10 CELEBRITIES WITH BOOMING SIDE BUSINESSES


You probably know them for their acting or musical talent, but these celebrities also have successful side businesses.


It can be a big leap of faith to start your own business. If you’re looking for motivation to take the plunge, these celebrities might just inspire you. 









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1. BONANG MATHEBA
She’s a presenter, producer, model and businesswoman. What CAN’T Bonang do? In March 2019 she launched House of BNG, a luxury MΓ©thode Cap Classique which made her the first black woman to be added to the MΓ©thode Cap Classique Association. “The House of BNG has been a passion project of mine for a long time. It’s no secret that champagne is my favourite drink, so getting the chance to make my own MCC was an opportunity I couldn’t miss out on!” said Bonang to Channel24.


2. RIHANNA
Rihanna is responsible for a long list of chart-toppers – from the 2005 hit ‘Pon De Replay’ to the ultimate earworm, ‘Work’. (Good luck getting that out of your head now!) In September 2017 she decided to embark on a different journey, and FENTY beauty was born. According to FENTY, this is how that came about: “Before she was BadGalRiRi: music, fashion and beauty icon, Robyn Rihanna Fenty was a little girl in Barbados transfixed by her mother’s lipstick. 


The first time she experienced make-up for herself, she never looked back.” Rihanna created FENTY beauty to fill a void in the beauty industry for products across all skin types and tones. Within one month of release, Fenty Beauty's sales were valued at $72 million. Go, RiRi!


3. JEANNIE D
We all know Jeannie D from Top Billing, The Afternoon Express and Strictly Come Dancing. She also has her own perfume, Jeannie in a Bottle which was launched in 2013. As if that’s not enough, Jeannie also launched The Finery Handcrafted Gin in 2018. The gin is proudly manufactured in South Africa.


4. DJ ZINHLE
When she’s not behind the decks, Zinhle Jiyane manages her jewellery collection, ERABYDJZINHLE, which consists of finished watches and bracelets. “I wanted to create more than just a product with my name on it, I wanted to create something special, something that will inspire people to be the best they can be, that is why I have been involved in the whole process”, says DJ Zinhle.

Zinhle recently also launched Jiyane Atelier, a furniture and dΓ©cor business, with her friend Brandon Reynolds. The range is inspired by Zinhle’s vast travel inspirations, fashion and love for furniture.

That’s not all Zinhle has done on the side. She also co-wrote Meeting Your Power: Returning Home To Yourself with Nokubonga Mbanga. Yoh! Zinhle truly is a powerhouse.


5. MAPS MAPONYANE
TV personality, Maps Maponyane, recently opened a burger joint called Buns Out in Linden, Johannesburg.(We give him 10/10 for that name!) It’s still early days, but the restaurant has already scored great reviews from Maps’ biggest critics: his mom and dad. Who else’s opinion matters anyway?







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6. JESSICA ALBA
Jessica Alba co-founded The Honest Company, which provides consumers with organic household products. According to Wikipedia, the company had $250 million in 2016 sales and was valued at $1 billion in October 2017.







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7. MAPASEKA KOETLE-NYOKONG
When she’s not on Scandal! Mapaseka runs a coffee shop in Kramerville with her husband. Gorge is all about offering office workers and the general public a quick, fresh option, from sustainably sourced ingredients. This certainly looks delicious!







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8. THEMBI SEETE
Our August 2019 cover star, Thembi Seete, is a mother, musician, actress and entrepreneur. In 2018 she started Azuri Beauty Bar with her good friends, media personality Mbali Nkosi and Sharon Kuzwayo. The beauty bar does everything from threading to nail extensions. Her advice to other entrepreneurs is to do what you love, then research and persevere. “You need a couple of years for a business to stand alone and be strong. Don’t give up – treat it like a baby and nurture it.”


9. THANDO THABETHE
In 2017 actress, club DJ and radio host, Thando Thebete started Thabooty's Underwear & Shapewear, a lingerie company that seeks to change the way women see underwear and shapewear. “I wanted to create something women wouldn’t be ashamed to wear, and something that would meet my functional needs. Whether it was to even out, control or contour, I needed something that wouldn’t roll down my body or make me feel like I was wearing a blanket underneath my clothes,” said Thabethe to IOL at the launch of her brand in 2017.


10. JADEN SMITH
Jaden is an actor on Netflix’s The Get Down, a rapper and of course the son of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Along with his parents, Jaden founded Just Water, an eco-friendly water brand that is packaged in bottles made of 82% renewable resources. According to Fast Company, Just Water is valued at $100 million. Not bad for a 21-year-old!


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