25 Bollywood Stars Who Are Also Business Tycoons
Many popular celebrities of their time have now turned into businessmen and businesswomen, including popular stars of today as well, like Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and more. But then there are actors like Arjun Rampal, Dino Morea who don’t work in mainstream Bollywood, and have chosen Business as an alternative. Here are 25 Bollywood Stars Who Are Also Business Tycoons:
1. Shahrukh Khan
Bollywood King Shahrukh Khan is not only one of the most popular actors globally, he is also a big businessman. He is the co-owner of Indian Premier League(IPL) cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders. He owns the team since 2008 in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla. Furthermore KKR is one of the richest teams in IPL, having a turnover in millions.
Also, Shahrukh Khan is the co-chairman of the motion pictures production company Red chillies entertainment. Red Chillies entertainment is one of the biggest production houses. It produces films and offers VFX and animation services to other production houses and filmmakers as well.
2. Bobby Deol
Someplace Else, a popular restaurant in Mumbai has investments by Bobby Deol, who is now an actor-turned-businessman. The restaurant is an Indo-Chinese restaurant and has great reviews from locals. Also, rumours has it that he’s also a part-time DJ now!
3. Perizaad Zorabian
Although Perizaad Zorabian is known for her movie Joggers’ Park, she is now a proud owner of the multi-cuisine restaurant Gondola , and it is quite popular in Bandra West for its special seafood menu, sizzlers, and cocktails. You should try it out too.
4. Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty hasn’t been doing movies for a long time now, but she is a part of successful reality shows as a judge. Furthermore she co-owns the chain of salons and spas called Losis , and it is franchised across the country. Her husband Raj Kundra is also a businessman. Shilpa and her husband Raj Kundra co-own an Indian Premier League(IPL) team Rajasthan Royals but they had to sell out the team in 2018 after the Supreme Court of India found the involvement of the team RR in placing bets. Shilpa Shetty also owns a production company, and she produced a film Dishkiyaoon in 2014. But unfortunately the film didn’t do well on the Box Office. So basically, Shilpa is an actress, a producer, a model, and as well as a successful businesswomen.
5. Suniel Shetty
Suniel Shetty, one of the most popular actors of his time is now a successful businessman. His ventures include chains of gyms, restaurants, real estate, clubs and more. He also owns the production house Popcorn Entertainment and has stakes in Hakim Aalim’s salons. He is the owner of a ‘Mischief Dining Bar’ and ‘Club H2O’ which has several branches all over Mumbai. Sunil Shetty has been involved in the business ventures from over a decade now. His production house produced films like Khel (2003), Rakht (2004), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Mission Istanbul (2008), EMI (2008) and Loot (2011).
6. Abhishek Bachchan
Junior Bachchan is a clever businessman who a lot more money that we can imagine. Abhishek owns Pro Kabaddi League franchise team Jaipur Pink Panthers and also co-owns the Indian Super League football team Chennaiyin FC. Although Abhishek may not have a a series of blockbusters in his basket, but nonetheless he is a very successful businessman. His team Jaipur Pink Panthers in Indian Pro Kabaddi League won the first-ever championships in Pro Kabaddi league in 2014.
7. Twinkle Khanna
Twinkle Khanna is an actress-turned-author. She now belongs to the world of writing, through newspaper columns and bestselling books. Twinkle also co-owns an interior design venture and a candle business called The White Window with Dimple Kapadia, her mother. She is now a well-known writer and her columns also appear in reputed newspapers like DNA and The Times of India. Her first novel Mrs. Funnybones’ came out in August 2015 and it turned out to be a best-seller. She also became the highest-selling female writer of 2015 , with more than 1 Lakh copies of the novel sold out globally. Twinkle Khanna has recently set up her own film production company Grazing Goat Pictures.
8. Ajay Devgan
Ajay Devgan is not only a talented and successful actor, but he has also invested in a no. of business ventures. His investments include Roha group, the solar project of Charnka in Gujarat which took off in 2011. Furthermore Ajay is the owner of a film production company named Ajay Devgan films since 2000. In the year 2000, Ajay produced the film Raju Chacha in the year 2000 which features him and his wife Kajol in main leads. Devgan also owns a VFX Studio, is there anything more to add?
9. John Abraham
Bollywood heartthrob John Abraham also engages himself in business ventures. After giving his fans a no. of successful hits he founded his own production company “JA Productions”. Furthermore, the first film made under the JA entertainment is Vicky Donar in 2012! Did you know that? Starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam in the main leads, the movie turned out to be a success. The movie won the National film award for the most popular film for entertainment. He produced several films under his banner, which have are also receiving positive reviews.
10. Karishma Kapoor
Karishma Kapoor is the owner of an e-commerce portal which sells a Baby and mother care products. She started her own business after having a successful career in Bollywood. She owns about 26% stake in Babyoye.com. And she is also the brand ambassador of a number of brands including Mcains and Kelloggs.
11. Salman Khan
Salman Khan is an actor, an artist as well as a producer. Other than that he is also involved in the business venture which includes competitive sport, endorsements, and branded clothing. His clothing brand “Being Human” operates dozens of outlets in various cities, and it is quite popular among the youth. Furthermore Salman Khan has a share of 5 % in Yatra.com.
