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Justin Timberlake

Status: Singer, Actor
Age: 31
HQ: Los Angeles, CA



Investments:
Stipple, Myspace, Dekko


Is this life imitating art? A former boy-band heartthrob, Timberlake won acclaim for his role in The Social Network as Napster co-founder Sean Parker. Timberlake must have really tapped into Parker's investment mojo, as he is now an investor in technology startups Stipple, Myspace, and Dekko. Stipple, a service that lets users label and monetize their photographs, garnered $2 million in its first round of funding from Timberlake and other investors. While Myspace is an also-ran, social network that Timberlake is looking to keep afloat, Dekko is a startup developing smartphone software that places digital content into the real world.



Ashton Kutcher

Status: Actor, Producer
Age: 34
HQ: Los Angeles, CA



Investments:
Foursquare, GroupMe, Hipmunk, Chegg, Flipboard, Milk, Tinychat, Fab.com, Path, Airbnb, Optimizely, Blekko, WarbyParker


Although he played a dimmed-bulb Michael Kelso in the TV series That 70s Show, Kutcher is an illuminating source when it comes to making investments. A keen eye when it comes to technology startups, this actor has funded some well-known companies, including the mobile social network Foursquare, and the photo sharing application, Path. Kutcher not only provides capital, but also provides "creative assistance." With Path, he suggested ways to let users comment and give feedback on each other's photos. Kutcher is so devoted to the tech/entrepreneurial space that he co-founded A-Grade Investments in 2011 with Yucaipa Companies' billionaire, Ron Burkle, and Israeli music producer and talent agent, Guy Oseary. A-Grade is actively looking for VC deals.



Kanye West

Status: Producer, Musician, Songwriter
Age: 34
HQ: New York, NY



Investments:
Turntable.fm

Kanye West is adding investor to his already lengthy list of achievements. West began his trek to success by producing catchy tracks for artists including Alicia Keys and Ludacris. West is currently managing his label, GOOD music, and climbing the charts with hits of his own. In 2011, the singer songwriter invested in the $7.5 million Turntable.fm financing round. Turntable.fm is a music social media site that combines free streaming music with chat rooms allowing users to vote and earn DJ points. Valued at $37.5 million, the music start-up has over 300,000 users, and recently signed licensing agreements with the top artist publishing representatives.



Lady Gaga

Status: Producer, Musician, Songwriter, Dancer
Age: 26
HQ: New York, NY



Investments:
Backplane, Turntable.fm


Known for her eccentric attire and sometimes controversial performances, Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) has played her part in the investment world on more than one occasion. Like Kanye West, Gaga invested in the Turntable.fm music start-up and contributed to the firm's $7.5 million financing round. Previously, the singer also worked with former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, to invest in the $1 million funding for the social platform Backplane. Backplane, founded by Gaga's business manager Troy Carter, seeks to unite individuals worldwide based on their interests and affinities. Gaga's interest in Backplane emerged after meeting with former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. She has a 20% stake in the company.



Drew Bledsoe

Status: Football player (retired)
Age: 40
HQ: Bend, OR



Investments:
IdleAir, Echosphere Technologies, Montana Ski Company

Now retired, NFL pro Drew Bledsoe is quarterbacking his own investment group, Bledsoe Capital Group. Founded shortly after his retirement from the NFL in 2007, Bledsoe's operation is focused on funding investments in Real Estate, Luxury Products and Services, Emerging Technology, and Entertainment. The group receives hundreds of proposals, but its primary mission statement is "doing good while doing well." Investments include Montana Ski Company (which produces skis manufactured from sustainable Montana hardwoods using low-toxic resins), and IdleAir (which provides truck drivers an alternative to idling their engines during rest periods). Additional Bledsoe ventures include a winery and a specialty coffee roasting company.



Madonna

Status: Producer, Singer, Actress
Age: 53
HQ: New York, NY



Investments:
Vita Coco, Hard Candy Fitness

Quite the influential woman in the music industry, Madonna is not a virgin to startup ventures. The all-time, top-selling female recording artist's love of coconut water led her to invest about $1.5 million in Vita Coco, an all-natural, nutrient-packed drink available at select grocers and retailers. A guru for a healthy lifestyle, Madonna (alongside manager Guy Oseary and New Evolution Ventures Chairman, Mark Mastrov) is also opening a second Hard Candy Fitness Center is Moscow, Russia. The first Hard Candy Fitness Center opened in Mexico City in late 2010, which included a visit from the Material Girl.



