Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen, born July 20, 1980, is a Brazilian fashion model, occasional film actress, and goodwill ambassador for the UN Environment Programme. In the late 1990s, Bündchen became the first in a wave of Brazilian models to find international success. In 1999, Vogue magazine dubbed her “The Return of the Sexy Model” and she was credited with ending the “heroin chic” era of modeling. Bündchen was one of Victoria’s Secret Angels from 2000 until 2006. Since 2004, she has been the highest-paid model in the world and the sixteenth richest woman in the entertainment industry (as of 2007) with an estimated $570 million fortune.
Models Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell have stated that Bündchen is the only true remaining “supermodel” and according to Forbes she may become the world’s first ever billionaire supermodel. In June 2011, Forbes magazine estimated that Bundchen’s total earnings over the last 10 years have passed the $550 million mark. As an occasional actress, she had supporting roles in Taxi (2004) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006). From 2000 to 2005, Bündchen was in a much-publicized relationship with American actor Leonardo DiCaprio. She married New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2009.