Anna Wintour Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

Anna Wintour Net Worth

Anna Wintour has an estimated net worth of $50 million. Anna Wintour is best known as the influential editor-in-chief of ‘Vogue’ magazine and for her iconic pageboy haircut and large sunglasses. She earns most of her income from her career as a magazine editor. 

Anna Wintour is the eldest daughter of the London Evening Standard newspaper’s editor, Charles Wintour. In 1988, Wintour was appointed editor of American Vogue. She resurrected the Condé Nast publication and rose to prominence in the fashion industry, best known for her iconic pageboy haircut and cool demeanor. Wintour expanded her responsibilities at Condé Nast by becoming its artistic director in 2013.

To calculate the net worth of Anna Wintour, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Anna Wintour
Net Worth: $50 Million
Monthly Income: $200 Thousand
Annual Salary: $4 Million
Source of Wealth: Magazine editor, Journalist

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Early Life

Wintour was born in London, England, on November 3, 1949, to newspaper editor Charles Wintour and philanthropist Elinor Wintour. Born into a wealthy family, Wintour demonstrated an early proclivity for doing things her own way. She made the decision as a teenager to forego academics, dropping out of her fancy finishing school and opting instead for a life centered on the tony London life of the 1960s that she clearly adored. Wintour frequented the same London clubs as pop culture’s biggest stars, including members of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, with her signature hairstyle — she first went to the bob at the age of 15 and has changed it very little since then.

Her late father, a decorated World War II veteran who’d earned a tough, stern, and talented reputation as editor of the London Evening Standard, influenced Wintour’s management style and drive as a magazine editor. Wintour never shied away from comparing herself to the man known as “Chilly Charlie.” In May 2009, Wintour told 60 Minutes, “People respond well to people who are certain of what they want.”

Early Editorial Career

However, before Vogue, Wintour worked in the fashion department of Harper’s & Queen in London. She moved up the editorial ladder and from publication to publication between New York and London over the years. She moved to New York in 1976 to become the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar. Wintour, who was still in her twenties and living in New York, left Harper’s for a job at Viva, a publication owned by the same company that ran Penthouse. Wintour essentially became the magazine’s fashion department, where she honed her skills as a high-end editor and manager. Wintour lavished money on photographers and shoots, arranging lavish trips to places like the Caribbean and Japan.

After a brief stint at Savvy, where she was once again the magazine’s fashion editor, Wintour joined New York magazine in 1981. Wintour demonstrated her own sense of style and direction from the start, even bringing her own desk to her new office. In Jerry Oppenheimer’s 2005 unauthorized biography of Wintour, Front Row, he described it as “a contemporary Formica-topped affair on two metal sawhorses as legs…along with a high-tech chrome-framed chair with a seat and back made of bungee cords.”

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From British ‘Vogue’ to American ‘Vogue’

Wintour returned to London as chief editor of Condé Nast-owned British Vogue in 1986, two years after marrying South African psychiatrist David Shaffer. Not surprisingly, Wintour had her own ideas about where the magazine should go.

“I want Vogue to be fast-paced, sharp, and seductive; I’m not interested in the super-rich or the infinitely leisured. I want our readers to be active, executive women with their own money and a diverse set of interests “She told the Daily Telegraph in London. “There is a new type of woman on the scene. She is fascinated by business and money. She no longer has time to go shopping. She’s curious about what, why, where, and how.”

Wintour’s sharp criticisms and lack of patience earned him the moniker “Nuclear Wintour” and “Wintour of Our Discontent.” The editor, on the other hand, loved it. She told a friend, “I’m the Condé Nast hit man.” “I enjoy coming in and switching magazines.”

Her next big makeover came in 1987, when she abruptly changed the title of another Condé Nast publication, Home and Garden, to HG and managed to reject nearly $2 million in already-paid-for photos and articles.

Grumblings about Wintour’s changes quickly surfaced, but her bosses at Condé Nast were clearly behind her, paying her a salary of more than $200,000 and providing a $25,000 annual allowance for clothes and other luxuries. Furthermore, the magazine’s owners arranged for Concorde flights from New York to London so that Wintour and her husband could be together.

Revitalizing ‘Vogue’: Ending the Supermodel Era, Introducing High-Low Fashion

Wintour’s stay at HG was brief. She was named editor-in-chief of Vogue in 1988, allowing her to return to New York. Condé Nast’s decision came at a critical juncture for its flagship fashion publication. Vogue, which had been at the forefront of the fashion world since the early 1960s, found itself losing ground to Elle, a three-year-old upstart with a paid circulation of 850,000. Meanwhile, Vogue’s subscriber base remained stable at 1.2 million.

Fearing that the magazine had become complacent, or worse, boring, Wintour was given complete editorial control, as well as financial backing, to revitalize the publication. During her three-decade reign at Vogue, Wintour more than fulfilled her mission, restoring the magazine’s preeminence while producing some truly massive issues. For example, the September 2004 issue had 832 pages, the most ever for a monthly magazine.

