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.

Social entrepreneurship: Building dynamic and verdant business ecosystems

Social entrepreneur (noun). A person who pursues an innovative idea with the potential to solve a community problem. These individuals are willing to take on the risk and effort to create positive changes in society through their initiatives. (Source: Investopedia)

 

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After a much sought-out realization, social entrepreneurs have decided to change the world with their passion, determination, and ingenuity. With society being topsy-turvy most of the time, this oftentimes becomes a great challenge. Indeed, they have their work cut out for them. Furthermore, social entrepreneurship isn’t being taught in schools. So for the newcomers, that’s one more thing to worry about. True enough, they’ll learn on the job, but it won’t hurt to be prepared. According to some, starting out as a business leader might be the best way to equip oneself with the right tools to become a successful social entrepreneur.

 

As business leaders, they know what it takes for a startup to take off and extend their reach. The sad reality of the world is that most new businesses shut down within a year or two. If one’s business runs out of money, it certainly won’t bode well for the cause. Experienced business leaders all know too well how to raise capital, make the organization grow, and generate profit.

 

 

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Furthermore, before a business leader can become who he is today, a lot of sweat needs to be shed first. With their years of experience and firsthand knowledge, they are able to network effectively which leads to opportunities. Social entrepreneurs will certainly benefit from this.

 

Lastly, social entrepreneurs need to sell without the buyer receiving just compensation for his investment. That’s a pretty disadvantageous position, but business leaders have honed and developed their sales prowess. They have the ability to take the enterprise to even greater heights.