Why your favorite celebrities want to sell you snacks.
A-listers from Beyoncé to Leonardo DiCaprio are amassing stakes in buzzy, offbeat food and beverage startups. The barrier to entry can be low—consumer product startups can often get off the ground with $5 million or less in early financing rounds. And it’s a natural fit: Food brands get a bigger boost than most from stars’ huge social media followings.
Healthy fare is a celebrity favorite. Gwyneth Paltrow has invested in a frozen-food maker; actress Olivia Munn is backing specialty jerky (good for weight loss!); and DiCaprio supports organic chickpeas. The more original the better. “Disruptive brands—that’s what I look for,” says Munn.
While the financial bets are often small, a payoff can be massive. 50 Cent reportedly pocketed as much as $100 million after Coca-Cola bought the maker of Vitaminwater, which the rapper had invested in. And just a month after Justin Timberlake took a stake in Bai Brands, it sold to Dr Pepper Snapple dps for a cool $1.7 billion.
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A version of this article appears in the July 1, 2017 issue of Fortune with the headline “Celebs Dabble in Weird Food.”