The 32 Richest Models in the World by Net Worth

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The world has been introduced to thousands of models throughout the past century, but some of them have made a bigger impact—and a bigger paycheck—than others. These are the world’s richest models:

32. Irina Shayk – $25 million

Irina Shayk is a Russian model best known for her runway work. Shayk has worked with brands like Victoria’s Secret, Guess, and Lacoste and even posed nude on GQ.

Self-made millionaire Irina Shayk built her fortune from modelingSelf-made millionaire Irina Shayk built her fortune from modeling (Credit: Ron Adar / Shutterstock)

Perhaps her biggest achievement as a model was becoming the first Russian model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

“I am,” she told Vanity Fair in 2013 when asked if she’s a good investor. ” She admitted to collecting money and Hermès Birkin bags.

“And a lot of people say, Oh, models are not very smart, but when you see the business side, we are. You have to invest the money in a certain thing, because, you know, at 40, I want to enjoy my life. So I do a lot of investments. Apartments back in Russia and New York. It’s a good thing to do.”

Irina Shayk owns several properties in Russia in the United StatesIrina Shayk owns several properties in Russia in the United States (Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / WENN)

“No. I think it’s a little bit risky,” she said about investing in stocks. “And I’m Russian, and I think I would take the safest road: real estate. Because real estate in New York is growing day by day, especially in areas in the West Village and uptown. So I prefer to invest my money in real estate because you can never go wrong with that.”

31. Bella Hadid – $25 million

Bella Hadid is an American model who comes from a very famous family. Her mother, Yolanda Hadid, and her sister, Gigi Hadid, are also featured on this list.

Although she came from a rich and famous family, Bella Hadid made a name for herself in the modeling industry, appearing on many magazine covers and runway showsAlthough she came from a rich and famous family, Bella Hadid made a name for herself in the modeling industry, appearing on many magazine covers and runway shows (Credit: FashionStock / Shutterstock)

Hadid has been modeling since she was a teenager and has appeared on the cover of many magazines, including Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Hadid also does a lot of work for Marc Jacobs and walked on Victoria’s Secret runway.

30. Candice Swanepoel – $25 million

Candice Swanepoel is one of the most recognized Victoria’s Secret models in the world. Originally from South Africa, Swanepoel is known for being one of the highest-paid models in the world.

South African model Candice Swanepoel has been appearing on Forbes' "The World's Top-Earning Models" list since 2010South African model Candice Swanepoel has been appearing on Forbes’ “The World’s Top-Earning Models” list since 2010 (Credit: FashionStock / Shutterstock)

She’s also one of the few Victoria’s Secret models who’s been given the honor of wearing the Fantasy Bra in the bygone fashion show.

29. Joan Smalls – $26 million

Appearing in five Victoria’s Secret Fashion shows from 2011 through 2015, in 2015 the Puerto Rican model became the first Latina to represent Estée Lauder.

Wealthy Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls attends Michael Rubin's 2022 Fanatics Super Bowl PartyWealthy Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls attends Michael Rubin’s 2022 Fanatics Super Bowl Party on February 12, 2022, in Culver City, California (Credit: DFree / Shutterstock)

“I’ve always had a struggle trying to get a hair campaign. It’s mind-boggling. I’ve been on options. And they dropped me at the last minute and the excuse was, we were afraid to try something new. And by new they meant, we’ve never shot a black girl,” Joan Smalls said during a Business of Fashion panel in December 2016 about racial injustice in the fashion industry.

28. Cara Delevingne – $28 million

Known for her iconic bushy eyebrows and bold red lips, Cara Jocelyn Delevingne is an English model, actress, and singer.

She has starred in movies such as The Face of an Angel (2014), Her Smell (2018), Anna Karenina (2012), Paper Towns (2015), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017), Suicide Squad (2016), and Kids in Love (2016).

Cara Delevingne in a black Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2015 dress at the Elle Style Awards 2015Cara Delevingne in a black Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2015 dress at the Elle Style Awards 2015 at Sky Garden @ The Walkie Talkie Tower on February 24, 2015, in London (Credit: Cubankite / Shutterstock)

Britain’s top-earning model for several years, her romantic relationships include Jaden Smith (2021), Ashley Frangipane (2020), Margaret Qualley (2020), Ashley Benson (2018 – 2020), St. Vincent (2014 – 2016), Michelle Rodriguez (2014), and Rita Ora (2011 – 2013).

