Instead of fruitlessly endeavouring to curb the excesses of fat-cat pay, perhaps David Cameron and Vince Cable should turn their attention to the world of modelling.
Twenty-two years since Linda Evangelista said, ‘We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day’, the sums earned by supermodels now rival the biggest of bankers’ bonuses.
The money’s in endorsements. Kate Moss has been the face of Rimmel, Balmain, Agent Provocateur, H&M and Burberry (the last two dropped her after her 2005 cocaine scandal), designed her own collections for Topshop in 2007-10 and is currently the face of Mango.
1. Gisele Bündchen (£96m, Brazilian)
Tyra Banks’ £57 million reflects her role as executive producer of America’s Next Top Model, a worldwide TV franchise.
So why is Leonardo DiCaprio’s former girlfriend Gisele Bündchen at the top of the list? Flip-flops.
Her Ipanema line of sandals has been growing since 2001, with over 250 million pairs sold in 2010. She also has a skincare line, Sejaa, and her land holdings in Brazil include a hotel.
2. Tyra Banks (£57m, American)
There is one (former) model whose £743 million fortune dwarfs those of all the others put together. Her name?
Slavica Ecclestone. Her ex-husband may disagree that this amount constitutes earnings. So we left her out.
HERE ARE NUMBERS 3-20…
3. Christie Brinkley (£51m, American) 4. Kate Moss (£50m, British)
5. Heidi Klum (£45m, German)
6. Elle Macpherson (£38m, Australian) 7. Claudia Schiffer (£35m, German)
8. Naomi Campbell (£31m, British)
9. Milla Jovovich (£23m, Ukrainian) 10. Adriana Lima (£22m, Brazilian)
11. Daria Werbowy (£19m, Ukrainian)
12. Helena Christensen (£18m, Danish) 13. Natalia Vodianova (£15m, Russian)
14. Doutzen Kroes (£13m, Dutch) 15. Eva Herzigova (£13m, Czech)
16. Christy Turlington (£11m, American) 17. Linda Evangelista (£11m, Canadian)
18. Cindy Crawford (£11m, American) 19. Carolyn Murphy (£10m, American)
20. Stephanie Seymour (£10m, American)
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