Ashton Kutcher Net Worth & Biography

By Mixxerly Updated: SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

Introduction

NET WORTH

$220M

Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, model, producer, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the sitcom That '70s Show.

He made his film debut in the romantic comedy Coming Soon, followed by the comedy film Dude, Where's My Car?, which was a box office hit. In 2003, Kutcher moved into romantic comedies, appearing in that year's Just Married and My Boss's Daughter.

In 2003, he created and produced the television series Punk'd. In 2004, Kutcher starred in the lead role of the psychological film The Butterfly Effect. As of , Ashton Kutcher has an estimated net worth of about $220M.

At a Glance

Full name: Christopher Ashton Kutcher

Other names: Ashton Kutcher

Birthday: February 7, 1978

Age:

Net worth: $220M

Salary: $800K/Episode

Occupation: Actor, Model, TV & Film Producer, Entrepreneur, Businessman, Venture Capitalist.

Nationality: United States of America.

Net Worth

Ashton Kutcher is undoubtedly a talented and insanely successful model and actor. He is also quite successful as a businessman and investor. Kutcher has built a great career through persistence, dedication, and hard-work. Also, he intelligently diversified his portfolio to multiple income streams. As of , Ashton Kutcher has an estimated net worth of about $220M.

Early life

Ashton Kutcher was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Diane (née Finnegan), a Procter & Gamble employee, and Larry M. Kutcher, a factory worker. He has Czech, German, and Irish ancestry.

Kutcher was raised in a "relatively conservative" Catholic family. He has an older sister named Tausha and a fraternal twin brother named Michael, who had a heart transplant when the brothers were young children. Michael also has cerebral palsy and is a spokesperson for the advocacy organization Reaching for the Stars.

Michael's cardiomyopathy caused Kutcher's home life to become increasingly stressful. He has said he "didn't want to come home and find more bad news" about his brother, stating, "I kept myself so busy that I didn't allow myself to feel."

Ashton Kutcher attended Washington High School in Cedar Rapids for his freshman year, before his family moved to Homestead, Iowa, where he attended Clear Creek–Amana High School. During high school, he developed a passion for acting and appeared in school plays and his parents divorced when he was 16.

During his senior year, he broke into his high school at midnight with his cousin in an attempt to steal money; he was arrested leaving the scene. Kutcher was convicted of third-degree burglary and sentenced to three years of probation and 180 hours of community service.

Kutcher stated that although the experience "straightened him out", he lost his girlfriend and anticipated college scholarships, and was ostracized at school and in his community.

Kutcher enrolled at the University of Iowa in August 1996, where his planned major was biochemical engineering, motivated by the desire to cure his brother's heart ailment. At college, Kutcher was kicked out of his apartment for being too "noisy" and "wild".

Ashton Kutcher stated, "I thought I knew everything but I didn't have a clue. I was partying, and I woke up many mornings not knowing what I had done the night before. I played way too hard. I am amazed I am not dead."

To earn tuition money, Kutcher worked as a college summer hire in the cereal department for the General Mills plant in Cedar Rapids and sometimes sold his blood plasma. While at the University of Iowa, he was approached by a model scout at The Airliner bar in Iowa City, Iowa, and entered the "Fresh Faces of Iowa" modeling competition.

Placing first, he won a trip to New York City's International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention. Leaving Iowa for a stay in New York City, Kutcher then returned to Cedar Rapids, before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.

Favorite Quotes from Ashton Kutcher

“My mom is still yelling at me because she needs more autographed pictures.” – Ashton Kutcher
“I’m from Iowa, we don’t know what cool is!” – Ashton Kutcher
“I don’t believe that old cliche that good things come to those who wait. I think good things come to those who want something so bad they can’t sit still.” – Ashton Kutcher
“There’s something advantageous about having people underestimate your intellect, insomuch as a lot of things are revealed to you. They assume you don’t know what you’re talking about, then all of a sudden, you do. And the next thing you know, you have information you wouldn’t normally have.” – Ashton Kutcher
“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap!” – Ashton Kutcher
“My parents couldn’t give me a whole lot of financial support, but they gave me good genes. My dad is a handsome son-of-a-gun, and my mom is beautiful. And I’ve definitely been the lucky recipient. So, thank you, Mom and Dad.” – Ashton Kutcher

Career

After participating in an IMTA competition in 1998, Kutcher signed with Next modeling agency in New York, appeared in commercials for Calvin Klein, and modeled in Paris and Milan.

