Gisele Bundchen is a fashion model and occasional film actress and producer. She is the goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. In the late 1990s, Bündchen became the first in a wave of Brazilian models to find international success.
Since 2004, she has been the highest-paid model in the world, and is the sixteenth richest woman in the entertainment industry as of 2007.
Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell have stated that Gisele Bundchen is the only true remaining supermodel. In 2012 she placed first on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $45 million in one year. As an occasional actress, she had supporting roles in Taxi (2004) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006). From 2000 to 2005, Bündchen was in a much-publicized relationship with American actor Leonardo DiCaprio. She married New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2009.
After C&A Brazil hired Gisele Bundchen as a spokesmodel and began airing television commercials, sales increased by 30 per cent. In 2012 The Hollywood Reporter stated Bundchen became C&A’s biggest booster in Brazil and even helped with European sales.
In 2010, Gisele Bundchen retained the top spot as Forbes’s highest-earning model, with a take-home pay of $25 million. In 2010, Bündchen introduced her own skin care product line, named Sejaa Pure Skincare which according to Forbes has been in talks with Shiseido for over a year on an acquisition deal. In early 2011, Procter & Gamble’s Pantene shampoo sales increased 40 per cent in Latin America after Bündchen started representing the product.
On May 2011, Forbes ranked Gisele Bundchen as the world’s top-earning model for the fifth consecutive time, with an estimated $45 million over the previous 12 months. Her earnings climbed $20 million over the previous year, thanks to an economic boom in Brazil, coupled with a 10 per cent surge in the value of the Brazilian real against the dollar. In August 2011, Bündchen ranked 60th on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She ranked thirs on the The 20 Youngest Power Women of 2011 List at age 31. Bündchen and her husband Tom Brady were named by Forbes magazine as the World’s Highest Paid Celebrity couple in 2011, with combined annual earnings at $76 million. This was higher than Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Beyonce and Jay-Z. In February 2012 the website Vogue.
She was ranked No. 61 on Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrities list in 2012. In May 2012 she was ranked fourth on the World’s Most Powerful Latino Celebrity list by Forbes. In Auguest 2012 she was 1 of 4 fashion people and the only model to be ranked on Forbe’s list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women” at #83. She ranked in Forbes top ten of “Entertainment’s Highest-Paid Women” 2012 list, ranking at #8 with $45 million.
How Gisele Bundchen Made Her Money – Model and Actress
Estimated Net Worth: $170 Million
Birthday: July 20, 1980
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