Bill Gates is one of the longest standing and most successful entrepreneurs of our time. His fortune has largely derived from Microsoft although his interests in various private equities, bonds and stocks has kept his fortune growing. Today he is worth $67 billion (2013). Bill Gates and his family are often ‘papped’ when out because of the interest they hold with the public. Lets face it, we want to know what Bill Gates orders for lunch!
As a self-made billionaire, Branson is now worth an estimated $4.6 billion. His fame stems from his unrivalled success in almost every industry (from aviation with his Virgin Atlantic airline, to the mobile phone industry with his popular Virgin Mobile brand). Richard Branson’s eccentric behavior including dressing up as a Virgin Atlantic air hostess for the day because he lost a bet, buying a Caribbean island, and many other things, has meant that it is not just his wealth that people are interested in, but his personality and personal life behind the business façade.
JK Rowling differs from the ‘typical’ entrepreneur mould. She simply did something she loved to do – write. And this made her a billionaire with a net worth of $1 billion (2013)! Her books turned into huge movies, and the Harry Potter franchise still grows today! The creativeness required to write the Harry Potter books is extraordinary, and this is why many people are so keen to know more about her personal life! She often attends glamorous movie premieres and gives interviews in celeb style magazines.
Not quite as wealthy as JK Rowling with a modest $320 million in the bank, Simon Cowell does however beat most successful entrepreneurs of the last decade when it comes to ‘celebrity status’. Simon has built his fortune from the music industry, but his ability to move his presence to the front of the camera has created a well loved and intriguing personality that so many want to learn more about. Whether you love or hate him, he is most definitely considered an A-list celebrity by today’s standards.
If you are from the UK and watch Made in Chelsea, you might know Philip Green as the father of Chloe Green, who stars in the hit reality TV show. But if you read up on your favourite celeb websites, you will have read about Philip Green for sure. He is the brains behind the global brand Topshop and has a fortune worth $5 billion. Further cementing his celebrity status, Philip Green introduced the infinitely famous Kardashians to his other retail brand - Dorothy Perkins. Living in Monaco, Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Simon Cowell are among some of Mr Green’s close friends.
When I say “celebrity entrepreneurs” – I don’t mean celebrities who have become business professionals; I mean entrepreneurs who have (after making their fortunes) become well-known to the world. Whether their celebrity status has derived from their unbelievable net worth or because of they have created iconic products and produced revolutionary ideas, their personal lives have become as interesting as their business ventures to many!