Sports Illustrated is about to unveil its 50th annual swimsuit edition. The sexy staple has launched the careers of countless up-and-coming models and featured some of the most beautiful women to ever walk this earth in a two piece. However, the bathing beauties who have graced the issues cover have done more than just made their mark on the world of bikinis; they’ve also made some massive bank. So who’s the most successful Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover model of all time? We’re counting up their dollars and counting them down to the richest one of them all.
Sure, not every Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover model has parlayed her moment in the sun into a lucrative career. Do we even remember what Daniela Pestova, Valeria Mazza or Maria Joao look like?
However, you can’t deny that Sports Illustrated has featured some of the savviest business women who have ever moonlighted as supermodels.
Kate Upton was just an internet sensation when Sports Illustrated picked her as their cover model two years ago. Now, she’s one of the most famous faces in the world, is starring in movies and is worth $4 million.
Heidi Klum never made it into the elite world of haute couture, but she used her commercial appeal and Sports Illustrated cover to pave a way into big business.
Finally, Tyra Banks might be one of the most ambitious women to cover the magazine. She’s gone on to write, act, produce, sing and net about $90 million. But is she the richest model of them all?
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