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Get Inspired: 5 Celebrity Women Entrepreneurs You Should Know

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Rihanna arrives at the Rihanna x Fenty Hair Los Angeles Launch Party at Nya Studios on June 10, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.

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Jun. 19 2024, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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Stepping into the world of entrepreneurship is a move that many celebrity women know well. These remarkable women are proving the success is multifaceted and achievable, no matter what industry you enter. Many of these trailblazing women, whom are Black, are redefining industries with their innovative ventures and impactful initiatives. From Rihanna’s inclusive beauty empire to Oprah Winfrey’s transformative media network, these celebrity women entrepreneurs embody inspiration, resilience, and vision.

By looking to these influential figures, aspiring entrepreneurs can find motivation and guidance. In addition, they can witness firsthand how passion, dedication, and a commitment to diversity can drive change and create lasting legacies. Keep scrolling for five celebrity women entrepreneurs who are making significant impacts in their respective fields.

1. Oprah Winfrey

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Business Ventures: Harpo Productions, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)

Oprah Winfrey, arguably one of the world’s most famous media moguls, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs, founded Harpo Productions, which produces film and television content. In addition, Oprah’s cable network, OWN, provides lifestyle and entertainment programming. Her influence extends beyond entertainment, as she has created a platform for diverse voices and stories, empowered countless individuals through her philanthropic efforts, and continues to be a powerful role model for women in business.

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2. Issa Rae

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Business Ventures: Hoorae Media, Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

Issa Rae is the mastermind behind Hoorae Media, a dynamic production company crafting content across television, film, and digital platforms. But she doesn’t stop there — she also co-founded Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen, a buzzing music collective and media company. Through Hoorae Media, Rae champions diverse storytelling, giving Black creatives the spotlight they deserve. Meanwhile, Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen brews up support for emerging artists, creating a vibrant community for innovative music and media projects.

3. Jessica Alba

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Business Ventures: The Honest Company

Jessica Alba co-founded The Honest Company, which offers eco-friendly and non-toxic household products, baby products, and personal care items. The Honest Company prioritizes transparency, sustainability, and health, promoting an environmentally conscious and family-friendly lifestyle. Jessica’s brand has set new standards in the consumer goods industry for ethical and safe products.

“Naysayers or haters would energize me, in a way. Oh, you think I can’t do it? Watch this. It gave me that fire to really keep going,” Jessica told CNBC of ignoring the noise as she ventured away from Hollywood to create something of her own. “But now, it doesn’t really get to me the same way. It rolls off differently now.”

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4. Mellody Hobson

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Business Ventures: Ariel Investments, Starbucks (Board Member)

Mellody Hobson is the co-CEO of Ariel Investments, one of the largest African-American-owned investment firms. She also serves as chairwoman of the board at Starbucks. Melody’s leadership at Ariel Investments emphasizes financial literacy, long-term investing, and diversity in the finance industry. Her role at Starbucks highlights the importance of diverse leadership in corporate governance and community engagement.

5. Rihanna

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Business Ventures: Fenty Beauty, Fenty Hair, and Savage X Fenty

In 2017, Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty, which quickly became known for its inclusive range of foundation shades — initially starting with 40 and expanding to 50 offerings. In May 2018, she introduced Savage X Fenty, a lingerie brand celebrated for its diverse and body-positive approach, which promotes self-confidence.

“I’ve always seen the Fenty brand as more than just makeup, and I knew I wanted to make skincare from the very beginning,” the businesswoman told Harper’s Bazaar. “It was just about getting it right. You have to live with the formulas for a while and test them in different ways. It’s very different from makeup in that sense. It takes a long time.”

In addition, Rihanna launched her newest venture, Fenty Hair, on June 13, 2024. The brand offers a variety of haircare products and tools suitable for all hair textures.

These endeavors of these celebrity women entrepreneurs have disrupted industries and fostered empowerment and inclusivity, proving that success is about more than personal achievement — it’s about uplifting others. By looking at these influential figures, we can draw inspiration and understand that with passion and perseverance, our goals can become a reality.

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