When it comes to staggeringly wealthy models, Brazil's got Gisele and Adriana. The U.S. has Kathy Ireland (yep, the former model has a $2 billion retail empire). But England boasts Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lily Cole and even Natalia Vodianova (they've claimed the Russian model as their own).
England's The Sunday Times revealed these names and more as it prepares to publish its annual Rich List 2012, in which the names of the 1,000 richest people in Britain and the 250 wealthiest in Ireland find their way to the general public. Among those 1,250 names, sixty are 30 years old or younger.
So who in fashion made the cut? The Sunday Times carves out a "Models" category, although many on the list are celebrity spokesmodels like Emma Watson and Keira Knightley. Among the real fashion pros, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley earns a first-time spot with £5 million while model/actress Lily Cole ranks with £8 million. The standout fashion name is Natalia Vodianova, who was born in Russia but now resides in the UK with her £16 million.
Missing from the "Models" list, of course, is Britain's richest fashion couple: the Beckhams. Last year the pair ranked as England's wealthiest celebrity couple with a combined worth of £180 million, mirroring America's wealthiest celebrity couple, also a football-fashion pairing: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady.
The Times noted back in 2011 that the Beckhams' continued success would push their then-£180 million value closer to £200 million in the 2012 Sunday Times Rich List.
In conclusion, marrying a footballer and starting your own line is apparently way more lucrative than posing for covers, runways and fragrance campaigns. Rosie, Natalia and Lily, take note.
The Sunday Times Rich List 2012 will published in full on Sunday, April 29.
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