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Now that Brazil can no longer rely on its football prowess, it's time for the country to turn to another one of its great economic exports: Gisele Bündchen. Forbes reports that the Brazilian supermodel just capped off the most lucrative 12 months of her career with an estimated $47 million. On average, that means Bündchen was earning a staggering $128,000 a day.
Are you feeling depressed yet? It gets better. Forbes' estimate is tallied from Bündchen's lucrative contracts with brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera and H&M, but it neglects to include her recently-announced deals with Balenciaga, Pucci and her Chanel No. 5 campaign – which means that Bündchen was probably pocketing way more than Forbes bargained on. Just earlier this week, the 33-year-old supermodel lent her talents to the World Cup, escorting the trophy and its custom-made Louis Vuitton case to the Maracaña Stadium in Rio.
According to the magazine, Bündchen has been the world's top-earning supermodel for almost a decade now, and is sitting on top of a career worth $386 million. So consistent was her earning power that an American economist actually created the Gisele Bündchen Stock Index in 2011, in a bid to measure the performance of the Dow Jones against the supermodel's. (Spoiler: Bündchen outperformed it.)
And while Bündchen has protested that Forbes' estimate does not accurately reflect her earnings, she's well on track to becoming the highest-earning model for the eighth year in a row, especially given the ridiculously massive $35 million wage gap between her and Miranda Kerr, who placed second in the ranking. Either way, it's good to be Gisele.
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