The fashion industry is not an easy market, and it is insanely competitive. It takes a lot of work, dedication, and a little bit of luck to become a high-paid supermodel. But some names in this industry were able to build their empire and are multimillionaires.
Unlike most people might think, it takes more than beauty to achieve that. All names on this list have something in common: they used their looks to create a business, and it demands a lot of planning and intelligence. Most of them also have an entrepreneur spirit. Keep scrolling and discover who are the highest-paid models of all time.
10 Christie Brinkley - $80,000,000
Christie Brinkley has an $80,000,000 net worth. She was discovered in a post office in Paris, by a photographer who took her to an agency. It didn't take long until she started working. Brinkley was the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition for three consecutive years. This work made her a household name, and she is still recognized for it.
Brinkley was on several commercials and billboards around the world. However, most of her fortune comes from real estate investments. According to Celebrity net worth, she has a $60,000,000 portfolio on real estate.
9 Kate Moss - $80,000,000
Kate Moss has a net worth evaluated on $80,000,000. Although she was shorter compared to other models ( 5 ft 7"), Moss changed the fashion industry. Unlike most of the supermodels in the '90s, Moss had no curves, and it was the start of the heroin chic era.
She started her career when she was only 14 years old after someone discovered her at JFK airport. Moss is one of the most famous models of her generation and now has a model agency. Although she started very young, her agency has strict rules for models under 18.
8 Adriana Lima - $85,000,000
Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Gisele Bündchen are undoubtedly the most famous models from Brazil of all time. They also made history on Victoria's Secret runway. Adriana Lima hung her wings last year, after being one of the stars of the show for 19 years. But her image is still very connected to the brand.
Lima has a net worth evaluated on $85,000,000, and according to Celebrity Net Worth, she makes $11,000,000 per year. She also works with high-profile brands like Vera Wang, Versace, and Giorgio Armani.
7 Tyra Banks - $90.000.000
Five modeling agencies rejected the model until she got her first real chance. She was the cover of Sports Illustrated, GQ, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and other several magazines. Banks is one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion industry, and her beauty and charisma took her further.
Part of her fortune also comes from TV, and she was the host of America's Next Top Model for several years. The show was a success, and many countries like Brazil and Holland made their versions.
Tyra Banks has a $90,000,000 net worth.
6 Elle Macpherson - $95,000,000
Elle Macpherson has a net worth evaluated at $95,000,000. However, she did not imagine her career as a model would take her ao far. Macpherson started modeling to pay her law school in Sidney, but she became of the most important names of the industry during the 80s and 90s.
Macpherson was on the cover of several magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Elle. She also used her image to license several products and also released a series of work out videos. Of course, she sold millions of copies.
5 Cindy Crawford - $100,000,000
It is impossible to talk about the 90s supermodels and don't talk about Cindy Crawford. The American model has a net worth evaluated on $100.000.000 and also became a sex symbol. She had several contracts with brands like Revlon and Pepsi-Cola.
Crawford is also a successful entrepreneur. Like all the other names on this list, the model proves that stand out on this business you need much more than beauty.
It also seems that beauty runs in her DNA. Her oldest daughter, Kaia Gerber, also works as a model and is just as pretty as her famous mother.
4 Iman - $100,000,000
Iman has a $100,000,000 net worth. The supermodel was born into a middle-class family in Somalia. However, during the war, she saw her life change, and they had to become refugees in Kenya. She was discovered by the Pothopher Peter Bear, who insisted on taking her picture when he saw Iman on the street.
She moved to the US and became one of the first supermodels and she was the fist non-white supermodel. She married David Bowie in 1991, and they remained married until he died. Iman is also a successful entrepreneur.
3 Heidi Klum - $120,000,000
The German model Heide Klum has a net worth evaluated on $120,000,000. She became a household name after appearing on Victoria's Secrets shows during the 90. Klum also appeared on several magazine covers like Vogue and Sports Illustrated. Together with Claudia Schiffer, she is one of the most famous German models of all time.
Like Tyra Banks, part of her fortune also comes from television. Klum is very charismatic and hosted the Project Runway for several seasons. Now is one of the judges on American's Got Talent. Klum also makes the headlines with her love life.
2 Gisele Bündchen - $400,000,000
Gisele Bündchen was the highest-paid model in the world for 15 years. She lost her crown for Kendall Jenner in 2017, but she is still one of the highest-earning models in the world, and no one held this title for so long.
The Brazilian star is married to Tom Brady and made millions with important contracts with Victoria Secrets, Tom Ford, Chanel Louis Vuitton, and Carolina Herrera.
She has a $400,000,000 net worth. However, you might be surprised that she is not the wealthiest model on this list.
1 Kathy Ireland - $500,000,000
Kathy Ireland has a net worth evaluated on $500,000,000, and she is the wealthiest model that has ever existed. She became famous for being in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition for 13 consecutive years, three of them on the cover.
Ireland knew the power of her image and created a business that was worth more than $2 billion, according to Forbes. She has countless products licensed under her name and also became a self-motivation guru with videos and lectures. Although she would be still rich as a model, most of her fortune comes from her entrepreneur side.