Heidi Klum, top model at 49: her career, private life and wealth

Heidi Klum's 49th birthday
How did Heidi Klum's career start?
Gottschalk Late Night
'Model '92'
300K and a suitcase
Heidi Klum as Victoria Secret Angel
Heidi Klum on Sports Illustrated
Her family managed it all
Heidi Klum's relationships
A child with Flavio Briatore
Heidi and Seal
Seal adopted Leni Klum
Proud father
Tom Kaulitz and Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum's successful TV appearances
Leni Klum succeeds her mother at 'Germany's Next Top Model'
What's Heidi Klum's net worth?
Heidi Klum's 49th birthday

Heidi Klum turns 49 today. Ever since she participated in a German model casting show in 1992, the European beauty has had a steep career uphill.

How did Heidi Klum's career start?

How did the German model actually begin her career? And what is her net worth today?

Gottschalk Late Night

It was 1992 and this famous German presenter, Thomas Gottschalk, hosted a 'German top model' segment in his talkshow 'Gottschalk Late Night.'

'Model '92'

A young Heidi Klum (18 years old) entered into the competition from the magazine Petra and a model agency. The popular segment, 'Model '92,' launched the girl into fame. In fact, Thomas Gottschalk is considered the discoverer of the supermodel.

300K and a suitcase

With a prize of $300,000 from the competition and a three-year modelling contract, the 18-year-old Heidi went to the United States after she graduated from high school.

Heidi Klum as Victoria Secret Angel

The German model walked the runway as a Victoria's Secret Angel for the first time in 1997 and was then booked for the event year after year.

Heidi Klum on Sports Illustrated

In 1998, Heidi Klum appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated's bikini issue. That was her absolute breakthrough. Vogue and Elle would soon follow.

Her family managed it all

The fashion icon was initially managed by her father, pictured right. By now, they have separated their personal affairs, however, and reportedly there is a private rift between the two as well.

Heidi Klum's relationships

The model's first husband was Ric Pipino, an Australian celebrity hairstylist who has lots of contacts in the fashion world. Among larger audiences, he is known for his appearance in the movie 'Zoolander.' Klum and Pipino married in 1997 and divorced in 2002.

A child with Flavio Briatore

After Klum went through her first divorce, she entered into a relationship with Formula 1 manager Flavio Briatore. He would father first child, Leni Klum, in 2004, although they never had much contact.

Heidi and Seal

In 2005, Klum married musician and singer Seal. With him she has two sons, Henry and Jordan, and a daughter, Lou.

Seal adopted Leni Klum

Aside from his own children, Seal adopted Heidi's daughter Leni. They have a wonderful father-daughter relationship. In fact, Seal met Heidi Klum when she was still pregnant with Leni.

Proud father

The British musician and his daughter attended the special screening of Netflix's 'The Harder They Fall' (2021) together. Seal had written the music for the film and Leni was his 'date' for the red carpet. Seal told the press he was very proud of his daughter.

Tom Kaulitz and Heidi Klum

By 2012, Seal and Heidi Klum had separated and divorced, however. The supermodel would have several relationships after that, but she ended up with another musician: Tom Kaulitz from the band Tokio Hotel. They got together in 2018 and married in 2019.

Heidi Klum's successful TV appearances

Apart from 'Germany's Next Topmodel' (since 2006), Heidi Klum has also been on the jury of 'America's Got Talent' since 2013. In addition, she hosts the German television show 'Queen of Drags' which searches for the best drag queen in Europe.

Leni Klum succeeds her mother at 'Germany's Next Top Model'

According to Cosmopolitan, Leni Klum will take over her mother's modelling competition for the next three years. She's already appeared on the show as a member of the jury in 2022. And that with barely 18 years of age!

What's Heidi Klum's net worth?

With all these activities in different countries, Heidi Klum must have a handsome amount written on her bank statement. In fact, the model's estimated net worth is 130 million euros ($140 million).

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