Ashton Kutcher is arguably the youngest and most powerful media mogul in the world. As successful a producer as he is an actor, the 32-year-old was recently included in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people on the planet.
Kutcher began his acting career as the dim-witted Michael Kelso in That ’70s Show, and went on to create the hugely successful MTV show Punk’d, playing pranks on unsuspecting celebrities. That led to film roles, and in 2003 he became even more famous when he started dating Demi Moore, 15 years his senior. Two years later he married her, becoming stepfather to Moore’s three daughters from her marriage to Bruce Willis.
Today Kutcher has five million followers on Twitter, while his company, Katalyst, has produced over a dozen TV shows and films. Meanwhile, in his sharp new film, Killers, he stars as a super-spy opposite Katherine Heigl. It’s all a far cry from his upbringing on a farm in Iowa with his parents, older sister and twin brother Michael, whose heart transplant at the age of 13 had a profound effect on him.