Mossimo Giannulli Net Worth
|Net Worth:||$70 Million|
What is Mossimo Giannulli's net worth?
Mossimo Giannulli is an American fashion designer who has a net worth of $70 million. With his wife Lori Loughlin, he has a combined net worth of $100 million. Mossimo Giannulli is the founder of the fashion house that bears his name, Mossimo.
In March 2019 Mossimo and Lori were arrested as part of the infamous college bribery scandal known as Operation Varsity Blues. Mossimo and Lori both eventually pleaded guilty and served prison terms.
Mossimo Giannulli was born to an Italian family in Los Angeles on June 4, 1963. His birth name was actually spelled "Massimo". He changed the spelling and pronunciation to "Mossimo" in first grade after a teacher suggested it would be easier pronounced. He was raised in Encino, California.
After high school Mossimo attended the University of Southern California for three years before dropping out in 1987. He dropped out to focus full-time on the clothing line he had founded, "Mossimo", a year earlier on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California. He founded the surf/lifestyle clothing brand with $100,000 borrowed from his father. During the first year of operation, Mossimo the brand generated $1 million in revenue. The following year it earned $4 million.
Over the years, his business eventually added a wide range of products like sweatshirts, knits and sweaters, as well as women's clothes and men's tailored suits. After almost a decade in business, Mossimo, Inc. had turned into a multi-million dollar sportswear and accessories company. At its peak, the brand was sold in 1,700 stores within the US, and with around 600 international stores worldwide.
By 1996, the company was earning $76 million per year and generating $12 million in profits. This same year the company went public. After its first day of trading upon the IPO, Mossimo Giannulli's net worth (pretax, on paper) was $275 million. He owned 73% of the company.
At its peak as a public company, Mossimo Giannulli's paper net worth was $500 million as his company's stock hit an all-time high of $50 per share.
Unfortunately, by 1998 shares in his company dropped 90% to $4.75, bringing Mossimo's stake down to $50 million. This happened as a result of over expansion into upscale clothing which disenfranchised his original fans while also not attracting new high-end customers.
The expansion proved to be costly and perhaps rash. In subsequent years the company lost tens of millions of dollars. After the company's growth began to decline and expenses soared, the stock price eventually hit a low of $4.75. Mossimo Giannulli eventually sold the company to Iconix Brand Group and today the clothes are sold exclusively at Target.
Mossimo Gianulli married "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin in 1997. They met in 1995 when she was still married to entertainment executive Michael R. Burns. Her divorce from Burns was official in 1996. Together they have two daughters, Isabella Rose and social media star Olivia Jade.
College Bribery Arrest
On March 12, 2019 the FBI raided Mossimo and Lori's Bel Air home in connection to a college bribery scam. Lori and Mossimo allegedly paid $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California under the guise that they were recruited to the rowing team.
Ahead of what was certainly going to be an excruciating and expensive trial that could have resulted in 10+ year prison sentences, Lori and Mossimo ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. The terms of their plea called for Lori to serve two months in prison and pay a $150,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service. Mossimo agreed to serve five months in prison, pay a $250,000 fine and complete 250 hours of community service. They will both serve two years of supervised release.
Lori and Mossimo's Real Estate
From 2015 to 2020 Lori and Mossimo's primary residence was a large walled and gated mansion in Bel Air, California on the grounds of the Bel Air Country Club. The couple purchased the house for $14 million in 2015 and proceeded to spend millions on upgrades and renovations. At one point they listed the mansion for sale for an eye-popping $35 million, but they didn't get any takers. They lowered the asking price to $28.7 million but eventually had to settle for $18 million. The buy was Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen.
They sold the home just a few weeks after being forced to resign from the Bel-Air Country Club after several prominent club members complained about allowing convicted felons to remain as members.
They previously lived in a large Beverly Hills mansion which they sold in 2015 for $18 million. Prior to that they lived in a different home in Bel Air, which was sold in 2018 (by a different owner) for $40 million. The couple also previously owned a home in Aspen, Colorado, which they sold in July 2015 for $7.6 million.
They previously owned a home in Laguna Beach's exclusive gated community Emerald Bay. Emerald Bay is considered the Malibu of Orange County. They acquired the property in 1997 for $1.36 million. They first tried to sell the property in 2008 for $12.99 million. A year later, after the real estate market collapsed, they tried to sell for $8.5 million. A year later they accepted $4.1 million.
In August 2020, Lori and Mossimo paid $9.5 million for a newly-constructed 12,000 square-foot home in Hidden Hills, California set on 1.6 acres. Lori's "Full House" husband/co-star John Stamos lives in the same private community.
In September 2021 Lori and Mossimo paid $13 million for a 9,000 square-foot home in the exclusive La Quinta, California gated community, the Madison Club.
Mossimo Giannulli Net Worth Milestones
- Mossimo dropped out of USC after less than a year to launch his clothing company with a $100,000 loan from his father. His vision was to launch a beachwear brand much like the then-dominant Stussy. He plastered what would eventually become the company's iconic "M" logo on volleyball shorts and t-shirts. In the early 90s, Stussy perfected the strategy of limited releases which made customers feel like they were in a special club. This strategy allowed the company to build hype to a point where by 1991 Stussy's revenue was $24m. Mossimo followed that strategy perfectly in the early days.
- After one year in business, Mossimo profited $1m. After year two, he profited $4m thanks to an expansion into woven sweaters, sweatshirts and more. By 1992 Mossimo was doing $32 million per year in revenue.
- The company went public in 1996. By this point Mossimo had 300 employees and was doing $70 million per year in revenue. At the time Mossimo Giannulli was 32 years old which made him the youngest CEO of a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. After the IPO, Mossimo Giannulli's net worth (pretax, on paper) was $275 million thanks to his 73% ownership stake.
- At its peak as a public company, Mossimo traded at $50 a share. At that level, Mossimo's stake was worth $500 million.
- Unfortunately, by 1998 shares in his company dropped 90% to $4.75, bringing Mossimo's stake down to $50 million. This happened as a result of over expansion into upscale clothing which disenfranchised his original fans while also not attracting new high-end customers.
- In 2000, Mossimo struck a deal with Target that paid him $8.5 million per year in royalties for three years.
- In 2006, the company was sold to Iconix Brand Group for $135 million in cash and debt absorption