Taking Up With Billionaires


WealthymattersThese days I come across a lot of women who are keen to exchange their beauty to enjoy the benefits of some or other man’s resources.Most of them cut pretty poor deals and the others cut one or other good deal only to lose the benefits they just gained via the next poor choice they make.The following is a reality check for women trading on looks to get ahead:

‘We are happy that we were able to reach an agreement for the benefit and well-being of our son, Augie.’ With these words Linda Evangelista and Francois-Henri Pinault closed a fiercely fought child support battle.

Canadian-born Linda Evangelista is a Vogue cover model many times over, including on the current Italian Vogue.She was one of the biggest names in modeling in the late 1980s and early ’90s,At the height of her career, she famously said supermodels ‘don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.’

Pinault is CEO of PPR, a holding company that owns Gucci, Yves St. Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron and other fashion lines. Forbes estimates his family’s net worth at $13 billion.He supposedly makes about $4million a year.Ladies,here’s the first thing to note: declared incomes and estimated wealth are complex issues.

The intercontinental twosome dated – sporadically, according to Pinault  – over about four months in late 2005 and early 2006. Augie was born in October 2006.After Pinault told Evangelista he didn’t plan to raise the boy with her,he supposedly wanted her to get an abortion , she willingly paid all the expenses herself at first from her roughly $1.8million-a-year income.But when a big contract with L’Oreal ended she needed Pinault to chip in. Read more of this post

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