Capital: € 90 million
Age: 46
Born: 06/01/1973
Country of origin: Germany
Source of wealth: Model
Last updated: 2024

Short introduction

Heidi Klum is a German model, moderator and entrepreneur. She has lived in the U.S. since 1993 and is a U.S. citizen.

Early life

Heidi Klum was born in Bergisch-Gladbach in North Rhine-Westphalia, where she also spent her childhood. She still has a very intimate relationship with her parents Günther and Erna, who have always supported her in childhood. Heidi Klum graduated from high school in Bergisch-Gladbach.


Heidi Klum’s career began in 1992 by participating in the RTL casting show “Model ’92”. The TV show was created in collaboration with the New York model agency Metropolitan, the women’s magazine “Petra” and “Gottschalk Late Night”, a late night talk show with moderator Thomas Gottschalk. Heidi Klum prevailed over 25,000 competitors in the show’s competition. She won a three-year contract as a photo model and $ 300,000. Just one year later, the Bergisch-Gladbacher moved to the USA in favor of her early career, where she still lives today. In 1998 she made her breakthrough as a sought-after model and advertising face. Heidi Klum adorned front pages of internationally known magazines such as “Vogue” or “Elle”. Heidi Klum served as an advertising face for companies such as the confectionery company “Katjes”, “Coca Cola”, “Astor” or “McDonalds”. The name of the German model became part of the brand name for many of the products she advertised, such as a perfume, clothing and her own rose variety, which was christened “Heidi-Klum-Rose”. She also appeared increasingly on television. In 2004, Klum’s first television show “Project Runway” began, in which Heidi Klum not only acted as a presenter, but also as a jury member and producer. Occasionally, the German model also emerged as an actress. She has had several guest appearances on well-known TV programs such as “Sex and the city”, “Malcom Mittendrin” or “Desperate Housewives”. Heidi Klum was also increasingly in focus in Germany with her own casting show “Germany’s next Top Model”, which she moderated and co-produced.

Career highlights

In 1998, Heidi Klum made her career breakthrough when she made the front cover of the US magazine “Sports Illustrated”, a highly regarded magazine in the USA. So she rose to the supermodel league and worked alongside other top models such as Naomi Campbell or Gisele Bündchen. Since then, the German model has worked for the well-known underwear label “Victoria’s Secret” for years and was one of the main advertising media there. In 2008, Heidi Klum was ranked among the 15 highest paid models in the world according to the Forbes list. In 2013 she won an Emmy for moderating the TV show “Project Runway”. Twice (2003 and 2015) Klum received a Bambi in the “Fashion” category. At the AboutYou Awards in 2019, she received the “Special Award – Business Achievement”.

Famous quotes

“Success is like a voracious animal, always looking for food.”

“Not everyone has to swim with sharks. But sometimes you have to jump over your own shadow to learn something that you will never forget. Overcome your own fears. ”

“You can’t wait for other people to create special moments for you. Create your own memories! ”

“I am someone who always gets up, even with setbacks. I have a survival instinct. I’m not sure where that comes from, but probably of all the little things that make you who you are. ”

“I think that it is important to bring your environment and yourself into a positive state – this means: Surround yourself with positive people. Not with the kind of person who is negative and jealous of everything you do. ”

Amazing facts

Heidi Klum’s father Günther is her manager to this day and also manages other stars with his own agency “One Eins”. Due to her great breakthrough and success in the United States, Heidi Klum is repeatedly referred to in the media as the “German girl wonder”.


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