|Estimated value:||€90 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||model|
Heidi Klum is a German model, presenter and entrepreneur. She has lived in the USA since 1993 and holds US citizenship.
Heidi Klum was born in Bergisch-Gladbach in North Rhine-Westphalia, where she also spent her childhood. She still has a very close relationship with her parents Günther and Erna, who have always supported her since she was a child. Heidi Klum graduated from the local comprehensive school in Bergisch-Gladbach.
Heidi Klum’s career began in 1992 by taking part in the RTL talent show “Model ’92”. The TV show was created in cooperation with the New York model agency Metropolitan, the women’s magazine “Petra” and “Gottschalk Late Night”, a late-night talk show with moderator Thomas Gottschalk. Against 25,000 competitors, Heidi Klum prevailed in the show’s competition. She won a three-year model contract and $300,000. Just one year later, the Bergisch-Gladbach native moved to the USA for the benefit of her early career, where she still lives today. In 1998 she made her breakthrough as a sought-after model and advertising face. Heidi Klum adorned the covers of internationally renowned magazines such as “Vogue” or “Elle”. For years, Heidi Klum acted as an advertising face for companies such as the confectionery company “Katjes”, “Coca Cola”, “Astor” or “McDonalds”. The German model’s name became part of the brand name on many of the products she promoted, including a perfume, clothing, and her own variety of rose, which was dubbed the “Heidi-Klum-Rose.” She also appeared increasingly on television. In 2004, Klum’s first television show “Project Runway” began, in which Heidi Klum acted not only as a presenter, but also as a jury member and producer. Occasionally, the German model also appeared as an actress. She had a few guest appearances in well-known TV shows such as “Sex and the City”, “Malcolm Mittendrin” or “Desperate Housewives”. In Germany, too, Heidi Klum was increasingly in the spotlight with her own casting show “Germany’s next top model”, which she moderated and co-produced.
In 1998, Heidi Klum’s career breakthrough came when she made the cover of Sports Illustrated, a highly respected magazine in the United States. This is how she rose to the supermodel league and worked alongside other top models such as Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bundchen. Since then, the German model has worked for the well-known underwear label “Victoria’s Secret” for years and is one of the main advertising media there. In 2008, Heidi Klum was one of the 15 highest paid models in the world according to the Forbes list. She won an Emmy in 2013 for hosting the TV show Project Runway. Klum received a Bambi twice (2003 and 2015) in the “Fashion” category. At the AboutYou Awards in 2019 she received the “Special Award – Business Achievement”.
“Success is like a ravenous animal, always looking for food.”
“Not everyone has to have swum with sharks. But sometimes you have to jump over your own shadow to learn something you’ll never forget. Overcoming your own fears.”
“You can’t wait for other people to create special moments for you. Create your own memories!”
“I’m someone who keeps getting back up, even in the face of setbacks. I have a survival instinct. I’m not sure where that came from, but probably from all the little things that make you who you are.”
“I think it’s important to put those around you and yourself in a positive state – by that I mean surround yourself with positive people. Not the kind of person who is negative and jealous of everything you do.”
Heidi Klum’s father Günther is still her manager today and also manages other stars with his own agency “One Eins”. Due to her big breakthrough and success in the United States, Heidi Klum is repeatedly referred to in the media as the “German girl miracle”.
|Estimated value:||€90 million|