These are people with sharp acting skills and sharper business minds. They grab all the limelight on the screen and also laugh their way to the bank with their intelligent business ventures. They are not just great entertainers but even better entrepreneurs.
Here are 11 of them who make big bucks both on-screen and off-screen.
Shah Rukh Khan
He is as good a businessman as an actor. With an incredible sense of marketing, King Khan rocks his businesses too. He runs a production house called Red Chillies Pvt. Ltd. and is the owner of the hot-n-cool IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders with Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta. Recently, he has also bought 26 percent shares of the Indian franchise of KidZania, an international chain of family entertainment centres. He is known to taken very active interest in all his business ventures to ensure that they are as big a blockbuster as his movies.
Shah Rukh Khan
This beautiful actress from B-town decided to participate in Big Brother, the show that was to eventually rev up her otherwise sinking career. A racial comment by one of the participants led to the portrayal of Shilpa as a victim and she went on to win the show. Putting her then popularity to good use, she launched a perfume, a fitness DVD and also became a partner of the IOSIS chain of spas in Mumbai. Her marriage to business tycoon Raj Kundra seems to have brought out the businesswoman in her. Together they bought stake in the IPL team Rajasthan Royals. Shilpa Shetty has undoubtedly done a ‘Halla Bol’ on the business arena in this new avatar.
Sunil Anna is probably the smartest businessman in B-town. Being a fitness freak himself, Sunil runs a number of gyms across India. He also own a production house by the name of Popcorn Entertainment, which has produced films like Khel, Rakht, BhagamBhag, Mission Istanbul, EMI and Loot. Sunil is the owner of Mischief, a series of boutiques spread across Mumbai. He has even ventured into designing and development of luxury real estate projects through his venture S2 Reality. These entire aside, he runs a few restaurants in the city too!
This effervescent Bengali beauty and Miss Universe, is an efficient businesswoman along with being a great actor and single mom to two daughters. She owns a jewelry retail store in Dubai, which is managed by her mother and aspires to open a chain of hotels and spas under her company Sensazione. She has also launched a production company called Tantra Entertainment. Sushmita was also heading the Miss Universe franchise ‘I Am She’ which was taken over by Femina recently.
We loved his bikes, his body and his acting abilities. And now we love him for giving us movies like Vicky Donor. The movie was produced by his production house JA Entertainment. Vicky Donor won accolades at the National Film Awards and John received the Creative Entrepreneur of the Year title at the seventh edition of NDTV Profit's Business Leadership Awards. Already showing signs of a brainy businessman isn’t he? A known fitness enthusiast, with those abs, he is all set to gang up with British boxing legend David Haye to open up a fitness franchise that will focus on the art of boxing.
Another beautiful lady, a former Miss Universe and a new mom, Lara has started her own production company, BheegiBasanti. We love the name! She has also launched her sari collection in collaboration with Chabbra 555. She also has a fitness DVD to her credit.
Mr. Singham is a part investor in the Charanaka solar project in Gujarat. Ajay along with the Roha Group invested his crores in the 25 MW plant. The plant is functional from December 31, 2011, and was set up in a record period of eight months. Smart move eh!
This tall and pretty lass heads a unique venture - she runs a yacht chartering business. Be it corporate gatherings, social events or private parties, her luxurious yatch Shazma can accommodate them all. Next time you want a yatch, you know where to go.
Often called the Amitabh Bachchan of the small screen, Ronit has started making himself noticed o the big screen too with films like Udaan, Boss and 2 States. He owns a security service called Ace Security and Protection. His client list will make you go wow! This agency takes care of stars like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Mithun Chakraborty.
She is beautiful, charming, bubbly and also a mother of two. Having had two kids of her own, this awesome actress found her interest in a popular e-commerce portal that sells baby and mother care products. She has recently invested in the venture.
LAP - that is his very own lounge-bar-restaurant in Delhi. Spread over 17,000 sq. ft., the sprawling facility is designed with furniture planned by none other than Gauri Khan, designers Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bahl. He also runs an event management firm called Chasing Ganesha.
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