Long before she became the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William‘s wife, Kate Middleton was just, well, Kate Middleton from Berkshire, England. And though she now calls Queen Elizabeth a family member and casually resides in London’s lavish Kensington Palace, Kate actually had quite the impressive net worth even before she tied the knot with William. Yes, seriously!
TIME magazine recently pointed out that the 36-year-old royal’s premarital net worth was around $1.4 million. Not too shabby, eh? After Kate graduated from Scotland’s University of St Andrews — the very place she first met her future hubby Wills! — with a degree in Art History in 2005, the eldest Middleton child worked as an accessory buyer with the clothing chain Jigsaw for a few years. She also worked in catalog design and production, marketing, and photography at her parents Michael and Carole Middleton‘s super successful party supplies company, Party Pieces.
Today, the Middleton family’s business is thought to be worth around $50 million (but much of that might be due to Kate’s high-profile attachment to the business). And Michael 69, and Carole, 63, also reportedly have a combined net worth of about $67 million.
After Kate exchanged vows with William at London’s Westminster Abbey back in April 2011, her net worth (obviously) skyrocketed. The mom-of-three is now thought to have a net worth of approximately $7 million, according to global wealth-tracking firm Wealth-X, however, some other estimates say Kate’s worth as much as $10 million now.
Interestingly, Kate’s net worth is much lower than the cash other members of the royal family reportedly have in the bank. The Duchess’ hubby, William, is worth around $40 million while his younger brother Prince Harry‘s net worth is allegedly $40 million.
And Kate’s new sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, is worth an impressive $5 million due to her past career as a Hollywood actress. You go, ladies!
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