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Hey, Gisele Bundchen -- you know what's cool? A billion dollars.

June 3, 2011 |  6:15 pm

Giselebundchen Gisele Bündchen has exotic supermodel looks, enviable high-fashion campaigns and husband Tom Brady. So for someone with everything, perhaps the next step would be billionaire status?

Bündchen could well be on her way to a billion-dollar empire, making her the first self-made Brazilian woman to do so and perhaps the first supermodel, says Forbes magazine. 

By its count Bündchen's already staggering $45-million income will be expanded with several ventures. The first is a synthetic footwear collection with Grendene from which she pockets a piece.

The second is her own brand of lingerie, Gisele Bündchen Brazilian Intimates, sold exclusively through a retailer called Hope. The skimpy fare nets her about $30 million annually. 

Also consider Sejaa Pure Skincare, which Bündchen owns. The model is reportedly in talks to sell an equity stake of the company.

With Bündchen's earnings of $250 million as well as real estate and personal investments, she could well be closing in on the 10-digit club. 

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-- Matt Donnelly
twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photo: Gisele Bündchen arrives at the 2011 Met Gala. Credit: Eric Thayer / Reuters

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