27. Gigi Hadid – $29 million

Bella Hadid‘s sister Gigi Hadid has been modeling since she was a teenager.

She was the first of the sisters to choose to follow in their mother’s footsteps, and she is currently another one of the highest-paid models in the world, having worked for brands like Versace and Tommy Hilfiger.

Richer than her sister Bella, Gigi Hadid has made 35 appearances on international Vogue magazine covers and was named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council in 2016Richer than her sister Bella, Gigi Hadid has made 35 appearances on international Vogue magazine covers and was named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council in 2016 (Credit: FashionStock / Shutterstock)

She’s also walked on many high fashion runways, like Tom Ford and Max Mara, and has also been featured in Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

26. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – $30 million

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is another well-paid high-fashion model. From a farm community in England, Huntington-Whiteley began modeling when she was 15 and has since traveled the world thanks to her career.

Jason Statham's supermodel girlfriend Rosie Hungtington-Whiteley is also known for appearing in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon and the 2015 movie Mad Max Fury RoadJason Statham’s supermodel girlfriend Rosie Hungtington-Whiteley is also known for appearing in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon and the 2015 movie Mad Max Fury Road (Credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock)

Some of her credits include work for Burberry, Godiva, Victoria’s Secret, and Prada.

25. Doutzen Kroes – $35 million

Many of the highest-paid models in the world have been featured on Victoria’s Secret runway, and Doutzen Kroes is one of them.

Originally from the Netherlands, Kroes initially wanted to become a speed skater, just as her parents were in their youth, but after sending photos of herself to a modeling agency, her career path changed.

Dubbed as the Helen of Troy of advertising, Doutzen Kroes makes the most of her money from her earnings as a supermodelDubbed as the Helen of Troy of advertising, Doutzen Kroes makes the most of her money from her earnings as a supermodel (Credit: FashionStock / Shutterstock)

Kroes has been on some of the most notable magazine covers in the world and she’s an advocate for size inclusion on the runway.

24. Karlie Kloss – $40 million

Karlie Kloss is an American model known for her signature runway walk. She, like many of the models on this list, has walked for Victoria’s Secret and has posed for high-fashion brands like Gucci and Valentino.

Karlie Kloss started modeling at the age of 13, gracing magazine covers and several catwalks for major fashion labelsKarlie Kloss started modeling at the age of 13, gracing magazine covers and several catwalks for major fashion labels (Credit: FashionStock / Shutterstock)

She’s also well known for becoming the host of Project Runway when Heidi Klum left and has even started her own effort to empower more young women to learn how to code.

23. Christy Turlington – $40 million

Model Christy Turlington has been on hundreds of magazine covers and has been featured in many music videos for famous artists like Duran Duran and George Michael.

A world renowned supermodel of the '80s and '90s, Christy Turlington has also forayed into filmmaking and has been actively involved in charity worksA world-renowned supermodel of the ’80s and ’90s, Christy Turlington has also forayed into filmmaking and has been actively involved in charity works (Credit: DFree / Shutterstock)

She’s also been seen in ad campaigns for famous brands like Donna Karan, Michael Kors, and Prada.

22. Linda Evangelista – $40 million

Canadian model Linda Evangelista was incredibly popular in the ‘90s and is part of the group that was dubbed the first supermodels.

Regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential models of all time, Linda Evangelista has been featured on over 700 magazine covers and holds the record for her multiple appearances on the cover of Vogue ItaliaRegarded as one of the most accomplished and influential models of all time, Linda Evangelista has been featured on over 700 magazine covers and holds the record for her multiple appearances on the cover of Vogue Italia (Credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock)

Evangelista has modeled for Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, John Paul Gaultier, and Oscar de la Renta, just to name a few. She also became famous for claiming that she and other models “don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.”

21. Kendall Jenner – $45 million

She might be more well-known for being a part of one of the world’s most famous families than her modeling work, but Kendall Jenner has made a fortune and earned a career for herself on her own merit.

Kendall Jenner was the highest-paid model in 2017 and 2018 and she also makes money from various endorsement deals and her family's reality showKendall Jenner was the highest-paid model in 2017 and 2018 and she also makes money from various endorsement deals and her family’s reality show (Credit: Sky Cinema / Shutterstock)

Jenner has been featured on Victoria’s Secret runway, and she’s also walked in many high-fashion shows and been the face of many advertising campaigns. Jenner is also known for attending the Met Gala every year with various designers.

