Jessica Ann Simpson was born on July 10, 1980, in Abilene, Texas. She grew up with her younger sister Ashlee in Dallas and Waco, Texas. When her career took off in 1997, she dropped out of high school and earned her GED through distance learning at Texas Tech High School the following year.
Simpson was raised with a strong Christian faith, as the daughter of a Baptist youth preacher. She began singing in church choirs as a child, and it was on a church retreat that she decided to pursue a singing career.
Jessica Simpson’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jessica Simpson is an American singer, actress, entrepreneur, and television personality with a $200 million net worth. As an actress, a singer, and, most recently, a retailer, Jessica Simpson has amassed distinct fortunes.
To date, her cosmetic products, purses, lingerie, shoes, and boots have produced billions of dollars in gross sales. Much more information regarding her retail business and earnings will be provided later in this essay.
At the age of twelve, she auditioned for “The Mickey Mouse Club” and was chosen as a semi-finalist, though she was eventually not chosen. She was found and signed by the head of the Christian music label Proclaim Records after she resumed singing in church. Due to the company’s bankruptcy, her debut album “Jessica” was never released.
However, her grandmother funded a limited pressing of the CD. Simpson signed with Columbia Records after sending “Jessica” to numerous labels and producers and catching the attention of Columbia Records chief Tommy Mottola.
Mottolla wanted Simpson to cultivate an “anti-sex appeal” image to contrast with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera’s public personas. The RIAA recognized her 1999 debut single “I Want to Love You Forever” as platinum when it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. “Sweet Kisses,” her maiden studio album, was released in November 1999 and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. Her 2001 album “Irresistible” was less successful than her debut.
After marrying Nick Lachey in October 2002, Jessica Simpson and Lachey appeared in the popular MTV reality show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.” Simpson’s third studio album “In This Skin” was released on the same day as the debut of the show, and the show helped promote the album. Simpson produced new songs and re-released “In This Skin” in 2004 to greater success, selling over 4 million copies in the United States.
Simpson parted ways with Columbia Records in March 2006 and joined Epic Records. A Public Affair, her fifth studio album, was released in 2006 and debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. Simpson tried a crossover towards country music on her sixth album, “Do you know” (2008), which was largely not well received. In addition, Simpson has released two Christmas albums: “ReJoyce: The Christmas Album” (2004) and “Happy Christmas” (2010).
Acting and Television Pursuits
In 2004, in addition to her own reality show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica” with her then-husband Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson starred on her sister’s show “The Ashlee Simpson Show.” Despite unfavorable reviews, “The Dukes of Hazzard” (2005) grossed over $111 million worldwide and marked her feature debut.
An employee of the Month (2006), her second film, was a commercial flop. In addition to “Blonde Ambition” (2007) and “Private Valentine: Blonde and Dangerous,” she has also starred in “Blonde Ambition” (2007) and “Private Valentine: Blonde and Dangerous” (2008). In addition, Simpson hosted the 2010 VH1 documentary series “The Price of Beauty” and featured as a coach on “Fashion Star” (2012-2013).
The Jessica Simpson Collection
Jessica introduced The Jessica Simpson Collection in 2005. At the outset, she teamed with the Camuto Group to produce brands bearing her name. Vince Camuto, the co-founder of Nine West, established The Camuto Group, a manufacturer of footwear for brands including Tory Burch, Dillard’s, BCBG, and Max Azria.
Jessica and Camuto cooperated on the design of women’s high-heeled cowboy boots with red heels to correspond with Jessica’s 2005 debut in the remake of “The Dukes of Hazzard.“
Jessica sold Camuto 25 percent of her brand in addition to a master license arrangement. The master license granted Camuto the exclusive right to manufacture all Simpson retail products, not only shoes. The cooperation eventually developed footwear, fragrance, and lingerie.
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By 2010, The Jessica Simpson Collection produced an annual gross revenue of $750 million. At its height in 2014, its gross revenue exceeded $1 billion. The brand generated $500 million in 2021.
During the Camuta era, Simpson earned slightly more than 1% of the brand’s gross income on average. Therefore, she received $9.75 million in the year that the brand made $750 million. In the year when the brand’s gross sales reached $1 billion, she received $13 million.
Many outlets have referred to Simpson as a “billion-dollar celebrity” in reference to the retail empire’s billion-dollar sales performances. She does not have a net worth of $1 billion…yet.
Jessica sold 62.5% of her 75% ownership in the brand to Sequential Brands for $117 million in April 2015. After the transaction, the widow of Vince Camuto retained a 25% owner, and Jessica maintained a 12.5% ownership stake.
After COVID-19 damaged Sequential’s overall business, the company filed for bankruptcy in February 2021. A stipulation in her first deal with Sequential prohibited the company from selling her brand without her permission. This implied that more buyout bids could be evaluated, but none could be accepted without Jessica’s consent. Thus, Jessica was practically the only viable buyer in the bankruptcy.
In August 2021, with the agreement of a bankruptcy judge, Jessica paid $65 million to reacquire her brand with the assistance of an investment bank.
Simpson met singer Nick Lachey at a 1998 Christmas party, and the couple married on October 26, 2002. Simpson filed for divorce in December 2005 after announcing their separation in November 2005; the divorce was finalized in June 2006. Due to the absence of a prenuptial agreement, Simpson was reportedly required to pay Lachey $12 million in their divorce.
In May 2010, she began dating former NFL player Eric Johnson, and the couple was engaged in November of that year. They tied the knot in July 2014 and have three children.
Real Estate and Assets
Simpson’s principal property is a mansion in Hidden Hills, California, which she purchased for $11.5 million from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in 2013. In 2007, the Osbournes purchased the residence for $12.5 million, making it a relative bargain. Simpson and her husband have renovated the 2.5-acre property with six bedrooms, a basketball court, a playground, and a huge pool extensively over the years.
This property is currently worth between $15 and $20 million based on recent similar sales. Prior to purchasing in Hidden Hills, Simpson owned a Beverly Hills property she purchased for $5.26 million in 2005. In October 2013, she sold this home for $6.4 million.