Supermodels aren’t just found on the runways and on the covers of magazines—more and more often they appear on TV, in movies, in music videos, and at football games. These six supermodels come from all over the world, and for the most part, are retired from their modeling careers.
While modeling work might only last 10–15 years, these women have created sustainable businesses to prolong their earning power.
Net worth: $90 million
Heidi Klum won a modeling contest in her native Germany in the early 1990s. Following her win and subsequent modeling contract, she appeared on multiple magazine covers including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, a publication of Time (TIME). She also has runway experience as one of Victoria’s Secret's most famous Angels.
Klum diversified away from runways and cover shoots to work as a spokesperson, actress, and designer. Young people today likely recognize her from her stints as a host on "Germany’s Next Top Model" and "Project Runway" as well as her role as a judge on "America’s Got Talent."
Net Worth: $80 million
Almost 30 years after that famous cameo in "National Lampoon’s Vacation," Christie Brinkley is still hustling. In addition to modeling, she has supplemented her income with numerous other acting roles, as well as books and a skin-care line, being the model for CoverGirl for many years.
Brinkley's big break came in 1976 when she began her decades-long spokesperson contract with CoverGirl, subsidiary of Proctor & Gamble (PG). She has been on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition three times in a row and is estimated to have around $80 million in real estate assets.
Net Worth: $90 million
Tyra Banks was one of the first African-American supermodels. Since posing for the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Banks has also walked hundreds of runways, been in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, and appeared in movies and on TV.
Non-fashionistas will recognize Banks either from her wildly successful TV show "America’s Next Top Model," which has aired 24 seasons or from her popular talk show "The Tyra Banks Show." Banks doesn’t spend all her time adding money to her almost $100-million net worth though, she also founded and runs a charity called Tyra Banks TZONE, which is aimed at helping teenage and preadolescent girls with self-esteem and body image.
Net Worth: $100 million
Cindy Crawford, the engineering student turned model, has been active in the industry since her teen years. After appearing on countless magazine covers, exercise videos, and runways, Cindy now spends her time designing and promoting her furniture and home accessories business. Later this year her latest book—a look at her life and career—will be published.
Net Worth: $400 million
Gisele Bündchen is arguably the most famous supermodel of our time. The youngest on this list, she has a net worth of over $250 million—not including that of her husband, NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Originally from Brazil, Bündchen allegedly created the “horse walk” runway step (walking while raising your knees and kicking out) and has used it to make herself the highest paid model in the world in 2014 (and for a few years before that too).
Aside from magazines and runway shows, Bündchen also earns money as a spokesperson and gives back by being in involved in numerous charities in Brazil and the United States.
Net Worth: $420 million
Kathy Ireland is the richest supermodel in the world by far. After a successful modeling career and a few famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuits Edition covers, Ireland turned to public speaking, exercise videos, acting, reality TV and endorsements.
Ireland amassed her fortune by lending her name to thousands of products created by Kathy Ireland Worldwide (kiWW), a multinational company with $2 billion in sales. Ireland's company has products in every industry, including media, furniture, toys, jewelry, and books. And, if Ireland ever needs investment or business advice, she can always call her good friend Warren Buffett to ask for advice.