If you still believe Ashton is just an actor, you are living in a bubble of your own!
Ashton Kutcher is a huge name on TV as well as movies, but did you know that he is making an insanely huge amount of money from his well-thought-of investments. He has invested in profitable companies like Airbnb and Uber due to which he has made a lot of money. But, is he a billionaire? Let’s find out.
Did Ashton Kutcher make all this money from acting?
- Ashton Kutcher: A billionaire in the making?
- Endeavours during college years
- Beyond Hollywood
- His ventures in technology dwarf his acting income
Ashton Kutcher: A billionaire in the making?
To make a claim that Ashton Kutcher is a billionaire is too far fetched. Though he undoubtedly has lots of extra sources of income apart from acting. Forbes magazine listed that he owns around $250 million in his kitty.
Ashton has never been only dependent on acting as a source of income. To get a deep insight into his incomes, let’s look back at his career.
Endeavours during college years
Ashton took up Biochemical engineering to find a cure for his ailing brother. His brother Michael Kutcher suffers from a major heart condition. During his college years, he got in trouble for partying. He was even kicked out of his apartment.
To make both ends meet, he took a job in the cereal department at General Mills plant, a local company in his hometown Cedar Rapids. Moreover, he donated blood to pay his tuition fees.
His entry into the world of glamour
Ashton worked at a bar for some time. During that period, he was discovered by a model scout. He asked Ashton to give a try to modelling. Ashton participated in a modelling competition and won. Later, he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.
He had a great start in modelling. Everyone still remembers him as the hot guy from Calvin Klein. Even his current wife Mila Kunis had a crush on him. She found him really sizzling in the commercial.
‘That ‘70s Show’ that made him famous
He got his first major breakthrough in acting with ‘That ’70s Show’. The show became one of the most popular sitcoms during its time and ran for eight long years.
‘That ‘70s Show’ provided the kick that he needed to set his foot in Hollywood. He got to play the lead in comedy movies like “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “Just Married”. Ashton was typecasted as a dimwit for the characters he played. But he was always more talented than the roles he was getting. Those who observed him with their eagle eyes knew that he is going to make it big.
Not just an actor
Soon after doing some comedies, Ashton realized that he did not want to restrict himself to acting. He produced an MTV show called “Punk’d”, wherein he played pranks with celebrities. He launched his own production house soon after and named it Katalyst Films. This production company is known to produce reality shows such as “Beauty and the Geek”.
He replaced Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men’ in 2011, in the famous firing episode in Hollywood. His one year contract is believed to be around $20 million.
Ashton played Steve Jobs in 2013 biopic “Jobs”. Like Steve, he is also interested in technology. He has made a large number of investments in the technology sector. It is an unspoken truth that Ashton has invested more money in the technology sector than any other Hollywood star.
Kutcher co-founded A-Grade Investments together with Guy Oseary, the talent manager of actors such as Madonna and U2, Ron Burkle, a successful businessman, and fund manager Chris Hollod,
Kutcher, Burkle, and Oseary invested about $30 million in 2010 and have currently made tenfold of the income. Forbes has valued the company approximately $250 million in 2016.
His ventures in technology dwarf his acting income
Ashton has been one of the highest-paid stars on TV, especially because of ‘Two and a Half Men’. But, the money he has made from his technology ventures makes his acting income look like a drop in the ocean.
He is very famous for having invested in Uber when the company was at its nascent stage. He is famous for making significant investments in Skype, Airbnb, Spotify, Shazam, Pinterest, etc.
Kutcher donates money to a number of charities. He also co-founded Thorn, an organization that plans to prevent sexual abuse of children using technology.
He isn’t a billionaire yet, but if he continues doing what he is doing, he can certainly become one. Drop your thoughts on Ashton Kutcher in the comments box below.