Celebrity power couples who are also top entrepreneur-philanthropists

When we think about celebrities and their lifestyle, we often imagine is a world of fame and fortune where success can be defined by the awards and prestige that they can acquire over the years. Such is the typical story that we repeatedly see in the news but not everyone knows that many top stars have been taking the road less travelled by making the world a better place through the combination of their individual entrepreneurial feats and philanthropic efforts.

Let’s take a look at the top celebrity entrepreneur-philanthropists that are changing the world and leading the way to a new and better future.

 

Jay-Z and Beyonce

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With a combined net worth of $810 million, the couple’s fortune began in music but both have expanded their empire in the business world. While Beyonce owns her own fashion brand ‘House of Deréon’ and a line of personal fragrance, Jaz-Z runs his own entertainment company Roc Nation, LLC. He has also a clothing line (Rocawear) that sold in 2007 for $204 million.  Although the couple is not very outspoken when it comes to their philanthropic efforts, their charitable contributions are doing the talking, participating in community efforts through the BeyGood foundation and Jay Z’s Trust Fund for Sean Bell’s Children.

 

Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg

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Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla are the youngest couple to be included in CNN’s 10 wealthiest couples in the world and has a combined net worth of $38.5 billion. It was in 2010 when Zuckerberg committed to give away the majority of his wealth by signing the Giving Pledge and in 2014, the couple donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to fight Ebola.

 

John Travolta and Kelly Preston

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Travolta was the guest speaker of this year’s City Gala organized by Entrepreneur Media. The event featured stars and entrepreneurs, highlighting celebrity philanthropic efforts and how it can make the world a better place one cause at a time.  Travolta and Preston founded the Jett Travolta Foundation in 2009 after the death of their son to support several specific causes for women and children in need.

REPOST: The hottest business trends are circular

Efforts to making the world and its many businesses more sustainable will largely depend on how we use, conserve, and maximize available resources. Here is an article from GreenBiz that illustrates how business and sustainability experts are striving to “go circular,” implementing more reliable processes for sustainable inputs, improving product design, and closing material loops.

 

 

In a resource-constrained world, there’s no room for waste. Getting creative with the way we obtain, use and dispose of materials will be key for a successful and sustainable global economy.

 

Business and sustainability experts across the globe are making a move to “go circular,” implementing better processes for sustainable inputs, improving product design and closing material loops.

 

This is the basis of the circular economy. It’s also one of the biggest business opportunities of our generation.

 

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission report, Better Business Better World, indicates that achieving the SDGs could create at least $12 trillion in business value by 2030 and generate up to 380 million jobs. The report highlights the circular economy as being one of five key game-changing business models that are helping to realize the SDGs and the market opportunities that they represent.

 

The circular economy itself is a $4.5 trillion opportunity, according to Accenture forecasts. Who wouldn’t want to get involved?

 

Recent research shows that eight materials are responsible for 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, 95 percent of water reuse and 80 percent of land use. Implementing circular economy principles for these materials could help address climate change, water scarcity and land-use issues.

 

Solutions in food and shelter are the two biggest priorities with the most positive impact potential.

 

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