As an Ashton Kutcher fan, you may think you know all about him from TV, movies, and the tabloids. There is a lot more to this celebrity than meets the eye and we’ll break it down here. Aside from acting, Ashton is also a businessman, investor, and multimillionaire. We certainly shouldn’t leave out the fact that Kutcher is fond of charity and philanthropy. Why is he popular and what are his lesser-known achievements, and facts? Read on to find out.
Who Is Ashton Kutcher?
Ashton comes from humble beginnings in the American Midwest, with stops in New York, Paris, Milan, before finally heading to Los Angeles. He has many accomplishments, not only in TV and movies, but in other areas of life that are not so public.
- Full Name
- Christopher Ashton Kutcher
- February 7, 1978
- Net Worth
- $200 million
- Teen Choice Award, People’s Choice Awards
- Wyatt (daughter) Dmitri (son)
- Place of Birth
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Fields of Expertise
- Acting, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital Investing
Ashton was born Christopher Ashton Kutcher to working class parents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on February 7, 1978. He had a fairly normal childhood, with the exception of his twin brother’s health issues at an early age. His family moved during his sophomore year in high school. In high school, he had already began showing an interest in acting by regularly participating in school plays.
Kutcher is the twin brother to Michael, and also has a sister named Tausha. Ashton got a reputation early on as a bit of a problem child. In his senior year, he was caught breaking into the Clear Creek-Amana High School in the middle of the night to steal some money. He was convicted of 3rd-degree burglary and sentenced to 6 months probation.
In college, he got past the criminal urge, but found that he enjoyed partying. His wild antics cemented his reputation as a troublemaker. At one point, he got kicked out of his apartment for being “too noisy and wild.” Kutcher is quoted saying, ” I was partying, and I woke up many mornings not knowing what I had done the night before.”
It was at this time that things started to change for Ashton. A suggestion by a friend to enter a modeling contest would get him on a career path that took him back to his love of acting.
Ashton Kutcher’s career profile spans different arenas. Most people know him as an actor, and rightfully so, but he didn’t get there on a straight line. While pursuing his acting, he hasn’t stopped to smell the roses for long. His business career is equally impressive, and we’ll take a look later on.
After getting a taste of acting in high school, Kutcher’s first career success came as a model. While in college at the University of Iowa, Ashton entered a modeling competition known as “Fresh Faces of Iowa.” A New York-based agency offered him a contract in 1998. He can be seen in Calvin Klein ads and even modeled in Milan and Paris.
Sitcom and Movies
Following the short, successful modeling run, Kutcher had his first audition and shortly after, still in 1998, moved to Los Angeles to star on That ’70s Show until 2006. Throughout the 2000s, Kutcher starred in a series of movies including, Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000), Just Married (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), The Butterfly Effect (2004), and many more.
His financial breakthrough came as an actor came as the replacement for Charlie Sheen on the sitcom Two and a Half Men. Kutcher became the highest paid TV actor of the time, making a reported $700,000 per episode, more than double that of his That ’70s Show role.
In 2022, it was announced that Kutcher will return as a guest star on the follow up to his first role on the new That ’90s Show.
What Is Ashton Kutcher Known For?
Ashton’s first and most famous role was that of Michael Kelso, the dorky jock on That ’70s Show. The sitcom was a success, and Kutcher played the role for 8 seasons. In season 8, Kutcher appeared only here and there before leaving the show. Kutcher left the show as his career blossomed and scheduling conflicts were getting in the way.
A fact about Ashton that may not make all the headlines is that he has a very high IQ – reported to be 160, putting him in the category of “genius.”
Being the “3rd time around” for famous actress Demi Moore is no small accomplishment. Both were married to Moore for 8 years. They did not have any children together.
Business, Entrepreneurship, and Investing
While making his mark in the entertainment world, Ashton put his high IQ to work in his business endeavors. Reports claim Kutcher wanted to ensure he would still have money, if acting his career stalled.
He began building a portfolio of startups, and by 2017 had interests in 5 different companies including Neighborly, ResearchGate, and Lemonade.
During this time, Kutcher also founded a venture capital firm, A-Grade Investments, with a partner. In 2015 A-Grade Investments became Sound Ventures and is now institutionally funded, with over $250 million in holdings.
Kutcher also has interests in several restaurant companies, a shoe company, and an impressive portfolio of rental properties. His successful business career is a long way from Cedar Rapids and Michael Kelso, but is certainly appropriate for an IQ of 160.
Ashton Kutcher: Marriage, Divorce, Children, and Personal Life
As of 2022, Kutcher’s net worth is approximately $200 million. Interestingly enough, most of this comes from his business and investment. He did make earn good money from his time on Two and a Half Men and got paid well for his other starring roles, but what he has done with that money is where his real wealth is earned.
Kutcher married his first wife Demi Moore in 2005. Ten years later, he married Mila Kunis fellow star of That ’70s Show.
Ashton split from his first wife Demi Moore in November 2013, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Kutcher is still currently married to second wife Mila.
The star has two children with current wife Mila, a girl 8, named Wyatt and a boy 6, named Dmitri.
In 2020, Kutcher was diagnosed with vasculitis, a condition that impaired his hearing mobility, and vision for a year. As a young child, Ashton’s twin brother Michael received a heart transplant due to cardiomyopathy and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Going to jail for burglary would seem like a tragedy for most people, but Ashton says the experience helped straighten him out at an early age.
Ashton Kutcher: Awards and Achievements
Ashton has been nominated for too many awards to list, but here is a condensed rundown of the awards he has won.
- People’s Choice Awards – 2010 Favorite Web Celeb
- Teen Choice Awards – 2002 Teen Choice Award – Choice TV: Reality Hunk, Choice TV: Reality/Variety Host, Choice TV Actor: Comedy
- Teen Choice Awards – 2003 – Choice TV: Personality, Male Reality/Variety Star
- Teen Choice Awards – 2004 – Choice TV Male Personality, TV Actor: Comedy (That ’70s Show)
- Teen Choice Awards – 2005 – Choice Movie: Rockstar Moment (A Lot Like Love)
- Teen Choice Awards – 2006 – Choice TV: Personality
- Teen Choice Awards – 2007 – Choice Movie Actor: Drama
- Teen Choice Awards – 2008 – Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy
- Teen Choice Awards – 2010 – Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy, Comedy
- Teen Choice Awards – 2011 – Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy
- Teen Choice Awards – 2013 – Ultimate Choice
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