A far cry from Flipper! About 20 years after Jessica Alba made her debut as a teen actress, the Sin City star is now a hugely successful businesswoman with a Forbes cover and a rapidly expanding company.
Alba, 34, is featured on the cover of Forbes' latest issue, joined by a cover line reading, "America's Richest Self-Made Women." The Valentine's Day star is heralded for her Honest Company and business acumen inside the spread, which makes note of the company's recent massive valuation.
The mag estimates Alba's personal net worth at $200 million, putting her above the estimated totals of Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, and Katy Perry.
The Honey actress founded The Honest Company in 2012, and, as Forbes writes, counted $10 million in revenue in its first year, going on to skyrocket to a projected total of $250 million for 2015, earning an overall valuation of $1 billion.
"If we really want to make a difference in the world and people’s health, it’s billions and billions of dollars, not just one," Alba told Forbes of her pet project. The health-focused company started with a focus on baby products and diapers that are produced with limited harmful chemicals, and are "unquestionably safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, and affordable."
Alba recalled her inspiration for the company in her Forbes interview, citing an allergic reaction she had to a baby detergent she used. Her mother, Cathy Alba, chimed in on the matter, telling Forbes that her daughter was "the most sensitive child," often making trips to the hospital to treat asthma and allergies.
"I felt like my needs weren’t being met as a modern person," Alba, who is the mom to daughters Honor, 6, and Haven, 3, told Forbes of finding health-focused, nontoxic baby products. "I want beautiful design like everybody else. But it shouldn’t be premium-priced, and it should, of course, be safe… I kind of want them to be cute, and the natural diapers: Why do they have to look like your baby’s wearing a brown bag?"
Alba, who shares her little girls with husband Cash Warren, was celebrated by her famous friends for her success. Designer Rachel Zoe shared a photo of the Forbes cover via Instagram, writing, "OMG @jessicaalba!! So deserved and so proud!! #hardworkandadream #honestlife #womeninpower #shutitdown xoRZ."
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