Schwarzenegger Takes Over the Boardroom for NBC’s Celebrity Appentice, as Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger Serve as Advisors
Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric Dickerson, Boy George, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen, Porsha Williams, Ricky Williams and Carnie Wilson Are Set to Battle
The Celebrity Apprentice moves to Los Angeles for its eighth season where twice-elected California governor and international movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger reigns over the boardroom.
Advising the new head of the boardroom this season will be world-class business minds, including investment guru Warren Buffett, one of the most successful businessmen in the world; former Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer; Tyra Banks, a supermodel, actress, TV host, producer, accomplished businesswoman and CEO of the Tyra Banks Company and cosmetics brand, TYRA Beauty; actress, author and entrepreneur Jessica Alba, the founder and chief creative officer of the Honest Company and Honest Beauty; and Schwarzenegger’s trusted confidante and nephew, prominent entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger.
The celebrity lineup is as follows:
· Laila Ali – the retired four-time boxing world champion and two-time hall of famer, TV host, author, health and wellness expert and daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali
· Brooke Burke-Charvet – actress, host, entrepreneur, fitness expert and CEO of ModernMom.com
· Eric Dickerson – Pro Football Hall of Fame running back who played for the Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons
· Boy George – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, lead vocalist for the pop band Culture Club, international DJ and a coach on the U.K. version of “The Voice,” as well as a top fashion designer and photographer
· Matt Iseman – “American Ninja Warrior” host, comedian, actor and licensed physician
· Carrie Keagan – Actress, producer, writer, entrepreneur and the former host of VH1’s Emmy Award-winning live morning talk show “Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan”
· Carson Kressley – Emmy Award-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer, as well as a successful horse show exhibitor who owns saddlebred horses
· Lisa Leslie – Naismith Hall of Famer, four-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion who earned an MBA
· Jon Lovitz – comedian, film and television star and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member
· Vince Neil – lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Motley Crue as well as eclectic businessman with interests in liquor, bars, restaurants, tattoo parlors along with clothing and retail
· Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi – Reality television star and New York Times bestselling author
· Kyle Richards – actress and star of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is a philanthropist who owns an innovative boutique concept in Beverly Hills
· Chael Sonnen – former UFC standout and mixed martial artist
· Porsha Williams – model, singer and star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
· Ricky Williams – Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Texas, 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and ESPN sports analyst who was a running back for the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens
· Carnie Wilson – singer, television host and member of the pop music group Wilson Phillips.
New state-of-the-art headquarters in Silicon Beach – Southern California’s ever-growing technology hub – will house Schwarzenegger’s boardroom and the center of operations for the exciting and diverse line-up of business-savvy celebrities. Contestants will compete in challenging, business-driven tasks more focused than ever on technology and innovation, testing their ability to work together as a team while raising money and awareness for their favorite causes.
Each episode will conclude with a compelling boardroom showdown, as Schwarzenegger evaluates the performances of all of the players before deciding which team wins the challenge and who will be sent home.
Over the course of the series, “The Celebrity Apprentice” has raised more than $15 million for charity. This season’s winner will gain the coveted title of the Celebrity Apprentice and a $250,000 check to give to their designated charity.
