Celebrities – What Franchises Do They Own?

January 24th, 2011

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We all know from the   photos  in celebrity magazines that famous people walk their dogs, go to the gym, attend their kids’ Little League games and get pulled over for speeding exactly like us regular folk who don’t make $20 million on every movie or record deal. Many of them try to make a killing in franchising, too–frequently turning to fast food, a resilient investment even in harsh economic times. Here are five celebs putting their money where mouths are.

Dick Clark
The venerable  American Bandstand  host and longtimeNew Year’s Rockin’ Eve  ringleader first tuned in to the Krispy Kreme franchise brand during the 1960s, while   traveling  in the South with his Caravan of Stars rock ‘n’ roll road shows. When the chain went national in the 1990s, Clark lobbied unsuccessfully to purchase a New York City location–but in 2002 he and his business partners were granted the rights to develop 25 Krispy Kreme locations in Great Britain. Day-old doughnuts are apparently not an option for the World’s Oldest Teenager.

Hank Aaron
The Baseball Hall of Famer swapped his jaw-dropping bat for a mouth-watering chicken leg in 1995, when his 755 Restaurant Corp. opened a pair of  Church’s Chicken franchises in Atlanta. 755 (so named for the record-breaking number of homers Hammerin’ Hank hit during his 23-year career) now owns five Church’s franchise locations across the southeastern United States, as well as 20 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and two Krispy Kreme units.
Success:  It tastes like chicken.

Phil Mickelson
Golf superstar Mickelson took a swing at entrepreneurial glory when he quietly joined a group of investors awarded the  Orange  County, Calif., rights to the fast-growing  Five Guys Burgers and Fries  franchise, the first of which opened in August. Mickelson’s involvement in Five Guys franchises became public days after he slyly trumpeted the chain as “hands down the best burger I’ve ever had” during the 2010 Players Championship. Weeks later, he pulled the opposite of a good PR move when he turned vegetarian in an attempt to ease his psoriatic arthritis.

Caron Butler
Basketball is a team sport, but business is all about having it your way. Just ask NBA veteran  Butler, small forward with the Dallas Mavericks and sole proprietor of six  Burger King  franchise locations across the country. Butler worked at BK as a teen, saying he knows the business “from the janitorial spot all the way through the management side.” Burger King also feeds Butler’s unusual habit of chewing drinking straws during games: He would gnaw as many as a dozen a night before the league banned the practice in early 2010, citing safety concerns. “I don’t do 7-Eleven straws or anything,” Butler once explained. “McDonald’s, Burger King, that’s it.”
Fun fact:  Straws are actually tastier and more nutritious than most fast-foodfare.

Kanye West
Hip-hop superstar West expanded from beats to eats in mid-2008, when his KW Foods signed on to construct a series of  Fatburger franchise locations across his native Chicago. As of press time, only two of the proposed 10 Fatburger franchise units have opened, however. There’s apparently no truth to the rumors that the delays are a result of West’s insistence on renaming the chain “Phatburger”–or that he interrupted pop singer Taylor Swift’s own plans to partner with the burger chain.

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One Response to “Celebrities – What Franchises Do They Own?”

  1. Greenbusinessonlyon 20 Jun 2011 at 3:14 am

    I reckon anybody can now start a franchise business in their capacity. A persons who is looking to start franchise business has to find an appropriate brand and niche where he can be successful.

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