Ashton Kutcher is better known for his comedic acting roles, but is taking on a new role as an investor with his net worth to prove it.
Many know Kutcher for his acting roles but are unaware of what he was doing before persuing a career in entertainment. He was a biochemical engineer student at the University of Iowa before dropping out and moving to New York for a chance to model for Calvin Klein. After his appearance in the Calvin Klein campaign he started to persue the entertainment industry by moving to Los Angeles.
After moving to L.A. Kutcher landed his iconic role as the character of Michael Kelso on “That ’70s Show” that would later land him bigger roles for more capital. When Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men” he reportedly was earning around $800,000 per episode. Kutcher decided to re-invest the money that he earned from his acting roles and contributing to numerous lucrative ventures.
One company he invested in called A-Grade was recently valued at $150 million and contributes with the financial stake in Airbnb. This investment increased Kutcher’s net worth to $160 million and his most recent net worth estimate hit $200 million as of February of this year. Kutcher has also invested in several other projects only helping increase his net worth.
In 2009 he co-founded an organization that builds software to fight human sex-trafficking called Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children and testified before the Senate of Foreign Relations committee on behalf of the Thorn organization. The video of his testimony went viral and called for bringing awareness to this problem while presenting a solution.
Kutcher and his business partner Guy Oseary also surprised DeGeneres during an appearance on her TV show, donating $4 million to The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund that helps preserve endangered gorillas in Africa. He also invested $8 million in a Seattle startup company called Crowd Cow during the A-round of funding, which is a website that provides customers with a custom ordering experience for meat.
Check out the video above to see more of the investment ventures by Kutcher.