Forbes reveals world’s top-earning male models

Sean O Pry

In August Forbes Magazine released its annual rankings of model earnings. Now it’s time for the men.

It’s an American, British and Canadian top-three this year. The trio of big earners all exceeded the $1 million mark in annual income in the Forbes Magazine rankings.

1. Sean O’Pry – $1.5 million 

Born in the US state of Georgia and discovered in his late teens on his Myspace profile, O’Pry has worked with Calvin Klein, Versace, D&G, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors, and this year just edged out runner-up David Gandy as the world’s top-earning male model.

model Sean O Pry

2. David Gandy – $1.4 million

Gandy has taken on a role as the UK’s unofficial ‘Mr Fashion’ with his work promoting British designers and the London Collections: Men, but he still found time to bag campaigns for Hugo Boss, Banana Republic and Massimo Dutti. Unique among most male models, he’s also got big advertising contracts with food and drink brands in the form of Johnnie Walker whisky and the protein packed ice-cream company Whey Hey.

 David Gandy

3. Simon Nessman – $1.1 million

Canadian-born Simon Nessman is the final model to have hit the million-dollar mark. At only 23 years old, the British Columbia native is already the face of Giorgio Armani and Michael Kors. The former high-school basketball player has also worked for Calvin Klein and Versace.

Giorgio Armani Fall Winter 2012 Simon Nessman

Here’s the rest of the men’s top ten:

4. Arthur Kulkov, Russian – $905,000
5. Noah Mills, American – $740,000
6. Ryan Burns, American – $610,000
7. Tyson Ballou, American – $425,000
8. Ollie Edwards, British – $410,000
9. Jon Kortajarena, Spanish – $290,000
10. Tobias Sorensen, Danish – $265,000

Simon Nessman for ANTONY MORATO