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Since rumors of her divorce from Tom Brady, fans have wondered about Gisele Bündchen’s net worth and what’s at stake if they separate. We’ll explain that later, but let’s just say that one of their net worths is way more than the other.
Bündchen—who is one of five sisters—was discovered by Elite Model Management at a shopping mall in São Paulo, Brazil in 1994. At the time, Bündchen, who grew up in Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil, wanted to be a volleyball player but took a modeling class with her sisters Patricia and Gabriela in hopes that it would correct her posture. After she was scouted by Elite, Bündchen was selected as a contestant for a national contest with the agency known as Look of the Year. She placed second in the competition and moved to São Paulo at the age of 14 to start her modeling career. In 1996, Bündchen walked in her first show in New York Fashion Show, and the success continued from there.
In the next few years, Bündchen went on to model for designers like Alexander McQueen, Missoni, Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Versace. She also covered fashion magazines like Vogue Paris and British Vogue. In 1999, Bündchen left Elite and signed a new contract with IMG Models. That same year, Bündchen posed for her first American Vogue cover alongside supermodels like Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer. In 2000, Bündchen made her debut as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. She worked with the brand until her retirement as an angel in 2007.
In her 20-plus years in the fashion industry, Bündchen also worked with brands like Chanel No. 5 and Pantene, and starred in films like 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada. With all of her success, fans around the world want to know how much is Gisele Bündchen’s net worth and what’s at stake if she divorces Tom Brady. Read on to see what we know about Gisele Bündchen’s net worth.
What was Gisele Bündchen’s Victoria’s Secret salary?
Bündchen walked in her first show as a Victoria’s Secret angel in 2000. She worked with the brand for almost a decade until her retirement and final runaway show as an angel in 2007. According to Forbes, the model signed a five-year contract with Victoria’s Secret in 2000 for $25 million. At her first fashion show with the brand in 2000, Bündchen wore Victoria’s Secret’s $15 million Fantasy Bra, which is listed in the Guinness World Records as one of the most expensive pieces of lingerie ever made. Bündchen wore the Fantasy Bra again in 2005. The bra was worth $12.5 million, which is the second most expensive bra the brand has made.
What is Gisele Bündchen’s net worth?
The question everyone wants to know: What is Gisele Bündchen’s net worth? Well, according to Celebrity Net Worth, Gisele Bündchen’s net worth is $400 million, which is almost double what her husband Tom Brady is worth. (The site reports that Brady is worth $250 million and has a $30 million salary from the NFL.) Fans shouldn’t be too surprised by Bündchen’s net worth as she was named by Forbes as the highest paid model in the world for the 14th year in a row in 2016, beating models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid at the time. Of course, Bündchen’s net worth comes from multi-million-dollar contracts with brands like Pantene, Chanel, Victoria’s Secret and Carolina Herrera, as well as partnerships with companies like Arezzo shoes and SkyTV in her native Brazil.
In 2011, the model launched her own eco-friendly skin care line, Sejaa Pure Skincare
, which also added to her net worth, according to Forbes. Seven years later, in 2018, Bündchen published her first memoir, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, which became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Needless to say, all of these projects add to Bündchen’s net worth.
In an interview with Elle in 2022, Gisele opened up about how she took a break from her modeling career to support Tom and their children. “I’ve done my part, which is [to] be there for [Brady]. I moved to Boston, and I focused on creating a cocoon and a loving environment for my children to grow up in and to be there supporting him and his dreams,” she said. “Seeing my children succeed and become the beautiful little humans that they are, seeing [Brady] succeed, and being fulfilled in his career—it makes me happy. At this point in my life, I feel like I’ve done a good job on that.” Gisele also told Elle at the time that, now that her children are older, she plans to get back to her career. “I have a huge list of things that I have to do, that I want to do. At 42, I feel more connected with my purpose,” she said.
Still, Gisele didn’t regret the time she spent with her children and explained she was “so grateful” to have been a part of “really shaping who [her kids] are as people.” “I feel very fulfilled in that way, as a mother and as a wife,” she said. “And now it’s going to be my turn. It’s not like I’m going to be in the valley forever.” Gisele also told Elle that she wished Tom was “more present” in her children’s lives. “Obviously, I have my concerns—this is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” she said of her then-husband. “I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too.”
