Perhaps best-known for his role as the dimwitted pretty boy Michael Kelso on the FOX sitcom That 70’s Show, Ashton Kutcher has become a household name. He has starred on other memorable roles on both TV and the big screen including the suspenseful Sci-fi thriller The Butterfly Effect and the biographical film Jobs where he played Apple the CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs. Let's take a look at Ashton Kutcher net worth.
Christopher Ashton Kutcher was born on February 7, 1978, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His mother Diane worked for Procter & Gamble while his father, Larry was a factory worker. He was raised in a conservative Catholic home with his older sister Tausha and fraternal twin brother Michael.
Kutcher became interested in acting during his freshman year of high school after appearing in several school plays. He enrolled at the University of Iowa in 1996 and was planning to major in biochemical engineering. He was driven to this particular field due to his twin brother having a heart condition.
While studying to become an engineer, Kutcher was approached by a model scout at a bar and recruited to enter the Fresh Faces of Iowa competition. After he won first place, Ashton dropped out of college and visited the International Modeling and Talent Association Convention in New York City.
After a brief stay in New York, he returned back home to Cedar Rapids temporarily before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an actor.
In 1998, after winning the IMTA competition, he signed with Next modeling agency and later appeared in TV ads for Calvin Klein while also modeling in Milan and Paris.
Ashton’s first audition for an acting role was actually for the role of Michael Kelso on That 70’s Show. He was cast and played the memorable character from 1998 to 2006.
Kutcher also appeared in a number of films including the comedy Dude, Where’s My Car, Just Married, Guess Who, and the 2003 family film Cheaper by the Dozen alongside Steve Martin.
The 2004 drama film The Butterfly Effect showed that Kutcher was capable of taking on serious roles and opened the door to more acting opportunities for him in the drama genre. While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it was a hit at the box office.
In 2003, Ashton produced and starred in the hidden camera show Punk’d for MTV. The show featured various pranks performed on celebrities and was a great hit for both Kutcher and the network. He later took on more executive producer roles for reality series Beauty and the Geek as well as Adventures in Hollywood, and The Real Wedding Crashers.
Ashton took on another dramatic role when he starred alongside Kevin Costner in The Guardian. While the film was a success for the actor, filming caused scheduling conflicts with his role on That 70’s Show He appeared in the first four episodes of the sitcom during the eighth and final season, and later returned for the finale episode.
In May of 2011, Ashton took on another sitcom role when he replaced Charlie Sheen on the CBS series Two and a Half Men. His contract for the show was for one year and was rumored to be worth around $20 million. He went on to earn $750,000 per episode before the show ended in 2015.
Ashton graced the cover of several gossip magazines when he married actress Demi Moore in 2005. The couple was married for six years before they separated for a year and later filed for divorce in 2012 citing irreconcilable differences.
Later that same year, Ashton began dating his former That 70’s Show co-star Mila Kunis. They were engaged in 2014 and married in July of 2015. Ashton and Mila had a daughter named Wyatt in 2014 and later had a son named Dimitri Portwood in 2016.
As of May 2017, Ashton Kutcher net worth was at $200 million. His impact on social media and interest in the tech industry led to him investing in various tech start-ups. Through his Venture Capital firm, A-Grade Investments, Kutcher has investments in many startups that are highly successful today.
His contributions help start well-known companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Soundcloud, Spotify, and Shazam. One report stated that Ashton and his team of investors turn $30 million in investments into $250 million worth of assets.
Ashton is currently starring in the Netflix series The Ranch which premiered its second season in 2017. On the show, he plays a former football player who returns to the family ranch to help his father and brother take care of the property.
Ashton continues to make investments in worthwhile startups and gives to charitable causes. He recently funded over 130 classroom projects in Iowa schools as part of the Best School Day initiative.
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