Perhaps you watched them each TGIF on Full House. Maybe you followed them from Winning London to Passport to Paris to When in Rome. Whatever the case, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are less in the public eye these days — possibly because they hide their own peepers behind enormous, dark sunglasses.
We’ll tell you one thing the Olsens haven’t been doing: making direct-to-DVD movies about exoctic locales. What gives, ladies? We’ve been waiting for them to reunite with Steve Guttenberg and Kirstie Alley for the follow-up to It Takes Two. (We’d call it It Takes Three: Triplet Threat.)
These days, the twins are more into fashion than flashing a thumbs up and saying, “You got it, dude.” In fact, Ashley even retired from acting, like our hero, Amanda Bynes. Considering she and her sister have been in the business since they were six months old, 26 seems like a respectable age to do so. They shared the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House for eight seasons. They also began releasing direct-to-video movies such as Our Lips Are Sealed and Holiday in the Sun. But it wasn’t until they hit 18 that they became serious business women.
As the co-presidents of Dualstar Entertainment Company (which “they” started at the age of 6), Ashley and M-K oversee a multi-million dollar business. On top of that, they’ve also launched award-winning fashion enterprises. The CDFA awarded the twins their 2012 “Womenswear Designers of the Year” title for their couture “The Row” collection. (Their fur backpacks cost $16,900, so take a time machine back to 1994 and start saving your allowance.)
In 2007, Forbes named them the 11th richest women in entertainment, estimating their combined net worth at $100 million. According to the Wall Street Journal, their empire is now worth $1.5 billion. Now that we know they’re not living on the streets, offering to sing “Brother For Sale” for nickels, let’s move on.
It hasn’t all been slouchy hats and venti coffees for the Olsens. Neither completed their studies at New York University, dropping out of college after a year. Mary-Kate has had a string of relationships and is currently dating Olivier Sarkozy, the 42-year-old brother of the former French president. In 2004, she reportedly entered treatment for an eating disorder. When Heath Ledger’s masseuse discovered him unconscious in 2008, she called Mary-Kate twice before dialing 911; the actress then dispatched a private security guard to his apartment.
Managing to keep a slightly lower profile than her sister, Ashley is mostly known for her fashion and her string of romances (Lance Armstrong and Justin Bartha). As of right now, Ashley is single.
There you have it. We’d love to tell you more, but we have So Little Time.