Her earnings were down slightly last year, but Gisele Bündchen is still far and away the highest-paid supermodel on the planet, according to Forbes.With a reported $42 million in earnings between June 2012 and June 2013, Bündchen once again tops the money-minded magazine's annual list of the 10 highest-earning runway walkers and campaign stars. In second place is Bündchen's fellow former Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr, with reported earnings of $7.2 million. That means that even after the $3 million drop she experienced last year, Bündchen still earns nearly six times as much as her closest competitor.
But that should come as no surprise: this is Bündchen's seventh year at the top of the list, and with contracts for brands ranging from H&M to Oral-B, she's making money from sectors outside the fashion industry. In fact, Bündchen earns so much money that in 2011, it was reported that if the companies she represented were analyzed as a single stock index, they would outperform the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Kate Moss also made headlines earlier this Summer with news that she'd tripled her income last year, but that figure (a reported $18 million) was based on earnings of her companies Tilly Church and Skate LLP. The Forbes list takes only personal earnings into account.
The other models on this list aren't quite that rich, but they're still making plenty of money. A look at who else made Forbes's list of highest-earning models, here.
The 2013 Forbes World's Most Powerful Women list has arrived, and not surprisingly, some of the fashion industry's most influential females have made the cut, alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé Knowles, and Hillary Clinton. With some faces ranking for the second year in a row — Anna Wintour, Tory Burch, and Gisele Bündchen among the returning lineup — and a self-made billionaire moonlighting as the newcomer in the fold, the most powerful women in fashion supply an incredible résumé of fashion-forward thinking, savvy business ventures, fearless brand expansion, and general fashion-world domination. We salute you.
See which industry heavyweights were among Forbes's Most Powerful Women, right this way.
Of course, moving for a job has its pitfalls; you're taking a big risk if you don't have a job lined up in the city before you move. But maybe the smarter strategy to take is to start looking for jobs in the cities with good job growth, if you haven't been already.
Ready to get started on job hunting in a new area? Lucky for you, Forbes compiled a list of top cities for good jobs from analyzing data like job growth and unemployment rate in 100 metropolitan cities. Here are the winners:
- Dallas, TX: The five-year job growth rate is 2.8 percent. It added thousands of jobs last year and continues to add jobs to the financial services, energy, and health care sectors.
- Houston, TX: The five-year job growth rate is 2.6 percent, and Houston continues to grow as America's energy capital.
- Austin, TX: The five-year job growth rate is 3.2 percent, and jobs are expected to be added in the tech industry, government, education, and construction.
- Fort Worth, TX: The five-year job growth rate is 2.6 percent. There are a lot of job prospects with defense contractors and energy companies.
- Seattle, WA: The five-year job growth rate is 1.9 percent. Tech wages are expected to grow as well as the education industry. Boeing continues to be a strong employer.
- San Antonio, TX: The five-year job growth rate is 2.6 percent. There are a lot of gains seen in energy, construction, and the leisure and hospitality sectors.
- Oklahoma City, OK: The five-year job growth rate is 1.7 percent. There's a lot of job growth seen in financial services, hospitality, transportation, and utilities.
- Denver, CO: The five-year job growth rate is 2.1 percent. The financial services, hospitality, and education industries seem to be rebounding.
- San Francisco, CA: The five-year job growth rate is 1.9 percent. This is the perfect city for you if you're looking for a job in the informational technology or professional services industry.
- Salt Lake City, UT: The five-year job growth rate is 1.9 percent. The city is expected to add 60,000 jobs by 2020.
Some athletes aspire for gold not only for the glory of winning an Olympic medal but also for a generous monetary reward. However, for a select few, endorsement deals have already funded their trip to London and then some. According to Forbes, many of the top earning female athletes are Olympians, and whether the gold in their pocket is a result from the gold hanging around their necks or other career accomplishments, these women aren't too concerned with finding work after the 2012 games!
The glamorous lives of celebrities don't come cheap, but thankfully they have their hefty paychecks to pay for their extravagant indulgences. What always amazes me is how much money A-list celebrities in their 20s have the potential to make. Curious to find out who tops the list of the highest-paid Gen Y celebrity? Forbes came out with a list today of young singers and actors who are raking in the most cash. Find out who tops the list.
- She learned how to write her own patent from reading a Barnes and Noble book and she saved $3,000 in legal costs.
- She worked at Disney World for three months and spent eight-hour days buckling customers into a ride.
- She's the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world.
- She has never spent money on advertising.
- She owns 100 percent of the company.
- She went from just having $5,000 in savings when she was 29 to owning a billion-dollar company at the age of 41 today.
- She has her eccentric moments, and her husband describes her as "50 percent Lucille Ball, 50 percent Einstein." Some of her goofiest moments include wearing a boot on one foot and a Christian Louboutin heel on the other in Bloomingdale's, and wearing stretchable candy necklaces and bracelets (bought from a nearby candy store) to the Screen Actors Guild Awards because she left her jewelry at the hotel.
- She witnessed a car run over her best friend when she was only 16, and facing mortality at such a young age has driven her. "I think that when you witness death at age 16, there's a sense of urgency about life," Blakely says. "The thought of my mortality — I think about it a lot. I find it motivating. It can be any time that your number's up."
The Forbes list of 100 most powerful women is out, and this year it was all about global influence and social media. For the fifth time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken the No. 1 spot as the most powerful woman, with White House women Hillary Clinton (2) and Michelle Obama (8) coming in close behind. There were a handful of execs from Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, and Twitter on the list, and the youngest powerful woman is 25-year-old Lady Gaga, who edged out Oprah Winfrey (14) just slightly by ranking 11th. There are big names in the pool, but here are some surprising tidbits on the most well-known women in this year's Forbes list.
Forbes selects candidates within six categories: billionaires, business, lifestyle (including entertainment and fashion), media, nonprofits, and politics. From those categories, each person is ranked upon three metrics: "dollars, a traditional and social media component, and power base points."
Nine women with technology connections made the prestigious list. Find out who they are and their rankings below.
- 5. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook — According to Forbes, Sheryl has helped to grow active Facebook users to represent 11 percent of the world's total population. She is also an outspoken advocate of empowering women in the workforce.
- 6. Melinda Gates, cofounder and cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — A computer scientist in her own right, Melinda Gates now focuses on the foundation named after her and husband. In the last year alone, the organization gave away $2.4 billion in global charitable contributions with an emphasis on immunizations.
- 16. Susan Wojcicki, SVP of Advertising, Google — Dubbed "the most important Googler you've never heard of," Susan was the one to rent her legendary Palo Alto garage to the Google founders. She currently oversees AdWords and mobile advertising products and is responsible for bringing in 96 percent of the company's total revenue.
- 20. Cher Wang, cofounder and chair, HTC; VIA Technologies — As cofounder of Taiwan-based HTC, Cher has grown the company to be the maker of more than out of every five smartphones.
- 37. Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo! — As CEO of the Internet search engine, Carol has made Yahoo! into a leading digital media group with an audience reach over 700 million.
The remaining four most powerful women with a tech focus after the break.
Supermodels live a glamorous lifestyle with their photo shoots around the world, and the lucky beauty elite have salaries that are off the charts as well. It takes a lot to get to the top, so don't dismiss these ladies for their pretty faces.
We're always keen to find out the salaries of the rich and famous, perhaps because we're wondering how these celebrities afford their lavish lifestyles. Let's see how good your guessing skills are! Find out who's the top-earning supermodel in 2010 by taking my quick quiz.Take the Quiz