Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gisele Bündchen

Wonder what it's like to be the first billionaire supermodel ever?  Well only Gisele Bündchen would be able to answer that. Already ranked as the highest paid model by Forbes, Gisele Bündchen has worked with top brands and lived the high life. Here's a peek into the German-Brazilian beauty's life

Money MattersGisele Bündchen was ranked numero uno on Forbes magazine's list of the 15Highest-Paid Models in the World.  Her personal fortune is valued at approx $150 million, and she is on the Guinness Book of Records as 'the world's richest supermodel'. 

Contract Collation: Gisele Bündchen's contract with Victoria's Secret was the biggest in the fashion industry, but she worked for Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Joop!, Otto, Lanvin, Guerlain, Nivea, DSquared, St John, Colcci, Vivo, Vogue Eyewear and Grendene. Forbes editors list her money-spinning Versace and Dior contracts, her successful jewellery and footwear lines as an impetus to her billionaire status. She has been the spokesmodel of Bvlgari, Strenesse, Christian Dior, Missoni and Ralph Lauren.

Getting Intimate: And after walking the ramp for Victoria's Secret, looks like Bündchen wanted an intimates identity of her own too. She has launched her own lingerie range. The 30-year-old walked down the ramp at a show in her native Brazil wearing items from her collection 'Hope Lingerie, Gisele Bündchen Intimates'.  According to Forbes, since she owns the line, and has a stake in it, this will be lucrative in adding to her billionaire standing.

Shoe Queen: She also has her own line of shoes, called 'Ipanema Gisele Bundchen', have sold more than 100 million pairs since 2001.

Not a Big Fat Wedding: Gisele got married to American footballer Tom Brady in a small, private ceremony in Santa Monica, California. Gisele wore a Dolce & Gabbana ivory lace strapless wedding dress with a trumpet skirt. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses. Tom wore a gray two-button peak lapel pure wool suit by Ermenegildo Zegna.

A Model's Mega-Mansion: Bündchen, and her husband are in the middle of building an unbelievably huge $20 million mega-mansion, in the hills of Brentwood, California. She also owns properties in Brazil, Costa Rica and Brentwood, California among her other real-estate holdings.

A Smooth Drive: Gisele owns an Audi A8 sports sedan.

Picture Perfect: In April 2008, a black-and-white photo of Bündchen, shot by Irving Penn, was auctioned for $193,000 (approx Rs. 86 lakh). The picture was one from the collection of Gert Elfering, which were sold at Christie's in New York. It is believed that Bündchen's picture reached the highest price in comparison with the others

Most Beautiful: Gisele Bündchen was chosen by People Magazine as one of the '50 Most Beautiful People in the World'.

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