8 Bollywood Actors Who Are Equally Successful Entrepreneurs

Bollywood actors who are successful entrepreneurs

You must have seen that upon gaining fame, successful Bollywood actors set up their own production houses… Well, that’s a spirit of Entrepreneurship! As you know India is the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world due to which Bollywood celebs diversified their portfolio to generate diverse income streams.

Bollywood actors who are successful entrepreneurs

Stick to this article because we will look at eight famous Bollywood actors who have gracefully aced entrepreneurship!

List of Bollywood Actors who are successful entrepreneurs

Before diving into the details, let’s have a brief overview of the actors who have numerous business ventures-

Bollywood ActorsCompanies/Ventures
Shah Rukh KhanRed Chillies Entertainment, Kolkata Knight Riders, SRK Boulevard, holds a 26% stake in KidZania’s Indian Franchise.
Ajay DevganAjay Devgn Films, A stake in Gujarat’s 25MW Charanka Solar Project, NYVFXWAALA
Suniel ShettyPopcorn Entertainment, Club H20, Mischief Dining Bar, Mischief Boutique,  stake in Hakim Amla’s Salon, numerous gyms across India, invested in The Biohacker, Klassroom Edutech, Vieroots Wellness.
Salman KhanSalman Khan Films, Being Human (Clothing Brand), Being Strong fitness equipment, SK-27 Gym, FRSH (Personal Care Brands)
Anil KapoorAnil Kapoor Film Company, Indian Super League Football Team (Co-owner), Antila Ventures (media and entertainment company)
Sonu SoodShakti Sagar Productions, Explurger (social media app for travelers), Sood Charity Foundation
Amitabh BachchanAmitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd, Singapore Slammers Tennis Team (Co-Owner), IPCA Laboratories (owner of Pharma manufacturing company)
John AbrahamNortheast United (Soccer Team), Indian Hockey League’s Delhi Waveriders, John Abraham Seduction (Perfume Brand), Pure Wonder Abraham (Vodka Brand).
List of Bollywood Actors who are successful entrepreneurs

Now, let’s dive into the details.

1. Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan

Well, this name doesn’t need any introduction. You must have heard or seen him everywhere ranging from films, commercials, sports leagues, etc. 

Despite ruling the film industry, he has a successful career in entrepreneurship (business) too.

Here is the detailed information about Shah Rukh Khan’s businesses-

Companies OwnedType of VentureDetails
Red Chillies EntertainmentProduction HouseProduced films like- Om Shanti Om, My Name is Khan, Chennai Express, Dunku, Darlings, etc.
Kolkata Knight RidersIPL TeamAlong with Juhi Chawla (actress), Jay Mehta
KidZaniaIndoor Theme Park- Indian Franchise26% Stake
SRK BoulevardReal Estate Development in DubaiIncludes specially designed studios, 1 & 2 BHK apartments, townhouses, beachfront features, boardwalks, Marine sports, and Leisure facilities.
Businesses of Shah Rukh Khan

These business ventures make him look more like a businessman than an actor… Isn’t it? However, it is a fact that his business ventures are as successful as his acting career in the Bollywood Film industry.

2. Ajay Devgan

Ajay Devgan

A few years back, you must have heard a famous statement given by Ajay Devgan in Kapil Sharma’s Show “Apne production mein, main vanity van use hi nahi karta” (meaning- I don’t use vanity van in my own production house). 

His fans were impressed by this strategic business mind to gain profits without indulging in any unnecessary expenditures. Some criticized him for being mingy and close-fisted in terms of money.

Coming to our point of discussion. Let’s have a look at his business ventures-

Companies OwnedType of VenturesDetails
Ajay Devgn FilmsProduction HouseProduced Films like- All the Best, Raju Chacha, U, me aur Hum, etc.
NYVFXWAALAVisual Effects CompanyAdded VFX effects in films like Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Tamasha, Dilwale, Force 2, Simmba
Charanka Solar ProjectGujarat’s 25 MW Solar ProjectOwns a stake in this solar power plant with an electricity generation capacity of 36,330 MWh
Companies owned by Ajay Devgan

Thus, he established numerous companies that serve as good income streams.

3. Suniel Shetty

Suniel Shetty

This Bollywood actor is more famous for his businesses than movies. Reason? Due to a long list of successful businesses-

Companies OwnedType of VentureDetails
Popcorn Motion PicturesProduction HouseProduced films- Khel, Rakt, Bhagam Bhag, etc.
Club H20EateriesAn upgraded version for the people with cafe and water sports in the same location.
Mischief Dining BarDinerThe Veg restaurant and Bar closed in 2010 and re-emerged as a “Little Italy” restaurant.
Mischief BoutiqueClothing BoutiqueEmphasis on clean cuts, use of unconventional colors, accessorizing, and overall aesthetic style
Companies owned by Suniel Shetty

Apart from these businesses, Suniel Shetty has also invested in The Biohacker, Klassroom Edutech, and Vieroots Wellness.

4. Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Not only did his films throw a box office hit but also entered the Rs.100 crore club. Also, he earns a huge chunk of money through various business ventures such as-

Companies OwnedType of VentureDetails
Salman Khan FilmsProduction HouseProduced Films like- Chillar Party, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Race 3, Dabangg 3, Farrey, etc.
Being HumanClothing BrandIt was established to support the “Salman Khan Foundation”. This brand has over 90 stores in India
Being StrongFitness EquipmentIt offers the best quality workout equipment like X-Tend, Dumbbells, Weight Pallets, and Barbells.
SK-27GymIt is a unisex gym famous for yoga classes, Zumba classes, aerobic classes, and dance classes and has well-trained fitness experts.
FRSHPersonal Care BrandLaunched in 2022, it includes hand sanitizers, deodorants, body wipes, and perfumes
Companies owned by Salman Khan

Salman Khan has invested heavily in real estate too. You see, he owns multiple homes and commercial buildings in Mumbai whose rent cost is a minimum of Rs.1 crore per month.

5. Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor, one of the famous Bollywood actors known for “aging like a wine” is known for his entrepreneurial ventures too-

Companies OwnedType of VentureDetails
Anil Kapoor Film CompanyProduction HouseProduced movies like- Crew, Veere Di Wedding, Thankyou for Coming, No Problem, Aisha, etc.
Mumbai City Football ClubFootball team of the Indian Super League  (ISL)Its market value of Rs.424 million
Antila Ventures Media and Entertainment CompanyA global entertainment company domiciled in the UK
Companies owned by Anil Kapoor

These companies and ventures serve as a crucial income source for the actor.

6. Sonu Sood

Sonu Sood

Most of us are aware of the charity work of Sonu Sood during the lockdown period of the Covid-19 pandemic. All thanks to his charity foundation which played a key role in it. Apart from that, the actor is known for successful businesses including the following-

Companies OwnedType of VentureDetails
Shakti Sagar ProductionsProduction HouseProduced films like Bahubali 2- The Conclusion, Gadar 2- The Katha Continues
ExplurgerSocial Media app for travelersIt is built on artificial intelligence and acts as an Automatic Travelogue
Sood Charity FoundationNGO (Non-Governmental Organization)Played a key role during Pandemic- Safe travel for migrant workers during Covid-19
Companies owned by Sonu Sood

7. Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Do you know the net worth of Amitabh Bachchan in 2023 was Rs.3,190 crore? That sounds like too big amount for an actor. Here comes a twist- his prime source of earning is not just acting. He earns through numerous ventures like-

Companies OwnedType of VentureDetails
Amitabh Bachchan Corporation LtdProduction HouseProduced films- Gulabi, Tere Mere Sapne, Sarkar 3, Bihir, Paa, etc.
Singapore SlammersTennis Team in IPTL (International Premier Tennis League)Co-Owner along with UD Group (a local company that acquired Singapore Slammers earlier)
IPCA LaboratoriesPharma Manufacturing CompanyA leading pharma manufacturer with market cap of Rs.28,000 crore
Companies owned by Amitabh Bachchan

Apart from these, he has multiple sprawling properties, endorsement fees, and numerous real estate investments.

8. John Abraham

John Abraham

John Abraham is famous for making a wide range of investments and businesses across various sectors. Some of the prominent ones are sports, fitness, lifestyle, etc. Here are the companies that describe the entrepreneurial spirit of John Abraham-

Companies OwnedType of Venture
Northeast UnitedSoccer Team
Delhi WaveridersA Team in Indian Hockey
John Abraham SeductionPerfume Brand
Pure Wonder AbrahamVodka Brand
Companies owned by John Abraham

Did I miss any Bollywood actor famous for his entrepreneurship (business)? 

Yes… you may say! To be honest there is a long list of Bollywood actors who are successful businessmen too and that list can’t be covered in a single article. Hence we have covered only the top 8… If you have some other names in your mind that you feel are worth mentioning, then please share them in the comment section below…

Bollywood Actors (successful Entreprenurs)

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Sonali Nahata
Sonali Nahata
2 months ago

Yeah, with these actors, Akshay Kumar is also a great entrepreneur.