Gisele Bundchen, the world’s richest supermodel, has joined the list of those who refuse to be paid in US dollars. As a Brazilian, she has had plenty of experience to help her recognise a depreciating currency.
According to Bloomberg, she even insisted that a recent contract with US-based Proctor and Gamble for ‘Pantene’ hair products should be paid in euros. Her twin sister, Patricia, explained that ‘we don’t know what will happen to the dollar’.
In terms of common sense, Gisele seems streets ahead of Parisian hedge fund manager Bertrand des Pallieres. You may remember he featured in the blog last August, for his ability to forget that he owned an £80k Maserati, which had been illegally parked near Knightsbridge in London, and towed away.
At the time, I expressed the view that one might not want to ‘trust your money to someone who found it difficult to look after his own car’. But Gisele certainly gets my vote. I shall continue using her shampoo with renewed confidence.