|Capital:||€ 400 million|
|Country of origin:||England|
|Source of wealth:||singer|
Pop singer Victoria Beckham, born Adams, became famous as “Posh Spice” in the 1990s as a member of the Spice Girls. She is also known for her successful fashion empire and her marriage to former soccer star David Beckham.
Victoria Adams was born in Harlow, Essex, United Kingdom, in 1974 and grew up in Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire. She is the oldest of three children of Jacqueline Doreen, a former insurance clerk and hairdresser, and Anthony William Adams, who worked as an electronics engineer. Her parents founded an electronics wholesaler, which made Beckham grow up in a wealthy environment and started ballet classes at a young age. After watching the music film Fame in 1980, she decided to pursue a musical career. Her parents enrolled her at the Jason Theater School. At 17, she pursued her dream of dancing at the Laine Arts Theater College in Surrey. After three years, Beckham moved to London to work as a dancer.
Victoria Beckham’s breakthrough as a singer and dancer came in 1994 when she took part in a casting call for actresses. Of the 400 women who applied, Beckham was selected to be part of the new pop band Spice Girls. The group’s first single was called “Wannabe” and Beckham worked with Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm. The song became number one in the UK and the United States and in another 35 countries. Eight other number one singles from their albums “Spice”, “Spiceworld” and “Forever” followed. Each member of the group received a nickname from the media and Beckham was named “Posh Spice”. After the release of their third album “Forever”, which came in at number two in the UK but was far less successful than their previous two albums, the Spice Girls stopped producing songs and focused on their solo careers with a view to their foreseeable future. The Spice Girls worked together again in 2007 and 2008 for a number of concerts. In June 2012 they met to announce the production of a musical, “Viva Forever!”, Which deals with the rise and fall of the Spice Girls. In the same year, the group also performed at the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics in London.
Beckham released her self-titled album in 2001. The album was a success, reaching tenth place in the UK. In 2004 Beckham ended her music career to concentrate on her fashion label. Beckham wrote an autobiography in 2001 entitled “Learning to Fly”. Beckham’s second book, A Fashion Guide entitled “That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between”, was published in 2006. Victoria Beckham’s eponymous fashion label was launched in September 2008 and has become an important component of New York Fashion Week. A cheaper label “Victoria by Victoria Beckham” was also founded. In 2019 Victoria founded a beauty brand called “Victoria Beckham Beauty”.
In 2000 Beckham invited the television audience into her life with the reality TV program Victoria’s Secrets. Since then she has had other programs filmed, including “Being Victoria Beckham”, “The Real Beckhams”, “Victoria Beckham – A Mile In Their Shoes” and “Victoria Beckham: Coming to America”. She is a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Their disapproval of the fur industry met with high praise from animal welfare organizations, including PETA.
The Spice Girls is the best-selling women’s band of all time and has sold over 80 million records worldwide. In 2007, Victoria Beckham was reported to be the 52nd richest woman in the UK and husband David, the 19th richest person in the UK, with an estimated combined net worth of £ 112m. Her autobiography became a bestseller in the UK after her publication in 2001, and in 2010 Beckhams was nominated for the Do Something With Style Award, an award ceremony produced by VH1, for her charity work with Save the Children.
“The older you get, the more comfortable you feel and accept what you have physically.”
“I am a very committed, ambitious, positive person. But I am also a spiritual person. ”
“I’ve always worked hard. I never took success for granted. ”
“Work hard, stay focused, be thankful and stay on the ball. I was told that I am not capable of many things. So if I did it, you can too. ”
“I often say the best advice is to get as much experience as possible in the field where you want to work.”