Steve Young


Status: Football player (retired)
Age: 50
HQ: San Jose, CA



Investment Firm:
Huntsman Gay Global Capital


Steve Young can't be accused of sitting on the bench following his NFL career. Having won a record six passing titles, former 49ers quarterback Young is now distributing funds instead of a football. Besides his role as a Monday Night Football analyst, Young serves as a managing partner and co-founder at Huntsman Gay Global Capital. Young helped the Private Equity investor raise $1.1 billion for its first fund, which invests in middle market companies across a wide range of industries. Additionally, Young received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Brigham Young University Law School, and sat on the board of Foundry Networks before it was acquired by Brocade Communications Systems in 2008.



Leonardo DiCaprio


Status: Actor, Producer
Age: 37
HQ: Los Angeles, CA



Investments:
Mobli

Although onscreen this actor went down with one of the mightiest ships, Leonardo DiCaprio's acting and business career still remain afloat. Known for his boyish good looks, DiCaprio has been acting since the age of 14. As photogenic as DiCaprio is, it comes as no surprise that he would take an interest in the startup, Mobli. A social media play, Mobli users can experience one another's photos and videos in real time. Having been a lead contributor in the $4 million round of funding, DiCaprio will also play a role in marketing for Mobli.



David Robinson


Status: Basketball player (retired)
Age: 46
HQ: San Antonio, TX



Investment Firm:
Admiral Capital Group

David "The Admiral" Robinson is successfully steering his business ship these days. Regarded as one of the best centers in NBA history, Robinson partnered with Daniel Bassichis (formerly of Goldman Sachs) to form the Admiral Capital Group. Founded after his retirement from the NBA in 2008, Admiral Capital is a private equity firm that invests in opportunities looking to provide both financial and social returns, with a focus in the real estate and hospitality industry. The company has invested in Centerplate, a food service company. Robinson originally dribbled his ball in the investment court to create a source of funding for The Carver Academy, a non-profit, private school in San Antonio that serves children from pre-kindergarten through grade six.



Dan Quayle


Status: Politician, Jurist, 44th Vice President of the U.S.
Age: 65
HQ: Paradise Valley, AZ



Investment Firm:
Cerberus Global Investments

"Veep" during the George H.W. Bush presidency, Dan Quayle is known to be one of the more active former Vice Presidents. Don't let his public image as an intellectual light-weight, prone to factual slip-ups and misspellings, fool you. In 2000, Quayle joined the advisory team at Cerberus Global Investments, a leading private equity firm, with approximately $23 billion under management. Now a Co-Chairman, Quayle is using his political creds to help Cerberus land international deals. It was Quayle that helped Cerberus close a controlling stake in Japan's Nippon Credit Bank (now Aozora Bank, Ltd.). He is also President of Quayle & Associates and serves on the boards of directors of IAP Worldewide Services, Inc., and K2, Inc.



Ryan Seacrest


Status: TV Host, Radio Personality, Producer
Age: 37
HQ: Los Angeles, CA



Investment Firm:
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment

Stepping beyond hosting American Idol, Seacrest has upped the ante on his career hand with the Ryan Seacrest Production company, producing shows that air mainly on E! and MTV. Recently, Seacrest joined the largest U.S. radio company Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, which is committing $300 million to work with Ryan Seacrest Productions. The broadcast impresario is teaming up with the two private equity firms that own Clear Channel, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital, to identify new investments and acquisitions.



Magic Johnson


Status: Basketball player (retired)
Age: 52
HQ: Los Angeles, CA and Detroit, MI



Investment Firms:
Detroit Venture Partners, Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund, Yucaipa Johnson Corporate Initiatives Growth

One of the 50 Greatest Players in the NBA, Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr.'s achievements include nine NBA Finals appearances and twelve All-Star games. Proving that he can score more than just baskets, Johnson joined the VC firm Detroit Venture Partners in 2011 alongside Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, ePrize founder Josh Linkner, and investor Brian Hermelin. Detroit Venture invests primarily in digital media, mobile application development, e-commerce and social networking companies. Johnson also is a partner in real estate firm Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund, which has nearly $1 billion to invest, and private equity firm Yucaipa Johnson Corporate Initiatives Growth Fund, which has close to $400 million to invest.



Michael J. Fox


Status: Actor, Producer, Author
Age: 50
HQ: New York, NY



Investment Firm:
The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Michael J. Fox rocked us out as Marty McFly with his rendition of "Johnny B Good" in the Back to the Future trilogy, and despite depicting a young Republican in Family Ties, Fox has been quite the activist. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, he began seeking a cure. This led him to create the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2001, which funds researchers and scientists with projects geared toward Parkinson's disease. The foundation is currently investing in Sapiens, a medical device startup, whose goal is to deliver superior brain stimulation therapies. To date, the Michael J. Fox Foundation is the largest private funder of Parkinson's disease research in the world, investing upwards of $179 million.



