Multi-talented singer, actress, fashion designer and business woman Jessica Simpson is worth $100 million dollars. She came from humble beginnings in Abilene Texas. Her mother was a home maker and her father was a minister and psychologist. Even with her popular chart topping hits, the majority of her money did not come from her music career. Simpsons “Jessica Simpson Collection” of clothing, shoes and jewelry achieved revenue of over $750 million in 2010! She is now a major force in the fashion world. Her designs can be seen in major department stores and New York’s Fashion Week runways. One of Jessica Simpson newest endeavors is to be a mentor on NBC’s newest show “Fashion Star”, a reality show contest searching for the next big brand in fashion.
Jessica began her singing career while still in high school, when she was signed by a local Gospel record company. She recorded one album, but the record company went bankrupt and her album was never released. Her grandmother loaned her enough money for a small pressing. When the album was released she gained some notoriety within the Gospel music scene. She attracted the attention of legendary Gospel artists like Cece Winans and Kirk Franklin, which led to her performing at at their concerts. When Jessica was just 16 years old, Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola heard her sing. He was impressed with her musical abilities and thought she sounded like Mariah Carey. He signed Simpson to his label. Her major success as a recording artist came in 1999 with “I Wanna Love You Forever.” Since then Jessica has had 7 Billboard Top 40 hits, 3 Gold and 2 Multi-Platinum RIAA-Certified albums. Jessica is currently working on her eight album which will be released in mid-2012. Simpson was propelled into realty tv stardom in 2003 with “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica”. The show starred her and then husband Nick Lachey on MTV. The show quickly became a pop culture sensation making Jessica a household name, even among those that did not follow pop music or MTV.
Jessica’s second reality show “The Price of Beauty” was released in 2010 on VH1 to much acclaim. The show followed Simpson and her two best friends around the world, introducing viewers to the different perceptions of beauty in different cultures. The first episode attracted over 1 million viewers.
The major news in Jessica Simpson life is the eminent arrival of her baby girl with fiance Erik Johnson. She recently posed nude on the cover of Elle magazine showing off her baby belly. Rumor has it that Johnson is buying Jessica a $30,000 push present including custom made jewelry from a famous jewelry designer in Italy.
Simpson is a big believe in philanthropy and is very giving of her time and money. She is the International Youth Ambassador of Operation Smile.