12. Hrithik Roshan
Hrithik Roshan became a heartthrob overnight with his debut movie, that turned out to be a blockbuster Kaho Na Pyar Hai. He has endorsed his own fashion brand HRX , and sold its stakes to Flipkart-owned online shopping portal Myntra. Hrithik Roshan’s fitness wear brand HRX was launched in 2013 and became a huge success amongst youngsters. He also owns a gym in Mumbai called Center Cult and furthermore has an equity stake in Bangalore based gym Curefit.
13. Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen is a single mother with two daughters, who recently made her debut in web series. She runs profitable enterprises of her own, including a production company called Tantra Entertainment. Sushmita also owns a jewellery retail store in Dubai called Renee Jewellers. She has a beauty pageant franchise ‘I Am She’ under her for many years but it was recently taken over by Femina. Miss Universe Sushmita Sen has always been an independent woman. Sushmita is the owner of a restaurant ‘Bangali Mashi’s Kitchen’ in Mumbai, which serves a variety of Bengali cuisine.
14. Arjun Rampal
Arjun Rampal makes appearances on the big screen every now and then, and he also runs an event management firm called Chasing Ganesha. He also co-owns a luxurious lounge called LAP in Hotel Samrat, Chanakyapuri, based in Delhi. But it got into legal trouble for breaking rules. Arjun Rampal not have a very successful career in Bollywood but he earns quite well through his business ventures.
15. Lara Dutt
Lara Dutt was crowned Miss Universe in 2000, and she was the second Indian after Sushmita Sen to bring home the award. After a number of successful film career, Lara Dutta turns herself a film producer. She owns her production company called Bheegi Basanti and produced a film Chalo Dilli under the banner of her production. Lara has also launched her own fitness DVD and sari collection store in collaboration with Chabbra 555.
16. Mithun Chakraborty
Mithun Chakraborty was popular in Bollywood as well as Bengali Film Industry. Apart from being an actor, and a judge of a popular dance reality show, he is also a businessman. He is the owner of Monarch group of hotels, which has a franchise in various cities of India including Ooty and Mussorie.
17. Malaika Arora
Malaika Arora has been making quite a buzz in Bollywood for her relationship with Arjun Kapoor. She is an actor, dancer, a tv presenter, a judge as well as a producer. She is the co-owner of an online fashion website called ‘The Label Life’ in collaboration with Bipasha Basu and Sussanne Khan. Malaika Arora is the style editor of clothing in her fashion website.
18. Preity Zinta
Preity Zinta has given many hit films in her Bollywood career, and was one of the most loved actress of her time. She later became the co-founder of Indian Premier League(IPL) team “King Elevens Punjab”. A lesser known fact about Preity is that she is a Criminal Psychology graduate. She is also involved in Salman Khan’s Being Human brand.
19. Sunny Leone
Once an adult film star, Sunny Leone is quite popular in Bollywood. She is also the brand face of the online adult store IMBesharam.com that was launched on 1 September 2012. Furthermore the store has variety of products for adults like adult toys, adult products, sexy wear, lingerie, footwear, party wear, accessories, sexy costumes, swimwear, and many more. Furthermore she has her own business ventures including ‘Fragrances’, a franchise for a box league cricket, a web-based short story and an online game. She is also the owner of her her own line of cosmetics, starting with a lip kit of sticks, liners, and glosses. In total, she is a part of 5 business ventures, her husband Daniel is also involved in business.
20. Dino Morea
Dino Morea, a popular actor and a model of his time now runs a restaurant-cum-bar Crepe Station in Mumbai serving European cuisine as well as mouth-watering breakfast like waffles and pancakes. He and his brother together started Crepe Station, and it is one of the the fastest-growing cafe chains in India. Dino also has a retail line called Cool Mall Merchandise, launched by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
21. Ronit Roy
Ronit Roy owns a security agency called Ace Security and Protection, and it provides personal security to some of the biggest Bollywood celebrities including Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and SRK among many more. He also makes appearances on the small screen as an actor from time to time.
22. Asha Bhosle
Did you know? that evergreen singer Asha Bhosle is also a businesswoman! She owns a restaurant called ‘Asha’s’ in WAFI City, Dubai, launched in 2002. Her restaurant, ‘Asha’s’ is first ever Indian restaurant group in the world which is currently operating in six different countries. The restaurant is mostly popular for serving West Indian cuisine along with contemporary décor.
23. Chunky Panday
Chunky Panday, one of the most entertaining actors of his time is also a businessman. He is also the owner of ‘The Elbo Room’, a pub that gives you a British pub vibe. Furthermore, it is popular for offering different its cocktails and a lavish and sophisticated oriental cuisine.
24. Juhi Chawla
Juhi Chawla and Shahrukh Khan have been friends for more than 27 years now. They share a life-long friendship and have also become business partners over the years. With being the co-owners of the Indian Premier League team, Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh and Juhi also co-own the production house, Red Chillies Entertainment together, along with Gauri Khan.
25. Gul Panag
Gul Panag, a traveler, fitness enthusiast and former Miss India has always lend her voice to social causes and she is one of those celebrities who is adored by all. Furthermore her passion for fitness has led her towards launching a tech start-up which makes fitness apps. Furthermore, she is also running a production company that creates television content.