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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
World-famous athlete and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria in 1947, and by the age of 20 was dominating the sport of competitive bodybuilding, becoming the youngest person ever to win the Mr. Universe title. By generating a new international audience for bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger turned himself into a sports icon. With his sights set on Hollywood, he emigrated to America in 1968 and went on to win five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles before retiring to dedicate himself to acting. Later, he would go on to earn a college degree from the University of Wisconsin and proudly became a U.S. citizen. Schwarzenegger, who worked under the pseudonym Arnold Strong in his first feature, “Hercules in New York,” quickly made a name for himself in Hollywood. In 1977, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized him with a Golden Globe for New Male Star of the Year for his role in “Stay Hungry,” opposite Sally Field. His big break came in 1982 when the sword and sorcery epic “Conan the Barbarian” hit box office gold. In 1984, Schwarzenegger catapulted himself into cinema history as the title character in Jim Cameron’s sci-fi thriller, “Terminator.” He is the only actor to be in both categories of the American Film Institute’s “Hundred Years of Heroes and Villains” for roles he played in the “Terminator” series. Other memorable characters include roles in “Commando,” “Predator,” “Twins,” “Total Recall,” “True Lies,” “Eraser,” “Collateral Damage,” “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” and a cameo in Sylvester Stallone’s homage to action films, “The Expendables” and an expanded role in “The Expendables 2,” among others. To date, his films have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. He gratefully served the people of California as the state’s 38th governor from 2003-10. First elected in California’s historic recall election, Gov. Schwarzenegger ushered in an era of innovative leadership and extraordinary public service. But it is Schwarzenegger’s commitment to giving something back to his state and country through public service that gives him the most satisfaction; donating his time, energy, and personal finances to serving others all over the world. Schwarzenegger acts as Chairman of the After School All-Stars, a nationwide after-school program, and serves as coach and international torch-bearer for Special Olympics. He also served as Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under George H. W. Bush and as Chair of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under Gov. Pete Wilson. Most notably, Schwarzenegger made California a world leader on renewable energy and combating climate change with the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, set a revolutionary political reform agenda, and became the first governor in decades to invest in rebuilding California’s critical infrastructure with his Strategic Growth Plan. He also dedicated himself to promoting physical education and after-school programs, and continues to commit his time, energy and personal finances to charitable organizations around the world. Schwarzenegger is currently back in Hollywood working on upcoming films.
‘THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE’ ADVISORS
WARREN E. BUFFETT
Warren Buffett was born in Omaha, Neb., on Aug. 30, 1930. His family operated a grocery store in Omaha for 100 years (1869-1969). His father ran an investment firm and also served as a member of Congress for four terms. Buffett is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a holding company controlled by him since 1965. Berkshire Hathaway has 78 operating businesses, with its largest sources of earnings arising from insurance and the BNSF railroad. Berkshire Hathaway has revenues of about $200 billion and is ranked #4 in the world by market value. Buffett started out as an investment salesman and securities analyst, and early in his career created his own investment partnership. If an investor had put $10,000 in Buffett Partnership Ltd. when it was formed in 1956 and continued that investment in Berkshire Hathaway, he would now have shares worth about $1.1 billion. Buffett has pledged that all of his shares in Berkshire Hathaway – about 99% of his net worth – will be given to philanthropic endeavors. Along with Bill and Melinda Gates, Buffett is a co-founder of the Giving Pledge that encourages wealthy Americans to devote at least 50% of their net worth to philanthropy. Buffett attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, and in 1950 received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska. He earned his M.S. in economics from Columbia University in 1951. Buffett was married to Susan T. Buffett until her death in 2004. They had three children: Susan, Howard and Peter. In 2006 he married Astrid Menks.
Steve Ballmer is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team. Ballmer retired as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft on Feb. 4, 2014. Before becoming CEO in 2000, his roles at Microsoft included president, senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software and vice president of marketing. He joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the company’s first business manager. Over his tenure as a top leader, Microsoft pioneered personal computing and democratized enterprise computing growing from almost nothing to a company that employed over 100,000 people, made almost $80 billion in revenue and was the third most profitable company in the United States. Ballmer was born in March 1956 and grew up near Detroit, where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Company. Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Harvard University. He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble as an assistant product manager and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft.
