How rich is Heidi Klum?

Heidi Klum assets

Heidi Klum has rightly earned the title of “the German supermodel.” Next to Claudia Schiffer, she is Germany’s most famous model export. Nowadays, however, she makes her money through skillful self-promotion.

The estimated assets of Heidi Klum amount to 127 million USD. 

According to the American magazine Forbes, she continues to increase her earnings every year. 

While she earned around 6.8 million USD in 2006, by 2011, it was approximately 17.6 million USD. In 2018, Heidi Klum earned about 20 million USD. 

Upbringing and early career

Heidi Klum first saw the light of day on June 1, 1973, in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. 

Her career began in 1992 in the show “Gottschalk Late Night.” This TV show hosted the Model ’92 competition. The then 19-year-old student was the winner among the 25,000 applicants. The prize was a 3-year contract as a model. Her real career breakthrough, however, came in 1998 with her on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Career successes with Victoria’s Secret, Vogue, Elle

Klum started working as a model for the underwear company Victoria’s Secret in 1998. She graced many covers and pages of Vogue and Elle magazines. 

Worldwide, she has been on almost every fashion magazine cover. Every year, Victoria’s Secret releases a new diamond Bra, with Heidi as the presenter on the catwalk. All of this made her an internationally sought-after model and a face of advertising.

With the help of self-promotion, her earnings kept increasing. She has been in advertising campaigns of big companies like McDonald’s, American Express, Diet Coke, Volkswagen, Ann Taylor, Siemens, Braun, Target, Express, Nike, H&M, Dannon, Thomas Wylde, and many more. 

She appeared on television not only during commercial breaks but also in films and series. Heidi Klum has had guest appearances with Malcolm in the Middle, Chaos City, How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives, Sex and the City

She was also featured in the Devil Wears Prada, Perfect Stranger, Blow Dry, Ella Enchanted

Heidi Klum’s successful television show “Germany’s Next Topmodel”

The Model Casting Show “Germany’s Next Topmodel” is hosted by Heidi since 2006. In January 2020, the now 15th season of the successful show has aired. In all seasons, Klum acted as a presenter and jury member, along with two other celebrities.

Throughout the seasons of the show, the only constant on the jury is Heidi Klum. The other members are being replaced, with Thomas Hayo joining her in 2011. 

Other jury members in the past were: Bruce Darnell, Peyman Armin, Rolf Schneider, Boris Entrup, Armin Morbach, Kristian Schuller, Qualid “Q” Ladraa, Thomas Rath, Enrique Badulescu and Wolfgang Joop. 

In the 11th season in 2016, the jury also included former Adidas design chief Michael Michalsky alongside Heidi and Thomas Hayo. 

The two also accompanied Heidi Klum on the jury in 2017 and 2018. 

Her work on GNTM is said to have netted her a whopping 11.7 million USD.

Heidi Klum’s personal life

In 1997 the German married the star hairdresser Ric Pipino, who was 14 years her senior. They lived together in New York but got divorced six years later. 

What followed was a relationship with Flavio Briatore, which produced a daughter in 2004. However, the relationship was short-lived, and Briatore denies paternity.

In 2005 she married the singer Seal Samuel. This marriage produced two sons and then a daughter.

In 2008 she took the US-American citizenship in addition to the German one. In 2009 she applied for a change of name to Heidi Samuel – corresponding to the family name of her husband. 

In 2012 she retook the family name, Klum, as the couple separated. They divorced in 2012. 

From the beginning of 2014 until September 2017, Heidi had a relationship with the 13 years younger Vito Schnabel, an influential art dealer.

heidi klum tom kaulitz
Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz in 2019

In August 2019, the model married for the 3rd time in her life. She said “YES” to Tokio Hotel star Tom Kaulitz on the island of Capri.