Cashed up on the catwalk

Gisele Bündchen may be the highest-paid model of the year according to  Forbes, however, she's not the wealthiest on the planet.  

After accounting for paychecks, taxes, and other expenses, how much do the world's top models take home at the end of the day? 

Celebrity Net Worth shared estimates of today's biggest model's net worths. 

Numbers are acquired from public information including salaries, real estate holdings, and divorces. The final total comes from a formula that takes out taxes, manager's fees, agents' fees and lifestyle. 

Just don't expect to see Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr on the list. 

Rather, the compilation contains veteran models who, other than walking the runway, have branched out to television, film, music and even painting projects. Most of the women at the top also boast their own original business ventures. Here are the top 20.

20. Cheryl Tiegs: $14 million

Tiegs started her modeling career at age 17.

Magazine Covers: Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Vogue, along with swimsuit issues of Sports Illustrated in the '70s and '80s.

Ads: In the '80s she had a clothing line, The Cheryl Tiegs Collection, at Sears. She's done print ads for Cover Girl and Revlon and has both wig and accessory lines with the latter. 

TV/Film: The model also started acting, appearing on Just Shoot Me and in the 2003 film The Brown Bunny. Most recently, Tiegs appeared on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice.


19. Stephanie Seymour: $15 million

The model has posed for Playboy, worked for Victoria's Secret, and appeared in magazines Sports Illustrated and Vogue

Seymour has acted in video games, movies, and television including Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller, 2002's Pollock and she appeared in an episode of Law & Order.

Ads: L'Oréal,Coca Cola, and the Gap. 

Other: She also wrote a book called Beauty Secrets for Dummies.


18. Carolyn Murphy: $15 million

Murphy has appeared on the cover of Elle, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Sports Illustrated and Vogue around the world, being named VH1/Vogue's Model of the Year" in 1998.

Ads: Ann Taylor Loft, Estée Lauder, Valentino, Versace, Zara, Tiffany & Company

Film/Music: Murphy acted in Liberty Heights and appeared in Incubus' Are You In? music video.


17. Natalia Vodianova: $16 million

Magazine Covers: Teen Vogue, W, Vanity Fair and Vogue

Ads: L'Oréal, Gucci, and Calvin Klein, opening and performing in numerous Calvin Klein fashion shows and ads for fragrances, eyewear, jewelry, and underwear. 

In 2007, she became a spokesperson for David Yurman alongside Kate Moss (see number seven).

16. Linda Evangelista: $18 million

Evangelista is best known for her iconic Harper's Bazaar cover from September 1992 in which she covered half her face with her arm while showing off short black hair.

The cover came four years after she originally chopped her hair off in 1988 and was cut from runway shows that year.

The model has done work for Bloomingdale's and has signed contracts with Revlon, Estée Lauder and Fendi.

15. Christy Turlington: $18 million

Magazine Covers: Esquire, Cosmo, W and Time

Ads: She's been the face of Chanel, Calvin Klein underwear, Maybelline, and Valentino. 

Film: Turlington featured in the 1996 fashion documentary Catwalk.

14. Iman: $25 million

Currently The Fashion Show host, Iman has also starred in television shows and movies in addition to modeling. 

Magazine Covers: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Ebony and most recently Essence.

Film:  Out of Africa, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

TV: Iman appeared in an episode of The Cosby Show and two of Miami Vice.

Books: Iman wrote The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color and I Am Iman.


13. Adriana Lima: $35 million

The Victoria's Secret model has been in film and television shows in addition to multi-million dollar ad campaigns.

Ads: Has been the face of Donna Karan, Guess? and Givenchy. Lima signed a contract with Maybelline in 2003.

Magazine Covers: Elle, GQ and Esquire.

Film:  The Follow with Mickey Rourke and Forest Whitaker. 

TV: Lima has made appearances as herself on both Ugly Betty and How I Met Your Mother.

12. Milla Jovovich: $36 million

Jovovich has been able to stay high on the list of richest supermodels thanks to her lead role in the Resident Evil film franchise.

Ads: Has modeled for Gap, Revlon, Coach, Banana Republic, and Versace. 

Magazine Covers: Seventeen, W, Elle and Maxim

TV/ Film: The Fifth Element, The Three Musketeers, Zoolander, Bringing Up Bobby, Return to the Blue Lagoon and the Resident Evil franchise.

11. Alessandra Ambrosio: $40 million

The Victoria's Secret Model was named the fourth-highest-paid model by Forbes in 2007, earning $6.8 million.

Ads: Guess?, Oscar de la Renta, Armani Exchange and Dolce & Gabbana.

Magazine Covers: Cosmo, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour and GQ.

Film and TV:  Appeared in James Bond film Casino Royale and the Entourage season premiere.

10. Claudia Schiffer: $40 million

When Schiffer became noticed in the '90s after her Gap ads, she was noted for her striking resemblance to former model, Brigette Bardot.

Ads: Modeling for Chanel, Victoria's Secret and Dolce & Gabbana. Schiffer signed contracts with L'Oréal and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Magazine Covers: Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Film: Richie Rich, Zoolander and Love Actually.

Other: Schiffer launched a cashmere collection in March 2011 acting as the creative director of the brand. She also appeared in Guess? and Pepsi commercials and Bon Jovi's Say It Isn't So music video.

9. Elle Macpherson: $45 million

Macpherson had five cover appearances on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and is the current host and an executive producer of Fashion Star.

Ads: Modeled for Playboy, Finesse, and signed a contract with Revlon.

Magazine Covers: Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Sports Illustrated.

Film and TV: Batman & Robin, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Jane Eyre, Sirens, The Edge and appeared in five episodes of Friends.