20. Yolanda Hadid – $45 million

Before her daughters were modeling, Yolanda Hadid was famous for her own career. The Dutch model signed with Eileen Ford, the owner of Ford models, at just 16 years old, and continued modeling until marrying and having children.

Before her time on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Gigi and Bella Hadid's mother Yolanda was considered a top modelBefore her time on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Gigi and Bella Hadid’s mother Yolanda was considered a top model (Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)

19. Melania Trump – $50 million

Melania Trump is best known for being the wife of someone rich and famous, former president and billionaire Donald Trump, but she had the opportunity to become his wife by achieving success through her modeling career.

She may be the wife of former president Donald Trump but Melania Trump has made a fortune from modeling and several businesses, including her jewelry collection, skin care line, and property investmentsShe may be the wife of former president Donald Trump but Melania Trump has made a fortune from modeling and several businesses, including her jewelry collection, skincare line, and property investments (Credit: Mark Reinstein / Shutterstock)

The Slovenian beauty began modeling when she was just five years old, and some of her credits include covering Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair.

18. Natalia Vodianova – $50 million

Natalia Vodianova is a Russian model who turned from a life of poverty to a life of riches after being discovered by a modeling scout when she was just 15.

From rags to riches, Natalia Vodianova grew up in a poor district of Nizhny Novgorod but is now one of the top-earning models in the worldFrom rags to riches, Natalia Vodianova grew up in a poor district of Nizhny Novgorod but is now one of the top-earning models in the world (Credit: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock)

Vodianova moved to Paris to begin her career in earnest and has since walked in hundreds of runway shows for fashion houses such as Versace, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel, among many, many others.

17. Twiggy Lesley Lawson – $50 million

Twiggy Leslie Lawson, who is better known mononymously as Twiggy, is an English model who became famous in the ‘60s for her signature look. Her small frame and pixie haircut defined the aesthetic of her generation.

After her many successful years as a model, Leigh Lawson's wife Twiggy Lesley Lawson made a successful career in actingAfter her many successful years as a model, Leigh Lawson’s wife Twiggy Lesley Lawson made a successful career in acting (Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock)

16. Miranda Kerr – $60 million

Born in Australia, Miranda Kerr has had lots of success working with brands like Betsey Johnson and Roberto Cavalli and modeling for Vogue Australia.

Miranda Kerr rose to fame as the first Australian Victoria's Secret Angel and was once featured on Forbes' list of highest-paid modelsMiranda Kerr rose to fame as the first Australian Victoria’s Secret Angel and was once featured on Forbes’ list of highest-paid models (Credit: Lev Radin / Shutterstock)

She was the first Australian woman to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel and was once one of the highest-earning models in the world.

15. Rachel Hunter – $60 million

Rachel Hunter is a model from New Zealand who parlayed her modeling career into one in the entertainment industry. The stunner hosted Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty on Imagination Television and was a judge on New Zealand’s Got Talent for a year.

Rachel Hunter started modeling at 16 and has since graced the cover of several major fashion magazines, including the Sports Illustrated, which brought her global successRachel Hunter started modeling at 16 and has since graced the cover of several major fashion magazines, including the Sports Illustrated, which brought her global success (Credit: Tinseltown / Shutterstock)

Hunter has been featured on both Italian and Australian Vogue was on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and was featured in Playboy.

14. Brigitte Bardot – $65 million

Brigitte Bardot is one of the most famous French models ever. She is famous for her acting career as well but she began as a model, posing on the cover of Elle magazine at just age 15. Nowadays the French beauty lives a very private life.

A famous model and actress, Brigitte Bardot was one of the best known sex symbols of the late '50s and '60sA famous model and actress, Brigitte Bardot was one of the best-known sex symbols of the late ’50s and ’60s (Credit: 360b / Shutterstock)

13. Claudia Schiffer – $70 million

German model Claudia Schiffer has been on more magazine covers than any other model in the world. Fans have seen her on Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Elle, and Cosmopolitan, among others.

Claudia Schiffer holds the record for the model with the most magazine covers and her modeling helped several brands gain worldwide recognitionClaudia Schiffer holds the record for the model with the most magazine covers and her modeling helped several brands gain worldwide recognition (Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock)

She’s walked for houses like Versace and Louis Vuitton, and starred in ads for Revlon and Dom Perignon. Schiffer is known in pop culture for her modeling work and has appeared in movies like Zoolander and Love Actually.

