Bruce Jenner's transition into Caitlyn Jenner brought a lot of attention to those that consider themselves to be transgender, that is to say those whose gender identity doesn't not match their assigned sex at birth.
Transgender individuals have been around forever, but in our recent times people are becoming more aware and hopefully more understanding. While Caitlyn Jenner might be the most famous transgender individual right now, there are many others like her. In fact, there are plenty of transgender individuals that are extremely wealthy as well.
Let's take a look at 10 of the richest transgender people in the world.
10. Andreja Pejic - Net Worth: $200,000
First up on our list we have Andreja Pejic, a young model. She initially was approached by modeling agencies when she was a boy in high school, and worked as a model for both men's and women's clothing. She quickly rose to fame and was named one of the Top 50 Male Models in the world in 2011. In 2014 she completed her transition into a woman and has a promising career ahead of her as a transgender model.
9. Chaz Bono - Net Worth: $500,000
Next up on our list, we have Chaz Bono. You probably know Chaz as the son of Cher and Sonny. Chaz has earned a considerable amount of money over the years that attribute to his net worth, in addition to a fairly large inheritance. Chaz was born a woman, Chastity awhile back. As a woman she would eventually come out as a lesbian, and then in 2008 he received gender reassignment surgery to transition into a man. Now Chaz, like many other transgender individuals, has become an activist for the LGBT community in addition to releasing an album of his own.
8. Kellie Maloney - Net Worth: $600,000
Kellie Maloney is another individual who recently made the transition into a woman. She was well known as Frank Maloney, a prominent boxing promoter who worked with a variety of different athletes. She earned her fortune doing this job for a number of years, but was still unhappy because she was born into the wrong body. Then in 2014 she made her transition from a man into a woman and underwent sexual reassignment surgery.
7. Amanda Lepore - Net Worth: $1.7 Million
Musician, artists, socialite, and singer Amanda Lepore is also a well known and an extremely wealthy transgender woman. She was born a man in New Jersey, but even at a young age, she knew that she was supposed to be a girl. She recounted in interviews saying how she couldn't understand why here parents were dressing her up in boys clothing, as she knew she was a girl. She would eventually opt for gender reassignment surgery when she was nineteen years old, and she even had her ribs broken to look thinner and more feminine. Now she is very happy with her body and her look.
6. Carmen Carrera - Net Worth: $2 Million
Carmen Carrera wasn't always known as "Carmen", as she was born a male named Christopher Roman. She was raised in New Jersey by her mother, however she knew that she was different. She eventually rose to fame as a star on the reality show RuPaul's Drag Race. She eventually transitioned into a woman and is now known as a model and actress, and has even walked down the runway for Victoria's Secret.
5. Laverne Cox - Net Worth: $2 Million
Next up on the list we have Laverne Cox, who's worth about $2 million. She is known for acting on the hit Netflix show Orange is The New Black in addition to making some appearances as a singer. Like many other transgender individuals, she is an advocate for the LGBT community. Laverne was also the first openly transgender person that was nominated for an Emmy.
4. Conchita Wurst - Net Worth: $3 Million
Conchita Wurst is an Austrian who was born a man, but now identifies as both a man and a woman. Wurst is known as a prominent pop star, drag queen, and musician. Additionally Wurst would also work as a model for a few fashion brands, sporting a feminine appearance but still keeping the facial hair.
3. Caitlyn Jenner - Net Worth: $100 Million
The woman who had everyone talking when she first identified as "Caitlyn," Caitlyn Jenner, is also now one of the richest transgender individuals in the world. When she identified as Bruce, she became a prominent Olympian that won gold. From there she expanded her career and earn quite a bit of money over the years. Now she has arguably become a prominent figure for transgender individuals as well as the rest of the LGBT community.
2. Martine Rothblatt - Net Worth: $390 Million
Born as Martin Rothblatt in 1954, Rothblatt would eventually transition into a woman when she came out in 1994. She's a businesswoman, lawyer, and entrepreneur who currently sits as the chairman and CEO of United Therapeutics. She's one of the highest-earning female CEO's in the world and makes about $39 million per year. Her entire net worth is quite larger at $390 million.
1. Jennifer Pritzker - Net Worth: $1.79 Billion
Jennifer Pritzker is the richest transgender individual in the world, and the first person that identifies as trans to become a billionaire. When she lived as a man, she was a fairly high-ranking lieutenant colonel within the United States Army. Since then she went on to found the Pritzker Military Library and the Tawani Foundation. In 2003, she openly came out as trans and made her full transition into a woman.
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