Yolanda Hadid is a television personality and former model who is best known for her appearances on ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.’ She is also known as the mother of models Gigi and Bella Hadid. Through her career and her first marriage, Hadid has become a wealthy woman with an estimated net worth of $45 million. Here is how Yolanda Hadid earned her net worth.
Yolanda Hadid’s Early Life
According to Bravo TV, Yolanda Hadid was born on January 11, 1964, in a small town in South Holland called Papendrecht. She grew up on a farm and loved milking the cows and riding horses. Her birth name is Yolanda Van den Herik. Following her father’s tragic death in a car accident when Hadid was just seven, Hadid and her brother Leo were raised by their single mother. During her teens, Hadid worked as a dishwasher for a local Chinese restaurant, which was far from the glamorous lifestyle that she leads now.
Hadid’s Career as a Model
Yolanda Hadid began her career as a model when Frans Molenaar, a Dutch fashion designer, asked her to appear in one of his shows as a replacement for another model. At the show, Hadid was discovered by Eileen Ford, which led to her signing a contract with Ford Models. Throughout her modeling career, Hadid traveled the world. She modeled in locations such as Milan, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Cape Town, and Sydney. Hadid’s modeling career lasted for 15 years, and she quit when she decided to settle down and start a family. After marrying her first husband Mohamed Hadid, she moved to Los Angeles. However, Hadid was not naturalized as a U.S. citizen until 2013.
Her Reality Television Career
Hadid first appeared on television in 1991, when she played the small role of Betty in a flashback scene of season seven in ‘1st & Ten.’ It was 20 years before she next appeared on television when she appeared as herself in the reality series ‘Nederlandse Hollywood Vroumen’ for a year. It led to her becoming a regular cast member on ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly hills.’ She appeared in this reality series from 2012 to 2018, and it is for this series that Hadid is probably best known. When Hadid joined the main cast of the series, the other new cast member was Brandi Glanville, although she had appeared in the previous season as a friend of another member of the cast. Hadid left in the same year as Kathryn Edwards who had only been in the main cast for one season. On several occasions, Yolanda Hadid has appeared in episodes of reality series that are linked to ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.’ These include a 2013 episode of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ and an episode of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ in 2014. In 2017, Hadid became a guest judge on a reality competition series for the first time. She was a guest judge in the modeling competition ‘Project Runway.’ It led to her landing her own series, which was initially filmed under the working title ‘Model Moms’. Before it aired for the first time, it was renamed ‘Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid.’ She was the host of the televised competition for eight episodes in 2018.
Hadid's Other Ventures
In addition to her modeling and television careers, Yolanda Hadid has been involved in several other projects. She appeared in the music video for Lady Gaga’s single ‘G.U.Y’ as a ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ band member. In 2017, Hadid published her memoir ‘Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease.’ She wrote about her experiences since being diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2012.
Yolanda Hadid’s Net Worth
According to The List, Yolanda Hadid’s net worth is $45 million. She originally made money working as a model and has continued to grow her wealth through her television appearances. Her wealth also increased following her first divorce.
Her Personal Life
Yolanda Hadid married real estate developer Mohamed Hadid in 1994. The marriage lasted six years before the couple divorced in 2000. Mohamed Hadid had previously been married and had two daughters from his first marriage. Following the divorce, Yolanda Hadid continued to use her first husband’s name for professional purposes, despite later remarrying. Together, Yolanda and Mohamed Hadid have three children. Their first daughter, Jelena ‘Gigi’ Hadid, was born in 1995. A year later, their second daughter, Isabella ‘Bella’ Hadid, followed. Their youngest child is a son, Anwar, who was born in 1999. All three of their children are models. Hadid married her second husband, David Foster, in 2011. Foster is a musician, composer, and music producer. The couple had become engaged in 2010.
Unfortunately, the couple’s marriage did not work, and they separated in 2015, although the divorce was not finalized until 2017. Yolanda Hadid was Foster’s fourth of five wives. His first wife was author B.J. Cook, with whom he has one daughter, Amy Skylark. He then married Rebecca Dyer, and they had three daughters: Sara, Erin, and Jordan. His third wife was actress Linda Thompson. Foster’s fifth wife is singer-songwriter Katharine McPhee, and their son, Rennie David, was born in 2021. David Foster also has a daughter, Alison, from one of his earlier relationships. She was adopted and then reunited with her father when she was 30. Since May 2020, Yolanda Hadid has been in a relationship with Joseph ‘Joey’ Jingoli. He is the founder and CEO of the construction and development company Jingoli. Hadid was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2012. She has claimed that she has chronic Lyme disease, although this is not a recognized medical condition. Hadid has also claimed that the condition has prevented her from functioning in normal dialy activities, including reading, writing, and watching the television.