There are plenty of folks out there who have landed minor modeling gigs at one point or another. However, there is definitely a pecking order in an industry as prestigious and competitive as professional modeling. At the top of this hierarchy are the true elite, whom we the public refer to as supermodels.
A supermodel is essentially an icon in the industry that has gone on to become a household name. These women are not only beautiful and famous; they are also extremely wealthy. To truly understand the level of wealth these ladies can obtain, we are going to take a look at the ten richest supermodels of all-time, based on info from Moneymakers.
9 Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland made a name for herself in the 80s and 90s as a cover girl for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In fact, the native of Glendale, California made thirteen consecutive appearances in the popular publication.
The 5-foot-10 former supermodel earned plenty of money from her Sports Illustrated gig. However, it was the business that she stared in 1993, Kathy Ireland Worldwide, that accounts for the majority of her fortune. The multi-billion-dollar corporation is a design and marketing company that produces a wide array of products such as clothing and pet supplies. Between modeling and her business, Ireland has amassed a net worth of roughly $500 million.
8 Gisele Bundchen
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has long been one of the highest-paid women in the game. The former Victoria’s Secret Angel was referred to by fellow industry legend Claudia Schiffer as the only supermodel left in the business. She has also had small roles in several films.
Having been at the top of the mountain since the late 90s, the 5-foot-11 Horizontina native has made a boatload of cash. Between her time on the runway and her many lucrative endorsement deals, the former Angel is worth around $400 million. Her total is more than double that of her famous husband, NFL star Tom Brady, who is worth an estimated $180 million.
7 Slavica Ecclestone
Slavica Ecclestone was an international supermodel who originally hails from Rijeka, PR Croatia. The 6-foot-1 former fashion model rose to prominence working for brands like Armani. In 1982, she met her future husband, billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, who is a former Formula One chief executive that also controls the commercial rights to the sport. The Formula One mogul is roughly 28-years his (now) ex-wife’s senior and almost a foot shorter (5-foot-2) than the Croatian fashion icon.
Most of Slavica’s wealth comes from her high-profile divorce, as opposed to her modeling career. She received 740 million pounds as part of her settlement and is now worth an estimated $1.2 billion.
Iman is a world-famous fashion model from Mogadishu, Somalia. She began her career in the mid-1970s and has gone on to become one of the biggest names in the industry. Iman has been a muse (source of inspiration) for several of the most famous designers in the industry including names like Calvin Klein and Gianni Versace. She is also the widow of rock icon David Bowie.
Modeling hasn’t been the Iman sole source of income; she also has a successful cosmetic line, which has helped add to her fortune. In total, she is worth about $100 million – give or take a few dollars.
5 Cindy Crawford
DeKalb, Illinois’ Cindy Crawford was perhaps the most talked-about model in the world throughout much of the 1990s. She became a fashion icon who was on the cover of seemingly every magazine known to humankind. At the height of her popularity, she landed a lead role in a Hollywood film – the 1995 action flick, Fair Game. The 5-foot-9 star has also had a very successful post modeling career.
In 2005, the 90s legend launched her very own furniture line dubbed the “Cindy Crawford Home Collection.” This helped add to an already sizeable net worth, which is currently listed at approximately $100 million.
4 Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum is a supermodel who made a bit of history by becoming the first German-born Victoria’s Secret Angel. The 5-foot-9½ starlet is also known for appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Of course, there are plenty of folks who know her as one of the judges on the popular reality series, America’s Got Talent and Project Runway.
Klum has done an excellent job keeping her name out there and is perhaps just as well known for her television and commercial appearances as for her modeling. The versatility she has shown has helped her become a very wealthy woman. At press time, Heidi Klum is worth around $90 million.
3 Tyra Banks
Inglewood, California’s Tyra Banks is a groundbreaking supermodel who is credited with being the first African-American woman to grace the covers of both the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and GQ. The 5-foot-10 model also made a name for herself as a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005. Of course, Bank’s was the creator and executive producer of the popular reality series America’s Next Top Model, which lasted twenty-two seasons.
Besides being a successful model and television producer, Banks is also known for beings very savvy investor. Her keen business sense has helped her accumulate roughly $90 million in totals assets.
Adriana Lima is a 5-foot-10 supermodel who was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She made a name for herself as Victoria’s Secret Angel. In fact, she was an Angel from 1999 until 2018, and was their longest-tenured model, prior to calling it quits last year. She has also managed to land several extremely lucrative endorsement deals with companies like Maybelline. The Brazilian model has appeared in several films, and televisions show like The Follow and Ugly Betty.
Being one of Victoria’s Secret’s longest-tenured Angles has worked out quite nicely for Lima. She is currently sporting an impressive net worth of roughly $75 million.
2 Kate Moss
Kate Moss is an English supermodel who rose to prominence in the mid-1990s and is credited with helping start the heroin chic fashion movement. For those unfamiliar, heroin chic is a look that includes a very lean figure, dark circles under one’s eyes, and red lipstick. Her work with designers like Calvin Klien helped make her one of the most recognized fashion models of her era. At one point, Moss was known for her controversial party-girl lifestyle.
These days, the Croydon native runs her own modeling agencies and has become a very successful businesswoman. At press time, Kate Moss is said to be worth an estimated $70 million.
1 Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Ambrosio is yet another successful supermodel who originally hails from Brazil – Rio Grande do Sol to be exact. Apparently, Brazil is a great place to recruit Victoria’s Secret Angels, as Ambrosio is another member of our list who has been a member of the prestigious group. Like her fellow countrywoman Adriana Lima, the 5-foot-9½ model also had a lengthy tenure as an Angel, from 2000 to 2017. In addition, she has modeled for brands like Armani Exchange and Ralph Lauren.
Ambrosio is one of the few people on our list whose wealth comes almost exclusively from modeling. That being said, the fact that she’s worth $60 million, would suggest that she doesn’t really need to do anything else.