It's not uncommon for celebrities to run businesses outside of the profession they're most famous for. Clothing lines, perfumes and restaurants are popular choices.
All too often, though, those ventures fail. The name power of a famous person might turn heads, but if the quality of the product isn't up to par, customers won't stick around. That's especially true when the actor, singer or athlete doesn't have the expertise or time to dedicate to the venture.
By buying a franchise location of an established chain, though, many of those problems are solved. Quality is consistent. And there's an adequately established talent pool to ensure the operation can run more independent than, say, a single-location high-end restaurant.
It's a lesson a number of celebrities from a variety of fields have taken to heart.
—By Chris Brown, special to CNBC.com
Posted 12 May 2016