Who is Gisele Bündchen? Her Net Worth, Career, Salary, Life Highlights 2022

By: Mou Mita Das

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This 2022 has been a milestone for supermodel Gisele Bündchen as she opens a new leaf in life as an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a full-time mother to her children. The 41-year-old Brazilian Portuguese model walked on her final runway show in 2015.

She is living life to the fullest in 2022 with new ways to contribute to society. This article will get concise information about Gisele Bündchen’s net worth, career history, and significant life events.

Gisele on Instagram

Early life

Bündchen was born on 20th July 1980 alongside her twin sister Patricia. Her parents raised her alongside Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, Patricia, and Rafaela. This beautiful woman hails from a small town Horizontina in the Rio Grande do Sul. Her father was a sociologist and writer, and her mother was a bank clerk.

Gisele in her younger days

As a child, she had a strong liking for volleyball and even wanted to become a volleyball player as an adult, But destiny had other plans for her and her twin sisters. In 1993, Gisele Bündchen  and her sister Gabriela and Patricia enrolled in a model course under their mother’s guidance. Her mother’s goal was to teach the girls some confidence and better posture in public. After the course ended, Gisele went vacationing in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba.

Gisele’s trip to Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro became a turning point in her life. An Elite Model Management agent scouted her at a shopping mall and recruited her. Under this agency, she participated in ELITE Model Look and won the place of runner-up in that national contest. After this win, Gisele never looked back. In 1995, she relocated to Sao Paulo for better modelling projects and made her runway debut at the 1996 New York Fashion Week.

Gisele on her Initial days of modelling career

Rising career

After her former debut, she went on to walk for renowned designers, including Valentino Ralph Luren, Versace, Chloe, Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and others. Gisele Bündchen  has also featured on the cover pages of Vogue Paris, British Vogue.

In 19976, Bündchen auditioned for 43 global fashion shows but was selected for only two international shows.

Gisele was one of the few supermodels who had the capability of walking with dignity and style, even with high heels! In 1998, Alexander McQueen selected her for their ready-to-wear fashion show “Rain” solely because of her incredible abilities.

The follwing year, Gisele got global fame when she appeared on the July cover of American Vogue with supermodels like Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer. In the same year, she again appeared in the December American Vogue cover feature.

Gisele in an American vogue cover

She added a new feature to her hat when Rolling Stone awarded her the title of “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” in 2000. In the same year, she also graced their magazine cover.

With so many soaring demands, Bündchen decided to further her international modelling career. She left Elite Modeling Management and became a model with MIG models, one of the tip agencies of that time.

In 2000, Gisele Bündchen  debuted as one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels. She continued to be the face of the luxury lingerie brand till 2007.

During a 2000 Victoria’s secret Angels show, she walked wearing the $15 million Red Hot Fantasy Bra from Victoria’s Secret, the most expensive Lingerie in the world. She again wore a $12.5 million USB worth Fantasy Bra in 2005.

Gisele wearing the Fantasy Bra

In 2010, she graced the American Vogue cover for the eleventh time. The July 2011 Brazilian Vogue magazine became their highest selling issue in the next year, only because Gisele Bündchen was on the cover page.

Gisele on Brazilian Vogue

Chanel No 5 made her their brand ambassador for 2014 and 2015. She was prominently featured in Chanel’s national and internal advertising campaigns.

In 2015, Gisele Bündchen  retired from her twenty-year career with a ramp walk on Sao Paolo Weekm in Brazil. Till 2015, Gisele Bündchen has walked for 800 global runway shows and has appeared on 2000 magazine covers and 3500 magazine featurettes.

Gusele on her last ramp walk

Even after formal retirement she graced the 2016 Rio Olympic opening ceremony like a true diva, with style and beauty!

Gisele on 2016 Rio Olympics

Gisele Bündchen  is also the inventor of a unique catwalk style of walking with extra momentum by keeping her knee in a high position and kicking her feet during a step. This style has since become famous throughout the world.

 Acting career

Do you know that Gisele also had a short but eventful career in acting? She debuted with the 2004 film “Taxi”. Her most recognizable role is of Selena, from the 20006 classic Devil Wears Prada.

She also appeared in the documentaries Coracao Vagabundo(2008), Mademoiselle C.(2013), Tom vs Time(2018) and Kiss the Ground(2020) as herself.

Gisele Bündchen, an entrepreneur

Besides her decades-spanning modelling career, Gisele is also a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist.

She is the owner of the luxury Brazilian hotel chain Hotel Palladium Executive. With Brazilian footwear brand Grendene, Gisele has released a special sandal collection, “Ipanema”.

Her book “My Path to a Meaningful Life” became a New York Times Bestseller in 2018 and became the best-selling Brazilian Book in the same year.

She released an eco-friendly and sustainable skincare line named SeJaa Pure Skincare in 2011.

What is Gisele doing at this moment?

Gisele is currently busy with the Luz Foundation, which offers empowerment to young women through different self-esteem building and professional courses. She was also hailed as one of the hottest supermodels during the previous era. Gisele has undoubtedly got a lot of praises, exclusive projects and considerable wealth.

She also is working with DraftKings, a unique platform dedicated to fantasy sports. This platform named Gisele Bündchen  their CEO in 2022 with a unique mission: plant 100 million trees on the Earth Day of 2022. DraftKing Co-founder Jason Robins announced her inclusion in the company by statement – “Gisele Bündchen is a global icon who has utilized the platform she established in modelling, fashion, and entertainment, to lead and advocate for vital environmental and social causes. I believe that the strategic counsel and uniquely global perspective that Gisele brings to me and the board will be indispensable.”

She also actively participates in the Projector Agua Limpa(Clean Water Project), offering a sustainable water management system to Brazil since 2009.  

She has also worked as a UN goodwill ambassador since 2009 to work and raise awareness throughout Africa on different issues.

Gisele Bündchen  Net worth

She was hailed as the last supermodel in the fashion world. In 2015, she became the highest earned model of the year. In 2016, Forbes named her the highest-earning model in the world.

She landed a contract with the Victoria’s Secret Angels for $25 million in 2000.

With so many consignments and brand contracts under her kitty, Gisel has amassed a $400 million fortune. She is more affluent than her husband. Her wealth continues to grow with time.

Besides that, she also co-owns the $250 million fortune of her husband, Tom Brady, the famous NFL player.

Personal Life of Gisele Bündchen

Before her marriage, Gisele Bündchen  had a few relationships. She dated Leonardo Di Caprio from 2000 to 2005. She ended this relationship when she found that their lifestyle did not match.

Gisele Bündchen  has been married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady since 2009. The couple met through familiar friends, and their blind date tied their future together. On 26trh February 2009, the couple tied the knot in a Santa Monica Catholic Church in California. They had a second wedding ceremony in Costa Rica.

Gisele and Tom on their wedding

The couple has a son Benjamin Rein(age 13), and a daughter Vivian Lake(age 10). She also has a stepson from Brady’s previous marriage with Bridget Moynahan. As a dutiful mother she raises the three with care, love and dedication. She often shares pictures with her family on social media. Besides that, she also attends Tom’s matches with their three children.

Gisele and Tom with their three children

The family of four lives together as a tight-knit family, and Gisele has decided to raise her children as a full-time mother with a vegan and sustainable lifestyle.

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