Along the way, Wintour demonstrated courage in breaking new ground. She definitively declared the end of the supermodel era, displaying a preference for celebrities over models on her covers. In her photoshoots, Wintour was also the first to truly mix low-end fashion items with more expensive pieces. Her first cover, in November 1988, featured a 19-year-old Israeli model wearing $50 jeans and a $10,000 jewel-encrusted t-shirt.

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Prolific Fashion Influencer

Despite her claims to the contrary, Wintour rose to prominence in the fashion world not only through her editorial decisions, but also by introducing and celebrating newer designers. She aided the careers of designers such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen. Her work has elevated her to the position of power broker between designers and retailers in recent years. She facilitated a collaboration between men’s designer Thom Browne and Brooks Brothers in 2006, which resulted in Brown’s work appearing in 90 of the retailer’s stores.

Wintour has also demonstrated an ability to speak her mind over the years. The editor, as gentle as she could be, informed Oprah that she needed to lose 20 pounds before she would put her on the cover of her magazine. When Hillary Clinton snubbed Vogue in early 2008, fearing that appearing too feminine would jeopardize her presidential ambitions, Wintour retaliated with a letter in the February issue of her magazine.

“The notion that a modern woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a power seeker is frankly disconcerting,” she wrote. “This is the United States, not Saudi Arabia. It’s also 2008: Margaret Thatcher may have looked great in a blue power suit 20 years ago, but that was then. I believe Americans have moved past the power-suit mentality.”

Of course, power and influence come with a well-documented ego. Wintour earned a reputation for being distant and cold over the years. She is said to be difficult to work for because she insists on her employees always looking fashionable and rail-thin. Wintour, a mother of two who famously wore Chanel micro-mini skirts throughout her pregnancies, doesn’t deny being a difficult person to work for. “What I do drives me,” Wintour has said. “I am undeniably competitive. I like people who are the best at what they do, and if that makes you a perfectionist, then perhaps I am.”

Criticism, Reputation and ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

Lauren Weisberger, one of Wintour’s former assistants, wrote The Devil Wears Prada (2003), a fictionalized account of her time at Vogue. Her main character, Meryl Streep, was a demanding boss, much like Wintour. In 2006, the book was adapted into a film, and Wintour turned heads when she arrived at the premiere dressed in Prada. This move demonstrated to both critics and fans that Wintour had a sense of humour.

“The thing about Lauren’s book and this film is that I don’t think fiction can ever beat reality,” a UK fashion editor told a reporter around the time the film was released. “You only have to look at Anna’s requests for seats at the New York shows to see how art in this case is merely a poor imitation of life. Most of us simply request seats in the first or second row. She has her staff request a seat where she will not be able to see or be seen by specific rival editors. We spend our days telling people which it-bag to carry, but Anna is so far above the rest of us that she doesn’t even own a handbag. She has a limousine. And she has her walkers, [Vogue staff members] Andre Leon Talley and Hamish Bowles, who are primarily responsible for carrying her bits around for her.”

Plans were announced in 2006 to allow the production of a documentary film about the work done behind the scenes on Vogue’s September 2007 issue. The magazine’s issue weighed nearly five pounds and was the largest ever published. The September Issue, a film, was released in August 2009. For the first time, the film depicted the meticulous work required to produce an issue of Vogue. The film was dubbed “the real Devil Wears Prada” and received widespread critical acclaim. However, Wintour came across as more reserved than Streep’s impersonation of her. One critic described the legendary editor as having “regal confidence.”

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Met Gala, CFDA Charities and Politics

In general, Wintour appears unfazed by media comments about her. Her charitable work, however, does not appear to receive much attention. Following the September 11th terrorist attacks, Wintour assisted in raising funds for the Twin Towers fund. She also worked with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to establish a new fund to encourage and support emerging designers. As a board member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she also organizes a fundraiser for the museum’s costume department, which has raised more than $50 million over the years. Wintour made headlines in October 2017 when she revealed on The Late Late Show With James Corden that she would never invite Donald Trump to the Met Gala again.

With the Vogue-sponsored Fashion’s Night Out, Wintour launched her New York City economic stimulus project in 2009. The annual event, held in over 800 stores across the city in September, allows the general public to shop and mingle with some of the fashion world’s most prominent figures, including Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, and Wintour herself. Stars like Halle Berry and Sarah Jessica Parker have also attended this fashion event. Despite its successful global expansion, the event closed its doors in New York City after a four-year run, reportedly due to inefficient planning and organization.

Wintour has also gotten involved in politics. She co-hosted a fundraiser for President Barack Obama with actress Scarlett Johansson in February 2012. Her “Runway to Win” party featured Obama-inspired fashions and accessories by Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, and Tory Burch. “The runway is no longer just a runway; it is now a political force,” Wintour told The New York Times.

Personal Life

Her marriage to David Shaffer ended in divorce in 1999. Charles and Katherine are the couple’s two children. Wintour currently resides in New York City with her long-term partner, investor Shelby Bryan.

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