Following his success in modeling, Kutcher moved to Los Angeles after his first audition. He was cast as Michael Kelso in the television series That '70s Show, from 1998 to 2006. Kutcher starred in several comedy films, including Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), Just Married (2003), and Guess Who (2005).

He appeared in the 2003 family film Cheaper By The Dozen as a self-obsessed actor. In the 2004 drama film The Butterfly Effect, Kutcher played a conflicted young man who time travels. The film received mixed to negative reviews but was a box office success.

In 2003, Kutcher produced and starred as the host in his own series, MTV's Punk'd that involved hidden camera tricks performed on celebrities.

He is also an executive producer of the reality television shows Beauty and the Geek, Adventures in Hollyhood (based around the rap group Three 6 Mafia), The Real Wedding Crashers, and the game show Opportunity Knocks.

Many of his production credits, including Punk'd come through Katalyst Films, a production company he runs with partner Jason Goldberg.

Kutcher subsequently appeared in more romantic comedies, including Guess Who (2005), A Lot Like Love (2005), What Happens in Vegas (2008), and No Strings Attached (2011).

He starred as Walden Schmidt on the sitcom Two and a Half Men (2011–2015). In 2013, Kutcher portrayed Steve Jobs in the biographical film Jobs. He also starred as Colt Bennett in the Netflix series The Ranch (2016-2020). Kutcher provided the voice of Elliot in Open Season (2006).

Kutcher produced and starred in the 2010 action comedy, Killers, in which he played a hitman. In May 2011, Kutcher was announced as Charlie Sheen's replacement on the series Two and a Half Men.

Kutcher's contract was for one year and was believed to be worth nearly $20 million. His debut as the character Walden Schmidt, entitled "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt", was seen by 28.7 million people on September 19, 2011.

The Nielsen rating company reported that figure was more than any episode in the show's first eight seasons when Sheen starred in it. Kutcher earned $750,000 an episode on the show.

In 2016, he appeared in the "Candy, Quahog Marshmallow" episode of Family Guy.

Since 2016, he has starred in the Netflix series, The Ranch, alongside Danny Masterson, Elisha Cuthbert, and Debra Winger, playing the role of Colt Bennett, the son of a Colorado rancher (Sam Elliott) returning home from a semi-pro football career to run the family business on the ranch.

Beyond the entertainment world, Kutcher has invested in several high technology startups. Kutcher has invested in five startups as of August 2017—Neighborly, Zenreach, ResearchGate, Kopari Beauty, and most recently, Lemonade—marking his foray into the "insurtech" sector.

He is a co-founder of the venture capital firm A-Grade Investments with Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle and fund manager Chris Hollod. Kutcher, Oseary & Burkle started by initially investing $30m of their own funds in 2010 when they founded the firm, by 2016 Forbes valued the firms' holdings at $236m. At SXSW on March 14, 2015, Kutcher announced Sound Ventures, the successor to A-Grade Investments managing a fund backed by institutional funding.

On October 29, 2013, Lenovo announced that it hired Kutcher as a product engineer. Kutcher was part of the management team for Ooma, a tech start-up launched in September 2007. Ooma is in the Voice over Internet Protocol business and Kutcher's role was as Creative Director.

Ashton Kutcher spearheaded a marketing campaign and produced viral videos to promote this service. Kutcher also created an interactive arm of Katalyst called Katalyst Media, with his partner from Katalyst Films, Jason Goldberg. Their first site was the animated cartoon Blah Girls.

Kutcher has invested in an Italian restaurant, Dolce (other owners include Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama) and a Japanese-themed restaurant named Geisha House with locations in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and New York City. Geisha House went out of business on June 1, 2013. In 2019 Ashton Kutcher, Mark Cuban, Steve Watts, and Watts’ wife Angela, invested a 50% stake in Veldskoen shoes fledgling US business.