Yes transgender people and you read that right….Transgender people make the headlines for different reasons mostly relating to their lifestyle, but a few of them are making it in their chosen professions and raking several thousands of dollars every other day. We take a look at the top 10 richest transgender people in the world this evening.
10. Chaz Bono [Worth: $500,000]
Chaz Salvatore Bono is an American advocate, writer and musician who was formerly named Chastity. He is the only child of American entertainers Sonny and Cher. Bono is a transgender man.
He underwent gender reassignment in 2008.
9. Kellie Maloney [Networth: $600,000]
Kellie Maloney is a boxing manager and promoter, most notable for managing Lennox Lewis to the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship of the World. In August 2014, she entered the reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother.
Maloney was married for over 15 years to second wife Tracey; they have two daughters. Maloney has a daughter from her first marriage and is a supporter of Millwall Football Club. Maloney said in her first televised interview as an open trans woman that she and Tracey are now divorced, but that she has been “very supportive”.
In August 2014, Maloney announced publicly that she is now known as Kellie, and is undergoing gender reassignment. Lennox Lewis was initially shocked at the news but expressed respect for Maloney’s decision. On a radio interview she discussed her family’s reaction with her mother Maureen.
Maloney had already received counselling, hormone therapy, and voice coaching. She had stated that final sex reassignment surgery was set for early 2015. In April 2015, Maloney announced that her gender reassignment was now complete.
8. Amanda Lepore
Amanda Lepore is an American model, socialite, singer and performance artist. Born Armand Lepore, she is one of the most notable transgender public figures.
The 48-year-old has appeared in advertising for numerous companies, including M.A.C. Cosmetics, Mego Jeans, The Blonds, Swatch, CAMP Cosmetics, and Heatherette, which has used her likeness on clothing as well as hiring her as a model. Lepore is also noted as a regular subject in photographer David LaChapelle’s work, serving as his muse, as well as many other photographers, such as Terry Richardson.
7. Carmen Carrera
Carmen Carrera formerly Christopher Roman is an American reality television personality, model, burlesque performer, and actress, known for appearing on the third season of the Logo reality television series RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as its spin-off series RuPaul’s Drag U. Although she presented as male during the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, on May 1, 2012, ABC News reported that Carrera is a transgender woman.
Carrera was in a domestic partnership with Adrian Torres since 2009, but she announced in 2013 that they had separated. Carrera had identified as a gay man, and continued to present as such during filming of the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but began to transition when she concluded filming.
6. Laverne Cox [Networth: $2million]
Laverne Cox is an American actress, reality television star, television producer, and LGBT advocate, best known for her portrayal of Sophia Burset on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black, for which she became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category, and the first to be nominated for an Emmy Award since composer/musician Angela Morley in 1990.
On June 26, 2015 she will become the first transgender person to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
5. Conchita Wurst [Networth $3million]
Conchita Wurst also mononymously known as Conchita is an Austrian pop recording artist and drag queen portrayed by Thomas “Tom” Neuwirth.
Wurst came to international attention for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 as Austria’s entrant with the song “Rise Like a Phoenix”. Openly gay, Neuwirth uses masculine pronouns when referring to himself but feminine pronouns to describe Wurst.
4. Laura Jane Grace [Networth: $5million]
Laura Jane Grace is an American musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!. Starting as a solo act in 1997, Against Me! expanded into a quartet and released six studio albums, experiencing breakthrough success with 2007’s New Wave and 2010’s White Crosses. Grace also released a solo EP, Heart Burns, in 2008. In 2011, she founded the Total Treble recording studio and an accompanying record label, Total Treble Music.
Grace was married to visual artist Heather Hannoura from 2007 to 2014, when the two separated. Having dealt with gender dysphoria since childhood, Grace publicly came out as a transgender woman in 2012, ceasing to use her birth name and taking the name Laura Jane Grace.
3. Martine Aliana Rothblatt [Networth: $390million]
Martine Aliana Rothblatt is an American lawyer, author, and entrepreneur. Rothblatt graduated from UCLA with a combined law and MBA degree in 1981.
She is the founder and CEO of United Therapeutics Corp. and the highest-paid female executive in the United States. She is also the creator of GeoStar and Sirius Radio.
In 1994, at age 40, she came out as transgender and changed her name to Martine Aliana Rothblatt. She has since become a vocal advocate of transgenderism.
2. Caitlyn Jenner [Networth $110million]
Yeah right! Caitlyn makes our list…….Caitlyn Jenner is a 1976 Olympic decathlon men’s event champion and American television personality. She came out as a trans woman in 2015, previously being known as Bruce Jenner.
Caitlyn used to be married to Kris Jenner and had kids together.
1. Jennifer Pritzker [NETWORTH: $1.3billion]
Jennifer Natalya Pritzker formerly James N. Pritzker is a billionaire investor and philanthropist. She is a member of the Pritzker family.
65-year-old Pritzker retired as a lieutenant colonel from the United States Army in 2001 and was later made an honorary Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard. She founded the Pritzker Military Library in 2003 and the Tawani Foundation.
Pritzker is divorced with three children. On August 16, 2013, a statement released to employees at Tawani Enterprises and the Pritzker Military Library read:
As of August 16, 2013, J. N. Pritzker will undergo an official legal name change, will now be known as Jennifer Natalya Pritzker. This change will reflect the beliefs of her true identity that she has held privately and will now share publicly. Pritzker now identifies herself as a woman for all business and personal undertakings.
This announcement made Pritzker the world’s first openly transgenderbillionaire.