Expanding the definition of beauty is something Tyra Banks has always believed in, as a supermodel and as a super-businesswoman. Six modeling agencies rejected her before she was signed at the age of 15 years old. Now, hundreds of magazine covers and thousands of runways later, Banks grooms the next generation of models to make their dreams come true. She created and executive produced the first and longest-running fashion competition-based reality television series, “America’s Next Top Model” with 22 cycles. “ANTM” currently airs in 186 countries and has 26 international versions that span from Asia, Africa and Australia. As an original Victoria’s Secret angel, Banks was also the first model to grace the cover of GQ and the first African-American model to be featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which featured her for two consecutive years, and the Victoria’s Secret catalog. She was named one of Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment and Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Smartest in Television. She was honored as one of Glamour magazine’s coveted Women of the Year, alongside former U.S. Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton. She won two Emmy Awards for “The Tyra Show,” the first show ever to receive the award in the new informative category. Her infamous line, “KISS MY FAT ASS!” made TV Guide’s 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments. She was listed twice on Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and took the #1 spot on Forbes’ list of top earning women in primetime for two years in a row. Banks is CEO of the Tyra Banks Company – a place where beauty meets entertainment. In 2012, she graduated from the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School and is a proud alum. She recently developed Fierce Capital, the investment arm of the Tyra Banks Company, which invests in early-stage companies, including firms that are female-led or female-focused. Her passion is the TZONE Foundation, a non-profit organization that invests in young women to help them realize their ambitions and approach life’s challenges with fierce determination. The TZONE now takes residence at the Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community in New York City and focuses on five core pillars: entrepreneurship, financial literacy, elocution and self-presentation, health and wellness, and self- esteem, beauty and body image. Most recently, Banks created a one-of-a-kind cosmetics experience – TYRA Beauty. With a radically fierce, fresh and unique approach to the beauty industry, TYRA Beauty is powered by the strategic collision of beauty and entertainment, coined “Beautytainment” by Banks. TYRA Beauty is a 100% self-funded company and is a dream near and dear to Banks’ heart with the goal of creating a legacy brand that provides anyone and everyone the opportunity to become the CEO of her or his own life.
Jessica Alba is founder and chief creative officer of the Honest Company (Honest.com) and Honest Beauty (HonestBeauty.com). She is also an actress, advocate and New York Times bestselling author. The Honest Company was launched in 2012 with a mission to inspire and empower people to live a healthy, happy life. Honest offers a range of effective, safe, beautiful and responsible products and is a trusted resource for education and support across its community of members. Its growing portfolio of more than 100 lifestyle products includes baby, personal care, home care, vitamins and supplements, feeding, and gear and accessories. The Honest Company has a presence across the U.S. and Canada at Honest.com, in more than 4,000 leading retail locations in North America and is available online in South Korea. Honest Beauty offers over 80 skincare and makeup products available online at HonestBeauty.com and through their premiere retail experience at the Grove in Los Angeles. Since its inception, the mission-driven Honest Company has donated more than 750,000 products and over 7,000 employee volunteer hours to help more than 120,000 children and over 90,000 families. Honest has been honored with a wide range of recognitions and awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Los Angeles Region), ACG Award for Social Responsibility, PC magazine’s Seal of Consumer Approval in Tech, an Allure Best of Beauty Award, as well as the Pioneer in Sustainability Award by the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles. In 2013, Alba authored the New York Times bestselling book, “The Honest Life,” a practical guide for parents to create a safe and healthy life for their families. She appeared on the cover of Forbes’ Self-Made Women issue and was among the top 20 of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, one of CNBC’s Next List of Rebels, Leaders and Innovators, and one of Fortune’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. She has been named to Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment, Entrepreneur of the Year at the U.K. Glamour Women of the Year Awards, and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Alba has received the Entertainment Media Association’s Green Parent Award and the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center Champion for Children Award.