In Tom’s 2021 documentary Man in the Arena, Gisele also explained that she chose to take a “back seat” in her career so that Tom could focus on his. “I want him to be very fulfilled. I felt like very fulfilled in my career, so I felt like I was okay to kind of take the back seat, and I wanted him to have all the room that he needed to perform at his best because I knew that he wasn’t going to be happy if he didn’t,” she said. Tom, for his part, told producers of the documentary, which aired a year before his and Gisele’s divorce, about how he and his then-wife were able to overcome so many “ups and downs.” “We found each other at the right time. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs together, and in so many ways, that’s kind of built our relationship so strong,” he said.
What was Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady’s divorce settlement?
What was Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady’s divorce settlement? Page Six reported in October 2022 that Brady and Bündchen had hired divorce lawyers after their separation following a fight over Brady’s unretirement from the NFL and his decision to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers three months after announcing he was done with football. “I never actually thought this argument would be the end of them, but it looks like it is,” a source told Page Six at the time. “I don’t think there will be any coming back now. They both have lawyers and are looking at what a split will entail, who gets what and what the finances will be.”
A source also told People at the time that Brady was “trying to figure out what to do” after he learned Bündchen had hired a divorce lawyer. A source also told Us Weekly at the time that Bündchen—who was “living apart” from Brady when she hired her divorce lawyer and had been “at odds” with her husband for months—was waiting for him to make a “big gesture” after he learned her thoughts about divorce were serious. “Gisele is waiting for Tom to make a big gesture of support to her,” the insider said. TMZ reported at the time that Tom and Gisele reached an agreement on their shared property and child custody. Though the settlement will remain confidential, a source told People that the couple agreed on joint custody of their children. “The settlement is all worked out,”the insider said. “They’ve been working on the terms this whole time.” The source added, “They agreed to joint custody of the kids.”
A source told Radar Online in June 2022, that those close to Gisele encouraged her to update her prenup with Tom months before the couple separated. “The current prenup is pretty ironclad and lists how everything will be divided should they break up, but it needs to be updated and it can be if both parties agree,” the insider said at the time. The source continued, “Gisele is rich in her own right, but her friends are telling her she’d be nuts not to revise their prenup and she’s likely to listen to them.”
Attorney Sue Moss with Chemtob Moss Forman & Beyda LLP, who is not connected to the couple, also told People in October 2022 that Bündchen and Brady’s different incomes could make their divorce complicated. “The big challenge for him is everything will be determined at the height of his income, because to get him to come back, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to come up with a lot of cash — and that is the baseline for determining the support in this case,” Moss said. “At the beginning, Gisele was earning more than him, and he kept on winning and his income got more and more substantial and it outgrew hers. And because of the timing, the case will be determined based upon the height of earnings.”
Divorce attorney Jacqueline Newman of Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP, who is also not connected to the couple, also speculated to People that Brady and Bündchen signed a prenuptial agreement because of their high net worths. “People of this magnitude of wealth don’t generally get married without a document that’s going to dictate what’s going to happen if it doesn’t run its course,” Newman said. “My guess is that a lot of this is already worked out. So, there’s probably a prenuptial agreement that’s going to dictate a lot of this, but if there are some properties that were purchased while they were married — marital residences — there may be fights about that.” Newman continued, “There probably were assets that were acquired during the marriage, so there may be squabbles about that to say the least. That said, I think they are going to settle this, assuming they go forward with it — outside of the press.”
At the time they hired divorce lawyers, Brady and Bündchen owned at least four: a house at the Yellowstone Resort in Montana, a $3.5 million apartment in New York City, a home in Costa Rica; and the $17 million mansion tin Miami’s Indian Creek Island. While Brady and Bündchen’s finances are complicated, Newman speculated at the time that custody of their children could be more if an issue. “It really does seem that [Bündchen] has dedicated her life to these children,” Newman said. “I’m sure he is dedicated to the children, but he travels a lot. He’s not involved as much in the day to day. She may want more stability for them.” Newman continued, “The worst thing they could do is pull their kids through a custody battle.”
For more about Gisele Bündchen, read her memoir, Lessons. The New York Times bestseller takes readers through the supermodel’s career and life, from her childhood in south Brazil with five sisters to when she was scouted by a modeling scout at the age of 14 in São Paulo. In the book, which has also been described as “a work of great openness and vulnerability,” Bündchen, who had dreams of becoming a professional volleyball player or a veterinarian before she became a supermodel, also dives into the Brazil native’s 25-plus career in the fashion industry, from her appearance in Alexander McQueen’s rain-soaked runway show in 1998 to her 400-plus ad campaigns, 1,200 magazine covers and 470 fashion shows. Lessons also tells the love story between Bündchen and Tom Brady, her marriage with the NFL quarterback and the trials and tribulations they faced as a family.
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