Last Updated: May 5, 2024
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Net Worth:
$600 Thousand
Jul 15, 1963 (60 years old)
6 ft (1.85 m)
Actor, Singer, Model, Presenter, Musician
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What Is Brigitte Nielsen's Net Worth?

Brigitte Nielsen is a Danish actress, model, and television personality who has a net worth of $600 thousand. Brigitte Nielsen is probably just as well known for her marriage to actor Sylvester Stallone and relationship with rapper Flavor Flav as she is for her modeling and acting credits.

Early Life

Brigitte Nielsen was born Gitte Nielsen on July 15, 1963, in Rødovre, Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the daughter of Hanne, a librarian, and Svend Nielsen, an engineer.

Acting and Modeling Career

Nielsen, over six feet tall, began her modeling career working for Greg Gorman and Helmut Newton in the beginning of the '80s. She posed for "Playboy" several times and even posed for the cover in December 1987. In the late '80s, Marvel Comics approached her to pose for photographs dressed as the comic book character She-Hulk, and the world press nicknamed her "Amazon" due to her tall stature.

Several years later, Brigitte made her acting debut in the 1985 films "Red Sonja" and "Rocky IV." She later starred with then-husband Sylvester Stallone in the 1986 film "Cobra." She played Karla Fry in "Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987), co-starring Eddie Murphy, and played the Dark Witch in the Italian TV Series "Cave of the Golden Rose" between 1992 and 1996. She appeared in Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" and Austrian Rock Star Falco's "Body Next to Body" music videos. In 1997, Nielsen hosted a talk show series for a Davis TV network called "Gittes venner" and appeared in other Danish TV shows and in commercials in the late '90s. In 2003, she was on the Danish version of "Big Brother" alongside her former mother-in-law Jackie Stallone. Brigitte appeared on season one of the Italian TV show "The Mole" in 2004 and also appeared on season three of VH1's "The Surreal Life." In 2006, Nielsen guest-starred on "Flavor of Love." In 2007, she starred in the British mockumentary "Killing Brigitte Nielsen," which premiered on the Sky Travel network. In 2008, she appeared on the reality show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," which depicted her and several other celebrities dealing with recovery from drug and alcohol addiction at a Pasadena rehab clinic.

In May 2008, Nielsen revealed on German television that she would be having six plastic surgeries in order to "renew" her body and that it would cost €66,000 altogether (over $77,000 USD.) She was filmed during the surgeries by the German TV network RTL and had her own show called "Aus alt mach neu – Brigitte Nielsen in der Promi-Beauty-Klinik." The show was also broadcast in Italy under the name "Celebrity Makeover: Brigitte Nielsen" on Sky Italia. In 2010, Brigitte appeared as a celebrity contestant on two French reality shows.

In 2011, Nielsen did voice work for the Danish animated comedy "Ronal the Barbarian." The next year, she appeared in the horror flick "Eldorado" and was a celebrity contestant and winner of the German version of "I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!" In 2013, she was featured in the short film "The Key." In 2014, Brigitte starred in the science-fiction film "Exodus," the TV series "Raising Hope," and the action film "Mercenaries." In 2015, Nielsen began hosting her own talk show, "Gitte Talks," on the Danish TV channel Kana 4. Since August 2016, she has been a presenter for the German dating show "Wirt Sucht Liebe." In 2017, she joined the cast of the TV series "Gods and Secrets." In 2018, Brigitte reprised her "Rocky IV" role of Ludmilla Drago in "Creed II."

Brigitte Nielsen

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Music Career

Nielsen started a music career in 1987 when she released her debut album, "Every Body Tells a Story," and recorded a duet that same year with Austrian pop star "Falco," which reached #22 in Germany and #6 in Austria. Her follow-up album, "I'm the One…Nobody Else," was released in 1991. She has released some songs under the pseudonym "Gitta" because producers wanted to see if she could find success as a singer without her real, famous name on the cover. The first song she released as Gitta was "No More Turning Back," and it peaked at #54 on the British Single Charts.

Personal Life

Brigitte is fluent in Danish, English, German, and Italian, with some understanding of French.

Nielsen's first husband was Kasper Winding. They were married from 1983 to 1984 and they have one son, Julian Winding, whom Brigitte has had little contact with.

Perhaps her most publicized relationship was her marriage to Sylvester Stallone in December 1985. They were engaged during the filming of 1985's "Rocky IV." Their marriage ended in an also highly-publicized divorce in July 1987. They had no children. Her second child, Killian Marcus Gastineau, was born in 1989 and was fathered by her ex-fiance Mark Gastineau. Nielsen was married to director and photographer Sebastian Copeland from 1990 to 1992. Brigitte had two sons with her fourth husband, Raoul Meyer. In 2005, she had a highly publicized relationship with rapper Flavor Flav.

Nielsen married Mattia Dessi in July 2006. In June 2018, Brigitte gave birth to her fifth child at the age of 54.

Nielsen checked herself into a rehab facility in North Hollywood in July 2007, and reports surfaced quickly that there had been a family intervention. Her manager, Steven Tempone, publicly confirmed that she had checked herself in. She was out a week and a half later to attend the Comedy Central roast of "Flavor Flav." In addition to appearing on "Celebrity Rehab" for alcoholism, "TV Guide" aired her success story with sobriety, and it was confirmed in 2010 that she was sober and had quit smoking.

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