Kathleen Marie “Kathy” Ireland (born March 20, 1963) is an American model and actress, turned author and entrepreneur. Ireland was a supermodel in the 1980s and 1990s, best known for appearing in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. In 1993, she founded a brand marketing company, “kathy ireland Worldwide” (kiWW), which has made her one of the wealthiest former models in the world.
As a result of her career as a businesswoman, she had made a $420 million personal fortune by 2015 (Forbes). In 2012, $2 billion worth of products bearing her company’s brand were sold.
She has remained involved with various charities and non-profit organizations dedicated to global women’s rights and justice, education, emergency response and training for children, disease research and management, and HIV/AIDS.