PATRICK KNAPP SCHWARZENEGGER
Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger is the nephew of Arnold Schwarzenegger and a partner at the Beverly Hills-based powerhouse entertainment law firm Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, Laviolette, Feldman, Schenkman & Goodman, representing some of the top actors, writers, directors and producers in Hollywood. Knapp Schwarzenegger was born in Germany and raised in Austria and Portugal. He is the son of Schwarzenegger’s older brother and only sibling, Meinhard Schwarzenegger, who died in a car accident when Patrick was 3 years old. When he was 19, Knapp Schwarzenegger emigrated to the United States with the help of his uncle. In 1991 Knapp Schwarzenegger graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with degrees in economics and political science, and in 1995 he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Law School. Knapp Schwarzenegger has a dual citizenship between the U.S. and Austria and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Bliss Ellis, and their four children – Valentina, Franziska, Leonardo, and Mario.
Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness & wellness expert, TV host, author, cooking enthusiast, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand and mother of two toddler-aged children. The daughter of global icon Muhammad Ali, Laila herself is a four-time undefeated boxing world champion, whose stellar record includes 24 wins (21 knockouts) and zero losses is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing. In 2012, when women’s boxing was included in the Olympics for the first time in history, Ali was the first woman in history to provide expert commentary for NBC Sports. Her television experience also includes a position as a regular panelist for the CBS Sports Network’s new all-female sports program titled “We Need to Talk,” hosting “Everyday Health,” two appearances on the celebrity edition of “Chopped” and being the host of “All-In With Laila Ali,” airing in weekend syndication on CBS. She is also the host of the food truck cooking competition show “Late Nite Chef Fight” and has competed on “Dancing with the Stars.” Ali is the outgoing president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization that is supported by some of the biggest athletes in the world. She has also been an endorser for major brands such Subway and Kohl’s. Carefully building a successful branding and licensing empire, Ali recently rolled out a signature line of hair-styling tools with Hot Tools, a brand subsidiary of hair care powerhouse Helen of Troy. She is also a major supporter of charitable organizations such as Feeding America, Healthy Child Healthy World and Peace 4 Kids. Ali is the author of her life’s story in a dynamic book for young women titled “Reach!” and is working on her next book for release in early 2017.She and her husband, former NFL star Curtis Conway, live in Los Angeles with their two children. Follow her on Twitter @TheRealLailaAli.
Brooke Burke-Charvet is most recognized for first winning season seven and then co-hosting “Dancing with the Stars.” Burke-Charvet hosts the Saturday morning CBS family show “Hidden Heroes” and will later this year host the second season of “Breaking Bread with Brooke Burke,” a celebrity talk lifestyle food show that she co-created and produced. Burke-Charvet is also an author, entrepreneur, fashion designer, fitness expert and passionate philanthropist. She partnered with “Chicken Soup for the Soul” to author a new book, “The Joy of Less: 101 Stories About Having More by Simplifying Our Lives.” In 2011 Brooke-Charvet launched ModernMom.com, the popular online parenting destination to connect with mothers globally. ModernMom.com is also home of her online store, which launched her post-pregnancy and fitness belly wraps and for which she still remains the co-CEO. In 2014 she launched fitness apparel line CAELUM with Nordstrom. Burke-Charvet is currently a Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile. She is their annual gala host, continues to raise funds, does PSA’s as well as medical mission participation with her family. Burke-Charvet has personally helped raise more than $750,000 for Operation Smile in the past five years, but more importantly has helped change children’s lives forever. Follow her on Twitter @brookeburke.
A star NFL running back for 11 seasons, Eric Dickerson was called “the most feared man in the NFL” during his time in the league. Dickerson was born in Sealy, Texas, where his prolific athleticism and ability on the field earned him national recognition and interest from everyone in recruiting him. After ultimately deciding to attend Southern Methodist University, Dickerson became a standout running back for the school and a consensus All-American, leading the team and its “Pony Express” offense to two consecutive Southwest Conference titles. Dickerson was drafted as the second overall pick in the 1983 draft by the Los Angeles Rams and enjoyed immediate success as he was named the NFL Rookie of the Year and MVP in 1983 and shattered O.J. Simpson’s single-season rushing record in 1984 with a total of 2,105 yards for the season. Dickerson made NFL history by establishing the NFL rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards and single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards. Those marks have held for over two decades and may never be broken. He went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons before eventually retiring in 1993 with 13,259 rushing yards, a total that placed him second on the all-time list behind Walter Payton. Over the course of his career, Dickerson was named to six Pro Bowl teams, five All-Pro first teams, the NFL’s 1980’s All-Decade Team and was a four-time NFL rushing champion. Since his retirement, Dickerson has been inducted into Pro Football’s Hall of Fame and pursued a career as a broadcaster, working as an analyst for Fox Sports Net and ABC’s “Monday Night Football” among other programs. He is very active in the Big Brothers organization, as well as his own Eric Dickerson Foundation. Follow him on Twitter @ErickDickerson.
