Bollywood stars of yesteryears enjoyed immense popularity.

However, many of them did not invest their hard-earned money wisely, leading to financial difficulties later in life.

In contrast, subsequent generations of actors learned from these mistakes.

They adopted a more financially responsible approach, diversifying their earnings into various enterprises to ensure they didn’t put all their eggs in one basket.

Once confined to a limited career span, actresses now wield significant influence in the industry.

Many of them successfully juggle multiple roles as accomplished entrepreneurs alongside their acting careers.

Let’s explore the Bollywood stalwarts who are shining in realms beyond the film industry.

Akshay Kumar

Top 10 Bollywood Stars who are Successful Entrepreneurs - 1Akshay Kumar is widely recognised as one of the most business-savvy actors in Bollywood.

Despite commanding hefty fees per movie, he has not shied away from diversifying his investments, significantly increasing his net worth.

In 2008, Kumar established Cape of Good Films, an Indian film production and distribution company based in Mumbai.

This production house, under the stewardship of the Khiladi actor, has produced successful movies such as OMG (Oh My God)RustomAirliftToilet: Ek Prem KathaKesari, and more.

Kumar’s commitment to health and fitness is well-documented.

He is a co-owner of StayFit, a brand dedicated to providing affordable fitness equipment to households across India.

His entrepreneurial journey also encompasses the education sector.

He has invested in the online education platform, Unacademy, reflecting his belief in digital learning and his passion for nurturing young minds.

Kumar has also made substantial investments in the stock market, with his diverse portfolio amounting to millions.

His wife, actress Twinkle Khanna, who retired from acting to focus on family and other ventures, has carved out a successful career as an author and interior designer.

She recently launched Tweak India, a digital platform aimed at Indian women.

Shah Rukh Khan

Top 10 Bollywood Stars who are Successful Entrepreneurs - 2The Indian Premier League (IPL) is recognised as the most lucrative cricket league globally, drawing the interest of numerous actors and businessmen keen to share in its success.

Among these stakeholders is Shah Rukh Khan, who holds a 55% stake in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband, Jay Mehta.

While Shah Rukh Khan is frequently seen ardently supporting his IPL franchise, his other cricket team ventures may not be as well-known.

It’s worth noting that Shah Rukh Khan’s engagement with cricket goes beyond the IPL.

He is the owner of not just one, but three international cricket teams.

The Los Angeles Knight Riders compete in Major League Cricket, the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders participate in the International League T20 (ILT20), and the Trinbago Knight Riders (a women’s team) proudly represent in the Women’s Caribbean Premier League.

Additionally, SRK co-owns Red Chillies Entertainment with his wife, Gauri Khan.

This company has made its mark as a leading film studio and distribution company, as well as a top-tier visual effects studio.

Deepika Padukone

Top 10 Bollywood Stars who are Successful Entrepreneurs - 3Deepika Padukone, in partnership with business associate Jigar Shah, launched the skincare brand 82°E.

The brand aims to offer a range of simple-to-use yet luxurious skincare treatments.

The brand emphasises the use of traditional Indian skincare ingredients and features four main products: Ashwagandha Bounce, Patchouli Glow Serum, Bakuchiol Slip Face Oil, and Lotus Splash Cleanser.

However, with the sunscreen priced at Rs 1,800 and the moisturiser at Rs 2,700, the products remain largely inaccessible to the average Indian consumer.

This aligns with Deepika’s consistent association with top-end luxury brands.

In addition to her skincare venture, Deepika Padukone has invested in the speciality coffee brand Blue Tokai through her investment entity, Ka Enterprises.

Blue Tokai, based in Gurugram, is a coffee roasting company operating in India and Japan.

It boasts four roasteries and over 80 physical outlets across major Indian cities.

Deepika has also diversified her investments by participating in the stock market.

Ronit Roy

Top 10 Bollywood Stars who are Successful Entrepreneurs - 4Ronit Roy has firmly established himself as a prominent figure in the Indian television and film industry.

However, the achievements of this accomplished 57-year-old actor extend well beyond his acting career.

Some time ago, Roy diversified his investment portfolio by embarking on an entrepreneurial journey.

He runs a highly successful security enterprise, Ace Security and Protection, which provides top-tier security services to prominent Bollywood personalities such as Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, and many others.

Ronit Roy’s entrepreneurial journey serves as a testament to his sharp business acumen and his ability to venture into new realms beyond acting.

Katrina Kaif

Top 10 Bollywood Stars who are Successful Entrepreneurs - 5Katrina Kaif has been successfully monetising her side business.

In 2019, Kaif transformed her passion for makeup into a business venture, launching KayBeauty, a cosmetics brand in partnership with Nykaa, a leading cosmetics and beauty retailer in India.

KayBeauty’s products have received an overwhelmingly positive response from both the beauty industry and consumers, amassing a large following as they continue to make an impact.

Transitioning from film studios to board meetings was a challenge for her, and she admits to having to relearn mathematics and grasp the business side of things.

However, she asserts that it was the vision for KayBeauty that drove her forward.

Being an actress and model, she was able to actively participate in the formulation of products.

She stated: “My dream was to create a super high-quality, high-performance makeup product that was going to deliver at a price point that was accessible to the Indian consumer.”

