5 Startups Funded By A-List Celebrities

#1 “Nest” backed by Jared Leto

This famous actor and singer has over a dozen investments in different startups. One of these investments includes the “Nest” app, which Google just acquired for $3.2 billion. This app connects your thermostat to your phone, so you are able to control the temperature in your house at anytime. It also connects to your smoke alarm, so you can make sure your house is safe no matter where you are.

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#2 “Honest Co.” backed by Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is not only a famous actress, she’s also acted as the President and co-founder of the company, “Honest Co.”. This company makes and sells personal care products. It became popular with its eco-friendly baby products and to-your-door shipping. This company is now valued at $1 billion.

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#3 “Mobli” backed by Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is no stranger to the camera, whether he’s filming a movie or at a red carpet premiere, someone is taking his photo. So it’s no surprise he has decided to invest in “Mobli” the photo sharing app. This app competes with Instagram, however it shares photos with communities versus followers. In addition to DiCaprio, other celebrities like David Arquette and Paris Hilton also use this app.

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#4 “Funny or Die” backed by Will Ferrel

The hilarious Will Ferrell was already a success in comedy world for his work on “Saturday Night Live” as well as “Anchorman” and “Old School”. However, Ferrel decided to do more and founded the “Funny or Die” website. Good thing he did! “Funny or Die” has had massive success, with hilarious video clips and many celebrities acting in video sketches for the website.

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#5 “Airbnb” backed by Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher has come a long way since his days as “Kelso” on That 70s show. The actor can now add successful investor to his resume, with his work on “AirBnb”. The company allows people to rent out unique accommodations, such as apartments or villas, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. Kutcher goes on to say that he believes in AirBnb, because it allows friends to see where their other friends have stayed creating a sense of community.

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