By now, most folks know that Tom Brady’s wife is Gisele Bündchen and that Tom isn’t the only superstar in his family. Since tying the knot in 2009, the New England Patriots quarterback and his supermodel wife have created quite the empire.
Getting to Know Gisele Bündchen
While most of America is familiar with Brady, in some households, Gisele isn’t as well known. She is commonly referred to as “Tom Brady’s Wife,” but that is only one of the many hats that she wears.
Gisele Bundchen Fun Facts
Gisele’s successes far exceed what you might associate with a fashion model. For a long time, she’s led a very successful life. Read on.
Real Estate Investor and Entrepreneur
1.) The model has been investing in real estate since the age of 18. She considers it one of her hobbies and has made business deals in New York City, Los Angeles, and Brazil.
2.) She was part of a cover band when she was 10. The girl group would perform at birthday parties, but not for money. Instead, they would be paid with cake and allowed to stay at the party. Gisele did this with her sisters and neighbors for about two years.
3.) Gisele had awful skin as a teenager. Due to this, she created a skincare line to help others with the issue. In 2010, she launched Sejaa Pure Skincare to help teenagers battle acne issues.
4.) Gisele didn’t know the English language when she arrived in the United States. She listened to music, including Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, to learn the language.
Helicopter Pilot and Speaks Five Languages
5.) Gisele has her helicopter pilot license. She got it because she was always worried about what she would do if something happened to the pilot. During helicopter training, a goose was flying too close to the helicopter and frightened the model. She was so surprised that she briefly lost control of the helicopter and it turned sideways.
6.) Gisele can speak five languages – English, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Spanish. She learned German at an early age in school but said that she completely forgot it after her schooling. The future Tom Brady’s wife can shout out plays in five languages. Impressive!
7.) Her astrological sign is Virgo. She believes she fits the profile because Virgos like to be at home. Gisele has stated that she likes to go to work, get her job done, and return home as she is a homebody.
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Gisele Bundchen: Early Life
Gisele Caroline Bundchen was born on July 20, 1980, in Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She was born to a bank clerk pensioner and a college professor. She has a fraternal twin sister, Patricia, who was born five minutes after her. In addition to her twin sister, Gisele has four more sisters.
Gisele grew up in Brazil with dreams of being a professional volleyball player. Her goal was to be part of the Brazilian volleyball team, Sogipa. However, the course of her life was changed in 1993 when her mother insisted that she join a modeling course with two of her sisters. A year later, Gisele was discovered by the Elite modeling agency at a shopping mall in Sao Paulo, Brazil while on a school trip. After this, she was thrust into the fast-paced world of modeling.
Gisele’s first taste of the modeling world was the Elite Look of the Year, a national modeling contest. She placed second in the contest. Gisele was eager to continue modeling and moved to Sao Paulo when she was 14.
Career: Rising to the Top (1998-2004)
After her first Fashion Week in New York City, Gisele traveled to London in 1997. She auditioned for 42 shows in London but was surprisingly rejected because her nose was too big. However, the young model remained determined and eventually landed a gig.
Her first big show was Alexander McQueen’s 1998 spring show. She was picked mainly due to her ability to walk in high heels on a slippery runway. McQueen gushed over Gisele, nicknaming her “The Body”. Due to this, Gisele’s popularity instantly skyrocketed.
The following year, Gisele was featured in a variety of advertisements, including those for Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Valentino. She also landed on the cover of France’s Vogue magazine. Gisele was the hot Brazilian commodity that companies and magazines could not get enough of.
Vogue Magazine Appearances
Back in the United States, Gisele’s popularity soared as she gained more exposure. She was on the cover of Vogue in July, November, and December in 1999. She also won the VH1/Vogue Model of the Year that year.
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
When the year 2000 hit, Gisele’s career did not slow down. During 2000, she appeared on three additional Vogue covers. She was also named “The most beautiful girl in the world” by Rolling Stone magazine.
Gisele was credited with ending the “heroin chic” era in modeling. This was an era where the models looked frail and had pale skin with dark circles under their eyes. As Gisele walked out with tan skin and curves, Vogue announced that Gisele was “The Return of the Sexy Model”.
Earning Her Wings
Gisele also earned her “wings” in 2000, by becoming Victoria’s Secret angel. In Victoria’s Secret fashion show, she wore the most expensive bra of all time. The “Red Hot Fantasy Bra” that she wore was estimated to be worth $15 million.
In 2003, Gisele was offered a gig to host the Brazilian version of “America’s Next Top Model.” She turned it down after consulting with her mother as she did not want to start a career in television. At the time, she was focused on modeling and modeling only.
“The Brazilian Bombshell” (2004-2014)
Throughout the decade, Gisele continued to walk the runway and grace fashion magazine covers. By 2006, she was ranked #2 in the number of magazine covers ever. Princess Diana was #1. Model Claudia Schiffer said that Gisele was the last of the “supermodels” to walk the runway.
