Who is Richard Buckley?
Born in 1948, in the United States of America, Richard Buckley is a fashion journalist, best known as the husband of fashion designer Tom Ford. His husband rose to fame with the launch of his eponymous brand in the mid-2000s, which elevated him to the level of countless luxury fashion houses.
Richard Buckley’s net worth
As of the beginning of 2020, Richard Buckley’s net worth is estimated to be over $20 million earned through a successful career in the fashion industry.
Though he has become a reputed journalist in his field, he is also likely benefiting from his husband’s success as Ford has a net worth estimated at over $500 million with most of his wealth acquired through his fashion brand.
Early life and career
Richard’s life was lived away from any media attention for years. After completing his education, he started working as a journalist in the field of fashion, collecting news, making features, attending events and publishing works around the vast sphere of the fashion industry. His work was eventually featured by several publications, including “Vogue”, “Vanity Fair”, and “New York Magazine”.
He worked closely with several glamor houses and held writing positions at several companies. He met Tom Ford sometime in 1986 at a mutual friend’s fashion show. He then worked as editor-in-chief of “Vogue Hommes International”, the international edition of “Vogue” published in France. Ford was a newcomer to the industry at the time, working with designer Cathy Hardwick. The couple experienced love at first sight and after talking in the elevator, the two started dating. After a month, they moved in together and their relationship remained strong.
Illness, film and recent efforts
Three years after meeting Buckley was diagnosed with cancer, which came as a surprise to many of his friends and family. The couple did not give up hope and began working on various means to restore him. It took a long time, but after ten years he stated that he had fully recovered from the disease and has not returned since.
In 2009, he got a bit of mainstream attention after starring in the movie “A single man”, his partner’s directorial debut, starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult.
It is based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel of the same name, which tells the story of a college professor who is still haunted by the death of his old partner. The film received positive reviews, with Colin Firth’s performance in particular being cited as one of its strongest points.
Three years after the film, the couple announced that they were dating child via a surrogate, and their son was born sometime later in the year. He has continued to work as a journalist ever since, although he no longer has the same grueling schedule as many years ago.
Husband – Tom Ford
Tom Ford initially studied art history at New York University (NYU), but later dropped out to pursue an acting career, after discovering he was gay. He later found an interest in interior design and enrolled at Parsons, the New School for Design in New York. During his studies he did an internship in Paris and eventually graduated with a degree in architecture. His first job was with Chloe, where he worked in public relations. He then began working with designer Cathy Hardwick, who took him in despite his lack of fashion experience.
In the following years he also worked at Perry Ellis and Marc Jacobs, although he was not satisfied because the companies prevented him from fully expressing himself when it comes to creativity in clothing. He moved to Europe, where his taste was more appreciated, and began collaborating with Gucci to get the brand back on its feet, becoming Creative Director for the company. He is credited with helping to build the company into a fashion powerhouse. This led to him working in the same capacity for Yves Saint Laurent, which was acquired by Gucci in 1999.
The Tom Ford brand
In 2004, Tom Ford left Gucci to start a fashion brand and two years later launched his label, focusing on accessories, menswear, eyewear and other beauty products. He promoted products for both men and women, prioritizing strength, culture and intelligence. He soon won one huge following, after his success with Gucci. Many celebrities started to support and buy Tom Ford clothes, including Daniel Craig, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Obama.
He also collaborated with Justin Timberlake for his world tour and designed over 600 pieces in 2013.
He also worked closely with Jay Z, and the celebrity endorsement brought even more revenue to his brand. In 2019, one of his designs was worn by actress Gemma Chan at the Met Gala.
While he has been successful, he has also had controversies, most notably the way he uses naked women in advertising. He has been accused of objectifying the opposite sex, to which he argued that he would also objectify men, but naked men are generally resented in most parts of the world. Some of his ads have been banned due to sexist implications.
“I think the most important thing is that this thing will go away, that this will pass, that we will survive. Our lives will be transformed and our jobs may be transformed, but everyone is talented and we will all be creative again.” – Tom Ford. #TOMFORD pic.twitter.com/81KjSoofi6
— TOM FORD (@TOMFORD) April 1, 2020
Richard lives with Ford and their child in several locations. They have a home in Italy and have lived in London for nearly two decades. They also have homes in Los Angeles, New York and Santa Fe, California. Their Santa Fe residence spans 24,000 acres and includes structures created to host Western movies. It also includes other structures created by Marmol Radziner. The couple also owns smooth fox terriers, dogs that have been seen with them at several events. His husband follows a vegan diet, although it is unknown if Buckley shares the same sentiment.