Top 6 Bollywood Actresses Who Invest in Startups in India

Abhishek Gupta Abhishek Gupta
Jun 22, 2022 7 min read
Top 6 Bollywood Actresses Who Invest in Startups in India

Ever since PM Modi made Make in India an official announcement, it became a project that would help to boost India's startup economy. It received support from many from the nation as well as from people and companies all over the world. Not only did people invest but large corporations too invested. This helped to increase the total investment and startup culture in India.

Many Indian celebrities took this opportunity to invest to boost the economy for startups. By this, not only the "Heroes" of Bollywood but also the Indian Heroines are becoming multi-million investors. By this, they actually get involved knee-deep. Thereby, lending an incredible boost to the nation as well as the company involved.

Some Indian Celebrity Investors are not funding the startups from the front end. But are getting involved with startups. The celebrities get involved by becoming their parent company. HiPi is an Indian alcohol delivery mobile App. The app received an investment from Diageo, the alcohol giant.

This article is about well-known faces of Bollywood, Bollywood actresses who invest in startups and contribute to boosting the Indian economy.

Bollywood Actresses Who Invest in Startups

  1. Shilpa Shetty
  2. Madhuri Dixit
  3. Aishwarya Rai
  4. Priyanka Chopra
  5. Deepika Padukone
  6. Katrina Kaif
celebrity investors in India

Shilpa Shetty

Startup Invested in: Groupco Developers

Shilpa Shetty Kundra | Celebrity Investors in India
Shilpa Shetty Kundra | Celebrity Investors in India

Shilpa Shetty is one of the celebrity investors in India, A famous Bollywood actress who made her screen debut in 1993 in the thriller Baazigar. The movie gave her two Filmfare Awards nominations. The Actress was a part-owner of the IPL team Rajasthan Royals.

In 2013 she once again made news by announcing her entry into a male-dominated business sector.

The actress announced her real-estate company, "Groupco Developers" with Hem Tejuja. A first-generation entrepreneur and her friend. The company’s aim is to develop housing projects by collaborating with landowners across the whole country. She is one of the top Bollywood investors.

Her say on the project was that deep down she was a middle-class person from Chembur. So, that was the reason she wanted this project to help people build houses. She wanted to give people houses that would bring them happiness.

Madhuri Dixit

Startup Invested in: GOQII

Madhuri Dixit - Celebrity Investors in India
Madhuri Dixit - Celebrity Investors in India

An Indian actress, producer, television personality and music artist, Madhuri Dixit is one of the most popular celebrities in Hindi cinema. After a few failed films, Tezaab gave her a breakthrough in the industry.

Madhuri Dixit got into the startup zone in 2014 When she backed an entrepreneur named Vishal Gondal. The duo then launched a company of wearable electronics GOQii( pronounced Go-Key).

The company and the product got a lot of attention from the people from silicon valley. The husband of Madhuri Dixit, Dr Shriram Nene is the Chief Medical Officer of GOQii. The actress still remains with the company.

Aishwarya Rai

Startup Invested in: Ambee

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ambee | Celebrity Investors in India
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ambee | Celebrity Investors in India

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an Indian actress and former Miss World. Her influential acting and looks made her career a very famous and established one. The Padma Shree actress made an investment in the startup. This showed her interest in the startup. Her mother accompanied her in this venture.

She made her debut as an angel investor by investing a whopping sum of Rupees 5 million. Her mother accompanied her. She made the investment in a startup named Ambee. Ambee is a startup that monitors air quality with data from 100 sensors all over Bengaluru. This is not the first investment of the actress in clean technology.

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Priyanka Chopra

Startup Invested in: Bumble

Priyanka Chopra | Celebrity Investors in India
Priyanka Chopra and Bumble - Celebrity Investors in India

Priyanka Chopra is a former Miss World, Indian, now an international actress and a Padma Shree awardee. The famous actress is known for making her place in Bollywood with her great acting skills.

