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Ashton Kutcher’s Top 5 technology investments

Not only is Ashton Kutcher a Hollywood actor, he is also a big investor in technology and has invested in several startups over the years.

He is now even merging his passion for technology with acting by appearing as the late Steve Jobs in the biopic film about his work with Apple, Jobs.

Kutcher has always been passionate about social media, with over 14m followers on Twitter, he used to tweet personal photos to deter the paparazzi from following him and his family. His prevalence online has helped him to spot the next big thing in tech.

But he also says that his acting career helps him when it comes to choosing startups: "As an actor, when we receive a script, we start breaking down every character by their want," he told New York City. "Every character has an objective and a super objective. I look at technology the same way. I’ll think, ‘I’m a user of this platform. What do I want and how badly do I want it?"

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He has come a long way from appearing on That 70s Show, to a very successful technology venture capitalist. Here’s a look at some of his best investments.

Skype

Skype

The online video chat application is now a staple on most computers and smartphones, perfect for long distance conversations.

Kutcher was part of a group, including Marc Andreesson, founder of Netscape, which invested in Skype in 2009 when it was valued at $2.75bn. It was recently purchased by Microsoft for more than $8bn.
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