Christie Brinkley Net Worth
Christie Brinkley net worth: Christy Brinkley is an American model, entrepreneur and actress who has a net worth of $100 million. Christie first became internationally famous in the 1970s as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. She eventually went on to become one of the most-successful and highest-paid models in the world.
Early Life: Christie Brinkley was born Christie Lee Hudson on February 2, 1954 in Monroe, Michigan. She moved to Los Angeles when she was young and her mother eventually re-married television writer Donald Brinkley. Donald eventually adopted Christie and her brother Greg. That is how she became Christie Brinkley. The family grew up in Malibu and Brentwood where she attended high school at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles.
After graduation she moved to Paris to study art in 1973. She was discovered in 1973 by American photographer Errol Sawyer in a post office. He took her first modeling pictures and introduced her to John Casablancas of Elite Model Management agency in Paris. She quickly booked modeling work.
Brinkley appeared on three consecutive "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue" covers (1979, 1980, and 1981) – the first time that had happened. Brinkley is one of the most famous models of all time. Instantly recognizable, she spend 25 years as the face of Cover Girl and in the 1970s and 1980s her face was everywhere—on magazine covers, commercials, in ads, on billboards. However, Christie's fortune does not come from modeling as much as it does from a number of savvy real estate investments she has made in the Hamptons. Christie also hosts infomercials and has had a steady stream of endorsements over the years, continuing to model even at age 60.
Personal Life: Christie has been married four times. She was married to singer Billy Joel from 1985 to 1994. They had one child together, a daughter named Alexa Ray Joel who is a pop singer. She was married to real estate developer Richard Taubman from 1994 to 1995. This marriage produced one child. She was then married to architect Peter Cook from 1996 to 2008. They had one child together.
Real Estate: Surprisingly, the majority of Christie's net worth does not come from her modeling career. Brinkley has made a number of extremely wise real estate investments over the years. She has primarily invested in property in the ultra exclusive New York beach town of The Hamptons. Her portfolio of real estate is easily worth $60 million or more. For example, in the mid-1990s, Christie spent $2.7 million over several transactions on a 21-acre Hamptons home. She listed this property for sale in 2007 for $30 million, ultimately selling for $17 million.
|Net Worth:||$100 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Feb 2, 1954 (65 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)|
|Profession:||Supermodel, Model, Pin-up girl, Designer, Actor|
|Nationality:||United States of America|