Brazilian-born and raised model Gisele Bündchen has a net worth of $250 million. Intending a career as a professional volleyball player, Bündchen's plans dramatically changed after being discovered by a modeling agency when she was just thirteen years old. After competing in several modeling competitions, Bündchen made the move to New York City where she officially launched her career in modeling during the 1996 Fashion Week at just sixteen years old. She has been hired as the image of many multi-million dollar fashion campaigns, advertising for designers such as Versace, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Christian Dior and Victoria's Secret. Non-apparel advertising campaigns include Nivea lotion, Credicard (Brazilian version of Citibank), Volkswagons do Brazil, Ebel (luxury Swiss watches), and Apple Inc. Bündchen has appeared on the cover of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, W, among numerous international fashion magazines. Non-fashion related magazine covers include Rolling Stones, Esquire, GQ, and has been featured in Forbes, Newsweek, and Time magazines. A businesswoman in her own right, Bündchen launched a line of designer sandals, Impanema, under the Brazilian footwear company Grendene and owns Brazilian hotel Palladium Executive. Bündchen has also contributed to many humanitarian causes, including I am African campaign, (Product) Red, Zero Hunger, as well as raising money for St. Jude Children's Hospital Research, and Hurricane Katrina relief. For her efforts to preserve the rainforests and promote reforestation, Bündchen has been dubbed a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.
Gisele is married to NFL pro quarterback Tom Brady.