British singer-songwriter and a current coach on the U.K. version of “The Voice,” Boy George is universally recognized as one of the music scene’s most iconic artists. He was recently presented with an Ivor Novello Award – one of Britain’s highest honors given to songwriters – in 2015 for outstanding contribution to British music. Attracting high praise from a variety of publications that include Rolling Stone and MTV, and having gained global recognition, the Grammy Award-winning singer has created a worldwide presence that transcends age, race, color, creed, nationality and even religion. To date, George has sold more than 100 million singles and in excess of 50 million albums as a performer and songwriter with ’80s super-group Culture Club, as well as a solo artist in his own right. He also continues to be one of the world’s most successful and in-demand international DJs touring extensively across the globe. Away from his musical successes, George has been a columnist for national newspapers, the author of two bestselling autobiographies and has been the co-producer, songwriter and on-stage star of the award-winning musical “Taboo” on both New York’s Broadway and London’s West End. Follow him on Twitter @BoyGeorge.
Emmy-winning host Matt Iseman may be best known for hosting NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” and, the new spin-off on the Esquire Network, “Team Ninja Warrior,” but he’s also a nationally touring stand-up comedian. After receiving his medical degree from Columbia College, Iseman decided to pursue a career in entertainment. Iseman began his hosting career with the show “Scream Play” on E!, which allowed Iseman to combine his love of movies and dangerous stunts. He then got lucky as he ran the streets of Las Vegas hosting “Casino Night” for GSN. Shortly thereafter, he started a five-year run as the Go-To Guy on “Clean House,” the #1 show on the Style Network. He also hosted a spin-off show called “Clean House Comes Clean” and tackled “5 Messiest Homes in the Country,” garnering ratings 400% higher than Style had ever seen and earning Iseman a Daytime Emmy, which was the first ever for the network. Follow him on Twitter @mattiseman.
Talk show host, actress, comedienne and entrepreneur, Carrie Keagan made her splashy debut online as one of the first YouTube sensations and has gone on to become one of television’s most sought-after personalities. Most recently, Keagan was host and producer of VH1’s Emmy-winning live daily morning talk show, “Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan.” Keagan is also an online video pioneer, having co-founded leading entertainment digital network No Good TV, which officially launched in 2006. NGTV was one of the original 25 premium channel partners on YouTube and one of its initial success stories. Affectionately referred to as the “naughty critic,” Keagan’s uncensored interviews with some of the biggest stars in the world have amassed more than 2 billion views online. She recently hosted TNT’s “NBA All Star All Style” fashion competition, “Mob Wives: The Sit Down” and Mark Burnett’s “Rock ‘N Roll Fantasy Camp.” Keagan’s acting credits include a recurring role in the Comedy Central series “Reno 911!” and cameos in the blockbuster films “Superbad” and “The Hangover.” Later this year she’ll be seen as the female lead in the SyFy network’s feature film “Dead 7.” Keagan has written for Vanity Fair and People and, in fall 2016 will release her first book from St. Martin’s Press. Follow her on Twitter @CarrieKeagan.
