Who are the Favorite Celebrity Entrepreneurs in Business?

The recent rise of entrepreneurs & business has undoubtedly been fuelled by the popularity of TV business programmes like the Dragons Den & Alan Sugar The Apprentice.

These popular programmes have launched the media careers of their programme panel members, fast tracking many of them into the list of top 10 business celebrity entrepreneurs.

Business enterprises promoted by celebrities have been a topic for discussion for quite some time.


Celebrities have shown their enterprising instincts in many in different ways and many of them have gone beyond endorsing products which had at best previously been a trend.

This discussion about entrepreneurs & business should act as an inspiration not only to aspiring celebrity entrepreneurs, but also to other prospects who intend to use their entrepreneurial skills to become successful entrepreneurs.

The list of top 10 business celebrity entrepreneurs includes the who’s who of celebrities. Many of these celebrities have created thriving enterprises without any formal training in business management and have launched successful and innovative products and services.

#1 Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg who co-founded Dreamworks tops the list. His movie business has generated millions and millions of dollars at worldwide box offices.

Although he has not graced our TV screens in programmes like the Dragons Den or Alan Sugar The Apprentice Steven Spielberg is recognised globally as a celebrity entrepreneur known to push the boundaries in film production.

He is known to have provided business help, business management, consultancy and business development to other aspiring business entrepreneurs.

#2 Hugh Heffner

Hugh Heffner was born into a family of farmers. Heffner launched a magazine which was later named Playboy which has since sold millions of copies.

It’s interesting to know that Heffner started with only $8000 which he raised from investors. Hefner is recognised globally through his Playboy brand which expanded upon the initial magazine through shrewd business management, consultancy and business development to include multiple other revenue generations streams the most famous of which is the Playboy TV channel.

#3 Sean Combs

Sean Combs launched the clothing brand Sean John clothing which generates a business turnover of over $400 million globally. Sean is recognised as an entrepreneur who founded his empire on a solid foundation of top quality business management and business development.

#4 Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks became famous after hosting the famous television show America’s Next Top Model and Tyra Banks Show. She is known to provide business help and support to other aspiring entrepreneurs.

#5 Kathy Ireland

Kathy Ireland is recognised globally as a famous model. Her business development initiative of finding solutions for families and busy moms was received well by the market.

#6 Bill Gates

Irrespective of your geographical location, you are probably aware of the rise of Bill Gates whose business development idea revolutionised the personal computer market.

Gates has become a true global celebrity entrepreneur. It has been widely reported that Gates has provided business help, business management, consultancy and business development to aspiring entrepreneurs and charitable organisations.

Many people believe he should have been the person of choice to front the American version of Alan Sugar the apprentice hosted by Donald Trump.

#7 Richard Branson

Richard Branson’s Virgin Empire is one of the world’s most recognised brands which hosts approximately 300 business companies under its business development umbrella.

Branson is also well documented for his desire to give something back and as such many aspiring business entrepreneurs have benefitted from his business help, business management, consultancy and business development.

#8 Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs created a business information technology revolution by launching Apple computers with the first graphical user interface of its kind.

Although the Apple brand struggled and lost its way at times, through laser focussed business management, consultancy and business development it has resurfaced as one of the world’s most trusted business brands.

#9 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is well known for her television shows and her net worth is estimated to be around $2 billion.

#10 Donald Trump

Donald Trump is admired the world over by aspiring business entrepreneurs. His glorious rise to fame as the world’s best known real estate owner was brought to the forefront of the global media after the crash of International real estate.

Trump owed the banks so much money they felt they couldn’t close him down. Deserted by the business fraternity many of whom he had helped and provided financial and business support to he resurfaced even stronger.

To audiences worldwide he is recognised as the main focus of the USA version of Alan Sugar the apprentice TV programme.

Many business people will hold a different opinion on which order the above top 10 business celebrity entrepreneurs should feature. My aim was not to list them in any order, rather just to list them together as the driving force of the top 10 business celebrity entrepreneurs.

What’s interesting is that although most of the above entrepreneurs started with next to nothing, not many of these celebrities availed business consultancy services from a family business consultant. They focussed on their vision and had a detailed action plan which was followed with the right business development strategies.

However as their business empires have grown every one of the above celebrity business entrepreneurs are known to employ the very best business development consultants in the marketplace.

The International Business Guru provides business help to every budding entrepreneur and says entrepreneurs should strive hard to create value for their customers and stake holders.

It might further surprise UK readers that none of the Dragons Den judges appeared in this list.

About the Author: Dr. Mark D. Yates The International Business Guru & Growth Consultant grows businesses fast delivering exponential growth, increased turnover & profit margins. He delivers business support to small, medium & large businesses in 42 countries. To claim his FREE business case files visit him at => http://www.markdyates.bcoss.org or e-mail him at drmarkdyates@aol.com

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