Shilpa Shetty

Top 10 Bollywood Stars who are Successful Entrepreneurs - 6Shilpa Shetty is the co-founder of Bastian Hospitality, which operates the highly popular Bastian restaurants in Dadar and Bandra.

These establishments focus on seafood and Asian-inspired dishes.

The company also runs Bizza in Bandra, a hot spot for artisanal pizza, decadent desserts, and unique cocktails.

Under the same umbrella, you’ll find Bastian Bites, the brand’s delivery and takeaway kitchen, and Bastian Bakery.

In addition to her restaurant ventures, Shilpa endorses several brands, including Nourish by BL Agro, Bodycare International, Yakult, B Natural, and Fast&Up.

She also owns Dreamss, a brand specialising in leisure wear and nightwear.

Shilpa has made significant contributions to the wellness industry, releasing yoga videos and authoring books on wellbeing and fitness, such as ‘The Diary of a Domestic Diva’ and ‘The Great Indian Diet’.

She has also launched the app Simple Soulful by Shilpa Shetty, now powered by artificial intelligence.

The app offers a comprehensive approach to yoga, physical fitness, meditation, nutrition, and mental fitness.

Priyanka Chopra

Top 10 Bollywood Stars who are Successful Entrepreneurs - 7Priyanka Chopra and her husband, Nick Jonas, are a beloved duo, celebrated both in India and Hollywood.

Since 2022, the couple has invested in the luxury sports brand, Bvlgari.

Chopra believes that we are all unique individuals, and our hair is a reflection of that individuality.

With her aptly named hair care brand, Anomaly, the actress has made her debut in the beauty industry, garnering significant attention with her clean hair care products.

All of the product packaging is made from 100% recycled waste sourced from landfills and oceans.

Since 2018, Priyanka has been an investor in the dating app, Bumble.

She also co-owned the upscale eatery, Sona, in New York during the Covid-19 pandemic, but has since moved on.

Priyanka has invested in Genies, a virtual avatar firm, alongside stars such as Paris Hilton and Camila Cabello.

In 2021, Priyanka invested in the US rental marketplace, ‘Apartment List’.

Ajay Devgn

Top 10 Bollywood Stars who are Successful Entrepreneurs - 8Ajay Devgn owns a production company, Ajay Devgn FFilms, which has been operational since 2000 and has produced hits such as Runway 34Singham, and Total Dhamaal.

In addition, Ajay owns a visual effects company, NY VFXWAALA, named after his children with Kajol, Nysa Devgan and Yug Devgan.

This company has contributed to the making of over 63 films, including notable titles like Prem Ratan Dhan PayoTamashaBajirao Mastani, and Simmba.

Ajay also ventured into post-production with NY D I WAALA, established in 2019.

This company handles Digital Intermediate (DI), another crucial aspect of post-production, making it a one-stop shop for all post-production needs.

Beyond film production, Ajay has ventured into the cinema business, opening multiplexes in small towns through his chain, NY Cinemas LLP.

He and his wife, actress Kajol, have also invested in real estate in and around Mumbai.

Hrithik Roshan

Top 10 Bollywood Stars who are Successful Entrepreneurs - 9HRX, co-owned by Hrithik Roshan in partnership with Myntra, the colossal online fashion store, is India’s first celebrity brand.

It’s also the country’s first homegrown brand focused on the sports and active lifestyle sector.

Successfully operating for over a decade, the brand emphasises fitness and lifestyle-related products.

It draws inspiration from Hrithik’s work ethic, his remarkable story of overcoming various setbacks, and his reputation as one of Bollywood’s most stylish actors.

HRX offers a diverse range of products, including sports shoes, men’s joggers, t-shirts, backpacks, and select womenswear items such as joggers, sports bras, and t-shirts.

The brand’s product categories span across HRX Active Wear, HRX Casual, and HRX Yoga.

Sanjay Dutt

Top 10 Bollywood Stars who are Successful Entrepreneurs - 10The ‘Munna Bhai’ of Bollywood inaugurated Ballr, India’s largest clubbing venue in Pune, Maharashtra, in October 2023.

Ballr has quickly gained popularity for its opulent nightlife, featuring stunning decor, pulsating music, world-class entertainment acts, and delicious cocktails and food.

However, it’s worth noting that this venue is not for the budget-conscious, as it requires deep pockets to splurge at this location.

In February 2022, Dutt launched another production company, Three Dimension Motion Pictures, in addition to his existing Sanjay Dutt Productions Private Limited.

Sanjay Dutt has also invested in the online sneaker marketplace, DawnTown, and is a confessed sneakerhead.

While discussing his investment, Dutt said: “I was captivated by the make, designs, and colours.

“I am thrilled and excited to attach my name to a range that represents my love for sneakers.”

Also known as ‘Sanju Baba’, he co-owns two cricket teams in two different cricket leagues: the Zimbabwean ‘Harare Hurricane’ in ZimAfro T10 and the Sri Lankan ‘B-Love Kandy’ in LPL.

The hunger for success, business interest, commercial sense, and brand name of these Bollywood stars have helped them triumph in their chosen realms.

Transitioning from screens to business dreams, these Bollywood icons have established