Carson Kressley is an Emmy-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer. He was a fan-favorite on “Dancing With the Stars” and headlined as the host of “Dancing With the Stars Live” show in Las Vegas. In 2011, Kressley starred in “Carson-Nation,” a one-hour reality show that premiered on OWN. In “Carson-Nation,” Kressley traveled to small towns throughout the U.S., transforming lives one person at a time with his signature heart, humor and style. Previously, Kressley helmed Lifetime’s critically acclaimed show “How to Look Good Naked” and earned a primetime Emmy for his role on Bravo’s breakout hit series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” He was a frequent style contributor on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” where millions of viewers accessed his expertise, style and wit. He has also been a style contributor on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Live With Kelly and Michael,” “The Queen Latifah Show,” “Bethenny” and “The Wendy Williams Show.” Follow him on Twitter @CarsonKressley.
Lisa Leslie is perhaps the most recognizable player in women’s basketball history, having made a name for herself as a WNBA legend and the first team sport athlete to win four consecutive Olympic gold medals in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. At the University of Southern California, she became the first all-time Pac-10 leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots, and was subsequently drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA draft. Her dominance continued at the professional level, earning countless accolades over the course of a career that cemented her status as the face of the sport, including three regular season MVP awards, back-to-back WNBA championships and becoming the first woman to slam-dunk in a professional game. Leslie’s off-the-court accomplishments are equally impressive. She has enjoyed a successful modeling career with the prestigious Wilhelmina Agency since 1996, received her master’s degree in business, released her first book and become the co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks in 2009. Leslie has also worked as a commentator for ESPN, Fox Sports Net, Turner and the 2012 Olympics for NBC. She is currently an in-studio sports analyst for ABC’s “SportsZone,” and the co-host of CBS’s first all-female sports talk show “We Need to Talk.” Leslie is also the Athlete Ambassador for the Players Tribune and in 2016 released her second book, “From the Court to the Boardroom.” Follow her on Twitter @LisaLeslie.
For the last 25 years, Jon Lovitz has been one of the most well-known comedians in the entertainment industry. His comedy career began as a member of the legendary improv and comedy group the Groundlings, where his success parlayed into landing a number of voiceover, film and television roles, most significantly an Emmy-nominated run as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live.” Lovitz continued his ascent with appearances in over 30 feature films such as “Big,” “A League of Their Own” and “The Wedding Singer,” a stint on Broadway as the lead role in Neil Simon’s “The Dinner Party,” guest-star appearances on “Seinfeld,” “Friends” and “The Simpsons,” and a recurring role on “Two and a Half Men.” In 2004, Lovitz pursued his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian and is now successfully headlining in nightclubs, theaters and casinos across the United States, Canada and recently Dubai. Follow him on Twitter @realjonlovitz.
Vince Neil is best known for being the lead singer of one of the world’s most notorious rock bands, Motley Crue. The band has sold 100 million albums globally, has reached seven platinum or multi-platinum certifications, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance, and countless sold-out tours across the globe in playing to millions and generations of fans. The band recently went on their final tour. Neil is now pursuing his solo career. Besides his successful music career, Neil has also ventured into the business world. He owns a tattoo parlor, vineyard, restaurant and his own brand of tequila. Follow him on Twitter @thevinceneil.
NICOLE “SNOOKI” POLIZZI
International television personality, New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi quickly became a household name. Polizzi was first introduced to audiences in 2009 on the record-breaking MTV reality series “Jersey Shore.” In 2012, Polizzi landed her second reality show for MTV, “Snooki & JWoww,” and in 2015 the duo paired up again to star in their new series, “Snooki & JWoww: Moms with Attitude,” from Awestruck. In 2016, Polizzi will return to television with her husband, Jionni, for their new original series, “Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip.” Polizzi added the title of author to her resume, becoming a New York Times bestselling writer with her books “A Shore Thing,” “Confessions of a Guidette” and “Gorilla Beach.” Polizzi’s fourth book, “Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama and All the Messy Milestones Along the Way” was released in December 2013. Her most recent book, “Strong Is the New Sexy: My Kickass Story on Getting My Formula for Fierce,” was released in 2015. Follow her on Twitter @snooki.
