Whether it’s New York Fashion Week or Met Gala Monday, fashion aficionados everywhere have questions about legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s net worth. Wintour always looks perfect, whether in a trademark Chanel dress or a floral Prada frock. But there’s a lot some may not know about the British Vogue editor—such as how much she banks for her big gigs.
Before we dive into Anna Wintour’s net worth details, let’s take a look at how she got to where is today. Long before becoming fashion royalty, Wintour was born on November 3, 1949, in Hampstead, London to British newspaper editor Charles Wintour and American Eleanor “Nonie” Trego Baker, the daughter of a Harvard Law professor. Her parents were together for nearly four decades before they divorced in 1979. Wintour also has four siblings. Her older brother, Gerald, tragically died in a traffic accident as a child. One of her younger brothers, Patrick, is also a journalist. Her other brother James has worked in local London government, whereas her sister Nora has worked for international organizations throughout the years.
With a dad in the world of journalism, it was only a matter of time before Wintour landed her first job in the fashion industry. As a child, Wintour was educated at North London Collegiate School, where she developed a penchant for hemming her own skirts and wearing her hair in its signature bob. When she was just 15, Wintour’s father arranged a job for her at BIBA boutique, an influential London fashion brand in the 60s. The next year, she started a training program at Harrods and began taking fashion classes at a nearby school.
By 1970, Wintour landed her first job in fashion journalism at Harper’s & Queen, the UK fashion merger between Harper’s Bazaar UK and Queen magazine. Wintour was hired on as one of the publication’s first editorial assistants. Already, she had her sights set on Vogue, reportedly telling her coworkers at Harper’s & Queens of her plans to edit the fashion magazine one day. Eventually, Wintour quit working at Harper’s & Queen to pursue her then-boyfriend, Jon Bradshaw, by moving to New York City.
After settling into the Big Apple, Wintour started working at Harper’s Bazaar as a junior fashion editor in 1975. She would only hold onto the job for nine months before getting fired for her daring photoshoots. But she’d land on her feet soon enough. A few months later, she started working as a fashion editor at Viva magazine. When the publication eventually folded in 1978, Wintour took some time off from work to travel between New York City and Paris, where she pursued a relationship with French record producer Michel Estaban.
By 1980, Wintour returned to the world of journalism, taking on a position as a fashion editor for New York. Three years later, she would finally get her chance to work for Vogue. Condé Nast’s then-editorial director Alex Liberman reached out to Wintour about a position with the company. Wintour applied, landing the role of creative director of Vogue along with a hefty salary jump. By 1985, Wintour added Vogue “editor” to her resume, when she replaced former UK edition editor Beatrix Miller when she retired. She would eventually go on to become the editor of U.S. Vogue in the late ’80s, revolutionizing the magazine’s approach to photoshoots, styling and more. The rest, as we say, is history.
How much does Anna Wintour make as Vogue editor-in-chief?
Over the years, it’s been widely reported that Anna Wintour’s yearly Condé Nast salary totals around $2 million. Many are often surprised it’s not more, but the media world certainly doesn’t pay as well as other sectors, like finance.
However, along with her salary comes a slew of outrageous perks. One of them happens to be a driver in a Mercedes S-Class, who brings her to all her appointments both in New York and when she’s abroad, attending various international fashion weeks. She also always stays at top hotels, including the Ritz Paris. Oh, and of course, there are the clothes. In addition to receiving regular shipments from designers who want her to put their products in the pages of her influential magazine, she allegedly receives a $200,000 clothing allowance which she’s free to splash out on anything she pleases. Yeah, that’s the one we’re definitely the most jealous of.
What is Anna Wintour’s net worth?
So, what is Anna Wintour’s net worth as of 2022? According to Celebrity Net Worth, Anna Wintour’s net worth is $50 million as of 2022. Wintour’s net worth has come a long way since she first began to work at Vogue in the ’80s, during which she earned around $50,000 per year as the company’s first creative director. In addition to her famed gig as the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue (where she has worked since 1983), she was named Condé Nast’s artistic director in 2013, which has tasked her with bringing her seasoned expertise to the other Condé publications. In late 2020, Condé Nast promoted Wintour to the role of chief content officer, worldwide. In addition, she works as the global editorial director of Vogue.
Aside from her hand in the fashion world, Wintour also has a stake in New York City real estate. Since 1992, her main residence has been on the swanky Sullivan Street in the West Village. The 3,960 square foot townhouse was reportedly initially paid for with an interest-free loan from Condé Nast’s CEO S.I. Newhouse (another major job perk). But when it comes time to unwind, Wintour prefers the comfort of her 62-acre Mastic, Long Island estate to the hustle and bustle of the Hamptons. Of course, she’s a stone’s throw away if Calvin Klein has a dinner party. In the past, she was once rumored to have snatched up the $350,000 property next door—perhaps to avoid having unsightly neighbors.
For more about Anna Wintour and the Met Gala, read Amy Odell’s 2022 book, Anna: The Biography. The biography—which was named as Bloomberg’s “10 Most Compelling Books to Put on Your Reading List This Spring”—follows Wintour’s life and career, from her childhood as a tomboy in the 1950s to how she found her love of fashion as a teenager in 1960s London. The book also dives into how Wintour became the editor-in-chief of Vogue after she left high school to work at a boutique in London and made her way to New York, where she started her career at Condé Nast and made a name for herself as the fashion media powerhouse the world knows today. Written by former Cosmopolitan editor Amy Odell, Anna gives a candid look into Wintour’s personal story and the “hierarchical dynamics of the fashion industry” still foreign to outsiders. “Anna charts the relentless ambition of the woman who would become an icon,” the publisher’s description reads.
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