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Short Info

Net Worth$250 million
Date Of BirthMarch 24, 1951
SpouseDee Ocleppo, Susie Hilfiger
FactDaughter, Ally Hilfiger, stars in & co-produces MTV's reality show Rich Girls (2003) with her friend Jaime Gleicher.

Thomas Jacob “Tommy” Hilfiger (born March 24, 1951) is an American fashion designer, philanthropist, and business executive, best known for founding the lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger Corporation in 1985. After starting his career by co-founding a chain of jeanswear and retail stores in upstate New York in the 1970s, he began designing his own line of clothing for men and women in the 1980s. The Tommy Hilfiger Corporation went public in 1992 and was acquired by PVH in 2010.

Hilfiger was born in Elmira, New York, the second of nine children. His father, Richard Hilfiger, was a watchmaker of Dutch-German descent, and his mother, Virginia (née Grissinger), was a nurse of Irish-German ancestry. Hilfiger’s parents divorced when he was eighteen years old. He grew up in an impoverished household, sharing a bedroom with his four brothers and three sisters. His siblings are: Kathy, Lisa, Mark, Nancy, Amy, Jane, and Susan.

Hilfiger’s father died of a heart attack when Tommy was eighteen years old. His mother worked two jobs to support the family; she was a nurse during the day and cleaned houses at night. Hilfiger’s upbringing instilled him with a strong work ethic; he has said that his mother “raised us all to be very independent and to have good work ethics.”

Hilfiger’s interest in fashion began when he was thirteen years old, when he worked after school at a local clothing store, Irving’s Menswear. He soon began working at another clothing store, A&S Plaza, where he eventually became the head buyer. At age sixteen, Hilfiger enrolled in classes at Elmira College, but he dropped out after one semester and moved to New York City to pursue a career in fashion.

In 1970, Hilfiger co-founded People’s Place, a chain of jeanswear and retail stores with his childhood friend Joel Horowitz. The first store was opened in upstate New York. People’s Place was successful for several years but eventually filed for bankruptcy in 1977.

In 1979, Hilfiger moved to New York City to pursue a career in fashion design. He worked as a designer for various fashion labels including Jordache Jeans and Calvin Klein before launching his own label in 1985.

The Tommy Hilfiger Corporation went public in 1992 with an initial public offering of $14 per share. The company’s stock price peaked at $37 per share in 1999 but fell to a low of $6 per share in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks and the dot-com crash. In 2010, the company was acquired by PVH for $3 billion.

Hilfiger has been married three times. His first marriage was to Susie Cirona from 1976 to 1980. His second marriage was to Dee Ocleppo from 2008 to 2009. He has been married to Lisa Airan since 2016. He has five children: Ally, Rich, Sebastian, India, and Gabriel.

Hilfiger has a net worth of $550 million as of 2020. He has earned his fortune through his successful fashion label as well as through investments in real estate and other businesses.

General Info

Net Worth$250 million
Date Of BirthMarch 24, 1951
ProfessionFilm producer, Fashion Designer, Actor, Businessperson
EducationJefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES, Elmira Free Academy


SpouseDee Ocleppo, Susie Hilfiger
ChildrenAlly Hilfiger, Richard Hilfiger, Elizabeth Hilfiger, Sebastian Thomas Hilfiger, Kathleen Hilfiger
ParentsVirginia Hilfiger, Richard Hilfiger
SiblingsAndy Hilfiger, Ginny Hilfiger, Betsy Hilfiger, Billy Hilfiger


AwardsBambi - Fashion
MoviesTommy Hilfiger Presents: Ironic Iconic America
TV ShowsAmerican Idol, The Cut

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1[on no longer chairing the Board of his company] It's liberating in that I don't have to be in meetings every single day. But I miss it because I'm sort of a control freak and I would like to be able to make the decisions on every color of every button and on every person we hire.
2When I see people wearing floral prints, I think they really don't have great taste. Why would you want to wear a print that you see on a bedspread or wallpaper in an older person's home?
3Clothes aren't going to go out of style, ever. So he who has the most attractive offering at the right price at the right time in the right place will remain in business.


1Brother of Andy Hilfiger.
2Wife, Dee Ocleppo gave birth to his fifth child, a boy, Sebastian Thomas Hilfiger, on August 4, 2009. He weighed in at 9 lbs., 8 oz.
3He has 2 step-sons with wife, Dee Ocleppo.
4He has 4 children by his first wife: Ally Hilfiger, Rich Hilfiger, Elizabeth Hilfiger and Kathleen Hilfiger.
5Confirmed that he and his wife, Dee, are expecting their first child. [February 25, 2009].
6Engaged to Dee Ocleppo [February 2008].
7Was among the guests at Pamela Anderson's and Kid Rock's wedding
8Has had same girlfriend since separating from wife.
9Daughter, Ally Hilfiger, stars in & co-produces MTV's reality show Rich Girls (2003) with her friend Jaime Gleicher.
10Famous for his brand name of perfumes and cosmetics
11The second of nine children, in a Catholic family of Irish, German, Dutch, and Scottish descent.
12Raised in upstate Elmira, New York.




Zoolander 22016Tommy Hilfiger
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Ironic Iconic America2008TV Movie documentary executive producer / producer
Glamour Reel Docs: Dreaming2008Documentary short executive producer

Costume Department

American Idol2012TV Series image advisor - 2 episodes


Ironic Iconic America2008TV Movie documentary book


Antboy: Den Røde Furies hævn2014the film thanks
Antboy2013the production would like to thank
Inspector Gadget1999the producers wish to thank
The Faculty1998Dimension Films wishes to thank - as Mr. Tommy Hilfiger


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Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs2015TV SpecialHimself
The Insider2015TV SeriesHimself
American Masters2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Fashion Rocks2014TV SpecialHimself
Blue Gold: American Jeans2014DocumentaryHimself
The Tanning of America2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
History Specials2013TV SeriesHimself - Co-Author, Iconic America
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Piers Morgan Tonight2012TV SeriesHimself
American Idol2012TV SeriesHimself - Image Advisor
Project Runway All Stars2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
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Episódio Especial2010TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2010TV Series documentaryHimself
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Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education2010TV MovieHimself
RTL Boulevard2010TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHimself
The 2010 World Music Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The 2009 Whitney Museum Gala2009TV MovieHimself
Project Runway2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
Bambi Verleihung 20082008TV MovieHimself - Winner
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Fashion Rocks2007TV MovieHimself
The 2006 World Music Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
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In the Cutz2006TV Series
Corazón, corazón2005TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHimself
The Cut2005TV SeriesHimself (2005-)
Pulse2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Rich Girls2003TV SeriesHimself
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
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The Beatles Revolution2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1994-1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
1997 VH1 Fashion Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
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1996 VH1 Fashion Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
VH1 Fashion and Music Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
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