Successful Celebrity Entrepreneurs

Clint Eastwood
Axel Koester/Corbis
5 of 10

Clint Eastwood

The Academy Award winning actor and director has made a name for himself both on and off screen. In 1986, he tried his hand at politics, successfully running for mayor of Carmel California, where he governed for one term. While in Carmel he also bought an old dairy farm, which he renovated into the upscale Mission Ranch Hotel. Eastwood also owns his own production company, Malpaso Productions, as well as two 18-hole golf courses in California. In 2009, Forbes estimated he brought in $35 million, ranking him No. 33 on its list of 100 most powerful celebrities.