Bloomberg Law
Jan. 5, 2022, 10:00 AM

Jessica Simpson Is Wrestling Back Billion-Dollar Fashion Empire

Stephanie Clifford
Eliza Ronalds-Hannon
Eliza Ronalds-Hannon
Bloomberg News

Of all the ways Jessica Simpson had imagined taking back control of her fashion empire, lying on a hospital bed with severe bronchitis, on a breathing machine, while 34 weeks pregnant with her third child, a daughter, was not one of them. “Her oxygen levels were dropping. I couldn’t breathe,” recalls Simpson of the harrowing, rather impractical moment in early 2019 when she and her mom, Tina, president of the business, decided to initiate a takeover bid. “I was 260 pounds. She was a very big baby. We were like, ‘Just take her out.’ ”

Her daughter Birdie didn’t end up ...