The real Gisele Bündchen is so fickle

Monday, 26 March, 2012

Back in 2007, the world’s top-earning model, Gisele Bündchen, reportedly responded to the falling value of the US dollar by refusing to be paid in the currency of Uncle Sam. Her sister and manager told the Bloomberg news agency that Gisele preferred to be paid in euros. Five years ago, the euro was seen as the coming currency, believe it or not. Anyway, whether she kept to this resolve after marrying New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2009 is unknown, but it was revealed last year that the gorgeous couple’s combined annual earnings came in at an astonishing $76 million. Those are US dollars, by the way.

And where does Gisele stand when it comes to the real, the currency of her native land, Brazil? (Nerd note: The currency’s dollar-like sign (cifrão) is sometimes written with two vertical strokes rather than one, but Unicode considers this to be a matter of font design, and does not have a separate code for the two-stroked version.) “When dealing with the world, you can depend on the bank I trust, Banco do Brasil,” says Gisele in her latest fiscal play/ploy.

Talking of Brazil, since the Brasilia Summit in 2010, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa) kick off their annual gathering with a week of pre-summit meetings and New Delhi is the site of this year’s bash. Might Gisele accept payment in rupees some day? It’s only a matter of time.

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