You know them first for their contributions on the stage, screen or to your music playlists -- but after they’ve gained fame in entertainment, plenty of celebrities choose not to stop there. From creating clothing lines to selling fragrances or home goods, the celebrities who want to extend their legacies beyond entertainment have found lots of lucrative ways to become entrepreneurs.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest success stories of 2014.
She’s already one of the most well-known faces in entertainment, but she’s a diva in business as well. Beyonce started the House of Dereon clothing line with her mother Tina Knowles, but she her empire also offers accessories and fragrances, bringing her in more than $100 million in a single month, according to Forbes.
Jay-Z, hip hop artist and husband of Beyonce, is a business magnate in his own right. Among his conquests: the D’Usse line of cognac, a chain of nightclubs, and Roc Nation Sports, a company representing professional athletes.
Oprah made a name for herself with her own show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, but it’s her efforts to widen her scope that continue to help her rake in the dough. Successful side projects include the Rachael Ray Show and Dr. Oz, making her among the wealthiest Americans around.
You can’t talk about celebrities-turned-entrepreneurs without mentioning actor Paul Newman. Newman, now deceased, started the Newman’s Own food and product line with the idea of donating all profits to charity. Daughter Nell now runs the company, adding an organic line to the already-successful business model.
Stefani turned heads at the New York Fashion Week in September 2014, debuting the spring collection for her L.A.M.B line amid the sounds of ska music. As a singer and adviser on The Voice, as well as an entrepreneur, reports are she’s worth between 80 and 100 million.
Once a member of the uber-popular Spice Girls of the 1990’s and now married to football star David Beckham, Victoria Beckham has become a fashion icon with numerous clothing lines. In 2014, she also opened her own boutique in London, so far with lots of press and plenty of customers.
A supermodel turned host of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks could have stopped there -- but she didn’t. After attending Harvard Business School, Tyra has been busy launching her own line of beauty products, selling them in the peer-to-peer model made popular by Avon and Mary Kay.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Like other celebrities on the list, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen know clothes. After raking it in making movies for youngsters, the former actresses have made a mint selling everything from affordable kids’ clothes in big-box stores to high-end gear destined for luxury stores.
Robert De Niro
He’s still making films, but on the side, Robert De Niro is also making steaks. New York-based Tribeca Grill was soon followed by Nobu, a well-appointed Japanese restaurants. De Niro is also a real estate investor and co-founder of Tribeca Productions.
She started out as a supermodel, but today Kathy Ireland’s company brings in billions selling products for the home and garden as well as clothing and bridal gear. Her company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide, reportedly earns $1.5 billion per year.