Nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California’s wine country is the San Ysidro Ranch, where celebrity Jessica Simpson and former NFL tight-end Eric Johnson just got married. Travel + Leisure ranked the ranch No. 4 Hotel in the World in 2011. The romantic getaway with 41 accommodations is owned by Ty Warner, CEO, sole owner and founder of Ty Inc., the company that makes the legendary, collectible plush toy line of Beanie Babies.
Like Simpson — the singer-turned-TV star-turned-fashion designer — Warner knows how to diversify. After making his muliple millions in the toy industry, Warner started dabbling in real estate. It paid off. Speaking of plush, his other hotel interests include the Four Seasons in New York City. In 1999 he paid $254 million for it. It’s now worth about $900 million.