Kathy Ireland is a Glendale, California-born American entrepreneur and former supermodel who has managed to make a business empire out of her talent and passion. Born on 20 March, 1963, as Kathleen Marie Ireland, she was active as a dominating model in the 80s and 90s, but now she is more famous as a businesswoman.
The supermodel turned business tycoon, how rich is Kathy Ireland? Kathy currently enjoys a net worth of $450 million which she amasses mostly from her business empire which operates under the name “Kathy Ireland Worldwide”, as well as her previous modelling career. Her company caters to different household and fashion related needs of her customers which range from furniture to clothing (like) and many more items. This business founded and owned by Kathy earns tens of millions towards her net worth every year with its rising popularity.
Kathy Ireland Net Worth $450 Million
Kathy was raised in Santa Barbara, California where she did some odd jobs as a child, like selling coloured stones and distributing papers in the mornings, perhaps the start of her net worth. Her interest towards modelling began when she was in her high school, and her mesmerizing body and attitude has only helped her to land as a model in the Elite Modelling Agency. Eventually, Kathy went on to feature on “Sports Illustrated” magazine cover in 1984, which happened to be her first claim to fame, and she became a household name. Kathy lived an exciting and successful modelling career through several years until 1998, when she shifted her focus towards business and left her modelling career behind, but which had nonetheless contributed significantly to her net worth.
Kathy initiated her business career in 1993 with some clothing lines, and then founded her own company – “Kathy Ireland Worldwide”, popularly known as “KIWW”. Her business has been growing extensively, and has made her a business mogul. Thanks to KIWW, Kathy is also noted as the richest model given the success she found in modelling as well as in her business sector. Kathy Ireland Worldwide now renders services including furniture, clothing, fashion, make-up, jewellery and many more. As the business is fully owned by Kathy, she has been considered as a super mogul, and has been featured by different reputable magazines, including “Vogue” and “Forbes” among others. Her net worth continues to grow from these activities.
Apart from her modelling and business life, Kathy is also prominent in television and movies as an actress, as well as a reality television star. Kathy started appearing in movies in 1988, and has had roles in movies like “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”, “Necessary Roughness”, “Backfire” and many more. She has appeared in many television programmes and series as well, which include “The Fantastic Four”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “Once upon a Christmas”, “Touched by an Angel” and other series, in total over 40 film and TV roles. On a recent note, she was seen as a participant on the reality TV dance competition “Dancing with the Stars”. Of course these appearances have also added to Kathy’s net worth.
Talking about her personal life, Kathy has been married to a physician named Gregory Olsen since 1988, and with whom she shares three children. A philanthropist by heart, Kathy is very active in different charities, most of which work for (the) sick children, and various medical research projects. For her efforts, the school of design at the American Continental University has bestowed an honorary master of fine arts degree on Kathy.
Said by many to bear a resemblance to fellow model Denise Richards, they both appeared in Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) (albeit they share no scenes together).
Took voice lessons in the early 90s not only to boost her acting career but also due to the fact that she "used to not be able to order pizzas on the phone. "They'd say 'we need to speak to your mom or dad.'" She revealed in a 1993 interview.
Has appeared in the "Sports Illustrated" Swimsuit Edition for 13 consecutive years.
Friends with Cindy Williams and Brooke Shields.
She was dubbed supermodel-turned-supermogul by Forbes Magazine and syndicated columnist Liz Smith.
Is the highest grossing (over $l billion in annual retail sales according to Forbes magazine in 2004) Lifestyle Designer in the world, with a brand name that has achieved industry-leading success in over one dozen product areas.
She is the only woman in INC. Magazine's list of the top five celebrity entrepreneurs, which included Paul Newman, Magic Johnson and Francis Ford Coppola.
Lives in Southern California with her husband, an emergency room physician and their three children, Erik, Lily and Chloe. She enjoys being a full time mother and continues to be a Sunday schoolteacher as well.
She began modeling at age 17 and was cover model for the most Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. She left modeling for lifestyle designing, establishing the Kathy Ireland Worldwide brand, when she realized the fashion wear she modeled was unsuitable for most buyers.
She is founder, CEO and Chief Stylist for the Kathy Ireland Worldwide product empire.
By adhering to the mission statement she created for her Kathy Ireland Worldwide products, "finding solutions for families, especially busy moms", she won the endorsement and title of "best friend to working mothers" from both Associated Press and the London Times.
Her KIWW brand passed the billion dollar a year retail sales mark in its first decade. Her initial venture was her design and manufacture of socks (her company having recently celebrated the sale of its 100,000,000th pair) and quickly expanded to furniture, lighting, flooring, kitchenware, carpeting, window treatments, landscaping accessories, watches, tableware and bedding, as well as her early-established success in apparel and her partnership with Dame Elizabeth Taylor, for whose "House of Taylor Jewelry", Ireland designs the accessibly-priced jewelry product.
She has been Chair or Honorary Chair of such major national causes the March of Dimes, PTA, Feed the Children and City of Hope campaigns and as Campaign Chair for Dream Foundation, the Barbara Ireland Walk for the Cure, Project Inform and Athletes and Entertainers for Kids. She is the Ambassador for Children for the Entertainment Industry Foundation and for the Department of Agricultures wild land fire prevention organization, Firewise, and she recently established the National Family Reading Night campaign.
She has authored several bestselling children's books including "What Do Mommies Do?" and "An Angel Called Hope" along with the book "Powerful Inspirations" which now is in its 5th printing in paperback.
Former life-long surfer.
Mentioned, along with Vendela Kirsebom Thomessen and Paulina Porizkova, in the Sonic Youth song "Swimsuit Issue" performed by Kim Gordon.
Daughter of John and Barbara Ireland. Her sisters are Mary Ireland and Cynthia Ireland.
Has a son Erik (b. May 1994) and daughters Lily (b. 27 October 1998) and Chloe (b. March 2003).
Attended San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California while Anthony Edwards, Cady Huffman, Linus Huffman and Eric Stoltz were also students there.
She is a contributing editor for FITNESS magazine.
Her mother set her up with her husband.
Has a fitness video: "Kathy Ireland's Total Fitness Workout" (1994).
Has her own line of clothing at K-Mart.
Started her own annual calendar in Fall 1993 (1994 calendar)
Being a model first opened some doors and closed some others. For the most part, it has been a positive transition. I'm being given a chance to prove myself because they know who I am. But coming from a modeling background, you also bring along the mindless bimbo baggage that all models have attached to them and because of that you have to work that much harder. I also have to be a bit more careful about the choices I make. A complete unknown could come along, do a string of B movies and work her way up without calling any attention to herself. I can't do that.
Many of the parts I'm offered, even at this point in my career, are stupid bimbo roles that require nudity. I've been dealing with the nudity thing throughout my modeling career. They take one look at me and they expect me to take my clothes off. Some people don't have a problem with nudity. I do, so I've turned down quite a few scripts. (from a 1992 interview)
Whether I'm a sex symbol or not isn't the kind of thing I think about too much. I just go in, do my job, get the money and go home. Whatever people think about me is up to them.
It is a hard thing to quit. It's good money for not too much hard work. It allows me to be selective about the acting parts I take. (on modeling)