Tesla, Apple and…electronic sex toys? How porn stars would invest $10,000

When PornStarInvestingAdviceit comes to the right place to invest your money, everyone has a suggestion. That’s true in the world of adult entertainment as well.

Last week, as the stars and superstars of the porn world walked the red carpet before the AVN Awards—the industry’s equivalent of the Oscars—CNBC decided to ask them how they’d invest if they had a little spare cash lying around.

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Scenes From the Adult Entertainment Expo

Every 100391685-adult-entertainment-expo-cover.600x400January, the adult entertainment industry converges on Las Vegas, bringing its biggest stars, new companies hoping to break into the big time, and thousands upon thousands of fans.

It’s a carnival of flesh — with films looping hardcore scenes, women in barely-there outfits and lingerie, and people jostling in line to get a moment, perhaps a smile and a hug, from their favorite actress (or, occasionally, actor).

The Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) is also a place where deals are signed. Toy companies court distributors to carry their new lines and big mergers have been known to happen here.

While the industry’s most ardent fans make a pilgrimage here each year, not everyone is able to make the trip. For those people, here’s a slice of life in a day at the porn show.

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Porn Stars: What Might Have Been

There’s a point in everyone’s life when they stand at a career crossroads. Go one way and you end up in your current profession. Go the other and you wind up doing something entirely different.

That’s true not just of people in the traditional business world, but also those in the porn world. Before they began having sex on screen, people in the adult entertainment industry were often working in other fields or studying to be a part of them.

We were curious about what some of today’s top porn stars would be doing if they weren’t a part of their current industry, and tracked some down at the recent Adult Entertainment Expo. Cosmology? Cosmetology? The answers might surprise you. Click ahead and find out.

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First Jobs of Porn’s Biggest Stars

Everybody has a first job – and it rarely has anything to do with how you end up making a living.

That’s especially true of the adult entertainment industry’s biggest names. But their first gigs aren’t what you might expect. Sure, some kicked off their resumes with stints in fast food joints, like many teenagers around the country. Several, though, worked in law firms. And one learned the hard way that domestic services were not for her.

We tracked down a number of industry superstars on the floor of the Adult Entertainment Expo to see how they got their start.

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10 Porn Stars Who Went Mainstream

While plenty of adult stars dream of making the transition to traditional acting, their dreams rarely become reality. Hollywood — and mainstream culture, in general — tend to segregate the men and women of porn, keeping them at arm’s length.

But there are some performers whose drive, persistence and fan base lets them break through. Some make it onto the big screen. Others take a different path. But by the time they’re done, their names are known by a much wider audience than they started with. Here are 10 who have managed to make the transition to ‘civilian’ celebrity.

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Meet the New King of Porn

Fabian Thylmann isn’t a familiar name to most people outside the adult entertainment industry.

But while the 33-year-old managing partner of Manwin lacks the icon status of Hugh Hefner or the grand showmanship of Larry Flynt, he has quietly become one of the most powerful people in porn over the past two years.

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Is the Porn Industry Imperiled?

The porn industry stands at a precipice as it heads into 2012.

Online piracy continues to nip at the earnings of studios, and new legislation could dramatically impact how companies do business. So it makes sense, in a way, that the industry’s annual convention is facing big changes as well.

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Porn Pros Turn To Liquor—For Second Career

Cindy Taylor knows her days in her current job are limited.

While her alter ego of Jesse Jane is one of the most popular porn stars in the industry, the hard truth is that the adult entertainment industry’s audience has tastes that change regularly. And there’s always someone looking to knock the leaders off of their perch.

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