What is ‘Bling Empire’ Star Kim Lee’s Net Worth?

When Crazy Rich Asians hit the box office, it was an instant success. While most people appreciated the pomp and color the movie provided, many were grateful that it didn’t perpetuate the common stereotype that Asians are human calculators or ninjas.

The displays of opulence seen in the movie were so flashy that most people thought they were exaggerated. However, if the new Netflix reality series is anything to go by, Crazy Rich Asians wasn’t far from the truth.

Kim Lee standing on a balcony at sunset in a production still from 'Bling Empire'
Kim Lee in Bling Empire | Courtesy of Netflix

‘Bling Empire’ follows wealthy Asians in Los Angeles

Bling Empire is a Netflix reality series that showcases how a group of wealthy Asians live in Los Angeles. The show highlights how the cast members interact with one another and highlights some of their personal backstories.

While the cast sometimes displays some bit of drama, it isn’t as over the top as most viewers are accustomed to when it comes to reality shows such as The Real Housewives or Keeping Up with The Kardashians. In fact, the only instance where drama is hinted at is when two of the castmates have the same diamond necklace.

Even then, the drama fades out, and the castmates get back to showcasing their flamboyant purchases. The backstories are also hashed out and given little screen time as the show’s plot revolves around the cast’s wealth and acquisitions.

The show has been well received as most people love that the series only features Asian reality figures. Some critics have called it ‘a blend of Crazy Rich Asians meets Selling Sunset‘. The showrunners said that the show’s magic comes from how the cast mingles together.

One of the show’s creators stated that it was difficult to find cast members who knew each other and had previous personal relationships with one another. The show producer continued to note that finding friends who were willing to be in the spotlight together was difficult, but they managed to find the perfect blend.

Who are the castmates?

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The show features Kane Lim, Kevin Kreider, Christine, Gabriel Chiu, Kelly Mi Li, Kim Lee, Anna Shay, Jaime Xie, Cherie Chan, and Jessey Lee. The show’s cast includes extremely wealthy individuals who, alongside running their businesses, revel in appearing in high fashion and media pages.

Lim is a real estate developer and investor who also has a keen eye for fashion. His family deals in oil and shipping. Christine and her husband, Gabriel Chiu, run a plastic surgery clinic in Beverly Hills. They have a two-year-old son.

Kreider is the ordinary guy in the show. He narrates the series, and unlike his castmates, he isn’t as extravagant. He works in the fashion industry as a model. Mi Li is said to have conceived the idea for Bling Empire. She isn’t as wealthy as her castmates but is arguably the one with the biggest heart.

Shay is perhaps the richest of all the cast. She is the daughter of billionaire entrepreneur Edward Shay. Shay’s source of wealth has been questioned for some time after it was revealed that her father’s wealth came from making weapons and guns. Xie is the daughter of businessman Ken Xie. Although she is a renowned socialite and model, most of her wealth comes from her trust fund.

What is Kim Lee’s net worth?

Kim is a model and actor. As a child, she said that she fancied working in the entertainment industry. Kim kicked off her career with modeling and graced the covers for some international magazines. She was on Maxim, GQ, and Esquire covers. FHM gave her the title of Sexiest Woman in The World in 2011.

Lee has also appeared in various movies. She had cameos in movies such as The Hangover II. She also appeared in Vietnam’s Got Talent and Amazing Race: Vietnam. Recently Kim started working as a DJ. There are varying accounts of Kim’s net worth. However, according to Cosmopolitan, she is worth about $10 million.