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Donna Karan Net Worth, Biography & Wiki in 2017

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Donna Karan net worth:
$450 Million

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Donna Karan Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Donna Karan was born as Donna Ivy Faske on the 2nd October 1948 in Queens, New York City, USA. She is a fashion designer, one of the most popular and influential all over the world, who is the creator of the DKNY and Donna Karan New York clothing labels. She is also the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Her career has been active since the 1960s.

Have you ever wondered how rich is Donna Karan as of early 2016? According to authoritative sources, it is estimated that the size of Donna`s net worth is over $450 million, which has been accumulated through her successful career in the fashion industry, during which she has collaborated with many popular magazines and celebrities.

Donna Karan Net Worth $450 Million

Donna Karan was brought up in a Jewish family by Gaby Faske, a tailor, and Helen Faske, who worked as a model. Thus, Donna was influenced by her mother, and after graduation from Hewlett High School, she enrolled at the Parsons School of Design, which enabled her to enter the world of fashion.
With the ending of the 1960s, as she was hired as Anne Klein`s assistant, and started to move up the ladder in the fashion industry. In 1971 she was assigned as associate designer, and in 1974, when Anne died and Takihyo Corporation of Japan became the new owner, Donna was promoted to head designer, together with Louis Dell’Ollio. Donna stayed in the company until 1985, when she decided to start her own fashion house. Her first collection was released in 1985, only dedicated to women. However, she soon started expanding her business, and in no time became popular because of her “Essential`s” line, which incorporated seven easy pieces of clothing, all of which could be mixed and matched. In 1988, Donna created the DKNY line for younger women – which stands for Donna Karan New York – and which is less expensive than her original Donna Karan line. Then in 1990, she launched a denim and jeans DKNY collection. Two years later, she started a DKNY men collection, and in 1993, she released the “Signature” line. Thanks to the success of her fashion house, Donna`s net worth increased by a large margin during those years.

Five years later, Donna decided to leave her position as CEO, but was still the chairwoman of the company, and also continued to work as a designer. However, in 2015, she stated that she was leaving her company for good, as she has decided to dedicate herself to personal life.

During her career, Donna has received several awards, including as the Menswear Designer of the Year 1992 and Womenswear Designer of the Year 1990 and 1996 given by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Furthermore, Donna was inducted into the Coty Hall Of Fame in 1984.

When it comes to her personal life, Donna Karan was married twice. Her first husband was Mark Karan, from whom she divorced in 1978; the couple had a daughter. In 1983 she married Stephan Weiss, but she kept the surname of her ex-husband. Anyway, he worked with her in the Donna Karan Company, until he passed away from lung cancer in 2001. Donna is also known for her philanthropic work, as she established the Urban Zen Initiative with designer Sonja Nuttal, which has donated over $850,000 to Beth Israel Medical Center in NY.

Donna Karan information

Donna Karan information

Birth date: October 2, 1948
Birth place: Long Island, New York, USA
Profession:Costume Department, Costume Designer
Spouse:Stephan Weiss (m. 1983–2001), Mark Karan (m. 1973–1978)
Children:Corey Weiss, Gabby Karan De Felice
Books:My Journey, Donna Karan, New York

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Costume Department

Costume Department

The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1995TV Special wardrobe: Jason Alexander's tuxedo

Costume Designer

Costume Designer

Barbra: The Concert1995TV Special documentary uncredited



Bernard and Doris2006thanks
The Gingerbread Man1998thanks



Peter Marino: Beauty and PowerDocumentary post-production
The Incomparable Rose Hartman2016Documentary
Huffpost Live2015TV SeriesHerself - Creator, Donna Karan New York; Fashion Designer; Author, 'My Journey'
The Dr. Oz Show2015TV SeriesHerself - Author, My Journey
Extra2015TV SeriesHerself - Author, My Journey
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself - Designer
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Fashion Designer
Haiti Untold2012DocumentaryHerself
Today1990-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Citizen Hearst2012DocumentaryHerself
The Conversation2012TV SeriesHerself
The Tents2012DocumentaryHerself
Alter Egos2011TV SeriesHerself
Martha Stewart Presents2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest (2010)
Streisand: Live in Concert2009TV Special documentaryHerself - Audience (uncredited)
Creative Nature2008DocumentaryHerself
Project Runway2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
Fashion Rocks2006TV MovieHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases2005TV Special documentaryHerself
Inside the Actors Studio2004TV SeriesHerself
Ashtanga, NY2003Documentary shortHerself
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
Corazón, corazón1997TV SeriesHerself
Living in the 90's with Christie Brinkley1992TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHerself - Designer

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1Appeared in an infomercial, hosted by Anthony Robbins and Tom Selleck, for "The Tony Robbins Ultimate Edge" system.
2Sister-in-law of Jay Weiss.
3Aunt of Rachel Weiss.
4Designed Barbra Streisand's wedding gown.
5Good friend of Barbra Streisand, Demi Moore and Meryl Streep.
6She has a daughter, Gaby, born in 1974, and a step-daughter, Lisa.
7Ex-sister-in-law of Kathleen Turner.

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