With celebrity status comes fame and, more often than not, fortune. While many celebrities are happy to just sit on their money, spend it frivolously or invest in traditional stocks, there are a few who seek other ways to utilize and build wealth. Instead of spending, many celebrities fuel their entrepreneurial spirits. Despite their cushy bank accounts, which would undoubtedly take the sting out of a less-than-profitable venture, the following 10 celebrity entrepreneurs should be recognized not only for their business success, but in some cases for their philanthropy as well. We “everyday entrepreneurs” would be hard-pressed not to feel inspired.
1. Dj Sbu
DJ Sbu founded the Sbusiso Leope Education Foundation (Slef). Slef is a non-profit organization aimed at highlighting the importance of education among the South African youth.
2. Dj Zinhle
In February 2009, DJ Zinhle partnered with Nomndeni Mdaki to launch The Firm Understanding of Sound Entertainment Academy (FUSE), the first DJing academy in South Africa that specifically targets female DJs. DJ Zinhle has an accessories company called Era By DJ Zinhle. She also has her own personal blog, aimed at empowering women.
3. Teko Modise
Teko Modise, who is known to be a lover of fashion, launched his own label called Fasion Don last year. Modise is following in the footsteps of football stars like real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United legend David Beckham, who have successfully launched their clothing ranges.
4. Duma Ntando
Actress and Presenter Ntando Duma recently added Entrepreneur to her list of accolades. The Style icon who’s always on FLEEK has released her T-Shirt range FLEEKISWA under the Deja Vu Hub. She’s a FLEEKstar and it was bound to happen.
5. Stillo Magolide
Stilo Magolide is not only a rapper. He also has his own clothing line company called W.A.T.E.R.