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Sexy spells R-I-C-H: The wealthiest models in the world!

Last updated on: February 6, 2012 20:12 IST

Sexy spells R-I-C-H: The wealthiest models in the world!

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The Daily Mail has released a list of the richest catwalk queens in the world, with personal estimates of their individual fortunes. Take a look!

They've built business empires out of their bodies, raking up millions with each assignment.

In the following pages, we bring you the 20 wealthiest women in modelling, as per findings published in the Daily Mail.

1. Gisele Bundchen

They say she's set to become the world's first billionaire model and they may well be right. The Brazilian bombshell, 31, is supposedly worth 96 million pounds and it's hardly surprising -- in addition to cashing in on modelling, Gisele runs a business empire that includes a footwear line, lingerie and skincare products.


Image: Gisele Bundchen
Photographs: Calzedonia swimwear ad campaign

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2. Tyra Banks

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Coming in second is American beauty Tyra, 38. She's not a catwalk fixture anymore, but the '90s supermodel's chat show, fashion and beauty website and other entertainment ventures have netted her a whopping 57 million pound fortune.


Image: Tyra Banks
Photographs: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

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3. Christie Brinkley

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Hot on Tyra's heels is fellow American and pin-up Christie, now 58, with a cool 51 million pounds. Aside from the fact that she's still a stunner, she's also very active for her age -- Christie's a model, actor, has written a beauty-cum-fitness guide and has signature fragrances and eyewear to her name.


Image: Christie Brinkley
Photographs: Cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine, February 1980

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4. Kate Moss

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Queen of the British catwalk, Kate, 38, is still very much in-demand in the fashion world and steps into fourth place. Prestigious campaigns with leading international brands keep her rolling in the green -- 50 million pounds of it.


Image: Kate Moss
Photographs: Agent Provocateur ad campaign
Tags: Kate , British

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5. Heidi Klum

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The German-born blonde looker, also 38, is worth 45 million dollars. Heidi is a former Victoria's Secret Angel and has built her name up into a brand, playing actress, TV host, fashion designer and producer of reality show Project Runway. You name it, she's done it!


Image: Heidi Klum
Photographs: Cover of GQ Russia, July 2011

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6. Elle Macpherson

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Her Aussie allure led to her being christened 'The Body' and at 47, it's still not waning. Elle's modelling, skincare line, lingerie range and stints as TV host/producer on fashion-related shows have raked in an eye-popping 38 million dollars over the years.


Image: Elle Macpherson
Photographs: Cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine, February 1988

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7. Claudia Schiffer

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In seventh place we have gorgeous German Claudia, 41. Now a mother, her family takes priority over work and she's not as active in the fashion world as she once was, at the height of her fame in the '90s. But Claudia's still very much a modelling legend and on the wealthy list, with her personal fortune estimated at 35 million pounds.


Image: Claudia Schiffer
Photographs: H&M ad campaign

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8. Naomi Campbell

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The fiery British diva has a temper almost as famous as her career. But there's no taking away from the fact that Naomi shook up the fashion world's attitude towards dusky skin and is still dominating the ramp at 41. As a result, she can boast of wealth at the 31 million pound mark.


Image: Naomi Campbell
Photographs: Roberto Cavalli ad campaign

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9. Milla Jovovich

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The Ukrainian supermodel-turned-actress, 36, makes her entry into the Daily Mail's list at Number Nine. Her sizzling appearance and talent led to a shining career as model and then actress and a net worth of 23 million pounds.


Image: Milla Jovovich
Photographs: Cover of Maxim Magazine, September 2009

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10. Adriana Lima

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Brazilian Adriana is currently one of Victoria's Secret's best-known faces and at the age of 30, is already worth 22 million pounds. She's at the peak of her modelling career at her moment and that seems her main priority, although she has made occasional TV and movie appearances.


Image: Adriana Lima
Photographs: Victoria's Secret Catalogue 2012

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11. Daria Werbowy

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The youngest femme fatale on the list, Ukrainian-born Daria is 28 and already her riches have been pegged at 19 million pounds. Like Adriana, she's in the best phase of her career, very much in demand and looks set to go higher places.


Image: Daria Werbowy
Photographs: H&M ad campaign

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12. Helena Christensen

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Danish damsel Helena is now 43, but you'd never know it from her recent campaigns! Her wealth is pegged at 18 million pounds and she's pursuing a career behind the camera too, as photographer and also as fashion designer.


Image: Helena Christensen
Photographs: Triumph ad campaign

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13. Natalia Vodianova

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The 29-year-old Russian hottie is in thirteenth place with 15 million pounds. She is still a catwalk fixture, but has also branched into acting and fashion designing in collaboration with big brands. What's more, Natalia seems to believe in sharing the wealth -- she's an avid philanthropist.


Image: Natalia Vodianova
Photographs: Etam ad campaign

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14. Doutzen Kroes

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Twenty seven-year-old Dutch stunner Doutzen makes her entry at Number Fourteen, with 13 million pounds. A Victoria's Secret Angel, her blonde haired, blue-eyed charm has seen her bag plum assignment after plum assignment. We doubt she's looking to stop anytime soon!


Image: Doutzen Kroes
Photographs: Victoria's Secret Catalogue

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14. Eva Herzigova

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Tied into fourteenth place with Kroes the Daily Mail has Czech beauty Eva, 38. Her 1994 'Hello Boys' campaign for Wonderbra achieved iconic status and she's gone from strength to strength ever since to amass wealth to the tune of 13 million pounds.


Image: Eva Herzigova
Photographs: Cover of Homem Vogue (Brazil), January 2006

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16. Christy Turlington

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With a cool 11 million pounds in her pocket, American model Christy, 43, comes next. Clothing lines, ayurvedic skincare lines and the founding of lifestyle brands have all supplemented her modelling income -- and may we mention that she still looks like a million bucks too!


Image: Christy Turlington
Photographs: Cover of American Photographer Magazine, November 1989

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16. Linda Evangelista

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Remember that famous supermodel quote, 'We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day'? Canadian bombshell Linda, 46, is the one who let that little gem drop back in 1992! And it certainly looks like she practiced what she preached, because like Turlington, she's supposedly worth 11 million pounds too.


Image: Linda Evangelista
Photographs: Cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine, August 1995

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16. Cindy Crawford

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The 45-year-old American supermodel joins both Turlington and Evangelista in sixteenth place with 11 million pounds. Cindy's still fighting fit and into modelling, besides which she has had beauty lines and home furnishings roll into the market.


Image: Cindy Crawford
Photographs: Cover of Boxer Magazine (Turkey), March 2007

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19. Carolyn Murphy

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At 10 million pounds, fellow American Carolyn, 38, follows Cindy. The Sports Illustrated sex siren is a darling of the fashion world and has signed on with some of the most exclusive labels in the world as the face of their campaigns.


Image: Carolyn Murphy
Photographs: Cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine, February 2005

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19. Stephanie Seymour

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And finally, we have the brunette pin-up who completes a trio in nineteenth place with her 10 million pound slice of the pie. A 43-year-old mother of three, Stephanie's not into modelling anymore, but surfaces occasionally to prove just how fabulous she still looks!


Image: Stephanie Seymour
Photographs: Cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine, July 1989

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