The 10 Richest Male Fashion Designers

Although it often seems female models dominate the majority of catwalks worldwide, some of the leading fashion designers behind these models' stunning getup are men. Hailing from both sides of the Atlantic, some of the most successful male fashion designers boast careers spanning several decades. The incredible success these male designers have experienced throughout their long careers has established their extensive understanding of fashion. Male fashion designers have done it all- clothing for men and women, bags, shoes, accessories, jewellery, even onesies for babies. They've got everything covered.

These male designers are strong competition for even the most acclaimed female designers. Not all of these men were born into wealthy families. Many had humble upbringings in working class homes, building their fashion empires with nothing but hard work and a dream. Whether going it alone or collaborating together, these men are the masterminds behind some of the most iconic fashion of the 20th and 21st centuries. You may see superstar style icons like Rihanna and Beyoncé sporting outfits masterminded by these fashion gurus, and undoubtedly the names of several of the designers on our rich list will be heard from the red carpet at this year's Oscars.

Fashion is a word that, for many, is synonymous with 'female'. However, some of the most creative minds in fashion belong to men, and our list will show you just how lucrative this industry is for the 10 Richest Male Fashion Designers on the planet.

10 Roberto Cavalli - $500 Million

9 Calvin Klein - $700 Million

8 Pierre Cardin - $723 Million

7 Michael Kors - $1 Billion

Michael Kors hails from Long Island, New York. Kors started his career at a young age, working as a child model, but soon shifted his focus towards fashion and design. After enrolling and then promptly dropping out of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, Kors pursued independent work as a designer. After receiving international acclaim as a fashion designer, Kors returned to television once again as a judge on the hugely successful TV show, Project Runway. Kors was loved by fans of the show, and he remained a judge for five seasons until 2012. With both fashion and broadcasting in his repertoire, Kors is raking in the cash.

6 Valentino Garavani - $1.5 Billion

Italian fashion royalty Valentino Garavani is one of the most cherished fashion designers in the world. Although he's been retired since 2008, Valentino's body of work throughout the 20th century makes him one of the most important figures in the history of fashion. Valentino's designs are well known worldwide, particularly his signature red dresses. Throughout his career, Valentino built up a clientele of highly successful socialites and movie stars like Audrey Hepburn, which allowed his designs to achieve international recognition. Valentino owns villas throughout Europe, and is a fanatical pug fan who escorts his beloved dogs around in their very own private car.

5 Domenico Dolce - $2 Billion

Italian designer Domenico Dolce makes up one half of what is perhaps one of the most well-known fashion collaborations in history, Dolce & Gabbana. Dolce's parents owned a clothing factory, which provided him with the basic yet essential training he needed to understand how exactly clothes were designed and created. Dolce met Stefano Gabbana soon after he finished his studies, and the two of them began what was to become one of the biggest fashion empires in the world. Dolce & Gabbana is a firm favourite with celebrities, and the company now reports 9-figure profits each year. However, according to Forbes, Domenico's career (along with Stefano's) may be on the rocks due to a string of tax evasion accusations.

4 Stefano Gabbana - $2 Billion

3 Renzo Rosso - $3 Billion

2 Ralph Lauren - $7.7 Billion

The life of Ralph Lauren, born Ralph Rueben Lifshitz in The Bronx, New York, is perhaps one of the greatest examples of The American Dream. Lauren took a risk: taking out a $50,000 loan, he started out his Polo brand by selling men's neckties. Experiencing rapid success, Lauren launched a line of suits, followed by a line of polo shirts that would define the Ralph Lauren image forever. Now, Ralph Lauren is a global success, with a vast clothing and accessories range as well as a Ralph Lauren Home range. It seems Lauren enjoys his enormous wealth, as he reportedly loves collecting cars: It's estimated that he owns between 50-100 Ferraris, Bentleys and Alfa Romeos.

1 Giorgio Armani - $8.5 Billion

Taking the top spot on our list is Giorgio Armani, a self-made university drop-out who built a fashion empire using his own raw talent. Born to a poor family in Milan, Armani's interest in fashion began at a young age, working in department stores and for other designers. Encouraged by his friend (and future business partner) Sergio Galeotti, Armani began to design independently and within a few short years his designs were making profits throughout Europe. However, Armani's real breakthrough was when he was given the opportunity to dress the actor Richard Gere for his role in the hit film American Gigolo. America began to take notice of Armani's designs, and soon his pieces were filling the red carpet. The Armani brand is perhaps best known for its range of men's suits, but the label as a whole is now synonymous with luxury. Now 76, Armani has the equivalent of over $1 billion to his name for each decade of his life. Despite some setbacks (such as the death of his business partner Galeotti in 1985) the Armani brand has gone from strength to strength, and Giorgio has even branched out from fashion opening hotels in both Dubai and Milan.

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