Celebrity CEO’s: Stars Who Run Their Own Business Empires was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

In addition to her partnership with Myx Moscato, the rapper also has a clothing line with Kmart and is endorsed by Beats By Dre.

2. Will Smith

Will Smith

Will founded his production company, Overbrook Entertainment, in 1997. His net worth is an estimated $200M.

3. Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Justin has acquired his wealth not only from his music career, but largely from his business investments, including his fashion line William Rast. He also holds ownership stakes in two of his passions, the Memphis Grizzlies and his co-branded tequila, Sauza 901.

4. Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen

The former child stars own three successful clothing lines: The Row, Elizabeth and James, Olsenboye, and a Stylemint venture. Their net worth is an estimated $300M.

5. Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre

The rapper hit it big when he co-founded his audio product line, Beats Electronics, known to most as Beats by Dr. Dre.

6. Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

The Harvard Business School grad proved that she’s not just another former Victoria’s Secret model. Banks is the founder of very own production company, Bankable Productions, and an investment firm, Fierce Capital.

7. Oprah

Oprah

The media mogul founded Harpo Productions, Inc. in 1986, and went on to create her own television network, OWN. According to Forbes, Winfrey’s net worth is $3 billion, making her the first African-American woman billionaire.

8. Birdman

Birdman

He is the co-founder of Cash Money Records. According to Forbes, he has an estimated net worth of $160 million in 2014.

9. Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton

With three shows on the air (‘The Real’, ‘Meet The Braxtons’ and ‘Tamar & Vince), an upcoming liquor line, a new clothing collection and highly sought after music career, Tamar has quickly become a household name.

10. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Seven fragrances, 10 seasons of ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, a clothing line, an app, and countless endorsement deals make Kim a very profitable business woman. Her reported net worth, $87M.

11. Jay Z

Jay Z

Beyonce’s husband has an estimated $520 million in net worth according to Forbes, thanks to Jay’s numerous business ventures. Most profitable of all recently has been his label, Roc Nation, and its newest component Roc Nation Sports.

12. Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson

The singer’s retail company ‘The Jessica Simpson Collection’ generates an estimated $1 billion a year.

13. Rihanna

Rihanna

The singer is reportedly worth $90M. Fragrances, endorsements and a fashion line has sealed her fate in everything outside of music.

14. Beyonce

Beyonce

Her endorsements include Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani and a boatload of other prominent brands. She successfully maintains ‘House of Dereon’ and most recently it was announced that Beyoncé with her management company Parkwood Entertainment would be partnering with London based fashion retailer Topshop.

15. Lala

Lala

The former VJ, actress, reality star and wife to NBA baller Carmelo Anthony, launched MOTIVES by La La in 2012 and a clothing line (‘5th & Mercer’) the same year.

16. Diddy

Diddy

The music mogul, who first built his wealth off production company Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group, reached an estimated $700 million net worth in 2014. According to Forbes, Combs could become hip-hop’s first billionaire after recently launching his endeavor, Revolt TV.

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