We can laugh all we want about how Jessica Simpson’s love life sucked until a couple weeks ago when she
proposed to got engaged to ex-footballer Eric Johnson, but come to think of it, we all owe her a lot of credit.
Sure, Jess may be a ditzy blonde on the outside, but she’s one of the most business-savvy women to hit Hollywood in a long time—maybe ever.
In a new article for WWD, Simpson’s net worth is examined, and it’s going to make you want to throw up. Ready for it? She’s reportedly worth almost a billion dollars. That’s like Oprah money!
So what makes Jess so successful? Vince Camuto, the founder and CEO of Camuto Group, her brand's master licensee, told WWD, "She is the girl next door and has great product that surrounds her. People like her. People look at her as a style icon."
He’s right. For as easy as Jess is to poke fun at, she’s also super duper likeable. The girl doesn’t seem to have a bad bone in her body. Makes sense that her fashion range pulled in $750 million this year alone.
Jess’ denim wear line, owned by the Jones Group, has also exceeded expectations. CEO Jack Gross says he’s stunned at the growth, and the line is expected to generate between $150 million and $200 million in retail sales within the next two years.
It seems like Jess has conquered it all—handbags, shoes, outerwear, bathing suits, fragrance, sunglasses, and now jeans. So what’s next? Apparently sportswear! The latest line will be rolled out in Fall 2011.
The Jessica Simpson Collection is well on its way to becoming the first-ever celebrity fashion line to reach one billion in sales. Yowza! I see what Eric Johnson sees in Jess—dollar signs!
It’s hard not to think about his intentions—especially with being unemployed and all. Jess does seem happy, and I just hope Johnson is in it for the right reasons.
I’m sure Papa Joe is insisting on a pre-nup—Jessica would be stupid not to! She’s come so far since she’s started in Hollywood. Congratulations is in order!