Edun Clothing - Bono and his wife Ali - They created this fashion brand in 2005 to promote trade in Africa by sourcing production throughout the continent. For the first several years it had quality probems, and lost large sums of money. The couple considered shutting it down after having put around $20 million into the business, but instead in 2009 sold 49% of the company to the large luxury conglomerate LVMH. After designer and management shakeups, and a change to only partially manufacturing in Africa, the company was able to get back on its feet.
Are You A Human - Magic Johnson - Offers PlayThru, which is a game based alternative to using CAPTCHA (the human authentication tool used on many websites).
Jessica Simpson - Her clothing and beauty ventures resulted in a staggering $750 million in sales in 2010. Her business empire includes shoe, handbag, denim, swimwear, maternity and fragrance lines.
FLUD - Magic Johnson - A mobile news ecosystem where users interact with each other to access, engage and broadcast content that is relevant to them.
Skype - Ashton Kutcher - The actor was part of a group of investors that bought into the video/phone calling service in 2009. Soon after the company was bought by Microsft for $8 billion, a value three times what Ashton paid.
Boyfriend LLC - Kate Walsh - In 2010 she created this line of fragrances, body oils and body creams to have the distinct, musky scent of an old boyfriend.
Mobli - Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire, Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams – Mobli is a photo sharing service similar to Instagram. Tobey heard about the company when they filmed "The Great Gatsby" together, and DiCaprio encouraged Tobey to get in on the ground floor
BeachMint - Kate Bosworth, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, Jessica Simpson, , Justin Timberlake, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Rachel Bilson - Founded in 2010, this e-commerce company is comprised of 6 different fashion and lifestyle brands: JewelMint, ShoeMint, StyleMint, IntiMint, HomeMint, and BeautyMint. Each brand features personalized product recommendations from their respective celebrity.
Mass Appeal - Nas - A Quarterly magazine founded in 1996 celebrating creative instigation. It suspended publication in 2008 but in 2013 rapper Nas invested what was reportedly a six figure sum to revived and serve as its associate publisher. He also launched indie record label Mass Appeal Records in 2014.
Airbnb - Ashton Kutcher - Matches travelers with local people who are willing to rent out their spare bedrooms. The business was started in 2008 and in 2011 Ashton made a significant investment and also became a strategic brand advisor for the company.
Just Sing It - Lindsay Lohan - Allows users to record songs or rap for friends and strangers, like with a karaoke screen. The recipient then tries to figure out which song the person is signing.
L.A.M.B. - Gwen Sefani - Founded in 2003, her clothing and accessory empirehas rung up over $1 billion in sales.
Fashism - Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore - 4 years after the investment was made in 2010, the company shut down. It was an online community for fashion enthusiasts to share styles.
The Hive - Jared Leto - Social media management for brands
Adventures in Wonderland - Jared Leto - They design, build, and manage VIP services for concerts, festivals, and events.
Tickle Time - Anne Hache - The actress co-founded the company to market a powder based, easy to apply sunblock to children. The product name comes from the fact that the applicator brush makes kids giggle.
Bess Bistro (restaurant) and Walton’s Fancy and Staple (part deli, cafe, bakery, florist, and events planning service) - Sandra Bullock - owns these 2 retail businesses in Texas, in addtion to her film production company Fortis Films.
Paper Crown - Lauren Conrad - A fashion label. The reality star also has a lifestyle website (beauty, cooking, and fashion).
EleVen - Venus Williams - An active wear fitness line started by the tennis star, who also has a degreee in fashion. She also owns an interior design firm named V Starr Designers [ vstarrinteriors.com ] in Florida
Locket - Tyra Banks - A more intelligent lock screen for your mobile device.
The Filter - Peter Gabriel - Luanched in 2004 by the famous musician and a software partner, Gabriel's vision was that the surge of digital technologies would lead to such large volume of online content that users would need filters to help them find what was relevant to them. In 2009 they changed their business model to licensing the recommendation engine to other companies (Sony Music, Nokia, NBC.com, Warner Brothers, etc.).
Postcard On The Run - Selena Gomez - The singer was an early investor in this mobile app that lets users send real postcards to any address on a mobile device.
VyRT - Jared Leto - Live streaming of concerts.
FundAnything.com - Donald Trump - A crowdfunding site, like Kickstarter.com.
NYLA - Britney Spears - In 2002 the pop singer opened a restaurant in Manhattan, but it got bad reviews and went out of business.
Flipboard - Ashton Kutcher - A news reading app for the iPad.
Foursquare - Ashton Kutcher - A mobile social network where you check in to real world locations that you visit.
Nest - Jared Leto - Started by former Apple engineers, this smart thermostat maker was purchased by Google for $3.2 billion in 2014.
Hipmunk - Ashton Kutcher - The actor invested in this travel search engine in 2010.
Goop - Gwenyth Paltrow - A lifestyle site (the name is a wordplay of her initials).
Turntable.fm - Kayne , Lady Gaga - A music social media site that combines free streaming music with chat rooms.
Path - Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears - A photo sharing and messaging app for mobile devices.
Vita Coco - Madonna - Her love of coconut water led her to invest about $1.5 million in this nutritious, all-natural, drink.Candy Fitness Centers - Madonna - She is a partner in this International business.
Under.Me - Bar Refaeli - The model co-founded this online underwear retailer in 2012.More Celeb Startups:
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