While the names of the people included in this list are not the wealthiest in the world, they are the richest in their chosen industry – law. Here is a list of the top ten richest lawyers in the world.
10. Howard K. Stern – $500,000
Howard K. Stern, despite being the last on this list of the richest lawyers in the world, he is still one of the wealthiest, with his net worth at an estimated amount of $500,000. Born Howard Kevin Stern on the 29th of November, 1968, this American attorney is also the agent and the former domestic partner of the late Anna Nicole Smith (model). Stern was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of California, where he completed is bachelor’s degree. His admission to the State Bar of California took place on the 25th of February, 1994.
9. Stacey Gardner – $1 Million
Stacey Gardner is not only known for her modeling career; she is also considered to be one of the richest lawyers in the world. She was born in Beverly Hills, California. She completed her law degree from the Southwestern Law School and she proceeded to taking the bar exam, from which she passed in 2005. Her other notable achievements include being a model for a number of salon advertisement and for being a Fox News red carpet host. She is also one of the models on the Deal or No Deal game show. Stacey Gardner is reported to have a net worth of $1 million.
8. Vikki Ziegler – $2.5 Million
Vikki Ziegler is a television personality, author, and lawyer. Hailing from New Jersey, Ziegler is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and has earned her law degree from the Quinnipiac College School of Law, which is a university in Connecticut. After she graduated from law school, she first worked as a court clerk before training as a New Jersey mediator. In the late 90’s, Ziegler decided to open her own private practice that specialized in civil and matrimonial litigation. Vikki Ziegler’s net worth is reported to be at $2.5 million.
7. Jose Baez – $5 Million
Jose Baez, while he was born in New York, grew up having to travel back and forth from the Bronx to Florida. Before he graduated, he had to leave school after his girlfriend got pregnant. He still completed his GED though, but he went on to join the United States Navy back in the mid-80’s. He became an intelligence analyst before he graduated from the Florida State University. In 1997, he completed his law degree from the St. Thomas University School of Law. He was not admitted to the Florida Bar immediately after his graduation because of his previous bankruptcy problems. It was only in 2005 when his admission took place. Jose Baez’s net worth is $5 million.
6. Ana Quincoces – $8 Million
Cuban-American Ana Quincoces is not only a lawyer, but is also a chef and a reality show star. She was raised in Miami, Florida, where she began to enjoy cooking even when she was still of a young age. She self-published her very own cookbook entitled Cuban Chicks Can Cook, which quickly became a best-seller. She went on to write another cookbook, this time, entitled Sabor! A Passion for Cuban Cuisine, which solidified her success in the kitchen. Ana Quincoces is said to have a net worth of around $8 million.
5. Vernon Jordan – $12 Million
Vernon Jordan is a civil rights activist, and at the same time, also a lawyer. He was born in Georgia. This American lawyer is known for excelling in school. In 1957, he graduated from DePauw University. He earned his degree from the Howard University School of Law. After his graduation, we went back to Georgia, where here worked for Donal L. Hollowel, a lawyer extremely devoted to civil rights. While working for Hollowel, Jordan played a huge role in winning a lawsuit for racial discrimination against the University of Georgia. Vernon Jordan has a net worth of $12 million.
4. Joel Segal – $40 Million
Joel Segal is a graduate of the Hofstra Law School, where he received his law degree. He began his career as a contractor advisor and sports agent in his own practice. He then proceeded to join the Worldwide Football Management, Inc. where he became the president back in 1997. He is the current president of Lagedere Unlimited and BEST Football. Joel Segal, aside from having a net worth of $40 million, is also continuously being ranked as one of the world’s most powerful sports agents.
3. John Branca – $50 Million
John Branca was born in New York, but he moved to California at the age of eleven. He was a member of a band during his teenage years. He took up a major in music at the Los Angeles City College and the Occidental College. He completed his studies at the UCLA School of Law. Prior to specializing in entertainment law, he first focused on estate planning. The switch made him one of the most well-known entertainment lawyers in the world. John Branca has a net worth of $50 million.
2. Willie E. Gary – $100 Million
Willie E. Gary is a motivational speaker, businessman, and attorney, who was born in Georgia. He graduated from Shaw University, where he received his Business Administration degree. After this, he went on to take up law, and he graduated with a degree from the North Carolina Central University. It is reported that Willie E. Gary is worth $100 million. He is the man responsible for opening and establishing Martin County’s first ever black law firm.
1. Wichai Thongthan – $1.1 Billion
Wichai Thongthan definitely deserves the number one spot on this list of the richest lawyers in the world for having a net worth of $1.1 billion. This is a significant leap from the $100 million net worth of Willie E. Gary. He is best known for being a businessman, but before he actually entered this industry, he first practiced law. He represented extremely powerful clients, such as Thaksin Shinawatra, the Thai Prime Minister. Wichai Thongthan is now one of the board members of companies such as Bangkok Dusit Medical.