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Women’s day special: Female celebrities who are running successful businesses

Women’s day special:  Celebrities you didn’t know own major businesses


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Turns out women aren’t just ruling in the film industry, but also dominating the business world.
  • Some actresses turned entrepreneurs show us exactly how it’s done successfully by juggling their personal life with their professional.
  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma are associated with the beauty & fashion business.

Who’s the BOSS NOW? Bollywood boss babes proving themselves with their multi crores turnover businesses

In Indian society or mentality, a woman is always someone’s daughter, wife or mother but people often forget that she is an individual with a separate identity and does not need someone else’s name to complete hers every time.

When it comes to a celebrity, people expect that star wives just sit at their lavish houses and enjoy their life with the money earned by their parents or husbands. However, people always fail to understand that success doesn’t come easy and they may live a lavish life but only after years of hard work they do to be independent and earn their own money.

Nowadays, it seems like our favourite celebrities never prefer to stick to the original career path that made them famous and instead, turn to a completely new field i.e., entrepreneurship.

You may know the listed below women by their last name or their husbands’ name, but in this article, you will discover their identity as ‘businesswomen’.

So, let’s take a look at which stars are behind which brands that you may or may not know and love

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PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS

This global superstar has proven to be an immensely phenomenal actress with her performance in numerous Indian and Hollywood projects followed by two other singles, and the show Quantico.

Other than being an actress, singer, and fashion icon, Priyanka launched her hair care line called – Anomaly making it affordable for everyone. She also owns a production house called Purple Pebble Pictures and an Indian restaurant in New York called ‘Sona’ which she describes as a “labour of love.”

Apart from these, she has also launched her autobiography – Unfinished which is already ranking on number 1. She has also invested in various businesses like Bumble which is a dating app launched in 2014 and Holberton which is a computer science school founded in Silicon Valley for aspiring software engineers.

GAURI KHAN

Conferred the title “The First Lady of Bollywood” by a Canadian magazine She Canada. She is the co-owner of Red Chillies Entertainment and Kolkata Knight Riders and also owns an interior designing firm. Gauri is famously known for designing spaces for celebrities like Roberto Cavalli, Mukesh Ambani, Ralph Lauren, Jacqueline Fernandez, Karan Johar, and Sidharth Malhotra.

In 2018, Gauri Khan was listed under ‘50 Most Powerful Women’ in one of the magazines of Fortune India.

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TWINKLE KHANNA

Twinkle Khanna may not have an obsession with films but she sure as hell has done a lot in her career. Twinkle is the owner of an interior designing firm named ‘The White Window’. She is also a newspaper columnist for The Times of India and Daily News and Analysis. Her debut novel ‘Mrs. Funnybones’ sold more than 1 lac copies and ‘Pyjamas Are Forgiving’, and ‘The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’ has been hit in the community of readers. She is also a film producer and produced Akshay’s ‘Padman‘.

The author, producer, and interior designer is also the owner of a digital media company called Tweak India which is a platform for Indian women to share and challenge old ideas to discover new ones, along with holding discussions on health, wellness, career, life, and more.

SUSSANNE KHAN

Sussanne never relied on her parents or superstar husband for anything and always lived her life like a princess. This self-made woman owns two of the biggest interior designing firms in Mumbai named ‘House of Design’. Sussanne Khan has done her Art Associate degree course in Interior Designing from the U.S.A. She has collaborated with Gauri Khan in 2011 to open India’s first interior fashion design store, The Charcoal Project.

MANA SHETTY

Mana Shetty is an owner of a number of businesses. She is a social activist, a designer, a businesswoman and owns R-House in Mumbai. She owns a chain of luxury hotels, fashion stores, a home decor store, and she is also related to various NGOs and a real estate venture.

Mana Shetty has associations with an NGO called Save the Children India and she is also renowned for organising exhibitions in the name of Araaish. The money collected from these exhibitions is donated for the welfare of underprivileged women other various charitable cause.

ALIA BHATT

Everybody already knows Alia by her impeccable on-screen performances and her multiple talents like singing, dancing. However, did you know Alia is also a philanthropist and an investor? Not very long ago she became one of the youngest and top actresses in Bollywood to become an entrepreneur and launched her conscious clothing line – Ed-a-Mamma which caters to kids below 14 years of age. This is Alia’s first attempt at a business and she seems extremely thoughtful about making a sustainable clothing brand for children.

Alia Bhatt has taken her conscious clothing brand for children, Ed-a-Mamma to a record 10X growth in 10 months as it launched its first edition of the Autumn-Winter line and was consistently ranked as one of the top 3 brands on Myntra, in the kidswear category, within 3 months of launch on the platform.

SEEMA KHAN

One of the famous fashion designers who designs dresses and costumes for actors and actresses of the Bollywood industry. She also owns a clothing store in her name in Mumbai and Dubai and her clientele includes other famous celebrity names like Malaika Arora Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Katrina Kaif.

PREITY ZINTA

This actress has always charmed us with her fetching smile, dimples, and cute demeanour. However, taking some time off from doing Bollywood films, she has turned into a successful businesswoman. Preity is the owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team King’s XI Punjab and along with this, she also owns a production house called PZNZ media. Perhaps the actress is not a common face you see in the movies today, but she was one of the top actresses of her time and is very much now in the public eye through her various entrepreneurial ventures.

DEEPIKA PADUKONE

One of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses earns a lot of money through her apparel line known as ‘All About You’. Deepika launched her online clothes business in 2015 in collaboration with the online shopping giant for clothing – Myntra along with a women’s fashion line with Van Hussain. She also owns a film production house called Ka productions.

The actress also runs a foundation to create awareness about mental health called Live, Love, Laugh to support and normalise people with mental health issues and along with these, she has also invested in start-up enterprises like Epigamia which is a yoghurt brand, Purplle – beauty products.

KATRINA KAIF

The British actress who works in Hindi movies launched her own makeup – beauty brand called ‘Kay Beauty’, in association with Nykaa. It was reported that the latest addition in her product line is the Hydrating Foundation which is available in 20 diverse shades and caters to a range of Indian skin tones. Also, Katrina is involved with her mother’s charity and participates in various shows.

ANUSHKA SHARMA

Not a part of nepotism and still made her way to the top and is one of the most bankable actresses today in Bollywood. Other than having a huge fan base, she is also a successful entrepreneur and launched her clothing brand- Nush on Myntra. Apart from this, Anushka has also formed a new film production firm with her brother.

MALAIKA ARORA

Malaika is a fitness enthusiast and her love and passion for yoga encouraged her to start a yoga studio – called DivaYoga. Malaika joined hands with Bipasha Basu and Sussanne Khan to a part of the e-commerce clothing website – ‘The Label Life’.

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