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
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
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
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.