The world’s top supermodels are instantly recognizable celebrities, often running huge private companies, starring on TV, and/or married to wealthy entertainers and entrepreneurs. That is to say, they have lots of opportunities on and off the catwalk to make loads of money. With data from Marie Claire and Money Inc, here are the richest models in the world, ranked by net worth.
Adriana Lima — Net worth: $95 Million
Adriana Lima rose in the modeling ranks in Brazil before making the jump to New York, where she became one of the longest-running Victoria’s Secret angels of all time, and eventually walking for designers like Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, and Versace. She has also made cameos in a number of TV and film productions, including “How I Met Your Mother” and “Ocean’s 8.”
Elle Macpherson — Net worth: $95 Million
The 1990s section of the Australian all-star’s resume includes Cosmo, Elle, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue. After finding success on the runway, Macpherson made even more money moving behind the curtain, designing her own fashion, swimwear, lingerie, and fitness wear, alongside a popular series of workout videos.
Christie Brinkley — Net worth: $100 Million
Christie Brinkley launched into American culture in the 1970s on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She went on to appear in Billy Joel’s video for “Uptown Girls,” before marrying the singer, becoming the face of Cover Girl, and getting rich off real estate.
Iman — Net worth: $120 Million
Iman came up in the ‘80s as one of the leading models of color, and the Somalia-born star earned a reputation both for her modeling and her marriage to rock legend David Bowie. According to CelebrityNetWorth, she received a large portion of Bowie’s estate after his passing in 2016, helping her accumulate about $120 million over her career in the public eye.
Heidi Klum — Net worth: $160 Million
From Victoria’s Secret angel to media mogul, Heidi Klum has built an incredible $160 million fortune. As host and producer of “Project Runway,” as well as host of shows like “America’s Got Talent” and producer of a bunch of modeling-adjacent entertainment projects, Klum has turned her solo career into an empire.
Juanita Jordan — Net worth: $200 Million
According to CelebrityNetWorth, Juanita Jordan received the largest celebrity divorce settlement at the time of her separation from NBA all-star Michael Jordan in 2006. She walked away with the family compound, estimated at $168 million, and has grown her fortune a bit since as well.
Cindy Crawford — Net worth: $400 Million
A household name throughout the 80s and 90s, Cindy Crawford dominated the modeling industry, ultimately earning about $400 million combined with her (second) husband, entrepreneur Rande Gerber. She’s often cited as one of the five “Original Supers” along with Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Tatjana Patitz.
Gisele Bündchen — Net worth: $400 Million
Since her debut at New York Fashion Week at the age of 16 (following her discovery at a McDonald’s in São Paulo) Bündchen rocketed to the top of the modeling industry. She reigned supreme for 15 years on Forbes’ annual list of top paid models until she was unseated by Kendall Jenner in 2017.
Kathy Ireland — Net worth: $500 Million
Kathy Ireland has worn many hats: model, actress, entrepreneur, designer. But her most lucrative role may be as head of marketing firm Kathy Ireland Worldwide, which creates and sells products ranging from wedding gowns to baby furniture.
Slavica Ecclestone — Net worth: $1.2 Billion
Ranking as one of the richest celebrities in the world regardless of industry, Slavica Ecclestone is the dark horse champ of rich models. According to Money Inc, her modeling career led her to a gig for Formula One, where she met her husband, the onetime chief executive of the company, Bernie Ecclestone. A 2009 divorce left Slavica a billionaire.