In 2015, fashion guru and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was named one of the world’s most powerful women, according to Forbes. Wintour is among one of the most-watched women in fashion, having held her title at Vogue since 1988 — and with good reason. The magazine has flourished under her command, bringing home the title of Magazine of the Year at this year’s National Magazine Awards.
Anna Wintour is sure to make an appearance at this year’s New York Fashion Week, which is scheduled for Sept. 10 to Sept. 17. Learn about Anna Wintour’s net worth, the impact she’s had on the fashion industry, as well as her recent cameo in a “Zoolander 2” teaser featuring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.
Anna Wintour’s Life and Career
Legend. Genius. Cold. These words — and some not fit for publication — have been used to describe the woman the Daily Mail calls “fashion’s fiercest success.”
Anna Wintour was born into the publishing industry in 1949 as the daughter of London Evening Standard editor Charles Wintour. She started her career in the fashion department of Harper’s and Queen in London, and then bounced around publications climbing the editorial ladder. She eventually moved to New York to become a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar.
She quickly moved between landmark publications like New York magazine, Home and Garden and, eventually, Vogue, where she was charged as editor-in-chief to revitalize the magazine and drive trends in the fashion world.
Anna Wintour’s Net Worth: $35 Million
Anna Wintour’s reign has brought her legions of admirers and rivals, big-screen notoriety, and a net worth of $35 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. She earns a $2 million annual salary and, according to Business Insider, receives an astounding $200,000 annual allowance for her personal work wear, which is almost $40,000 more per year than the next-highest-paid employee at Conde Nast. Her demeanor and plush lifestyle inspired Meryl Streep’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada,” which was written by former Wintour assistant Lauren Weisberger.
Beyond Vogue Magazine: Philanthropy and the Met Gala
From Oscar-winning actors to Wall Street titans to Hollywood playmakers, the annual Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the single most important event on the New York A-list social schedule. According to the New York Times, Anna Wintour is the driving force behind the entire party, which raised $12 million in 2014 alone.
Since she began her reign over the event in 1999, the gala has raised more than $145 million for the Costume Institute. The party has become the single most important must-attend event for the rich and famous, who willingly pay $25,000 a ticket or $175,000 for a table of 10.