A career in Bollywood does not promise perpetual fame and money and in recent times. Celebrities have learnt not to put all eggs in one basket. With business tycoons assuming celebrity status today, it is high time for our celebs to also don dual roles. They have money, fame, a loyal base; everything essential to be a businessman. But not everyone is born with a business acumen and only some get ahead in the rat race.
While Bollywood celebrities today boast of owning assets worth millions, some have shown spectacular success when it comes to being an entrepreneur. Here, are the six most intelligent businessmen and women in the industry today.
With an astute business sense visible throughout his long acting career and a keen insight into the market trends, there is no one like the Baadshah of Bollywood today. He is the owner of the production house Red Chillies Entertainments, co-owner of the IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders and also has stakes in the Indian franchise of KidZania, a chain of family entertainment centres. No doubt, the actor is the richest Bollywood actor with a net worth of almost USD 600 million.
Not many know about this handsome hunk’s business ventures. He is not just the owner of LAP, a lounge-bar-restaurant in Delhi, but also the head of an event management firm called Chasing Ganesha. With that hot bod and such sharp business skills, Arjun is no doubt a heartthrob.
This Bollywood A-lister is a treasure house of talent. The leggy lass doesn’t stay behind when it comes to investing in new business ventures. She has been a co-creator of an elite line of clothing called ‘All About You’. This is just a start and we hope to see her turning into a leading entrepreneur in the future.
With an average Bollywood career, people had almost forgotten Shilpa Shetty until her fortunes turned post her Big Brother success in the UK. The victory did wonders for her and within months, we saw her launching her own line of perfume S2. She also became a co-owner of the IOSIS Spa and began producing her fitness DVDs. Later, she became a stakeholder in the IPL team Rajasthan Royals alongside beau Raj Kundra.
We know him as the "Amitabh Bachchan of the small screen" but with films like Udaan and 2 States, Ronit Roy has proved his mettle as an actor on the silver screen too. Not many are aware of Ronit Roy’s business ventures though. He is the owner of an elite security agency called Ace Security and his clientele includes A-listers like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan.
The Shetty clan, it seems, have an inherent talent to become great businessmen. Our very own Anna’s list of various entrepreneurial initiatives will leave you spellbound. To begin with, he has a large chain of restaurants that has been very successful for years. Apart from that, this fitness freak is also the owner of a number of gyms across the country. It doesn’t stop there. His production company Popcorn Entertainment has produced films like Bhagam Bhag and Khel. He has also undertaken a real estate venture developing luxury real estate projects and also owns multiple boutiques across the city.
Phew! And we thought they are just good actors. If you have other amazing examples of Bollywood actors who are successful businessmen, let us know in the comment below.