Anna Wintour Net Worth, Background, Early Life, Professional Career, Vogue, Fashion, Personal Life and Charity

Published Date   12th Aug. 2017, 02:54 am
Anna Wintour Net Worth, Background, Early Life, Professional Career, Vogue, Fashion, Personal Life and Charity
Quick Info
Birth Name: Anna Wintour
Date of Birth: 03/11/1949
Age: 71 years old
Nationality: British
Net Worth: $35 million

Best known for her pageboy bob haircut and large dark sunglasses, Anna Wintour net worth rose as she became the editor-in-chief of one of the most selling magazines, Vogue.


Born in 1949, Anna Wintour is British-American journalist and editor. She became editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine in 1988 until now. She is also artistic director for Vogue publisher, Conde Nast. Anna Wintour net worth rose as she became one of the most influential personalities in fashion industry.

Birth and Background

Dame Anna Wintour was born on November 3, 1949 in Hampstead, London, United Kingdoms. Her father, Charles Wintour, was the editor of the Evening Standard while her mother Eleanor “Nonie” Trego Baker was an American. Her maternal grandfather was a Harvard law professor. She is the great-great-great-granddaughter of late-18th century novelist Lady Elizabeth Foster, Duchess of Devonshire and Sir Augustus Vere Foster.

She grew up with four siblings among which Gerald, her older brother, died in an accident as a child. Her younger brother Patrick is a diplomatic editor of The Guardian. Similarly, her younger siblings are James and Nora. James worked in London local government while Nora worked in an international non-government organization.

Early Life and Education

Wintour went to North London Collegiate School, where she was a rebel regarding her dress code. She was 14 years old when she began having bob haircut. At a young age, Wintour developed interest in fashion watching Cathy McGowan and reading Seventeen. After Wintour turned 15, she began dating older men. Wintour was born in a wealthy family due to which she had the freedom to choose where she wanted to go for academics.

Early Editorial Career

Anna Wintour net worth started to rise as she followed her passion of fashion joining Harper’s & Queen in London. Only in a year, she rose to the editorial and started collecting experience from various publications. She worked in publications in New York as well as London. However, she moved to New York in 1976 to take fashion editor position at Harper’s Bazaar.

Wintour was in her 20s when she left Harper’s Bazaar for Viva. In Viva, Anna Wintour net worth increased as she managed to become high-end editor and manager. As a manager, she spent huge sum of money on photo shoots in expensive trips like Japan and Carribean.

She briefly served as a fashion editor in the magazine Savvy. Later, Wintour joined New York Magazine in 1981, where she showcased her unique sense of style and direction.

In 1986, Wintour returned to London and became chief editor of the British Vogue which Condé Nast owned. It did not come by surprise when she brought her ideas to the table to direct magazine. Wintour was sharp and impatient which subsequently earned her nicknames such as “Nuclear Wintour” and “Wintour of Our Discontent.”

Wintour went to work with another Condé Nast publication, Home and Garden. During her time of work there, she changed the publication’s title to HG and rejected approximate value of $2 million for already-paid-for photos and articles. Anna Wintour net worth rose working with the publication as she earned more than $200,000 salary as a demanding editor. Additionally, her bosses allowed her $25,000 annual allowances for clothes. Furthermore, they arranged Concorde flights between New York and London so that she and her husband could be together.

Success at Vogue

In 1988, Anna Wintour net worth accelerated as she became editor-in-chief of Vogue. This position allowed her to return to New York. However, during that time, the successful fashion magazine since 1960s was losing its popularity to growing three-year-old magazine Elle. Elle had already paid circulation of 850,000 while Vogue’s subscriber was 1.2 million.

Due to the high competition, the owners placed Wintour in the higher position and gave her all the freedom including financial backing. All that she needed to do was revitalize the publication. The decision worked like magic and Wintour surpassed all the expectations of the Vogue owner. She restored preeminence and produced mammoth magazines like 832 pages 2004 September edition.

The creative and full of idea fashion magazine editor, Wintour was the first one to mix low-end fashion items with expensive pieces in photo shoots. Wintour made  debut cover of the magazine in 1988 November issue where she paired $50 jeans to $10,000 jewel-encrusted t-shirt for 19 year old Israeli model in the magazine’s cover. She also decided that supermodel era should end thereby, choosing celebrity photos on the magazine covers over models.

Fashion Sense and Popularity

Wintour claimed that she was not fashionable; however, the world decided that she is. She celebrates new designs in her magazines and helped new designer breakthrough their career. Mark Jacobs and Alexander McQueen are the fresh designers whom Anna Wintour helped raise in their career featuring their designs in magazines. Wintour spoke against Hillary Clinton when she said that her feminine clothes would undermine the way people look at her presidential ambitions. She said, “The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying”.

Apart from the accomplishments, Anna Wintour net worth is high because of her high fashion sense. She wore Chanel micro-mini skirt throughout her pregnancies. However, she is known for her cold and aloof attitude. The staffs say that it is difficult to work for her.

Personal Life and Charity

Anna Wintour married South African psychiatrist David Shaffer in 1984. However, the couple divorced in 1999. They have 2 children Charles and Katherine. Wintour now lives with her longtime boyfriend, Shelby Bryan in New York City.

The fashion icon, Anna Wintour net worth and reputation rose with her charity works. She helped raise funds for Twin Tower attack and encouraging upcoming designers. In addition, she raises fund for Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume department each year.

Wintour is also involved in politics. She cohosted fundraising for President Obama with Scarlett Johansson in 2012 and organized “Runway to Win” soiree. The show offered Obama-themed fashions and accessories.

Salary and Net Worth

The successful and in-demand fashion magazine editor, Anna Wintour net worth rose due to her incomparable creativity and unique ideas. According to the 2017 data, Anna Wintour boosts net worth of $35 million due to her accomplished career and high level fashion sense. The popularity and sharpness she enjoys has not only accomplished her career, but also made her one of the world’s most powerful women.

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