Jessica Alba knew she wanted to be an actress at a young age. She continues to enjoy a successful acting career. She has won awards, has been named one of the most beautiful women, and was named one of America’s richest entrepreneurs under 40 by Forbes Magazine. She’s also a happy mother of three. Along the way, Jessica Alba has achieved a net worth of $350 million. Here’s how Jessica Alba achieved a net worth of $350 million.
Jessica Marie Alba was born near Los Angeles, California on April 28, 1981. She and her younger brother Joshua traveled with their Air Force father Mark and mother Cathy to Mississippi and Texas before returning to southern California. Jessica’s father is of Mexican descent and her mother is Danish, Welsh, German, English and French. Despite her conservative Catholic Latino upbringing, Jessica called herself a liberal and a feminist at a young age.
During her childhood, Jessica suffered from many illnesses. She had allergies, asthma, suffered pneumonia and a ruptured appendix. Because she was hospitalized many times and because she moved around because of her father’s Air Force career, Jessica often felt isolated from kids her age. However, she had a vivacious personality and knew she wanted to be an actress at a young age. Her childhood illnesses and sensitivity would later help her create a successful career and business, and encourage her philanthropy.
Jessica was drawn to acting at a young age. Her parents enrolled her in acting classes and as a tween she was signed with an agent. She began modeling and appeared in commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney. Soon she was acting in independent films and eventually television. As a teenager, she appeared on television in shows including “Camp Nowhere”, Nickelodeon’s “The Secret World of Alex Mack”, and she showcased her diving skills on “Flipper. She also appeared in “Brooklyn South” and “P.U.N.K.S.”. She was cast in movie roles in “Never Been Kissed” and “Idle Hands”. After graduating from Claremont High School at the age of 16, Jessica studied at the Athletic Acting Company.
Jessica got her big break when she was cast in the FOX television series “Dark Angel” which ran from 2000 to 2002. The James Cameron directed show won Jessica a Golden Globe nomination, a Teen Choice Award and a Saturn Award. She went on to get roles in action films, romantic comedies and independent films. She has worked steadily as a film actress ever since. Many of her movies have been collaborations with director Robert Rodiguez. He directed Jessica in movies including “Sin City”, “Machete” and “Spy Kids”. Jessica has also appeared in the “Fantastic Four” franchise, “Good Luck Chuck”, “The Eye”, “Valentine’s Day” and “Little Fockers”.
Politics and Activism
Political and social causes have always been near and dear to Jessica Alba’s heart. She supports many causes including Gay Rights, Habitat for Humanity, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Clothes Off Our Back, Soles for Souls, SOS Children’s Village, Revision Run/Walk for Women, Up, Baby 2 Baby, and many more groups. Jessica can be outspoken about some of her favorite causes. In 2009, while filming “Killer” in Oklahoma City, she posted pictures of sharks throughout the city to raise awareness of the decrease in population of Great White Sharks. This sparked some anger, but Jessica quickly apologized and even donated money to the United Way whose billboard she obscured with a picture of a shark.
Jessica abdicates for political causes as well as social and environmental causes. In 2008 she appeared in the “Declare Yourself” campaign encouraging voter registration. The ad featured Jessica in a bondage themed advertisement which garnered a lot of attention. One of Jessica’s most cherished causes is encouraging the study of chemicals and their effects on people, the environment, and especially babies and children. This has become an important cause for Jessica because of her illnesses and allergies as a child. Her interest and concern led to the founding of The Honest Company. Jessica has personally lobbied in Washington DC in support of the Safe Chemicals Act and for the revision of the Toxic Substance Act of 1976. In 2015 The Honest Company sponsored a laboratory at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital that researches links between household chemicals and autism.
The Honest Company
Jessica’s concern for chemicals used in products for babies, children and in the household led her to co-found The Honest Company. After her baby shower for her first child, Jessica washed the baby clothes she received in a special baby laundry detergent. She soon broke out in a rash. Reminded of her childhood allergies, sensitivity and illnesses, Jessica started studying the ingredients and found that many of the chemicals were listed as fragrance which is legal. She started looking at the ingredients of her household cleaning products and became concerned. After extensive research, Jessica’s husband, Internet Entrepreneur Cash Warren, introduced her to Brian Lee. Lee is an Internet Entrepreneur, attorney and a co-founder of Legal Zoom. He was impressed with the information Jessica presented to him in 2009 but he was involved in other projects at the time. However, in 2011, Lee was concerned when his preschool son could not bring a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich to school because some of the young children suffered from nut allergies. Concerned about children with allergies, asthma, Celiac Disease and autism, Lee got in touch with Jessica Alba and helped her with her project.
Jessica and Christopher Gavigen founded The Honest Company in 2012. The company creates household goods and baby products that are chemical free. Jessica is hands on with every aspect of the company which has continued to expand. In 2013 Jessica published a book “The Honest Life” which became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2015 she helped create a collection of skin care products, “Honest Beauty”. The Honest Company now has two offices with 350 employees and 130 customer care representatives. Jessica and her mother travel the United States educating researchers and promoting the products at stores including Whole Foods and Buy Buy Baby. The Honest Company is worth $1 billion today. Jessica owns between 15 to 20% of the company.