12. Kate Moss – $70 million

Kate Moss is one of the most famous supermodels in the world and one of the highest-earning of all time.

The British beauty began her career as a teenager and was known for her differing look from the famous models at the time she rose to prominence, as she is much shorter than other models, and quite thin, even by model standards.

One of the top richest supermodels, Kate Moss makes her fortune not just from being a supermodel but also from being a contributing fashion editor for British Vogue and from her fashion and perfume linesOne of the top richest supermodels, Kate Moss makes her fortune not just from being a supermodel but also from being a contributing fashion editor for British Vogue and from her fashion and perfume lines (Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock)

11. Naomi Campbell – $80 million

Naomi Campbell is a British model who is best known for walking the runway. She has posed for hundreds of magazine covers and broke barriers as the first black model to be on the cover of three separate magazines: Time and the French and British editions of Vogue. Campbell is one of the first-ever supermodels.

Thanks to her modeling career, acting gigs, and perfume line, Naomi Campbell remains one of the world's richest models everThanks to her modeling career, acting gigs, and perfume line, Naomi Campbell remains one of the world’s richest models ever (Credit: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock)

10. Alessandra Ambrosio – $80 million

Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio has been modeling since she was a preteen and grew to prominence after being selected as a finalist in the Elite Model Look competition in Brazil.

Alessandra Ambrosio makes her wealth mainly from modeling for huge brands and from a few acting rolesAlessandra Ambrosio makes her wealth mainly from modeling for huge brands and from a few acting roles (Credit: DFree / Shutterstock)

Since then, she’s been on the cover of many magazines and has been featured in Victoria’s Secret fashion show, one year wearing a costume made of only candy.

9. Tyra Banks – $90 million

Tyra Banks is one of the most famous and recognizable models in the world. She began modeling when she was in high school and has since been on magazine covers and runways.

Tyra Banks has amassed a hefty net worth from appearing on major runways, magazine covers, and television shows, including America's Next Top Model, and from her own production company, Bankable ProductionsTyra Banks has amassed a hefty net worth from appearing on major runways, magazine covers, and television shows, including America’s Next Top Model, and from her own production company, Bankable Productions (Credit: Jamie Lamor Thompson / Shutterstock)

She was the first black woman to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, as well as GQ, and she became even more famous when she hosted the popular television show America’s Next Top Model.

Tyra Banks shows off her feet at the 2011 Do Something AwardsTyra Banks shows off her feet at the 2011 Do Something Awards (Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)

The bombshell also criticized the expectations of models to maintain unrealistic body weights.

According to Forbes, she earned $30m during a 12-month period as America’s Next Top Model host and creator. Sarah Hartshorne, a former ANTM contestant, alleged on Twitter that she and others were paid $40 a day while competing on the show.

Tyra Banks was reportedly paid $30m during a 12-month period as America’s Next Top Model host and creatorTyra Banks was reportedly paid $30m during a 12-month period as America’s Next Top Model host and creator (Credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock)

“The fact that girls on ANTM were getting paid $40 an episode and Tyra and the judges were making BANK, is kinda sick,” a user wrote, to which Sarah responded, “$40 an episode and we had to pay for food.”

8. Adriana Lima – $95 million

Brazilian model Adriana Lima is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret.

She was an Angel for 18 years – longer than any other model for the brand – and has also walked the runway for Vera Wang, Valentino, and Christian Dior, to name a few designers.

Adriana Lima was the longest-serving Victoria's Secret Angel, having walked the runway for 19 yearsAdriana Lima was the longest-serving Victoria’s Secret Angel, having walked the runway for 19 years (Credit: FashionStock / Shutterstock)

Some fans will recognize her, too, from starring in various Super Bowl advertisements.

7. Elle Macpherson – $95 million

Elle Macpherson is an Australian supermodel who rose to fame in the ‘80s. Her plan was to model for a bit while she earned money to attend law school, but after achieving unprecedented success, she continued on the path of modeling.

Elle Macpherson holds the record for most Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers, with five, and she makes most of her fortune from modeling and several business venturesElle Macpherson holds the record for most Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers, with five, and she makes most of her fortune from modeling and several business ventures (Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock)

Macpherson holds the nickname given to her by Time magazine: The Body. She has been featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition five times – more than any other model.

6. Christie Brinkley – $100 million

Christie Brinkley has been a famous model since the ‘70s when she rose to prominence after appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and becoming the face of CoverGirl.

