11+ Celebrities Who Have Surprisingly Made It Big In The Tech World

Diply 10 Aug 2018

As if our favorite celebs didn't have enough going on in their lives with their music, movies, TV shows, and more, many of them are also moguls when it comes to technology.

Check out the following list of famous folks to see what I mean.

These people are doing more than creating internet gossip fodder. They're also helping to make huge strides in the world of technology that surrounds us.

1. Ashton Kutcher's played a lot of idiots on screen, but those characters don't translate to his off-screen life. 

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Kutcher and his business partner Guy Oseary have amassed a fortune with now-massive startups like Uber and Airbnb.

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2. Love her or hate her, Kim Kardashian is frequently on the list of highest-paid celebrities. 

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Her app Kim Kardashian: Hollywood has earned her far in excess of $45 million. Everything tech-related she touches seems to turn to gold.

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3. From Black Eyed Peas to B2B. 

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His company i.am+ morphed from an e-commerce brand into a profitable B2B tech startup, specializing in creating AI-powered bots that help with customer service. In 2017, he raised $117 million in venture funding.

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4. Reese proves blondes do have more fun...with technology.

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She majored in English at Stanford, and in 2016, she started Hello Sunshine, a media company that is dedicated to empowering females and helping them tell their stories.

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5. I bet you didn't know that Dwight Schrute is a big internet mogul.

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Rainn Wilson co-founded SoulPancake, a digital entertainment company that specializes in uplifting content. With more than four million cross-platform fans, the company was so popular that it was actually acquired by Participant Media in 2016.

Wonder how often Rainn he has to go into "The Office"? (Get it?! Hilarious, I know.)

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6. Jared Leto isn't joker-ing around about technology.

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TV, movies, and music aren't enough for one of Hollywood's busiest men. He's also a celeb tech investor and founded VyRT. It's an online streaming platform designed to provide the "best online concert experience."

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7. At one time, MC Hammer had lost a fortune.

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But by pivoting away from his music career and moving into the techsphere, things are coming around for the "You Can't Touch This" rapper. He founded two tech companies, invested in a dozen startups (including mobile payment service Square), and often appears at tech conferences.

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8. Is there nothing Justin Timberlake doesn't do? 

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When the former boy bander tried to make MySpace relevant again, people thought he was crazy — and he was. While his project never managed to see success, that hasn't slowed him down.

He's the co-owner of audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc. and is an investor in companies like Stipple and Miso Media.

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9. Is Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark in real life?

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According to Forbes, the Iron Man actor will be narrating an eight-episode YouTube series about AI, while his wife Susan will be a producer. According to Susan, both she and Downey "share a curiosity for AI." The show doesn't have a name yet and is set to be released sometime in 2019.

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10. Shaq was driving Twitter to the hole back before it was cool.

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Shaquille O'Neal joined Twitter in November 2008, which helped bring in the masses. He's also boosted traffic to 12seconds.tv, and the video iPhone app Tout. In an interview with CNBC he has a "very simple" investing strategy that involves "things that are going to change people's lives." That seems to be in line with the recent investments he's made in Apple and Google.

He may say some dumb things, but he's pretty darn smart.

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11. Serena Williams is serving up some diversity in the board room.

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Serena Williams has dominated the tennis courts, but with her first foray into Silicon Valley, she's hoping to do something a little different.

In 2017, Serena joined the board of SurveyMonkey, hoping to push an industry that's struggled with diversity to be more inclusive of woman and people of color. "I feel like diversity is something I speak to," she told the Associated Press.

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12. Jessica Alba is as smart as she is beautiful.

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Despite telling a CNN podcast, "I just felt so alone on this journey," Jessica Alba's Honest Company has been a successful venture, despite some hiccups.

The e-commerce company she's helped create provides a range of products, like eco-friendly diapers, bug sprays, organic belly balms, and every health and beauty product you can imagine. The company frequently lists which chemicals aren't in their products and delivers items straight to your home every month.

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13. For Jay-Z, it's not enough to have a successful rap career and be married to Beyoncé.

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According to Tech Crunch, Jay-Z recently launched Arrive, a venture capital firm that will help start-ups develop and brand their businesses. He's also invested in companies like Uber, JetSmarter (which is a lot like Uber but for, you know, jets), high-tech travel brand Away, and Jay-Z's own streaming service, Tidal.

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14. From a killer on the court to making killer investments.

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Magic Johnson's most recent investment involves ShotTracker, a "system that delivers live stats and analytics via an app to coaches, players and fans." The NBA hall-of-famer also founded Magic Johnson Enterprises, which makes investments in infrastructure and technology. Magic is also hoping to work his magic as a board member of Square, a mobile payment company.

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15. You might have heard of Funny or Die, but did you know Will Ferrell was the force behind it?

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Ferrell bankrolled the popular humor site back in 2006. Although it's seen some staff cuts earlier this year thanks to turmoil in the tech sector, the site remains a popular daily destination for those looking for their daily dose of humor.

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16. Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't just play business sharks in movies.

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DiCaprio invested $4 million in Mobli, which started out as a photo-sharing site meant to rival Instagram. But recently, the company pivoted and launched Galaxia. The company says Galaxia is said "a platform to create mini social networks" providing users "the ability to create 'Worlds' in which they can post and discuss any subject of interest."

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