behind the scenes, he works as an executive producer with credits 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' and Netflix's 'Insatiable.' Seacrest launched a clothing line, Ryan Seacrest Distinction, which is currently sold at Macy’s; and has a skincare line. He is also the chairman of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit which builds media centers in pediatric hospitals. Seacrest has made early stage investments in Headspace, a meditation app; ATTN:, an “issue-driven” media company; and Stamped, an app that was later acquired by Yahoo.
Armand de Brignac, Aspiro, D’Ussé, Tidal, JetSmarter, HipCamp
Frequently referenced as the ‘king of hip-hop,’ Jay-Z is reigning true at a current estimated $1 billion net worth. That makes him hip-hop’s first billionaire and a business force to be reckoned with. During his free-flowing rap days, Jay-Z founded Roc-A-Fella records. Branching out from music, Jay-Z started clothing company Rocawear (which he sold in 2007 for $204 million); and entertainment label Roc Nation. More recently, Jay-Z completed the $56 million acquisition of Aspiro, a media technology company that operates music streaming service Tidal, now worth around $600 million.