Victoria Beckham has to be one of the most famous women in the world. She starred on her first cover of US Vogue way back in 1998 and has gone on to star on countless other covers around the world. She’s part-head of Britain’s other Royal Family and the music she made as part of the Spice Girls continues to be played over and over again, despite technically going on hiatus 18 years ago. If that’s not enough, she also happens to be a style icon who has transcended the decades, a world-renowned fashion designer and someone who has the pick of any endorsement deal going. It’s not really surprising then that with this many sources of income, she’s one of the wealthiest women in the country with a total net worth of £350 million.
Here is an exact breakdown of when and how she made her money - prepare to turn green with envy…
Victoria Beckham attends the Dior Homme Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week
Who is Victoria Beckham?
Born in Hounslow, Essex, on the 17th April 1974 to Jacqueline Doreen and Anthony William Adams, Victoria Beckham is the oldest of three children and has two siblings called Louise and Christian. Raised in Hertfordshire, the Adams family were able to have a comfortable upbringing after Anthony (Tony) founded an electronic wholesale business and even had a Rolls Royce as a family car when Victoria was growing up.
It’s said that Victoria decided she wanted to pursue a career in music after seeing Fame at the age of six in 1980. Shortly after she began classes at Jason Theatre School before moving to Surrey’s Laine Theatre Arts in 1991 where she completed dance and modelling classes. For full-time schooling, she attended St Mary’s High School in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. Eventually she became a member of the girl-group, Persuasion.
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The Spice Girl years
Victoria Beckham joined the Spice Girls in 1994 after spotting an advert in the weekly newspaper The Stage, which was looking for girls who were "street smart, extrovert, ambitious and able to sing and dance". She joined Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm - who would later become known as Ginger Spice, Baby Spice, Scary Spice, Sporty Spice and Posh Spice for Victoria herself. Their first single, Wannabe, was released in 1996 and went to number one in both the UK and America as well as 35 other countries. As a group, they would go on to release the albums Spice, Spiceworld and Forever (the first after Geri Halliwell exited the band) and score nine more number ones and sell 80 million records worldwide making them the best-selling female group of all time.
But, how much did all this actually make her? Short answer: a lot.
Victoria Beckham with her Spice Girl bandmates in Paris in 1996
According to Rolling Stone magazine, the Spice Girls each earned up to $75 million per year during their 90's heyday. Their 1998 tour grossed $60 million for its American leg alone and when they briefly regrouped in 2008 for a reunion tour they banked $70 million. Not bad, hey?
In between stints with the Spice Girls, Victoria did dabble in a solo career however it didn't prove to be a huge money earner despite having four top 10 UK singles in her own right. Arguably her most successful solo song was Out of Your Mind, released in 2000 in collaboration with Dane Bowers, however due to it coming out the same week as Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Groovejet it enjoyed limited success. Beckham's eponymous debut album, was released on 1 October 2001 and cost $5 million to make but only sold a meagre 50,000 copies. By 2004, her solo career was over after her label reportedly dropped her - something that was denied by her PR team at the time.
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When it comes to style, Victoria has had many looks over the years and each one has been adored by her fans.
There were the Posh Spice years which made LBD tube dresses go to the top of every teenager's wish lists. There were the WAG days where she made shorts and stilettos hot as well as those Herve Leger dresses and there have been the ultra-demure, minimalism of late.
Then of course there's her general lifestyle - she has all the houses, cars and products that you ever want, right? Little wonder then that every brand worth their salt wants her to promote their products and trust us, she's made a fair whack of money off them.
In 2003, the then-singer acted as the face of Roca Wear for an undisclosed sum. In 2007 she starred alongside her Spice Girls bandmate for a Tesco advert which netted them £1 million each. In 2009 she signed a casual £12 million deal with Armani and two years later she earned £1 million for Japanese handbag designer Samantha Thavasa. She has also endorsed Range Rover for a six-figure sum and in 2017 released an affordable range of clothing for US superstore Target. Then there's her more recent collaboration with Reebox too.
Perhaps of all though, it's been her collaboration and endorsement of beauty house Estée Lauder that's been the most iconic of her partnerships. So far she's released two collections for the brand and they have flown off the shelves. Surely there's got to be a third on the way…
Beckham is now perhaps best known for her incredibly successful eponymous label which she launched to a small presentation in 2008. The former girl-group member and ultimate WAG may have had a few snide comments from industry insiders when she was starting out but she has certainly gone on to quash any lingering critics.
Today Victoria Beckham employs over 100 staff worldwide, she has a store in London and a store in Hong Kong and the label is currently valued at £100 million after the former Goldman Sachs banker who went on to launch and run Paul's bakery until 2010, invested £30 million last year in exchange for a minority share.
Not too shabby, huh?
Brand Beckham is big and it's powerful. So big that the combined wealth of Victoria and her husband, David, is estimated at a ridiculous £671 million thanks to his years as a top football, king of endorsements and her independent ventures.
You may think their four children - Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper - will never have to lift a finger in their lives but Victoria has spoken out against this in the past. She previously said: "It’s never been an option not to work hard. They see mummy go to work, they see daddy go to work, and they go to school and they have to work.
"I like to push them because I want them to achieve as much as they can, but I don’t want to push them so much that it makes them overly stressed."
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