Celebrities who have taken on real-life roles as hospitality entrepreneurs

With enough money to have a taste for the finer things in life, countless celebrities have been keen to share their passion for wining and dining as hospitality entrepreneurs.

Rupert Grint

Elsewhere on the rundown of hospitality entrepreneurs, we have Rupert Grint. He needn’t work another day in his life thanks to his time as young wizard Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, of course, boasting a net worth of $50m.

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Grint achieved a childhood dream with the purchase of an ice cream van

But, seemingly drawn to the lifestyle of hospitality entrepreneurs, Grint has given two ventures a go.

First off, there’s his now famous ownership of an ice cream van, in which he has been known to dispense free cold treats.

“My first ambition was to become an ice-cream man, which is why I bought the Bedford van. Not long after I first got it, I pulled into a pub to do a U-turn and there were eight kids with their pocket money out, hoping to buy a 99 or whatever. But I had nothing to give them. I’ve learnt my lesson since then,” Grint recalled.

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Grint was named the sole shareholder of a hotel, which made £2,000 in four years

Since that time, he has stocked up on ice creams and lollies handing out the goods without charge, given he needs a licence to do take payment. Plus, let’s be honest, he hardly needs the income.

A more official hospitality endeavour, however, was the opening of Rigsby’s Guest House in 2011. With Grint the only shareholder of the business, his parents had purchased the Grade II-listed site in 2003 for £975,000.

Despite the profit potential from such a high-profile ownership, the venue only made £2,104 by the end of 2014, and closed the following year.

But in a plot twist, the venue, which was set to become private housing, reopened in March 2016, though it’s unclear whether the Grints are still in ownership of the guest house.

Like the Dark Lord himself, Grint may be out there – biding his time before making a return…

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