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Rich, famous and tussling with the taxman

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Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen © PR Photos

The star: This Brazilian beauty rules the modeling world, thanks to contracts with Dior, Versace, Victoria's Secret, Louis Vuitton and other famous brands. But most readers probably know her best for her romance with Leo DiCaprio and subsequent marriage to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Amount owed: $72,003

What happened: The State of California reckons the supermodel came up a bit short on her 2009 taxes and filed a lien for that amount in Los Angeles County. Let's chalk it up to a very busy year for the Brady household, what with the December 2009 birth of their son Benjamin and Tom's $30 million signing bonus that brought his annual salary to $26.5 million, according to Celebrity Networth. Nice to know there's a breadwinner in the family!

The outcome: Not to worry – she can make good on the debt. Forbes named Bundchen the world's richest model in 2013, with estimated earnings of $42 million. That makes her the highest-paid model for seven years in a row.

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