Priyanka Chopra has endorsed several brands, and now she started her investment in startups. The Bollywood actress came into the news in December 2018. She announced the news about her backing up an online dating app named Bumble. The app saw huge growth within 5 months of entry into the all-flooded Indian dating market.

What’s very unique about the app is the feature that allows it to use three modes. When two users have signalled interest only the female can start the conversation.

Priyanka Chopra on Investment in Startup - celebrity investors in India

Deepika Padukone

Startup Invested in: Epigamia, Blu Smart, FrontRow, and Supertails

Celebrity Investors in India | Deepika Padukone Epigamia
Deepika Padukone Epigamia - Celebrity Investors in India

Deepika Padukone is from the young age generation of actresses from Bollywood. The actress has earned fame by working on basics such as equality with the men in Bollywood. Deepika made her debut in the startup scene with a strategic partnership with Mumbai-based FMCG health food. The company announced a multi-crore investment with the actress in May 2019.

Epigamia was launched way back in 2015 by Rohan Mirchandani, Uday Thakker, Chef Ganesh Krishnamoorthy, and Rahul Jain. The company started as a greek yoghurt brand. Later, expanded its portfolio to include artisan curd and snack pack.

The co-founder of the company said that the company's ambition was to increase its consumer base. The company aimed towards building distribution to 50,000 stores in the coming years.

He said that the company believed in their association with the Bollywood actress. It would go on a very long way to make people across the country aware of the brand and its product line. They also believed that Deepika was a perfect fit for the ideology of the brand.

Apart from Epigamia, Deepika has also invested in other startups. Blu Smart, FrontRow, and Supertails are some of her investments.

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Katrina Kaif

Startup Invested in: Kay Beauty, Nykaa

Katrina Kaif | Celebrity Investors in India
Katrina Kaif | Celebrity Investors in India

The actress that made into Bollywood by her cute and charming looks. The British actress, Katrina Kaif stepped into the world of startups, by launching her line of cosmetics. She partnered with a Mumbai-based beauty e-Commerce platform named Nykaa.

The name of her beauty lineup is Kay Beauty. It deals in cosmetic products priced in the range of INR 249 to INR 799. They are available all across Nykaa’s offline and online platforms. The brand entered the cosmetics market with a forty-eight-piece collection of eye and lip products.

The brand has three categories: Kolor, Kover, and Kare. Kolor represents the colour cosmetics with both eyes and lips. Kover is associated with nails and Kare with face products along with nourishing ingredients.

The actress was seen at the launch. She made her part of the comment over the product that she used all the knowledge that she gained in her entire career to make these products possible. Katrina association of her brand Kay Beauty with Nykaa would be able to give the tools to explore creativity and celebrate one’s own idea of beauty.


Where do Indian celebrities invest their money?

Actors generally purchase luxury properties in Mumbai & given the RBI's relaxed norms on investing outside India through the Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS), some have even bought properties in foreign markets, especially in UAE and the UK.

Who are the top Indian celebrities who invest in startups?

Indian celebrities and Bollywood actors who invest in emerging Tech Startups are:

  • Amitabh Bachchan
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • MS Dhoni
  • Madhuri Dixit
  • Akshay Kumar
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
  • Yuvraj Singh
  • Robin Uthappa

Who are the Bollywood Actors Investing In Indian Startups?

Some Bollywood actors who invest in Indian Startups are:

  • Akshay Kumar
  • Sonu Sood
  • Ayushmann Khurrana
  • Farhan Akhtar
  • Pankaj Tripathi

Who are the Bollywood Actresses Investing In Indian Startups?

Some Bollywood actresses who invest in Indian Startups are:

  • Shilpa Shetty
  • Madhuri Dixit
  • Aishwarya Rai
  • Priyanka Chopra
  • Deepika Padukone
  • Katrina Kaif
  • Kriti Sanon
  • Alia Bhatt
  • Anushka Sharma
  • Athiya Shetty
  • Malaika Arora
  • Rakul Preet Singh
  • Sara Ali Khan
  • Samantha Prabhu
  • Shraddha Kapoor

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