Others: Macpherson started her own company, Elle Macpherson Inc., launched Elle Macpherson Intimates, a lingerie collection, created a maternity bra line and beauty products under nickname "The Body".

8. Naomi Campbell: $48 million

Campbell may have been accused in a ten year span of assault against police, employees and associates, however, she's still one of the world's richest models.

Ads: Face of Ralph Lauren, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Victoria's Secret. She was also in a Dunkin Donuts commercial.

Magazine Covers: Essence, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Playboy, W and Interview.

Film: Biggest movies include Cool as Ice and Ali G Indahouse, with television appearances on The Cosby Show and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Other: Founded charity We Love Brazil in 2005 to help fight poverty in the country. For her efforts, she was named ambassador of Rio de Janeiro two years later. In 2001, she published a book called Naomi.

7. Kate Moss: $50 million

Party girl Kate Moss has been dropped from campaigns including Chanel and Burberry in the past for alleged drug use in 2005. Despite a bleak road to revive her career, the model is still one of the most wealthy models in the world.

Ads: Versace, Prada, L'Oréal, Missoni, Chanel, Donna Karan, and Rimmel. After 2005, Moss stepped back in the spotlight starring in Nikon commercials.

Magazine Covers: W, Allure, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue.

Other: Moss has her own trademarked font and has designed clothing ranges for UK retailer Topshop.

6. Heidi Klum: $70 million

Though having filed for divorce from Seal in April, the Victoria's Secret model has plenty of business ventures to keep busy.

Ads: Victoria's Secret, H&M, McDonald's television commercials, Dannon's Light and Fit yogurt.

Magazine Covers: Glamour, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, W and Sports Illustrated.

Film / TV: Hosted reality television series Project Runway, appeared on Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada as herself.

Other: The model is also a writer, singer, and artist. Klum paints and sculpts and released the single Wonderland in 2006. She co-authored the book Heidi Klum's Body of Knowledge. In 2010, she launched a line of women's active wear with New Balance.

5. Christie Brinkley: $80 million

Brinkley became more than just a model, hosting her own CNN show in the '90s.

Ads: CoverGirl and Got Milk?

Magazine Covers: Sports Illustrated, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Cosmopolitan, New York Mag and Life.

Film / TV: Hosted CNN's Living in the Nineties with Christie Brinkley and appeared in both National Lampoon's Vacation and Vegas Vacation.

Other: released Christie Brinkley's Outdoor Seaworthiness and Beauty Book in 1983 and appeared in ex-husband Billy Joel's Uptown Girl music video.

4. Tyra Banks: $90 million

Banks has lent herself to television, films, music writing, talk show host, and Oprah Winfrey reporter in addition to her model status.

Ads: Ralph Lauren, starred in Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video, Dolce & Gabbana, Victoria's Secret, Nike.

Magazine Covers: Elle, was the first African American to appear by herself on Sports Illustrated's swimsuit cover, Details, Shape, People, Ebony and Harper's Bazaar.

Films:  Halloween Resurrection, Coyote Ugly and Disney movie Life-Size with Lindsay Lohan.

TV: Became the host of America's Next Top Model in 2003, The Tyra Banks Show from 2005 until 2010 and was youth correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Other: Started beauty and fashion site typef, recorded single Shake Ya Body in 2004 and released a single with basketballer Kobe Bryant, K.O.B.E. Published books Modelland in September 2011 and Tyra's Beauty, Inside and Out in 1998.

3. Cindy Crawford: $100 million

Crawford is known for influencing not only fashion with her red Versace dress of the 1991 Academy Awards, but also for her radical look on the inaugural cover of George. Crawford quit modeling in 2000 to focus on other ventures. 

Ads: Gap, Revlon, Pepsi spokesperson, Liz Claiborne and IMG.

Magazine Covers: Vogue, Vanity Fair, W and Maxim. She's also appeared nude in Playboy.

Film and TV: Unzipped, 54, Fair Game and appeared on episodes of According to Jim, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Frasier.

Other: Has homewares lines with both Raymour & Flanigan and J.C. Penney including the Cindy Crawford Home Collection.

2. Gisele Bündchen: $250 million

Mrs Tom Brady balances life between modeling and acting. 

Ads: CrediCard and Nivea commercials, Louis Vuitton, Get a Mac commercials, Versace, signed a $25 million contract with Victoria's Secret in 2006, American Express Red.

Magazine Covers: GQ, Vogue and W.

Film: Appeared in The Devil Wears Prada and was the lead bank robber in Taxi.

Other: Was named the Greenest Celebrity in 2011, designed a range of thong footwear, is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program and started grant organization, The Luz Foundation in 2007.

1. Kathy Ireland: $350 million

Kathy Ireland tops the list of the richest models in the world with nearly 40 television and movie appearances, dozens of commercials, and a billion dollar empire called KIWW.  

Ads:  Caress soap, Fruit of the Loom, Budweiser, Cheerios and Baked Lay's.

Magazine Covers: Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Sports Illustrated.

Film:  National Lampoon: Loaded Weapon 1, The Player and Alien from L.A.

TV: Appeared on Touched by an Angel, The Incredible Hulk, Melrose Place and Boy Meets World.

Other: Designs wedding dresses and jewellery, designs clothing for Kmart and has written six books including best-selling Powerful Inspirations: Eight Lessons That Will Change Your Life. Ireland has her own fitness video Kathy Ireland's Total Seaworthiness Workout and had her own calendar in 1993. Her empire, KIWW sells more product than Martha Stewart.

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This article Cashed up on the catwalk was originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald.
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