Karl Lagerfeld Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Karl Lagerfeld Net Worth 

Karl Lagerfeld had an estimated net worth of $300 million at death. In addition to his own label, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld was a major creative force behind such well-known brands as Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel and Fendi. He earned most of his fortune from his fashion business.

Lagerfeld designed his first couture collection for Chanel in 1983, and after a year at Chanel, he founded his own eponymous label in 1984. It was at Chanel, however, that Lagerfeld achieved his greatest notoriety. 

In 2004, he partnered with discount retailer H&M to create limited-edition clothing lines by high-fashion designers. In 2010, together with Steidl, he founded L.S.D. Verlag, which publishes literature, biographies, and books on fashion, art, and music.

Lagerfeld was awarded the British Fashion Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2015, and a retrospective exhibition “Karl Lagerfeld: Fashion Method” was shown at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany.

Lagerfeld was hailed in Vogue as the “unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment” for his bold designs and constant reinvention. He died on February 19, 2019, in Paris.

To calculate the net worth of Karl Lagerfeld, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he 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 his net worth:

Name: Karl Lagerfeld
Net Worth: $300 Million
Monthly Income: $3 Million
Annual Salary: $50 Million
Source of Wealth: Fashion designer, Costume designer, Art Director, Artist, Designer, Actor, Film director

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Early Life

Karl Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany as Karl Otto Lagerfeldt. While the famous fashion designer has never revealed his exact birth date, it is widely assumed that he was born on September 10, 1933. He was often praised for his constant reinvention, including the removal of the “t” at the end of his last name early in his career to make it sound “more commercial.”

Christian Lagerfeld made his fortune bringing condensed milk to Germany. Karl grew up in a wealthy family with his older sister, Martha, and a half sister, Thea. At the Lagerfeld residence, intellectual activity was encouraged. His mother, Elizabeth, was an accomplished violinist, and conversation at the dinner table frequently included topics such as religious philosophy.

When Adolf Hitler came to power in the 1930s, the Lagerfelds relocated to a rural area of northern Germany, where, according to Karl, he was cut off from any knowledge of the Nazis.

Lagerfeld has always been interested in design and fashion. He used to cut out pictures from fashion magazines as a child. He was also known for his criticism of what other students wore to school. But it wasn’t until his adolescence, after his family had moved back to Hamburg, that Lagerfeld became immersed in the world of high fashion.

Career Beginnings

With his parents’ approval, 14-year-old Lagerfeld made the audacious decision to relocate to Paris, sensing his future lay elsewhere. He’d only been there two years when he entered a design competition with a series of sketches and fabric samples. He won first place in the coat category and met another winner, Yves Saint Laurent, who became a close friend.

Soon after, Lagerfeld began working full-time for French designer Pierre Balmain, first as a junior assistant and then as an apprentice. It was a demanding job, and the young designer stayed for three years. He worked as a creative director for another fashion house before striking out on his own in 1961.

Lagerfeld soon found himself designing collections for Chloe, Fendi (where he was hired to oversee the company’s fur line), and others. Lagerfeld rose to prominence in the fashion industry for his innovative, on-trend looks. Lagerfeld, on the other hand, had a fondness for the past, and he frequently shopped at flea markets for old wedding gowns to deconstruct and reimagine.

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Later Years

Karl Lagerfeld had become a major fashion star by the 1980s. He was popular with the press, who loved to follow his changing tastes and social life. Lagerfeld hung out with other big names, including his good friend Andy Warhol.

Throughout his career, he built a reputation as a hired gun, jumping from one label to the next, while also amassing a track record of success that few designers can match. In the early 1980s, he did what few thought was possible: he brought a near-dead brand back to life with a revamped ready-to-wear fashion line at Chanel.

Around that time, in 1984, Lagerfeld launched his own label, which he built around the concept of “intellectual sexiness.” With bold ready-to-wear pieces like cardigan jackets in bright colors, the brand developed a reputation for quality tailoring over the years. Lagerfeld sold the label to Tommy Hilfiger in 2005.

Lagerfeld, whose work spanned film and photography, continued to keep a full schedule. In 2011, he created a line of glassware for the Swedish company Orrefors and agreed to design a new clothing line for Macy’s. Karl Lagerfeld opened his first store in Doha, Qatar, in 2015.


When Lagerfeld reached his mid-80s, he began to slow down. He caused concern when he failed to show up for the end of his Chanel shows in Paris in early 2019, which the house attributed to his “fatigue.”

A few days later, on February 19, 2019, it was announced that the legendary designer had passed away.

Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, commented on the numerous tributes, “We are deeply saddened by the news of Karl Lagerfeld’s death today. His unparalleled contribution to the fashion industry changed the way women dress and perceive fashion. He has inspired generations of young designers and will continue to do so.”

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