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kyle Richards landed her first role at age 4 in Disney’s “Escape to Witch Mountain.” Her other television credits include “Little House on the Prairie,” “Carter Country,” “Down to Earth” and “ER.” Her film credits include “Halloween” and “The Watcher in the Woods.” More recent acting credits include the Lifetime original movie “Deadly Sibling Rivalry” and guest appearances on “CSI” and “Days of Our Lives.” Richards is very busy running her successful business, the high-end boutique Kyle by Alene Too, as well as working on a scripted series inspired by her own life growing up in the ’70s. Richards is also an author and mother of four. Follow her on Twitter @KyleRichards.
Former UFC contender Chael Sonnen is an MMA analyst for ESPN and MMA commentator for NBC Sports. He also hosts the popular radio podcast “You’re Welcome.” Sonnen made his octagon debut in 2005 and by 2010 was a household name. Sonnen is no stranger to reality television as he served as a coach for the UFC competition series “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.” For his work on the show, he was named Personality of the Year at the 2013 Fighters Only World MMA Awards. Sonnen is nominated again this year as 2016 Analyst of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @sonnench.
Porsha Williams is a vivacious beauty best known for being on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Williams is the granddaughter of civil rights leader and philanthropist Rev. Hosea Williams. Williams is thriving in her career working as an entertainment news correspondent on “Dish Nation.” She also has newly launched business ventures “Go Naked Hair” and her lingerie line “Naked Lingerie.” Follow her on Twitter @Porsha4real.
Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Famer Ricky Williams is a college football analyst for ESPN’s Longhorn Network, co-hosting the network’s flagship programs “Texas GameDay” and “Texas GameDay Final” during football season. Williams was born in San Diego in 1977 where he excelled not only in football but also in baseball and track. His performance as a running back for Patrick Henry High School led to his recruitment by the University of Texas, where he had a record-breaking career highlighted by two All-American honors and the Heisman in 1998. He was subsequently selected as the fifth overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints but played the majority of his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, for whom he was the 2002 NFL rushing leader, a first-team All-Pro and the Pro Bowl MVP. He retired from the NFL in 2012 after a winning season with the Baltimore Ravens. During his NFL career and continuing into retirement, Williams has been an advocate for sensible health and wellness practices. He is also the founder of the Austin-based Ricky Williams Foundation, which seeks to help two constituencies close to Ricky’s heart: at-risk, low-income youth and concussed retired football players. Follow him on Twitter @RicktheLaureate
Carnie Wilson, daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, has a varied career as a singer, songwriter, actress, TV host, author and voiceover artist. Wilson had her own nationally syndicated talk show, “Carnie,” and has been the host of “The Newlywed Game,” earning her an Emmy Award nomination for Best Game Show Host. As a member of the pop trio Wilson Phillips, they achieved unparalleled first album success selling 11 million copies with three #1 hit singles, including the song “Hold On,” “Release Me and ” You’re in Love.” Wilson was featured in the NBC miniseries “The 60’s,” playing Mama Earth, as well as appearing on “That 70’s Show,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “Glee.” Her weight loss struggle has been chronicled in two books, “Gut Feelings” and “I’m Still Hungry.” Her cookbook “To Serve With Love” was published in 2005. Wilson has appeared on numerous cooking shows, including “Chopped” three times (winning the first one) and “Rachael Vs. Guy.” She was a regular co-host on “The View” and has been CBS’s go-to girl for co-hosting “The Talk” for more than three years. Wilson Phillips, and their song “Hold On,” was featured in the motion picture “Bridesmaids,” which resulted in a reality show for the group as well as being a current touring act around the world. The proud mother of two daughters, Wilson lives in Los Angeles. Follow her on twitter @CarnieWilson.
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