Christopher Ashton Kutcher became the Hollywood heartthrob with his portrayal of Michael Kelso in the sitcom That '70s Show. He has appeared in numerous romantic comedies as Coming Soon, Just Married, Guess Who, A Lot Like Love, What Happens in Vegas, and No Strings Attached.
Besides, Kutcher is also a venture capitalist and has invested in several high technology start-ups. Here are seven fun facts to know about Ashton Kutcher.
7. He is of Czech Descent
Kutcher was born on February 7, 1978, in Iowa to Diane Finnegan and Larry Kutcher. Diane worked at Procter & Gamble, and Larry worked at General Mills.
Ashton's father, Larry, is of Czech descent. Meanwhile, his maternal grandfather's parents were Irish immigrants. Ashton's maternal grandmother had Czech and German ancestry.
6. Created a Anti-human trafficking Organization With Demi Moore
As we all know, Demi Moore and Kutcher went through a messy divorce, with Moore detailing Ashton's infidelities and her miscarriage during her eight-year relationship with Kutcher in the memoir, Inside Out.
The couple who met at a dinner party first began dating in 2003. They married two years later despite the 16-year age difference. Moore and Kutcher ended their marriage on November 27, 2013, after filing for divorce on December 21, 2012.
Few years before the divorce, the ex-couple founded an international anti-human trafficking organization, DNA Foundation, now known as Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children.
The organization's sole aim is to globally eliminate child sex slavery. Actors like Bradley Cooper, Zachary Quinto, Ben Stiller, and many more have supported the foundation.
5. He Has a Fraternal Twin Brother
Along with a older sister, Tausha Kutcher, Kutcher has a fraternal twin brother whose name is Michael Kutcher. Michael was diagnosed with cerebral palsy from an early age and had to undergo a heart transplant as a teenager because of the heart failure brought on by a virus.
Michael lives in Denver, Colorado, and is an assistant vice president of the insurance company, Transamerica, according to Cerebral Palsy Foundation. He is also an advocate and public speaker for Reaching for the Stars, a global cerebral palsy nonprofit organization.
4. Married His That 70s Show Co-Star
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher met on the set of That '70s Show back in the late 1990s. However, at the time, Kutcher was in a relationship with actress January Jones. Meanwhile, Kunis dated Home Alone star, Macaulay Culkin.
In the spring of 2012, Ashton and Mila's romance-rumors started making headlines after they were spotted in PDA-filled outings. Two years later, in February 2014, the couple confirmed their engagement.
Mila and Kunis welcomed their first child, daughter, Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher, on October 1, 2014. Following a 17-month-long engagement, they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony that took place in The Secret Garden at Parrish Ranch in Oak Glen, California. They welcomed their second child, son, Dimitri Portwood Kutcher, on November 30, 2016.
3. Has a Net Worth of $200 Million
There was a time when Kutcher was on his beam-ends, selling blood plasma to earn college tuition money. The model-turned-actor has come a long way since then, building a lucrative investment career out of his ventures, and now is one of the richest actors in the world.
His estimated net worth of $200 million comes from his business ventures and acting career. The 42 years old's box-office hits include Dude, Where's My Car?, Just Married, My Boss's Daughter, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Butterfly Effect, Guess Who, Bobby, What Happens in Vegas, Valentine's Day, No Strings Attached, New Year's Eve, and most recently Jobs.
Kutcher was the creator, producer, and the host of hidden camera–practical joke reality television series, Punk'd. Moreover, he has also served as an executive producer of numerous shows and movies, including the commercially successful film My Boss's Daughter and The Butterfly Effect.
When he debuted as Charlie Sheen's replacement in Two and a Half Men, the episode was reportedly seen by 28.7 million people. His contract of one year with the show was believed to be worth $20 million. Kutcher received $750,000 per episode in the show.
2. Ashton Kutcher Investment
The 42 years old actor has become one of the most prominent figures in the venture capital world. He did have some failed investments in his first foray into the business world as Ooma and the comedy show, Blah Girls.
In 2009, however, he invested $1 million into Skype, which helped him be acquainted with other successful investors, resulting in a fruitful partnership. He has become a early investor in start-ups like Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Soundcloud, Neighborly, Zenreach, Shazam, ResearchGate, Kopari Beauty, and Lemonade through his venture capital firm, A-Grade Investments.
A-Grade invested $500,000 in Uber, $2.5 million in Airbnb, and $3 million in Spotify, which are all multi-billion dollar companies today. As per the Forbes, Kutcher, along with his team, have turned their $30 million worth of investment into a whopping $250 million over just six years.
1. Ashton Appeared as Series Regular in Netflix's The Ranch
Ashton Kutcher played as one of the main cast and an executive producer of Netflix's sitcom The Ranch. The show, created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson, first aired on April 1, 2016. Its final season was premiered on January 24, 2020.
In an episode of the WTF With Marc Maron podcast, Ashton talked about the ending of the show, stating,
"The story of The Ranch was told. We got to the point where we were able to let everybody know that this was the last season, and that we were going to wrap it up, so everybody had time to find their next gig."