When Kate Moss teamed up with Philip Green to launch her TopShop clothing range, everyone knew it would be a dead cert success. Property Ladder presenter Sarah Beeny has seen sales at her online dating site Mysinglefriend.com soar to £3m. And Guy Richie’s Mayfair pub, the Punchbowl, has had a guaranteed stream of stars since he put his name to the venture.
Now, a few new celebs are flexing their business skills and becoming entrepreneurs.
First up, TV and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary is getting into the restaurant business. He and his pals are opening a high end fish restaurant in Brighton called Fishy Fishy. And this is no hands-off investment: O’Leary will graft at the new eatery just like any other entrepreneur. He says: “I love food, I could spend hours talking about it. I wanted to be a chef, but when I’m at Fishy Fishy I’ll work front of house.”
Another A-lister who’s getting into the food trade is Girls Aloud popstress Nadine Coyle. The singer is reportedly worth £6.7m. She plans to invest her fortune wisely: having relocated to LA, she’s bought two bars, a restaurant and a defunct hotel, which she is currently renovating. Let’s hope the Irish star won’t follow in the footsteps of fellow celebrity restaurateur Britney Spears. Her venture, Nyla, was plagued with food poisoning cases and bad debt. Spears was forced to abandon the Manhatten eatery in 2002.
And she’s not the only Girls Aloud star to add another string to her bow. Bandmate Nicola Roberts has launched a range of uber-pale make-up for redheads and porcelain princesses. The brand, called Dainty Doll, is currently available on ASOS.com.
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