Celebrities have found a gold mine in endorsing alcohol. Even the most anti-establishment artist, Bob Dylan, has Heaven’s Door Whiskey.
“I’ve been traveling for decades, and I’ve been able to try some of the best spirits that the world of whiskey has to offer. This is great whiskey," Dylan told the New York Times.
“Dylan has these qualities that actually work well for a whiskey,” said Marc Bushala, Dylan’s business partner. “He has great authenticity. He is a quintessential American. He does things the way he wants to do them. I think these are good attributes for a super-premium whiskey as well.”
Bob Dylan is not the only famous person to go all in on the liquor industry. In fact, here are 10 other celebrities who have made a lot of money selling spirits.
1. Diddy – Ciroc
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Diddy has made a mint off his flavored vodka. Diddy’s worth is $820 million because of his ownership stake in Ciroc. His strong business ethic helped him build his brand. "I started my business career at age 12, delivering newspapers,"Diddy told Forbes. "I had a lot of elderly customers, so I would always put the newspaper in between the screen door and the door — that caring made me different, made me better than the last paperboy."
"If I give the customers my best and service them differently, whether music, clothing or vodka, I’ll get a return on my hard work."
2. George Clooney – Casamigos
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Movie star George Clooney has his own lucrative side hustle. His Casamigos brand of tequila actually sold for $1 billion. His business partner, Randy Gerber, explained the appeal of the tequila.
"It was important that it tasted great and didn’t burn going down," said Gerber. "We wanted one that we could drink straight or on the rocks. One that we could drink all day and all night, and not be hungover in the morning."
3. Sammy Hagar – Wabo Cabo
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The Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar, has a successful tequila brand. The former Van Halen singer started the brand soon after leaving the band and sold the brand 10 years ago for $80 million.
4. Jay-Z – D’Usse
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Jay-Z’s cognac brand is a favorite with rappers and regular people. Hova’s cognac makes him the world’s richest rapper with his net worth at almost $1 billion.
5. Bethany Frankel – Skinny Girl
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The Real Housewife has made a name for herself with her own brand of wine. The successful brand was sold for $100 million. These low-calorie drinks are a favorite with fans.
6. Ludacris – Conjure
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Luda may rap about chicken and beer, but he’s devoted to cognac. The Fast and the Furious star launched his cognac brand about a decade ago. The cognac is a big success with his fans, selling over 400,000 bottles.
7. Dan Aykroyd – Crystal Head
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Comedy legend Dan Aykroyd has a vodka line that has a scary skull bottle, but will calm any nerves. The vodka is distilled four times for a pure taste. Crystal Head is a hit with drinkers, selling 3 millions bottles worldwide.
8. Drew Barrymore – Pinot Grigio
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The Santa Clarita Diet star has created her own Barrymore wines with Carmel Road. The wines are great for drinkers looking a bottle of red and white. The brand has sold briskly, with the first 8,000 orders selling out quickly.
9. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – Miraval Wine
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Brangelina may be over, but their wine goes on. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie launched the wine brand during the happier times of their relationship. The first 6,000 bottles sold out and the wine was named some of the best in the world by critics.
10. David Beckham – Haig Club
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The greatest soccer player ever wants to make the best whiskey, too. Beckham teamed up with Haig Club to sell the whiskey. The distinct blue bottles give the drinks an extra mystique, which adds to its growing sales.
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