The Richest People in Fashion

The 2012 Forbes’ Billionaire List is laced with fashion moguls, but not just the fancy kind. While the rankings include CEOs and household names (Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren), it’s also sprinkled with some more under-the-radar entries, like the founder of Spanx (the youngest woman on the list at 41). And there’s also a bevy of fast fashion tycoons, clearly laughing their way to the .0001% of the 1%, one $7 t-shirt at a time.
Read on to see some of the most notable fashion industry billionaires who made the list this year:
Arnault - Pinault - Green
Bernard Arnault
Forbes Billionaires Ranking: #4
Estimated Net Worth: $41 billion
Job: Chariman and CEO of luxury conglomerate LVMH, which owns high-end labels like Céline, Donna Karan, Fendi and Marc Jacobs. And Louis Vuitton, since that’s what the “LV” stands for.
Francois-Henri Pinault
Forbes Billionaires Ranking: #59
Estimated Net Worth: $13 billion
Job: CEO of conglomerate PPR, which owns luxe labels like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney. Also, he’s married to Salma Hayek.
Sir Philip Green
Forbes Billionaires Ranking: #255
Estimated Net Worth: $4.2 billion
Job: Owner of Topshop. (Hence the “sir”.)
Blakely - Lauren - Prada
Sara Blakely
Forbes Billionaires Ranking: #1,153
Estimated Net Worth: $1 billion
Job: Creator and owner of Spanx. (If you’re not wearing Spanx, someone within five feet of you probably is.)
Ralph Lauren
Forbes Billionaires Ranking: #122
Estimated Net Worth:$7.5 billion
Job: Designer of his namesake label; silver fox.
Miuccia Prada
Forbes Billionaires Ranking: #139
Estimated Net Worth: 6.8 billion
Job: Designer of Prada and Miu Miu (and glitter booties).
Armani - Yanai - Mera
Giorgio Armani
Forbes Billionaires Ranking: #127
Estimated Net Worth: $7.2 billion
Job: Designer of eponymous label; very tan man.
Tadashi Yanai
Forbes Billionaires Ranking: #88
Estimated Net Worth: $10 billion
Job: Founder and CEO of Fast Retailing Co., which owns Uniqlo.
Rosalia Mera
Forbes Billionaires Ranking: #232
Estimated Net Worth: $4.5 billion
Job: Co-founder of Inditex, which owns Zara.