Aside from being a successful supermodel, Christie Brinkley is also a successful businesswoman, with a skincare line, hair extension line, eyewear line, and some real estate investments in the HamptonsAside from being a successful supermodel, Christie Brinkley is also a successful businesswoman, with a skincare line, hair extension line, eyewear line, and some real estate investments in the Hamptons (Credit: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock)

An American model, Brinkley was discovered in Paris while she was studying, and she has since posed for hundreds of magazine covers and has been photographed in over 30 countries around the world.

5. Heidi Klum – $160 million

Heidi Klum is a German model who shot to fame after appearing on the covers of various fashion magazines. She was a prominent feature for Victoria’s Secret for over 10 years and is well known for hosting Project Runway.

Heidi Klum has accumulated most of her wealth from modeling, endorsement deals, jewelry, clothing and beauty lines, and from producing showsHeidi Klum has accumulated most of her wealth from modeling, endorsement deals, jewelry, clothing and beauty lines, and from producing shows (Credit: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock)

Klum is also known in pop culture for always having an amazing Halloween costume and hosting an incredibly over-the-top Halloween party.

4. Iman – $200 million

Iman has been modeling for decades. She’s worked with very prominent photographers, like Annie Leibowitz.

Much of Iman’s net worth comes from her late husband David Bowie’s fortune, but she has earned millions and millions of dollars, as well as her career and reputation, in her own right through her skill as a model.

Iman is an entrepreneur, actress, and high-end model who has worked with a number of top designers and photographersIman is an entrepreneur, actress, and high-end model who has worked with a number of top designers and photographers (Credit: Ron Adar / Shutterstock)

3. Cindy Crawford – $400 million

Cindy Crawford is one of the most famous models in the world and has been ranked in multiple publications as one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her career spans decades, and she is also one of the first women to be dubbed a supermodel.

One of the most established supermodels, Cindy Crawford's fortune comes from her work as a model, her beauty line, and furniture lineOne of the most established supermodels, Cindy Crawford’s fortune comes from her work as a model, her beauty line, and furniture line (Credit: DFree / Shutterstock)

Her net worth is combined with her husband’s, but she still is worth about $200 million on her own, thanks to her unbelievable success as a model.

2. Gisele Bundchen – $400 million

Brazilian Gisele Bundchen is an incredibly famous supermodel all over the world who speaks multiple languages and has done nearly every type of modeling possible.

She was a model for Victoria’s Secret, has walked the runway, starred in ad campaigns, and was the face of various brands.

While she married the wealthy NFL quarterback Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen has amassed a high net worth on her own through her modeling career, topping Forbes' annual highest-paid models' list for eight consecutive yearsWhile she married the wealthy NFL quarterback Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen has amassed a high net worth on her own through her modeling career, topping Forbes’ annual highest-paid models’ list for eight consecutive years (Credit: Sky Cinema / Shutterstock)

Bundchen is also married to a very famous and wealthy man, Tom Brady, who just announced his retirement from the NFL, but she is worth $400 million all on her own, thanks to her success as a supermodel.

1. Kathy Ireland – $500 million

The richest supermodel in the world is Kathy Ireland. She’s acquired her half-billion-dollar fortune by appearing on magazine covers, becoming an actress, and delving into various entrepreneurial projects.

“I was living in Paris and it was really a hard time,” she told Fox News about becoming a Christian and trying to start different businesses.

Kathy Ireland and her partner Tony Dovolani participated in the ninth season of Dancing with the StarsKathy Ireland and her partner Tony Dovolani participated in the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars (Credit: Jaguar PS / Shutterstock)

“I know it might sound glamorous, but I was alone modeling. It wasn’t my plan, but I recognized it as an opportunity. I could save money for college or start a business. I just barely finished high school and I had no technology or distractions.”

“If something would have taken off earlier, the modeling career wouldn’t have gone on for so long,” she said about failing several times before she finally succeeded.

The '80s and '90s supermodel Kathy Ireland is a self-made millionaire whose fortune comes from her licensing company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide, home-furnishings line, fashion and jewelry line, and shipping container businessThe ’80s and ’90s supermodel Kathy Ireland is a self-made millionaire whose fortune comes from her licensing company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide, home-furnishings line, fashion and jewelry line, and shipping container business (Credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock)

Ireland is a very hard worker and a very philanthropic woman as well. One of the richest self-made women in the U.S., she is the founder and CEO of lifestyle company Kathy Ireland Worldwide.

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