In addition to modeling, Gisele got her feet wet in the movie world. She had small roles in Taxi (2004) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Gisele was offered a movie role in Charlie’s Angels but had to decline the role due to her busy schedule. She made a brief appearance on a 2006 episode of the TV show, The O.C. Since then, she has not appeared in any additional movies or television shows, except for documentaries.
Victoria Secret Model
For several years, Gisele was the face of Victoria’s Secret. She starred in many fashion shows and advertisements. However, she decided to part ways with the company in 2007. She began to feel uncomfortable wearing only lingerie on the runway.
Years later, Gisele admitted she made the final decision by writing the words “yes” and “no” on two pieces of paper. She crumpled up the papers and picked one – No. When Gisele parted ways with the company, their stock tumbled by 31.5%.
Biggest Fashion Star
In 2009, Gisele was named the “biggest fashion star in the world” by a British newspaper. The public agreed as women everywhere desired to look just like the model. Her name often popped up in plastic surgeon offices and hair salons.
As a new decade was ushered in, Gisele continued to be a force in the fashion industry. In the spring of 2012, Gisele was the face of three campaigns – Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Givenchy.
Over the next couple of years, Gisele also landed contracts with Pantene, Chanel, Carolina Herrera, and Marc Jacobs. In 2014, she has named the new face of the perfume, Chanel No. 5. As 2014 came to an end, Gisele had appeared in over 6,000 commercial spots in Brazil.
Runway Model Retirement
After twenty years in the fashion industry, Gisele retired as a runway model in 2014. (However, she did quickly come out of retirement during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.)
Throughout her 20-year career, Gisele was on the cover of 2,000 magazine covers, 3,500 magazine editorials, and featured in 800 fashion shows.
Gisele Bundchen Age
How old is Gisele? Born July 20, 1980, Gisele is 39 years of age.
Gisele Bundchen Net Worth
Gisele’s fashion popularity caused her net worth to rise. For 15 years, Gisele was the world’s highest-paid supermodel. (She was dethroned by Kendall Jenner in 2017.) She was the top-earning model in the world for 10 consecutive years. Gisele retired from modeling in 2015.
So just what is Gisele Bundchen’s net worth? Gisele has a net worth of $400 million. She also reportedly makes an additional $40 million annually. However, Gisele publicly denied the number in the Wall Street Journal questioning how the numbers were calculated.
Gisele’s Dating History
Despite being a popular supermodel, Gisele still made time for her love life. She dated fellow model, Scott Barnhill from 1998-1999. She also had a fling with American actor, Josh Hartnett, in 2000. After this, she entered a five-year relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio. The duo was named 2004’s most Beautiful Couple in People Magazine.
After her relationship with DiCaprio ended in 2005, Gisele dated other men, but nothing was very serious until she met her future husband, Tom Brady, in 2006. Gisele and Brady went on a blind date set up by a mutual friend in December 2006.
Check out Gisele’s book: Lessons – My Path to a Meaningful Life.
Tom Brady’s Wife
In a Vanity Fair interview, she talked about meeting Brady, “We met through a friend. The moment I saw him, he smiled and I was like, That is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I’ve ever seen! We sat and talked for three hours. I had to go home for Christmas, but I didn’t want to leave. You know that feeling of, like, you can’t get enough? From the first day we met, we’ve never spent one day without speaking to each other.”
Brady and Gisele Bündchen were married on February 26, 2009, in Santa Monica, California. They also had a second ceremony in Costa Rica in April 2009. Gisele became Tom Brady’s wife and by all accounts, they’ve led a happy life.The photo posted on January 30, 2020, shows a black and white photo silhouette of himself either walking into or out of Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play. Is it a sign he's retiring? Is it a signal that he's leaving his home stadium for good? Or, is he resigning with the Patriots?
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that he was "told that this tweet is not related to Tom Brady's football future."
This comes on the news that back in October of 2019, it was reported that Brady and Bundchen are selling their Boston mansion for $33.9 million (this price reflects a drop of $6 million from the original listing price of $39.9 million). The couple purchased a 14,862 square foot home in Greenwich, Connecticut on a 10-acre estate.
On the same day of Brady's memorable Twitter post, it was reported that Bundchen was spotted visiting an all-boys private school in Nashville, Tennessee. However, another news station in Boston countered that Bundchen was in Miami at the time.
Could Brady be headed for the Tennessee Titans? Although Ryan Tannehill had a great year, the addition of Brady to the Titans would elevate their passing game. We'll have to wait and see. Whatever the case, one fan base is going to be very happy, and one will be very sad.
While less known in sporting circles, as you can see from her accomplishments, Gisele more than holds her own with this power couple.
With raising children and supporting a husband on his way to yet another Super Bowl, in addition to all of her other activities, one has to imagine that the household is seldom quiet.
What lies ahead for Tom Brady's wife, Gisele? Hard to say. But if past performance is an indicator of future success, one has to think she'll be playing at a very high level.
By Kati Jewell
Kati is a Michigan native who has been freelance writing for over 14 years. When she's not writing or reading, she can be found watching a Patriots game or practicing yoga.