Ashton Kutcher is an actor, producer, former fashion model, and comedian, known for his portrayal of Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. He also created, produced and hosted Punk’d, and played lead roles in the Hollywood films Dude, Where’s My Car?, Just Married, The Butterfly Effect, The Guardian, and What Happens in Vegas. Ashton Kutcher is the producer and co-creator of the supernatural TV show Room 401 and the reality TV show Beauty and the Geek. Kutcher currently co-stars in the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men as the character Walden Schmidt.
After participating as a modeling contestant in an IMTA competition (losing to Josh Duhamel) in 1998, Ashton Kutcher signed with Next modeling agency in New York, appeared in ads for Calvin Klein, and modeled in Paris and Milan.
Ashton Kutcher was part of the management team for Ooma, a tech start-up launched in September 2007. Ooma is in the Voice over Internet Protocol business and Kutcher’s role was as Creative Director. He spearheaded a marketing campaign and produced viral videos to promote this service.
Ashton Kutcher also created an interactive arm of Katalyst called Katalyst Media, with his partner from Katalyst Films, Jason Goldberg. Their first site was the animated cartoon Blah Girls. Ooma revamped its sales and marketing strategy with a new management team in the summer of 2008, replacing Kutcher as their creative director. Rich Buchanan, from Sling Media, became Ooma’s Chief Marketing Officer.
Ashton Kutcher appears in advertisements for Nikon cameras.
On March 23, 2011, Ashton Kutcher launched his own Twitter client with UberMedia, called A.plus. While the app was initially available exclusively for desktop computers with Adobe Air installed, it eventually became available on mobile platforms, for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry. In order to download on one of the 3 mobile platforms, users must first have the UberSocial client installed on their device, and then proceed to the device’s browser to download A.plus.
In July 2011, Brazilian fashion label Colcci hired Kutcher and Alessandra Ambrosio to feature in a denim advertisement.
Ashton Kutcher has also successfully invested in several technology startups. Some of his investments include Skype, Foursquare, Airbnb, Path and Fab.com. Ashton Kutcher is a co-founder of the venture capital fund A-Grade Investments.
How Ashton Kutcher Made His Money – Actor, Model and Entrepreneur
Estimated Net Worth: $140 Million
Birthday: February 7, 1978
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