|Estimated value:||€400 million|
|Country of origin:||England|
|Source of Wealth:||singer|
Pop singer Victoria Beckham, born Adams, rose to fame as “Posh Spice” in the 1990s as a member of the Spice Girls. She is also known for her successful fashion empire and her marriage to former soccer star David Beckham.
Victoria Adams was born in Harlow, Essex, UK in 1974 and grew up in Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire. She is the eldest of three children born to Jacqueline Doreen, a former insurance clerk and hairdresser, and Anthony William Adams, who worked as an electronics engineer. Her parents started an electronics wholesale business, which brought Beckham up in an affluent environment and began taking ballet classes at a young age. After seeing the musical film Fame in 1980, she decided to pursue a musical career. Her parents enrolled her in Jason Theater School. At 17 she pursued her dream of dancing at the Laine Arts Theater College in Surrey. After three years, Beckham moved to London to work as a dancer.
Victoria Beckham’s breakthrough as a singer and dancer came when she answered a casting call for actresses in 1994. From the 400 women who applied, Beckham was chosen to be part of the new pop band Spice Girls. The group’s first single was called “Wannabe” and Beckham collaborated with Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm. The song went to number one in the UK and US and 35 other countries. This was followed by eight more number one singles from their albums “Spice”, “Spiceworld” and “Forever”. Each member of the group was given a nickname by the media, and Beckham was nicknamed “Posh Spice.” After the release of their third album Forever, which charted at number two in the UK but was far less successful than their previous two albums, the Spice Girls stopped producing more songs and focused on their solo careers in view of their foreseeable future. The Spice Girls worked together again in 2007 and 2008 for a series of concerts. In June 2012, they met to announce the production of a musical, Viva Forever!, about the rise and fall of the Spice Girls. In the same year, the group also performed at the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics in London.
Beckham released her self-titled album in 2001. The album was a success, peaking at number ten in the UK. In 2004, Beckham retired from music to focus on her fashion label. Beckham wrote an autobiography in 2001 entitled Learning to Fly. Beckham’s second book, a fashion guide entitled That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between, was published in 2006. Victoria Beckham’s fashion label of the same name was launched in September 2008 and has become a key component of New York Fashion Week. A more affordable label “Victoria by Victoria Beckham” was also established. In 2019, Victoria launched a beauty brand called “Victoria Beckham Beauty”.
In 2000, Beckham invited television audiences into her life with the reality TV program Victoria’s Secrets. Since then, she has had other programs filmed, including Being Victoria Beckham, The Real Beckhams, Victoria Beckham – A Mile In Their Shoes, and Victoria Beckham: Coming to America. She is a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Her anti-fur industry stance drew widespread praise from animal rights groups, including PETA.
The Spice Girls is the best-selling female band of all time, selling over 80 million records worldwide. In 2007 it was reported that Victoria Beckham is the 52nd richest woman in Britain and with husband David the 19th richest person in Britain, with an estimated combined Net Worth of £112m. Her autobiography became a bestseller in the UK after its publication in 2001. In 2010, Beckhams received a nomination for the Do Something With Style Award, an awards show produced by VH1, for her charity work with Save the Children.
“The older you get, the more comfortable you become and accept what you have physically.”
“I am a very dedicated, ambitious, positive person. But I’m also a spiritual person.”
“I’ve always worked hard. I never took success for granted.”
tips for success
“Work hard, stay focused, be thankful and keep going. I’ve been told I’m not capable of much. So if I could do it, so can you.”
“I often say the best advice is to get as much experience as possible in the field you want to work in.”
|Estimated value:||€400 million|