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7 celebrity women who have started their own businesses

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In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Halle Berry arrives at unite4:good and Variety’s 2nd annual unite4:humanity at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Business ownership is the latest must-have among women on the A-List. Stars including Halle Berry, Nicki Minaj and Drew Barrymore, have launched businesses in recent years that sell lingerie, bubby wine and lip gloss.

The Oscar winner’s line of $7 panties and $18 bras went on sale at Target stores last year. “The line got off to a strong start when it launched in October and its performance continues to build,” said Target spokesman Joshua Thomas. Berry wants to expand the brand into swimsuits and nightgowns, but first, Scandale Paris lingerie will be sold in more international stores later this year.

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In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Nicki Minaj arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Nicki Minaj, Myx Fusions

The “Anaconda” rapper co-owns bubbly moscato maker Myx Fusions with Mona Scott-Young, the producer of the “Love & Hip Hop” reality TV series on VH1. Myx Fusions Moscato comes in single-serve bottles and in three flavors: mango, coconut and peach. Up next for Myx Fusions is a line of fizzy sangrias, set to launch in June.

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In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, Drew Barrymore poses for a portrait in promotion of the launch of her new cosmetics line “Flower” at the Maesa offices in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP Images, File)

Drew Barrymore, Flower

Flower, the makeup brand co-owned by Barrymore, sells lipsticks, nail polishes and other cosmetics at Wal-Mart. A website for Flower has pictures and videos of the actress and producer in a white lab coat testing foundations, nail polishes and eye shadow colors. Flower, co-owned by makeup company Maesa, doesn’t advertise, instead it relies on the star power of Barrymore, who starred in 1982’s “E.T. the

Extra-Terrestrial” and the “Charlie’s Angels” films.

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In this March 14, 2015 file photo, Jessica Simpson attends the Teen Vogue 10th annual Fashion University at Conde Nast’s new offices at 1 World Trade Center in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Jessica Simpson, The Jessica Simpson Collection

The singer, actress and reality TV star started her brand a decade ago. Its clothing, shoes and accessories are now sold in several department stores, including Macy’s, Nordstrom and Dillard’s. In March, she sold a majority stake of the Jessica Simpson Collection to brand management company Sequential Brands. Sequential said annual sales of the brand were about $1 billion. Simpson still has a stake in the company, and her mother Tina Simpson remains as creative director.

In this March 17, 2015 file photo, actress Jessica Alba poses at the 30th Anniversary Impact Awards Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Jessica Alba, The Honest Company

Alba co-founded consumer products business The Honest Company five years ago. It sells diapers, baby wipes, laundry detergent and other products. The actress, who starred in two “Fantastic Four” movies, told CNBC that the company had $150 million in sales last year.

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In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, Kate Hudson arrives at The People Magazine Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hudson co-owns Fabletics, an online seller of workout gear. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Kate Hudson, Fabletics

The “Almost Famous” actress has a line of colorful leggings, sports bras and other workout gear called Fabletics. Each item costs less than $100, and is sold through the Fabletics website. She co-founded Fabletics with JustFab Inc. an online seller of shoes, handbags and jewelry.

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Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 87th Academy Awards nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

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