Kathy Ireland is a former model, CEO and Designer of her eponymous brand product marketing company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide. Kathy...

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Kathy Ireland is the planet's richest model, according to a new report. Not bad for a woman who, by her own admission, barely made it through high school.

The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition mainstay has turned into quite the businesswoman in the last 20 years. To the tune of over $350 million!

This stems from Kathy's diverse business interests which includes designing and licensing products such as furniture, rugs and flooring. Who knew?

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Kathy Ireland Worldwide has developed a $2 billion empire. Billion with a B.

In terms of net worth, she's head and shoulders above the likes of Giselle Bundchen ($250 million), Heidi Klum ($200 million) and Cindy Crawford ($100 million).

Even more surprising, it turns out that Ireland's business is worth more than that of the domestic diva herself, Martha Stewart. Plus, she's never been in jail!

Sorry Martha. Anyway, who knew Kathy, now 48 years old, was such a business mogul? Kate Upton has a long way to go to catch this former cover girl.

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As a supermodel, Kathy Ireland was used to seeing pictures of herself retouched to hide her flaws. But a photo of the one-time Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue staple at home recently took her breath away - and not in a good way.

"I didn't recognize the person I saw," said one of the hottest and most successful cover girls of the '80s and '90s, who went on to become a hugely successful CEO. "I saw someone who looked overstressed, overwhelmed and overweight."

Carrie Fisher Pre-Weight Loss

In her latest book, Real Solutions for Busy Moms, Kathy Ireland talks about how mothers in particular tend to put everybody else's needs before their own.

Case in point: she had put on 25 pounds without even realizing it.

Surely Meghan McCain and others can relate. It's not a problem if you aren't rail thin, but sometimes you let yourself go. So what did Kathy do about it?

Kathy Ireland then, now ... and way back then.

"I was not making enough time to take care of me," says Ireland, 46, a mother of three kids and CEO of Kathy Ireland World Wide, a $1.4 billion design empire, and who also runs a mentoring program for single teen mothers.

To get back on track, Ireland enlisted the help of a friend, who happens to be a personal trainer and nutritionist. Thanks to healthier food choices, including cutting down on snacking and desserts, plus three exercise sessions a week.

Does that mean she's ready to rock a bikini, Valerie Bertinelli style?

"No, that's not my goal," says Ireland, who prefers to wear business suits at her job. "I want to be healthy, to be there for my husband and my kids."

Kathy Ireland Biography

Kathy Ireland Bikini Pic Kathy Ireland is a former model, CEO and Designer of her eponymous brand product marketing company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide. Kathy... More »
Born
Birthplace
Santa Barbara, California
Full Name
Kathleen Marie Ireland
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