Jennifer Aniston joins $12 million funding round in Invisible Universe
Actress and producer Jennifer Aniston has invested in Invisible Universe, an internet-first animation studio, the company announced last week.
The Friends The star was part of a $12 million Series A funding round led by Seven Seven Six, founded by Alexis Ohanian and Katelin Holloway. Mr Ohanian’s wife, tennis star Serena Williams, also took part in the round, along with Will Smith’s Dreamers VC and others.
The company will use the cash injection to launch animated IPs on social media and Web3, expand its footprint to new platforms and further monetize its suite of franchises.
Invisible Universe develops and brings original animated character franchises to social media, in partnership with artists and celebrities.
His animation studio is behind Clydeo (Aniston’s furry, greedy best friend), Qai Qai (inspired by a doll belonging to the Ohanians’ daughter, Alexis Olympia), and Squeaky & Roy (toys associated with the influencers Charli and Dixie D’Amelio).
“It has been so much fun developing Clydeo with the Invisible Universe team, inspired by my own dog Clyde, who is such a character himself and has been making me and my friends laugh for almost 10 years now,” Aniston, 53, Told Variety magazine.
“I’m so happy that its true potential has finally been tapped for the world to enjoy. So much more fun is yet to come!
Clydeo already has its own TikTok and Instagram accounts.
The size of Aniston’s investment was not disclosed. The Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy-winning actor has a net worth of $320 million, according to wealth tracking website Celebrity Net Worth.
His main income comes from his television and film career, including 10 seasons of the hit 90s sitcom. Friends. Each of the six main cast members earned approximately $90 million in base pay from the show, not including back-end bonuses and ongoing royalties.
Celebrity Net Worth calculates that Aniston earns $20 million a year in royalties from syndication revenue, which is expected to top $1 billion a year.
Aniston has endorsed brands including Emirates airline, L’Oreal cosmetics and Aveeno skincare. She is thought to earn $10 million a year from endorsements alone.
She owns a $20.97 million mansion in Bel Air and has previously owned homes in Beverly Hills and New York.
In 2012, Aniston took a stake in hair care line Living Proof, but sold it to Unilever for an undisclosed amount four years later.
Selena Gomez and Serena Williams
Singer, actress and entrepreneur Selena Gomez saw her five-month-old mental health startup valued at $100 million after a $5 million first round of funding from Serena Williams’ Serena Ventures last week.
Williams announced the investment on Twitter. “So proud to be an investor in @letswondermind – changing the way we treat mental health,” she said.
The start-up, Wondermind, was launched in February. Co-founded with Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefey, and media manager Daniella Pierson, it aims to create a mental health ecosystem and promotes fitness routines through social media and a newsletter.
The platform is working to create a mental health content production division, including podcasts and interviews with experts and celebrities, as well as physical products for behavioral therapies.
Investors participating in the funding round included Lightspeed Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital, Bloomberg reported.
Gomez, 30, has an estimated net worth of $85 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
The lose you to love me The singer has business interests in makeup, fragrance, fashion and handbag lines, as well as high-profile endorsement deals, including for Puma and Coach.
The Serena Ventures investment comes days after the tennis star addressed retirement after the upcoming US Open in a trial for vogue magazine. She said she would continue to prioritize investments in women-owned businesses.
Williams will be involved with Wondermind content and help promote its integration projects.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner is a self-made multi-millionaire, with an estimated net worth of $260 million, according to Forbes magazine. She earned a record $94.5 million from tennis, but that figure was surpassed by her earnings from endorsements and investments.
Bollywood actress and businesswoman Shilpa Shetty recently invested an undisclosed amount in two direct-to-consumer start-ups in India.
Sports nutrition brand Fast&Up retails energy gels, hydration drinks and multivitamins, while beauty and wellness brand Chicnutrix is a wellness and nutrition supplement company.
Both brands are part of Fullife Healthcare, which raised $22 million in Series C funding from Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia last December. It has a presence in India and Italy and is now looking to expand to other countries in Europe and North America.
Shetty, 47, will also serve as a brand ambassador to help empower and promote health and personal care in India.
“Our lifestyle today is hectic and it is difficult to keep track of all the nutrients or vitamins needed on a daily basis for the body, hair, skin, energy and general well-being. Their products perfectly meet the requirements today,” Shetty told CNBC TV 18.
Former Fullife Healthcare famous supporters include Indian cricketer Mayank Aggarwal and actor Varun Dhawan.
Shetty has a net worth of around 1.34 billion Indian rupees ($17 million).
Apart from her film and television career, Shetty is believed to own numerous homes in Mumbai and the UK, along with her husband, businessman Raj Kundra.
The couple’s home in Surrey, UK, reportedly cost £5million ($6.09million) when they bought it in 2009, according to India today magazine. In February, the magazine reported that Kundra had transferred five apartments worth 380 million rupees ($4.7 million) to Shetty.
The celebrity big brother The actor previously invested in Indian fast-moving consumer goods startup Mamaearth and has his own fitness app, Simple Soulful.
Shetty and Kundra jointly owned an 11.7% stake in Indian Premier League cricket team Rajasthan Royals between 2009 and 2015.
De Soi, a line of premium non-alcoholic appetizers co-founded by Katy Perry, announced $4 million in seed funding.
The American singer and reality TV judge drew the line in January with master distiller Morgan McLachlan to offer happy hour alternatives.
The global soft drink market was worth $820 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 6.8%, according to Allied Analytics.
The round was led by Willow Growth, with participation from entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency.
De Soi will use the newly acquired capital to expand its business footprint across the United States.
“De Self is about balance — being able to enjoy the evening AND the morning after,” Perry said.
“It allows busy toddler-moms like Morgan and me, or anyone who just wants to have a drink without the hangover, to enjoy the social ritual of a drink with friends and still be life. Of the party!”
Perry, 37, has an estimated net worth of $330 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Over the past decade, his annual earnings have hovered between $30 million and $135 million, driven by merchandise, album sales, touring, and television appearances.
When she undertook to judge the american idol revival in 2018, she was paid $15 million for the season. The following year, this compensation was increased to $25 million per season.
Since 2017, she has bought and listed four homes in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
In October 2020, Perry and her fiancé, actor Orlando Bloom, bought a 3.64 hectare estate in Montecito, California for $14.2 million, next to famous neighbors such as Oprah Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Good morning! reports the magazine.
Updated: August 15, 2022, 5:00 a.m.