Born in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, Halle Berry was a diamond in the rough until she began making waves on the American pageant circuit in the late 1980s. Her name was inspired by Cleveland’s popular Halle’s Department Store, and she herself worked in Higbee’s Department Store until her modeling career began to take off.
In 1986, she was the first African-American contestant in the prestigious Miss World Pageant, where she finished in sixth place. In 2013, she married French film actor Olivier Martinez, and the happy couple are expecting their first child together later in the year. She already has one child, a five-year-old daughter named Nahla, with model Gabriel Aubry.
Halle Berry has acted in 44 films to date. Her salary as an actress, along with lucrative sponsorship contracts with Revlon, Coty and Versace, puts her net worth at an estimated $70 million. She earns a reported $16 million per year acting, and her contract with Revlon was renewed in 2013.