Was Bethenny Frankel the Richest ‘RHONY’ Before Her Exit? The Answer May Surprise You!
Former Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel made a lot of money during her time on Bravo’s hit reality show. Apart from her RHONY salary, Frankel made millions off her Skinnygirl brand and other business ventures. But was Frankel the richest RHONY star before her exit last season? Here’s a quick look at all of the cast members from the show and what they are worth.
Who’s the richest ‘RHONY’ star?
In her last season on RHONY, Frankel shared the spotlight with Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, and Tinsley Mortimer.
Out of this group of RHONY stars, Bethenny Frankel was one of the richest. According to Taste of Reality, Frankel is worth around $25 million, which is the same as de Lesseps. This is certainly a lot of money, but Frankel was not the richest of the group.
Mortimer takes the top spot on the rich scale at $35 million. But even she does not compare to former RHONY star Carole Radziwill.
Radziwill’s fortune is estimated to be around $50 million. Radziwill, of course, left the series after season 10 — a year before Frankel called it quits.
How did Bethenny Frankel earn her fortune?
Frankel made her first appearance in reality TV on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, where she got in second place. She went on to star on RHONY for eight seasons and briefly had her own spin-off, Bethenny Ever After.
During her time on RHONY, Frankel was one of the highest-paid cast members and amassed millions of dollars for her work on the show.
But the bulk of her fortune comes from her successful cocktail brand, Skinnygirl. In 2011, Frankel sold the company for a whopping $100 million. Some experts believe her net worth is actually closer to $55 million, though it is difficult to say for sure.
Frankel has not earned over $8.5 million a year since back in 2016, so her net worth has gone down over the years. Even still, Frankel ranks up there as one of the richest RHONY stars to ever appear on the show.
Frankel leaves ‘RHONY’ for good
Despite all the success from the show, Frankel has officially decided to walk away from RHONY for a second time. Earlier this summer, Frankel confirmed the sad news that season 11 will be her last.
This is the second time Frankel has left the series and it is unclear if she will ever return. The reality star was absent between 2010 and 2014.
In her statement, Bethenny Frankel revealed that she decided to leave so that she can focus on raising her daughter and work on other projects. This includes working with producer Mark Burnett, though details of her new project have not been revealed.
“I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter. It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women,” Frankel shared.
The former RHONY star added that she wants to become a voice for women’s rights and hopes to empower women around the world. She also thanked Bravo for giving her a platform and is grateful for everything that has happened over the years.
What about Mortimer and Radziwill?
Aside from Bethenny Frankel, Mortimer and Radziwill are the two richest stars of RHONY. Like Frankel, both women made a lot of money from the show, but most of their wealth comes from other sources.
Mortimer built her fortune through a variety of ventures. This includes her line of handbags in Japan, her career in television (she starred in High Society and had a guest appearance on Gossip Girl), and several publications. She was also married to Robert Livingston, whose family has strong ties to Standard Oil.
As far Radziwill is concerned, she made a name for herself as a journalist for ABC News and has written several books – a few of which have been best-selling. She was also married to Prince Anthony Radziwill, who was a member of the Polish royal family. The two tied the knot in 1994.
Bravo has not revealed when season 12 of the Real Housewives of New York will premiere or which cast members will be returning for another run – aside from the news that Bethenny Frankel is done for good. Filming for the upcoming season is currently underway.