10 Richest Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit Models

By Abhinandan Lawati

These women have all participated in countless skimpy swimsuit photo sessions and have been paid major dough to do so. These pretty maidens seem to have it all; money to spend on shopping, access to eligible bachelors, and of course, looks that could kill. Here, we inspect some of the richest sports illustrated swimsuit models. 

Here are some interesting facts about the models :

  • Elle MacPherson, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington joined hands to open a restaurant chain titled the Fashion Café.
  • Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models and team have travelled up to 1 million miles, 148 destinations, 53 countries and 13 states in the US since the beginning of this magazine. 
richest sports illustrated swimsuit models
  • Growing up, Beyonce did not have many friends. In fact, her mother has revealed that Queen Bee had imaginary friends when she was young.
  • Tyra Banks has a fear of dolphins.
  • Tyra Banks is the first African American to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Magazine.
  • Heidi Klum has her legs insured for $2 million.
  • Christie Brinkley is the oldest on this list. She made history by having a 25 years contract with CoverGirl, the longest running cosmetics contract by any model.
  • Kathy Ireland is one very successful businesswoman. Her brand Kathy Ireland Worldwide sells products that cover family, outdoor and wedding with annual sales of $2 Billion. She has been featured on Forbes magazine as “Supermodel, Supermogul”.

1. Beyonce Net Worth : $450 million

beyonce on the cover of sports illustrated swimsuitBeyonce graced the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover in 2007

Beyonce is known throughout the world for her musical career and it has helped her amass a fortune of $450 million. Most people might not agree with her inclusion in this list, but the fact remains; she did grace the pages of Sports Illustrated in 2007.

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2. Kathy Ireland Net Worth : $350 million

kathy ireland sports illustrated swimsuit modelKathy Ireland's issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit is the best selling issue ever

Kathy Ireland has an enviable net worth of $350 million. The former supermodel has made most of her money through her company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide. She shot her first cover shot for Swimsuit Illustrated in 1989. That issue continues to hold the title of being the best selling issue of all time.

3. Tyra Banks Net Worth : $90 million

tyra banks, the first african american to grace the cover of sports illustrated swimsuit issueTyra Banks is the first African American to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Magazine

Tyra Banks has a net worth of $90 million and was one of the first top black supermodels. Her swimsuit cover of 1997 was recently judged the third best cover of all time by Sports Illustrated. Her successful career has also seen her donning the hats of an author and a television talk host.

4. Christie Brinkley Net Worth : $80 million

christie brinkley rich sports illustrated swimsuit modelDid you know she was born in 1954? Now in her 60s, the model still look as stunning as ever

Christie Brinkley is one of the hottest supermodels of all time. She has been able to accumulate a fortune of $80 million mostly because of hefty divorce settlements with the likes of Billy Joel and Peter Cook.

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5. Heidi Klum Net Worth : $60 million

heidi klumThe supermodel from Germany has certainly made a great career for herself. She is now an American citizen but still retains her German citizenship

Heidi Klum has done pretty well for herself. Her net worth of $60 million has been derived from various lucrative deals with major companies such as Volkswagen, Victoria’s Secret, and McDonalds. The producer of Project Runway graced the Sports Illustrated cover for the first time in 1998.

6. Rachel Hunter Net Worth : $60 million

rachel hunterShe had a turbulent relationship with Rod Stewart. The couple divorced in 2006

Rachel Hunter is known more for her turbulent relationship with Rod Stewart than for her modeling achievements. The supermodel has a net worth of $60 million and first posed for Sports Illustrated in 1989. Currently, she serves as a judge on the reality show New Zealand’s Got Talent.

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7. Elle MacPherson Net Worth : $45 million

elle macphersonNow in her 50s, the model has appeared in a number of movies

Dubbed “The Body,” Elle MacPherson has a net worth of $45 million. The supermodel has made some smart investments over the years. Elle currently owns a skin care line, her own lingerie line and also serves as a television host. She has graced the covers of Sports Illustrated a record 5 times.

8. Rebecca Romijn Net Worth : $24 million

rebecca romijn was on sports illustrated swimsuit magazineShe is well known for her roles as Mystique in the X-Men series

Rebecca Romijn has a net worth of $24 million and was a popular supermodel during her heyday. She is one of the few supermodels who have made a successful transition from modeling to acting. Rebecca has starred as Mystique in the X-Men films and as Joan in The Punisher.

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9. Bar Refaeli Net Worth : $20 million

bar refaeliThe Israeli model has modeled for many international companies

Bar Refaeli has a net worth of $20 million and she made her Sports Illustrated debut in 2007. The supermodel generated worldwide headlines when she got into a relationship with Hollywood heartthrob, Leonardo Di Caprio

10. Marissa Miller Net Worth : $10 million

marissa millerConsidered one of the hottest and sexiest woman in the world, she was ranked No.1 in Maxim's 2008 Hot 100 List

Marissa Miller rounds off our list with her fortune estimated to be around $10 million. The super model offered her services to Sports Illustrated in 2008. She made her acting debut in the movie R.I.P.D.

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