Gisele Bundchen has topped Forbes’ List of highest-earning models, having made a staggering $44 million in 12 months.
The 35-year-old model who announced her retirement from the runway earlier this year made an astonishing $44 million between June 2014 and June 2015, meaning she took the top spot for the 14th year in a row, thanks to lucrative advertising campaigns for the likes of Chanel, Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera and Emilio Pucci. As well as she profits from her ‘Gisele Bunchen Intimates’ lingerie collection and the jelly sandals she designs for Brazilian shoemaker Grenden.
Bundchen’s earnings are particularly astonishing as the second-placed models, Cara Delevingne and Adriana Lima, made a relatively-small $9 million.
Doutzen Kroes took fourth place with $7.5 million, just ahead of Natalia Vodianova, who rounded out the top five with $7 million.
Miranda Kerr and Joan Smalls tied for sixth spot with $5.5 million, while Karlie Kloss, Lara Stone, Alessandra Ambrosio and Candice Swanepoel all made eighth place by bringing in $5 million.
Elsewhere, Kendall Jenner – who took 16th spot with $4 million – and Lithuanian model Edita Vilkeviciute, who placed 17th, were the only newcomers to the rankings, while Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt and Behati Prinsloo were among those who just fell short of the $3.5 million needed to make this year’s list.
Five of Forbes list of World’s Highest Paid Models (2015):
1. Gisele Bundchen, $44 million
2. Cara Delevingne, $9 million
2. Adriana Lima, $9 million
4. Doutzen Kroes, $7.5 million
5. Natalia Vodianova, $7 million