Ashton Kutcher, the actor-turned-prosperous tech entrepreneur
Ashton Kutcher is increasingly interested in the world away from the film industry in part because he can’t find a place where he feels comfortable, in part because of his multifaceted personality. He has been a model, actor, television presenter, audiovisual producer, philanthropist against child sexual exploitation, martial arts fighter…. and technological entrepreneur. Good proof of his success in the digital world is materialized with his participation in the Collision 2021 event. The actor will deliver a speech at the technology conference. Kutcher’s venture capital firm helped launch the new communication tool Community, which allows artists to send text messages directly to their fans, creating a more intimate platform than other apps like Instagram and Twitter. This year’s Collision, which runs from April 20-22, will feature more than 400 speakers, from top tech experts to celebrities like Ryan Reynolds, Jameela Jamil, Cindy Crawford, Chelsea Handler, Paris Hilton and Mark Ruffalo.
“I build things, stories, companies, collaborations of thoughts, dreams, and I believe in a future where we all have the right to pursue happiness.” It is the presentation on Twitter of the American actor Ashton Kutcher, 43, very active in social networks and in venture capital investments. His nose for business is more than remarkable. In 2016, the magazine Forbes published an article calling Ashton Kutcher’s story “one of the most unusual on the financial scene today.” The handsome movie boy joined up with Guy Oseary, Madonna’s representative and the actor’s neighbor, and together they have convinced well-known billionaires to fund companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Skype, Pinterest or Spotify. Result: they have managed to transform 30 million dollars into 250. The secret is explained by Kutcher himself on his Atrium blog: “I evaluate investments according to two vectors: profits and happiness.” You assess whether you will be able to earn 6 to 10 times your investment in a period of 5 to 10 years, but you can skip this rule if the company you are targeting solves a major problem. An original mix of requirements that is giving you excellent results.
The troubled relationship he lived with Demi Moore, with whom he was married for six years, blurred his personal and professional profile. It was a marriage examined with a magnifying glass because when they celebrated their marriage in 2005 he was 27 years old and the actress, 42. During that time, the media accused him on numerous occasions of deceiving Moore, a fact that he has attributed to a lack of rigor of some publications. In the statement made public on the occasion of their separation, Kutcher stressed that he would always value “the time spent with Demi” and justified the end of their relationship by stating: “Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and, unfortunately, to sometimes it fails ”. Last year, he assured in an interview that after that breakup, he spent a week isolated in the field, practicing tai-chi and almost fasting and that he had hallucinations. Then he decided to clean the slate and clean up all the relationships he still had open: “I went through every relationship I had had and felt that I might have left a grudge or regret and wrote letters to each person and then sent them,” Kutcher explained.
Together with Demi Moore he created in 2009 the thorn foundation, which combats child sexual exploitation with software. Ashton Kutcher even went to the United States Capitol – which houses both houses of Congress – in 2017 to testify before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee at a hearing on progress in the fight against modern slavery. “I’ve been on FBI raids where I’ve seen things that no one should see. I have seen a video of a girl the same age as my daughter [2 años] raped by an American who was in Cambodia on sex tourism ”, the actor told the congressmen. And he provided data on the effectiveness of his application and explained that one of the tools created by Thorn, called Spotlight, managed to identify 6,000 victims in just six months. “Technology can be used to enable slavery, but also to disable it. Can we design better tools than yours to combat what is happening? ”Said the interpreter on Capitol Hill. And he added: “In six months, with 25% of our users reported, we have identified more than 6,000 victims of sex trafficking, of which 2,000 were minors. This tool has improved the work of 4,000 police officers in 900 agencies. And we’ve cut investigation time by 60%, ”Kutcher said of Spotlight.
Now he has found stability with Mila Kunis whom he married in 2015. They are the parents of two children. The family leads a quiet life away from the media spotlight. A few months ago they announced that they had made the decision not to leave the fortune to their children. So the actors who met in the series Those wonderful 70s they joined an ever-growing list of celebrities opting for the same thing.