Kevin Costner purchased Ocean Therapy Solutions from the U.S. government in 1995. The company specializes in centrifugal oil-water separators. BP purchased six machines for $16 million following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Kevin Costner purchased Ocean Therapy Solutions from the U.S. government in 1995. The company specializes in centrifugal oil-water separators. BP purchased six machines for $16 million following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Photograph by Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg

Celebrities With Thriving Businesses Outside Show Biz

Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner purchased Ocean Therapy Solutions from the U.S. government in 1995. The company specializes in centrifugal oil-water separators. BP purchased six machines for $16 million following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson

In 2004, Willie Nelson founded Willie Nelson Biodiesel. The alternative fuel company produces BioWillie Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil and waste fats and has been used to power the star’s tour bus.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie paired with French winemakers to release the Jolie-Pitt Château Miraval 2012 Côte de Provence. The rosé, a blend of cinsaut, grenache, syrah, and rolle, earned positive reviews. The celebrity producers plan to move into reds next.

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Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh

In response to a breakup, Kate Walsh in 2010 launched a line of fragrances, body oils, and creams with the distinct, musky scent of an old boyfriend. They include the original scent, Boyfriend, as well as Billionaire Boyfriend, and are carried at Sephora.

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Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba created the Honest Co. as a way to bring chic, eco-friendly baby products to her children. The line, sold on the Honest website, includes diapers, swaddles, toys, strollers, blankets, and vitamins.

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Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock owns Walton’s Fancy and Staple, a bakery, deli, and floral shop in Austin, Texas, that offers party planning services. She also runs the new American Bess Bistro, which sells foods like kale salads and shrimp and grits.

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