Jessica Alba, 34
As an expectant mom, actress Alba saw a void in the market for less toxic, more sustainable household goods. The Honest Company is fast filling it, last year selling some $170 million worth of products like diapers and cleaning supplies in outlets like Costco, Target, Whole Foods and Nordstrom—nearly a threefold increase over 2013. Alba is also pushing into new geographies—South Korea is next and China is in the works—as well as categories, with Honest Beauty, a cosmetics and skin-care line launched earlier this month. Part of the Unicorn Club with a $1.7 billion valuation, The Honest Company could have an IPO on the horizon.
Jessica Alba overcomes adversity
The actress turned entrepreneur discusses what it was like to grow up on a military base and launch her own company.