Ashton Kutcher born on February 7, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is an American actor, producer, former model and investor with a net worth of $160 million.
Ashton Kutcher Net Worth: Career Beginnings
Like most Hollywood actors, Ashton developed a passion for acting during his high school days at ClearCreek Amana High School, participating actively in school plays. He attended college at University of Iowa where he hoped to major in biochemical engineering with the aim of finding a cure to his fraternal twin brother Michael’s heart disease. Ashton, whose parents separated at the age of 16 had to sell his blood often and worked at General Mills’ cereal department as a summer hire to afford tuition.
However, his original interest soon changed to modelling after he was approached by a modelling scout. He won the Fresh Faces of Iowa modelling competition and a trip to the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention in New York, dropping out of college.
In 1998, he signed with New York modelling agency, Next. Kutcher walked the runway in Milan and Paris and featured in ads for Calvin Klein.
Ashton Kutcher Net Worth: Acting Career
Kutcher moved to LA to pursue a career in acting, in 1998, he landed the role of Michael Kelso in Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. He played the character till the show’s 7th season in 2006, and made a guest appearance in the show’s final episode. His film debut was in “Coming Soon”, a 1999 romantic comedy, his his breakout film role was in 2003 comedy movie “Dude Where’s My Car?” which was a box office hit. Kutcher starred in other comedy movies including Just Married (2003), Cheaper By The Dozen (2003), My Boss’s Daughter (2003), and box office hit “The Butterfly Effect” (2004).
Beginning from May 2011, Ashton was chosen to replace Charlie Sheen on CBS hit comedy series “Two And A Half Men”. His contract was said to be worth $24 million a year. Ashton received around $750,000 per episode earning him top spot on Forbes’ list of highest-paid TV actors for the 4 years he appeared in the series. In 2013 biographical film “Jobs”, Ashton portrayed Steve Jobs.
Ashton Kutcher Net Worth: Reality TV
In 2003, Ashton produced and starred in his own reality TV show titled Punk’d which was aired on MTV. The show utilized hidden cameras to perform pranks on celebrities. Punk’d aired for five seasons and was revived in 2012 to include 4 additional seasons. The reboot of the show currently airs on BET. Via his production company Katalyst Films, he has produced other reality TV shows including Beauty and the Geek, game show Opportunity Knocks, The Real Wedding Crashers and more.
Ashton Kutcher Net Worth: Business Endeavors
In addition to the show business, Ashton is a silicon valley investor who has invested in a number of tech start ups. Through his venture capitalist firm A-Grade Investments, Ashton has investments with Skype, Fab.com, Airbnb, Foursquare and more. He also has investment in Italian restaurant Dolce. He has appeared as a guest angel investor on reality TV show Shark Tank. Ashton’s net worth would enjoy a hike should some of his tech start up companies go public.
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