Its one thing to be on a popular TV show, its another thing altogether to parley that marginal fame, into a Hollywood, Leading man, and now Venture Capitalist.
Its strange to see being famous, ultimately allows actors, to jump into other arena’s such as politics, and Venture Capital.
Reagan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were able to parley their fame, into politics, who both became governor of California. Ragen went on to be President, while Schwarzenegger married into the Kennedy family, and probably would of moved on to run for president if he wasn’t a immigrant.
Other Hollywood, actors, like Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck appear to think about politics, but something seems to be holding them back from actually running for something, so far they both are very outspoken on the subject of politics.
Matt Specifically, recently made a movie about running for president, publicly negatively remarked on both, and 2008′s Vice Presidential Nominee Governor Sara Palin, President Obama. I personally don’t disagree with Matt’s assessment.
Matt Damond remards towards Sara Palin
Matt Damond’s remards about President Obama’s first term
President Obama, publically responds to Matt Damond’s remarks, during a White House Corrospondants Dinner
Adjustment Bureo, which features Matt Damond, running for president.
Back to Ashton. Interestingly enough, Ashton, moved into Venture Capital, taking the money he’s made from hollywood, and trying to parley that into silicon valley, California’s other great industry.
What I find interesting about this, is the question. Is he qualified to be a Venture Capitalist.
On one hand what does an actor, know about technology? But then again, what do Bankers, or Rich Dudes know about technology? If Rich Dudes are qualified to be VC’s, then why not a rich Actor? Whats the difference if your money came from banking, acting, or inheritance? I would argue nothing. But they know what they like, and as long as they have money, it doesn’t really matter if you don’t know how to build drones, or websites, or program. The point of venture capital, is to give the money to more capabible people, with a mandate to make something awesome.
Also, I would argue, it takes time to become accustomed to having a large sums of money to manage. A person risk tolerance needs to adjust to the amount of money they have to manage. Rich kids, seem spoiled and allot of them are, but there their comfort level of blowing few million dollars as opposed to a regular person’s is much different. If you have 10 million in the bank, you can afford to loose a few hundred thousand. But if your entire net worth is less then a few hundred thousand you can’t afford to blow it?
Its similar to watch people win the lottery, or athletes go into the NFL makes millions, and quickly become in debt for several million. Its one thing to make a allot of money, its another thing all togather to keep it.
Given Ashton, experince success fairly young, he’s probably leanred to deal with the fame, and large sums of money with out going broke. Time will tell, if he’s any good and investing. But if he continues to find success in Venture Capital, and Hollywood, we may see a new Governor of California emerge?