Who is Tommy Hilfiger? Know his Bio: Career, Net worth, Personal life, Early life, Facts
Tommy Hilfiger is an American fashion designer who owns the label for a multinational corporation. Hilfiger’s brand is one of the world’s leading designer lifestyle brand.
How was the Early life of Tommy Hilfiger?
Tommy Hilfiger was born on March 24, 1951, in Elmira, New York to Virginia Hilfiger (mother) and Richard Hilfiger (father). His mother worked as a nurse while his father was a watchmaker at a local jewelry store. Tommy was neither a star athlete nor an exceptional student in high school. He suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia. Tommy Hilfiger is the second child among the nine children. Although he did not go to any design school his entrepreneurial gifts were evident from a very young age.
How did Tommy Hilfiger start his Career?
Fig: Tommy Hilfiger early days of career
Hilfiger opened his first store during his senior year at high school in 1969. He provided young people of Elmira with bellbottom jeans through his store named ‘The people’s place’. Tommy sold the place in 1979 after facing bankruptcy. He fell in love with one of the employees at the store, Susan Corona. Hilfiger then moved to Manhattan shortly with her. He worked as a freelancer at many companies.
Tommy Hilfiger approached Marjani in 1984 who was looking for a designer to head the men’s sportswear line. After an agreement with Marjani, Hilfiger started to design the label under his own name. Marjani and Hilfiger placed a billboard on times square in 1988 which announced that Hilfiger would soon dominate the American fashion market.
Hilfiger is incessantly compared to American designers Calvin Klein and Ralphs Lauren although he is not acknowledged as a true designer. He launched his namesake brand in 1985.
What is the Net worth of Tommy Hilfiger?
Fig: Tommy Hilfiger Vibrant House in Miami
The brand has grown since then with a net worth of US $6.6 Billion. Hilfiger owns a quarter of the company and is valued personally at around $100 million. Hilfiger has saturated the market with his popularity.
He has several luxury houses in different locations of the United States. He also has several luxury car collections. Some of his luxury collections include brands like Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche, Bentley, etc. He also owns a couple of private jet and Yacht as well.
His collections include:
1938 Bugatti Atlantic= $40 000 000
Fig:1938 Bugatti Atlantic
Mercedes-Benz SSK= $70 00 000
Fig: Mercedes Benz SSK
Ferrari Enzo= $3 90 000
Fig: Ferrari Enzo
Aston Martin DB7= $140 000
Fig: Aston Martin DB7
x3 F355 Challenge= $750 000
Fig: x3 F355 Challenge
Fisker Karma= $70 000
Fig: Fisker Karma
Mercedes-Benz SL= $40 000
Fig: Tommy Hilfiger with wife Dee and Mercedes-Benz SL
Bentley Continental= $126 280
1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer= $15 000
Fig: 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Bombardier Challenger 601-3A= $39 000 000
Fig: Bombardier Challenger 601-3A
Dassault Falcon 900EX= $39 000 000
Fig: Tommy Hilfiger posing in front of his Bombardier Challenger 601-3A
Yatch Flag= $45 000 000
Fig: Yatch Flag
Ocean Blue Yacht= $5 000 000
Fig: Ocean Blue Yacht
House in Mustique
Fig: Tommy Hilfiger's homes in Mustique
Fig: Tommy Hilfiger's Connecticut Castle
Stonehill Estate, Greenwich, New York $20 000 000
Fig: Tommy Hilfiger's Stone Hill Estate
Apartment New York's Plaza Hotel= $50 000 000
Fig: New York Plaza Hotel
Who is in the Personal life of Tommy Hilfiger?
Hilfiger has married twice. Susan Corona, his first wife with whom he now has four children divorced
in 2000. His company had crumpled down during that year. Sales plummeted down up to 75 percent. The brand logo started becoming ubiquitous among people. Hilfiger worked through his mistake and revisited his past activities to bring the company back to its height again.
Fig: Tommy Hilfiger with wife Dee Ocleppo
In December 2009, Hilfiger married his second wife, Dee Ocleppo. The couple welcomed their son, Sebastian in August 2009. He had signed an exclusive deal with Macy’s to sell the company’s bestselling line only at their stores. The company again made a profit and he sold the company at $3 billion to the clothing conglomerate Phillips-Van Heusen.
Hilfiger is still the main designer for his brand. It has stores in more than 90 countries. He partnered with runway dreams in 2016 to design clothes for children with disabilities and gave his company a new direction.
Interesting facts about Tommy Hilfiger
- Hilfiger had dressed Snoop Dogg in 1992 for a Saturday Night Live Appearance. Other artists soon adapted his styles.
- Tommy has designed dresses for music stars like the Fugees, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey,
David Bowe and TLC.
- In promotions for his album HIStory, Michael Jackson had worn a Hilfiger sweater.
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