How Jessica Alba’s net worth was built
Starting out as an actress at age 12, Jessica Alba has appeared in dozens of films, including “Fantastic Four” and “Sin City,” and in TV series such as “Flipper” and “Dark Angel.” But it was her search for safe, non-toxic products for herself and her baby that led to the primary source of her wealth: The Honest Co., an environmentally friendly brand that she co-founded in 2011. The venture began with a product line of diapers and baby wipes, but it has since expanded to around 100 non-toxic and green items.
The company is now said to be worth $1.7 billion, and Forbes has named Alba one of America’s richest entrepreneurs under 40. As of April 2017 she had a net worth of $350 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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- Born: 1981
- Birthplace: Pomona, California
What she’s up to now
Alba hasn’t given up her acting career; the summer of 2016 saw the release of her movie “Mechanic: Resurrection.”
She remains a driving force behind The Honest Co. and recently launched Honest Beauty, a line of makeup and skin care products. In September 2016, the company was said to be in talks toward a possible takeover by consumer products giant Unilever, but a deal was never announced.
Alba is an avid supporter of nonprofits and social justice causes. She serves on the board of directors for Baby2Baby, an organization that donates baby clothing and supplies to families in need. And she is involved in charities such as Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, ONE and Habitat for Humanity.
Alba has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in “Dark Angel” and has won an American Latino Media Arts, or ALMA, award as favorite movie actress, for 2010’s “Machete.”
She’s also an author. She made The New York Times best-seller list in 2013 with her book “The Honest Life.”
For her activism and advocacy, Alba has been recognized by the National Parenting Publication Awards, Natural Child World Eco-Excellence Awards, SheKnows Parenting Awards and the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards.
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