Bar Refaeli is an Israeli model, television host, and entrepreneur. She is considered among the most internationally successful models to come from Israel, appearing on the cover of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and being voted No. 1 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list of 2012.
Early Life & Career
Bar Refaeli was born in 1985 in Hod HaSharon, Israel to a family of secular Jewish faith. Through her grandparents, who were both Holocaust survivors, she is of Sephardic Jewish and Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Refaeli's father, Rafi, owns a horse stable, while her mother, Tzipora, was a successful model in the 1970s.
At only eight months of age, Refaeli began her professional modeling career by appearing in commercials. As a teen, she had prominent roles in the campaigns of fashion brands such as Castro and Pilpel, and also starred in a commercial for Milky pudding.
Refaeli has appeared in a myriad of editorials for magazines around the globe. Among her credits, she has been in editions of Elle, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Maxim, and Esquire in countries ranging from Russia and Italy to Belgium, Bulgaria, Turkey, Australia, and Vietnam. Additionally, Refaeli has appeared in numerous advertising campaigns for brands including Escada, Gap, Chanel, Hurley, Andrew Marc, and Lucky Brand, and in advertisements for non-fashion brands such as Samsung and Garnier Fructis. She has modeled for Subaru, Besni, Marco Bicego, Accessorize, and Rampage, among other brands.
In 2007, posing with the rock band Aerosmith, Refaeli made her debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, becoming only the second Israeli model after Michaela Bercu to appear in the magazine. Refaeli was then made the cover model in 2009. Also that year, she won the World Style Award from the Women's World Awards, and cohosted Fashionable Istanbul's press conference. Among her other distinctions, Refaeli was ranked in the top spot on Maxim's 2012 Hot 100 list. The next year, she received the honor of Style Icon from the Vienna Fashion Awards, and was reported by Forbes Israel to be her country's highest-paid model.
In 2003, Refaeli married Arik Weinstein; they divorced in 2005. Subsequently, Refaeli began dating actor Leonardo DiCaprio after meeting him at a Las Vegas party. Their relationship came to an end in 2009, and although there were reports of a reconciliation in 2010, the pair announced their official split in 2011. Refaeli has also reportedly dated Israel actor and musician Ran Danker. In 2015, she wed Israeli businessman Adi Ezra, with whom she has three children: daughters Liv and Elle, and son David.
Refaeli has also been involved in various activist and charity pursuits, including campaigns to help reduce the use of plastic bags and to educate the public about water conservation. In 2013, she hosted a beach party in Tel Aviv to celebrate the city's gay pride parade, and advocated for legislation for civil marriages in Israel.
Bar Refaeli has a net worth of $30 million dollars. Bar Refaeli is a model, entrepreneur, and television host from Israel. Among the most famous models to come from that country, she appeared on the cover of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and was voted number one on Maxim's Hot 100 list in 2012. On television, Refaeli is the host of the music competition show "The X Factor Israel."