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Ashton Kutcher

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Ashton Kutcher was born in 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to a catholic family. He was born with a fraternal twin who had cerebral palsy, which presented him with many hardships in his youth. He had even considered committing suicide at a hospital so his brother could have his heart.

Heart. This is a word that you can always apply to Ashton.  The above example is one of the most stark examples of his heart, but is far from the only case. Another illustration of this was his work ethic as a child. He worked a variety of odd jobs as early as he could. These included lawncare, farm work, and roofing. He claims to have saved every penny for one and a half years, and at 13 he bought a snowmobile for $1400.

One could even say he has heart to a fault, a lesson he had to learn early in life. After his parents divorced while he was in high school, Ashton was troubled. He was already involved in acting via school plays, but that wasn’t all he did with high school. In his senior year he broke into his high school with his cousin and got caught. It had its consequences like losing his girlfriend and scholarships. This convinced him to leave criminal activity behind.

His next step was going to University of Iowa to study biochemical engineering. Heart was a motivating factor again. He had chosen this area of study to find a cure for his brother’s cardiomyopathy.

Ashton did not stay, leaving in favour of modelling work after a talent scout found him. This is when he started to enter the public eye and garner some fame. After moving to LA, he was cast in his most recognizable role, Kelso from That ’70s Show. From there his fame grew, through movies such as Dude, Where’s My Car, and Punk’d which he both hosted and produced.

This gave him the funds to co-found a venture capital firm in 2010, called A-Grade Investments. He created this firm with two other investors, Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle. Its core area is tech companies that change how consumers fit into a market. It has invested in many successful companies of this nature, like Spotify, Uber, and Airbnb.

Forbes ran a feature article about Grade-A, titled “How Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary Built a $250 Million Portfolio with Startups Like Uber and Airbnb.” This was the best selling magazine of Forbes in its almost 100 year history. It went on to say that they had accumulated that $250 Million from only $30 Million.

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