The fashion world is a multi-billion dollar industry. For the top designers fashion is not just about clothing, but rather it encompasses an entire lifestyle. With the right designs, an eye for fabric, and a passion for style the following men and women have gotten their hands on a piece of the ever-changing world of fashion. These households name rule the runway year after year with their flawless creations and have been rewarded with plenty of cheddar:
Ralph Lauren: $7.5 BillionPictured: Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren is an American fashion designer with an estimated net worth of $7.5 billion. He is best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand. Aside from fashion design he is also known for his extremely impressive car collection featuring some of the world’s rarest automobiles. In September 2012, Forbes estimated that Lauren was the 162nd richest person in the world.
Giorgio Armani: $7.2 Billion
Pictured: Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion designer with an estimated net worth of $7.2 billion. He is best known for his impeccable and chic menswear collections but designs for women, as well. He formed his eponymous brand, Armani, in 1975 and by 2001 was named the most successful designer to ever come out of Italy. His company makes an annual turnover of $1.6 billion.
Miuccia Prada: $6.8 Billion
Pictured: Miuccia Prada
Miuccia Prada is an Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur with an estimated net worth of $6.8 billion. Born in Milam, Miuccia was the youngest granddaughter of Mario Prada, founder of the eponymous company. Along with her husband, Patrizio Bertelli, they took over the family-owned luxury goods company and acquired Jil Sander and Helmut Lang
Patrizio Bertelli: $6.7 Billion
Pictured: Patrizio Bertelli
Patrizio Bertelli is an Italian businessman and CEO of Prada with an estimated net worth of $6.7 billion. His wife, fashion royalty Miuccia Prada is the designer behind the luxury goods and clothing brand Prada, while Bertelli handles the financial aspects of the company. In 2011, Prada went public in Hong Kong and received a 75% stock boost doubling the couples net worth from $10.5 billion to $19.1 billion.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana: $4 Billion
Pictured: Stefano Gabbana (L) and Domenico Dolce (R)
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce are the men behind the Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. The two men have a combined estimated net worth of $4 billion. The started their company in 1982 as a designer consulting studio before launching their own line in 1985. In 1987 they began a leotard line and then began designing swimwear and underwear. They founded their own showroom in 1990 and presented their first men’s collection in 1992.