Steve Nash


Status: Basketball player
Age: 38
HQ: New York, NY (offseason) and Phoenix, AZ (during the season)



Investment Firm:
Consigliere

This South-African born athlete excelled at soccer and rugby, however it was basketball where Stephen Nash found his calling. Named by ESPN in 2006 as the ninth greatest NBA point guard of all time, Nash can handle more than just a basketball. The all-star has formed the Steve Nash Foundation, which funds projects and creates opportunities for children affected by poverty, abuse, or neglect. The Suns player also has joined the VC world. Together with Deutsch advertising agency executive, Michael Duda, Nash co-founded New York based VC firm Consigliere in 2010. Italian for "advisor," Consigliere started with $20 million, and invests mostly in seed-stage and early round consumer-focused companies.



Troy Carter


Status: Chairman and CEO, Coalition Media Group
Age: Late 30s
HQ: Los Angeles, CA



Investments:
Backplane, Bre.ad, Tinychat, Lumier, Turntable.fm

With an ear for music, Troy Carter also has a knack for investing as well. Having worked with some of hip-hop's biggest artists including Will Smith, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and Nelly, Carter has established some hefty ties in the entertainment industry. Atom Factory, his management company that formed in 2010, now has pop star Lady Gaga on its roster. Gaga invested in Carter's company, social media platform Backplane. Carter's preference for social media and technology startups, has prompted additional investments in the video chat site Tinychat, and personal billboard and link shortening site Bre.ad.



Troy Aikman


Status: Football player (retired)
Age: 45
HQ: Dallas, TX



Investment Firms:
Direct Development, Bledsoe Capital Group

Footballer, Troy Aikman, was the number one overall draft pick in 1989 and played twelve consecutive seasons as quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys. Although he turned down Dancing with the Stars, Aikman can still be seen on television as a sportscaster for Fox Network. To keep this retiree even more occupied, Aikman has gotten behind Direct Development and the Bledsoe Capital Group. Aikman is a principal owner of Direct Development, a retail real estate development and investment firm. Backing up another ex-Cowboy, Drew Bledsoe, Aikman invested in the Bledsoe Capital Group's fund in 2009.



MC Hammer


Status: Rapper, Actor
Age: 50
HQ: Tracy, CA



Investments:
WireDoo, DanceJam

MC Hammer was a big enough idol in the eighties and nineties to make parachute pants a staple item in everyone's wardrobe, but does he have enough zest to make Wiredoo a more popular search engine than Google? The first hip hop artist to achieve diamond status for an album MC Hammer, Stanley Kirk Burrell announced the development of the new search engine aimed to surpass Google and Bing on "deep search" and relational topics. Still its beta stage, Wiredoo doesn't yet seem to be position to "outhammer" Google. In any case if we don't get the chance to "wiredoo" something, at least we'll have had the opportunity to watch others get down hammer style, thanks to MC Hammer investing in DanceJam, a video sharing site.



Selena Gomez


Status: Singer, Actress
Age: 19
HQ: Los Angeles, CA



Investments:
Postcard on the Run

Not many know that Selena Gomez began her career singing next to everyone's favorite purple dinousaur. Moving from Barney and Friends to the World of Disney, Gomez became a star in the television series Wizards of Waverly Place. Wanting to shed her Mickey Mouse image, Gomez is participating in projects outside of the "magic kingdom." In 2009, and at the age of 17, she became UNICEF's youngest ambassador. Gomez is following in the steps of other celebrities choosing tech startups to invest in. Just last year, Gomez participated in the $750,000 funding round for start-up Postcard on the Run, a mobile app where users can send real postcards to any address on a mobile device. For an extra cost, you can even add a scratch and sniff feature to the postcard.



Sean Combs


Status: Producer, Rapper, Actor
Age: 42
HQ: Alpine, NJ



Investments:
Tinychat

Though he's gained notoriety for a employing a variety of stage names, Sean Jean Combs has unquestionably made a name for himself as a formidable entrepreneur. With two restaurants, a clothing line, and a record company, it comes as no surprise that in 2011 Combs was named as the richest hip hop figure by Forbes. With an estimated net worth of $500 million, this rapper had no qualms with providing seed money to a New York startup company. Tinychat, an online video chat network that lets users instantly connect with old and new friends, received funding from Combs in its $1.5 million venture round.



Bono


Status: Musician
Age: 51
HQ: Dublin, Ireland



Investments:
Elevation Partners, Dropbox

Often seen sporting a nifty par of shades, Bono is the front man of Dublin-based rock band U2. Born Paul Hewson, Bono is a managing director and co-founder of Elevation Partners, a Silicon Valley based VC firm. Elevation was once criticized as being one of the "worst investors in America" due to a stream of bad investments. Now, however, the company seems to be flourishing with stakes in Yelp and Facebook. Bono's firm owns a 1.5% stake in the number one social media site, valued at approximately $1 billion. Apart from his investments made with Elevation, Bono has also invested in the file sharing service Dropbox. The company raised $250 million in its Series B funding and is now valued at $4 billion.