Last Updated: April 23, 2024
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$4 Million
Nov 3, 1949 (74 years old)
5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
Magazine editor, Journalist
United Kingdom
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Dame Anna Wintour CH DBE is an American magazine editor and fashion news icon. Anna Wintour has a net worth of $50 million. Her annual salary as editor-in-chief of "Vogue" is $4 million. She is considered one of the most influential figures in the fashion industry. She served as the iconic (albeit not very flattering) inspiration for the popular novel and movie "The Devil Wears Prada." Wintour was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2017 and a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in 2023.

Early Life

Anna Wintour was born on November 3, 1949, in Hampstead, London. Her career began in the world of fashion before moving into journalism, largely at the behest of her parents. Her father, Charles Wintour, was the editor of the "London Evening Standard" for nearly two decades. Her parents were married for close to forty years and had four children together before divorcing in 1979. Sadly, Anna's older brother Gerald died in a car accident when they were children. Wintour attended North London Collegiate School and started dating older, well-connected men in her teens. Anna's father arranged her first job for her, at Bib boutique, when she was 15.

Early Career

Anna left North London Collegiate and began a training program at Harrods while taking fashion classes at a nearby school. In 1970, Wintour was hired on as an editorial assistant for the new "Harper's & Queen" fashion magazine. Even at this early stage of her career, she divulged to coworkers that she had the desire to edit "Vogue" (a desire that would grow to be fulfilled nearly 20 years later.) After many disagreements with her rival, Min Hogg, Anna quit the magazine and moved to New York with her boyfriend, Jon Bradshaw.

At home in her new country, Anna started working as a junior fashion editor at "Harper's Bazaar" in 1975. However, she was fired after just nine months for trying to put forth daring, risque, and innovative shoots. A few months later, she got her first position at "Viva" as a fashion editor. However, the magazine shut down due to being unprofitable in 1978. Wintour took time off work and broke up with Bradshaw, starting a new relationship with French record producer Michel Estaban. For two years, she would divide her time between Paris and New York. Wintour returned to work in 1980 and became the fashion editor for New York. Anna finally got her chance to work for "Vogue" when Alex Liberman, editorial director for Conde Nast (the publisher of "Vogue"), clued Anna in about a position there in 1983. Wintour got the position and immediately doubled her salary when she became the magazine's first creative director. In 1985, Anna obtained her first editorship when she took over the UK edition of "Vogue" after Beatrix Miller retired. She replaced much of the staff and exerted more control over the magazine than previous editors had, which earned her the nickname "Nuclear Wintour."

In 1987, Conde Nast requested Wintour take over "House & Garden," whose readership was flailing and lagging behind Architectural Digest. She did indeed make sweeping changes: canceling $2 million worth of photo spreads and articles in her first week and packing so much fashion onto the pages that it earned the nickname "House & Garment." Ten months later, Anna Wintour became the editor of U.S. "Vogue."

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Wintour again introduced sweeping changes to "Vogue" from her first issue forward. Many of these changes could be seen right on the cover. Anna favored more naturalistic photography of lesser-known models outside, as opposed to the tight headshots the magazine had previously favored. Additionally, Wintour's first "Vogue" cover was also the first to feature a model wearing jeans, with the added bonus of wearing a bejeweled T-shirt valued at around $10,000.

By the 2000s, Anna had solidified her grasp on Vogue's artistic direction and had become a household name. The September 2004 issue was the largest issue of a monthly magazine ever published at that time, sitting at a whopping 832 pages. Wintour oversaw the introduction of three magazine spinoffs: "Teen Vogue," "Vogue Living," and "Men's Vogue." "Teen Vogue" has gone on to become an extremely popular entity, earning more advertiser revenue than either "Elle Girl" or "Cosmo Girl."

In 2003, Lauren Weisberger, Anna's former assistant, published the book "The Devil Wears Prada," and the character Miranda Priestly was believed by many to have been based on Wintour. A film adaptation was released in 2006, and it transformed her image into a cultural icon versus just a public figure. Rumors began to fly in 2008 that Wintour had lost her touch and was set to retire, but she disputed that rumor during a "60 Minutes" profile. In 2013, Conde Nast announced that Anna would be taking the position of artistic director while still remaining at "Vogue." In 2014, Wintour was named by "Forbes" magazine as the 39th most powerful woman in the world. That same year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art named its Costume Institute complex after Wintour, with First Lady Michelle Obama opening. In May 2017, Wintour was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace for her contributions to fashion journalism. Under Wintour, "Vogue" has continued to be one of the pillars of fashion journalism.

Personal Life

Anna was married to David Shaffer from 1984 to 1999. They have two children: Charles (b. 1985) and Katherine (b. 1987). Katherine, also known as Bee, wrote columns for "The Daily Telegraph" in 2006 but has said she has no desire to follow her mother into the fashion world. Wintour married business investor Shelby Bryan in 2004.

Anna is involved with many charities. She serves as a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she organizes benefits that have raised over $50 million. Wintour started the CFDA "Vogue" Fund in order to mentor and support unknown fashion designers. Wintour has raised over $10 million for AIDS charities since 1990. She resides in Greenwich Village.

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