Jessica Alba from cop series L.A.'s Finest: mother, actress and businesswoman

Jessica Alba stars in new police series L.A.'s Finest. It is her first major acting role in years.
Jessica Alba stars in new police series L.A.'s Finest. It is her first major acting role in years.PHOTO: SONY PICTURES TELEVISION

LOS ANGELES - If you know Jessica Alba only as an actress, it may surprise you to learn she has quietly built a successful business outside of Hollywood - one that was valued at US$1.7 billion (S$2.3 billion) in 2015.

But even though the star of the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four films co-founded The Honest Company and personally grew it from the ground up, she tells The Straits Times many people assume she is just a figurehead in the business, which launched in 2011 and sells eco-friendly personal-care and home-goods products.

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