Which Hollywood Star is Also One of America’s Richest Business Women?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Donald Trump may be criticised for his past comments and actions towards women, and his recent vote for presidency has riled feminists across the globe. Many were hoping that Hilary Clinton could make a landmark step and become the first female president of the United States. We’re continually flooded by the successes of American men, reeling off the rich list each year, but running through America’s female self-made rich list is something rather special (Forbes List).

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As rather expected you’ll find some much loved brand owners on the top 50 richest self-made women list, such as Spanx’s Sara Blakely and Gap’s Doris F. Fisher and the lesser known business moguls that have made their fortune in property, then we have the celebrity household names such as Oprah Winfrey and Madonna. But when we scan the list of America’s richest self made women, there’s one that’s of particular interest. Unlike Taylor Swift and Beyonce who have made their money from a career in the spotlight of the music industry and associated product endorsements this surprise A-lister has reached the list through her business acumen. Unlike Barbara Streisand (age 74) and Danielle Steel (age 69) this surprise entry is aged just 34 and worth a staggering $340 million!

Jessica Alba, known for her roles in Sin City, Valentine’s Day and Fantastic Four to name just a few is well known for her acting in Hollywood blockbusters as well as successful TV series, but it’s her founding of ethical company The Honest Company that has earned her her place on the Forbes Women’s Rich List.

The Honest Company has a product range of 120 safe and non-toxic items such as beeswax sunscreen and plastic free tampons, which all stem from Alba’s search for a gentle and chemical free detergent to wash baby clothes. There’s a wealth of knowledge behind her products, now an expert in the field she even lobbied for reforming the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, which has allowed more than 80,000 chemicals to remain in household products untested (Forbes). The company of which Alba owns around 20% is now estimated at $1 billion. Not bad for a woman known almost exclusively around the world as a Hollywood actress!

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