Jeez, it seems like everyone is having marital woes these days, huh? From Adam Levine to Ned Fulmer, relationship drama is on the rise and it looks like world-famous supermodels and star quarterbacks aren't immune to the spread.
Rumors of a rift between power couple Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady have been circulating for weeks, and now there are whispers that the pair have each hired divorce lawyers, likely to protect each partner's considerable wealth. But exactly how much is Gisele Bündchen worth and how did she amass her fortune? Here's what we know.
How much is Gisele Bündchen worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen's net worth is estimated at a cool $400 million. Not too shabby!
How does Gisele make money?
Gisele Bündchen is one of the highest-paid fashion models on the planet, with high-profile runway work that included Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Versace, Ralph Lauren and, of course, as a Victoria's Secret Angel, the latter gig scoring her a $25-million five-year contract in 2000, per Forbes.
The 42-year-old retired from the catwalk in 2015 but still brought in hefty sums thanks to multi-million-dollar contracts with the likes of Pantene, Chanel and Under Armour. She also launched several successful side gigs including an Ipanema sandal line, the Sejaa Pure Skincare brand and a New York Times bestselling memoir entitled Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.
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Does Gisele make more than Tom Brady?
Bündchen's husband, football star Tom Brady—who is currently the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots—is estimated to be worth $250 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. That is reportedly $150 million less than his wife.
When did Tom Brady marry Gisele?
After being introduced by a mutual friend, Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady began dating in December 2006.
“We met through a friend. The moment I saw him, he smiled and I was like, ‘That is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I’ve ever seen!’ We sat and talked for three hours,” the model told Vanity Fair in March 2009. “I had to go home for Christmas, but I didn’t want to leave. You know that feeling of, like, you can’t get enough? From the first day we met, we’ve never spent one day without speaking to each other.”
They married in February 2009 in a small ceremony in Santa Monica, California, and had a second ceremony two months later in Costa Rica. The couple shares two children, 12-year-old Benjamin Rein and 9-year-old Vivian Lake; Bündchen is also the stepmother of Brady's first son, 15-year-old Jack, whom he shares with ex, actress Bridget Moynahan.
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What is the Tom Brady and Gisele drama about?
The couple's marital issues allegedly stem from Tom Brady's decision to "unretire" from the NFL: just 40 days after formally announcing his retirement from the game on the back of his seventh Super Bowl win, the 45-year-old footballer announced that he was returning to the Tampa Bay Buccanneers for the 2022 season.
The move reportedly did not go down well with Bündchen, with a source telling Page Six: “There’s been trouble in the marriage over his decision to un-retire. Gisele has always been the one with the kids. They had agreed he would retire to focus on the family, then he changed his mind.” The model gave insight into their relationship in May's British Vogue: “I don’t think relationships just happen; it’s never the fairy tale people want to believe it is. It takes work to be really in sync with someone, especially after you have kids...his focus is on his career, mine is mostly on the kids.”
After missing nearly two weeks of football training in August, Brady gave an indication that personal troubles were behind his absence: "Everyone’s got different situations they’re dealing with. We all have really unique challenges to our life. I’m 45 years old, man. There’s a lot of sh*t going on.”
The struggle between career and home has apparently been the cause of tension between the couple for years, with the quarterback telling Howard Stern in 2020: “A couple of years ago, [Bündchen] didn’t feel like I was doing my part for the family. She felt like I would play football all season and she would take care of the house...she wasn’t satisfied with our marriage. So I needed to make a change in that. Her point was, ‘Well, yeah, of course this works for you. It all works for you. But it doesn’t work for me.'”
Page Six, which reported that the couple has been living separately for the past few months, reported that each has secured a divorce lawyer. Though no formal moves have been publically made, word has it that they will share custody of their children.
Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life.
More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.
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