15th Nov 52
Born in: Malaysia
Marital status: Single
Jimmy Choo is a famous fashion designer of Malaysian-Chinese descent renowned for founding the signature “Jimmy Coo Ltd” line of handmade designer women shoes. Choo's intricate craftsmanship got international recognition for the first time when his designs featured on the 1988 edition of the global lifestyle magazine “Vogue”. The artist’s creations were much appreciated by Princess Diana which further enhanced his image. In 1998 Choo along with Vogue fashion magazine editor Tamara Mellon co-established their designer label titled “Jimmy Choo Ltd”. He has been honored with prestigious civilian awards by the governments of U.K. and Malaysia in recognition for his impressive achievements.
The phenomenal success enjoyed by Choo in his fashion designing career has turned him into one of the richest designers in the world with an estimated net worth of $50 million. He enjoyed great success with his startup company titled “Jimmy Choo Ltd” which he started in partnership with Vogue magazine editor Tamara Mellon. Jimmy made £10 million in the year 2001 by offloading 50% of the shares he owned in the company. Since then Choo designs his own line of fashion accessories like handbags and shoes under the “Jimmy Choo Couture Line” label, all of which have raked in millions of dollars from sales revenues.
Jimmy’s multimillionaire status means that he can easily afford to lead a king sized lifestyle. The designer owns luxury homes in London and in his native city of Penang in Malaysia. The London mansion serves as the permanent residence for Choo and his family. The fashion icon occasionally flies to his native Malaysian home to spend quality time with his extended family members residing there. Jimmy is a perfect family man and prefers to take out his wife and daughter on family outings during his free time. He feels passionately for the youth in his native country and is setting up a shoemaking institute in Malaysia to train and inspire talented Malay fashion designers. The shoe maker has cooperated with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to start Project PEP with the singular aim to help out South African rape victims. Items designed by Choo are auctioned off to generate funds for Project PEP.
Choo was born in Malaysia in a lower middle-class family of shoemakers who were of Chinese origin. He followed his family tradition and started to make shoes at the very young age of 11 years. Jimmy completed his graduation from the “Cordwainers Technical College” in the year 1983. The designer is a complete family man therefore his personal life has been free from any controversies. The artist entered in a committed relationship with his long term partner Rebecca and tied the knot with her after a few years of courtship. The happily married couple has one young daughter named Emily.