The Shocking Salaries The Real Housewives Are Pulling In, Revealed
Bravo network’s wildly successful Real Housewife franchise has made it tough for reality gawkers to look away, as we are all fascinated with the misbehaviors of the rich and privileged. From booze-fueled weave ripping to adolescent behavior coming from grown women with adult children, reality television viewers can’t get enough.
What makes these women so fascinating is they are leading emotionally charged lives with a bank account to match their over-the-top behavior. But how rich are they, and who is the most loaded? To find out, read on.
1. Lisa Rinna
Net worth: $8 million
Actress Lisa Rinna came to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills already famous for her part in NBC’s Days of Our Lives, along with several D-list television shows and movies. She’s married to actor Harry Hamlin and the couple has two teenaged daughters.
Lisa reportedly earned $450,000 during her first season on the show in 2014 but also pulls in cash from commercials. In fact, she made $2 million alone from her 2015 commercial for Depends adult diapers.
Next: She married a tech genius, but trouble is brewing in the Potomac.
2. Karen Huger
Net worth: $10 million
The Real Housewives of Potomac cast member Karen Huger is married to tech genius Raymond Huger, president and CEO of Paradigm. Karen started the beauty and fashion company Ikon Enterprises and is also a public speaker.
The Hugers recently made news when records revealed the couple owed $1.5 million in back federal taxes, plus Raymond’s company owed more than $3 million, according to The Washington Post. The couple put their home on the market and sold it for $1.685 million, $500,000 less than the assessment.
Next: Despite going to prison, this housewife hung onto millions.
3. Teresa Giudice
Net worth: $11 million
This famous table flipper spent 11 months in the big house for fraud but came back strong upon her 2016 release. She and her husband Joe were convicted of bankruptcy fraud, concealing assets and not paying taxes, according to ABC News. Joe is currently serving a 41-month sentence.
Teresa managed to make a name for herself through the show, but also in a number of best-selling cookbooks, a signature cocktail, and a tell-all prison memoir, according to Daily Mail. Teresa also appeared on Celebrity Apprentice. She also reportedly made $110,000 on The Real Housewives of New Jersey in 2014, income that was never reported.
Next: From a housewife to Broadway.
4. NeNe Leakes
Net worth: $12 million
NeNe Leakes managed to leverage her position as a star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta to both stage and television, with a supporting role in the short-lived The New Normal, plus playing the wicked stepmother in Cinderella and as Mama Morton in Chicago on Broadway.
Apparently, NeNe managed to twist Bravo producer Andy Cohen’s arm to pull off a staggering salary of $2.5 million to appear in season 10 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Next: Newly single and ready to mingle.
5. Ramona Singer
Net worth: $18 million
One of The Real Housewives of New York City OGs, Ramona Singer touts her many businesses any way she can during filming. In addition to earning about $500,000 for appearing on the show, Ramona appeared on shows like The Tyra Banks Show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and The View, among others.
She also has a jewelry line, skin care products and of course her infamous Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio wine. She recently divorced her husband Mario after 22 years.
Next: This Dallas beauty has a charitable side to her.
6. Stephanie Hollman
Net worth: $18 million
Originally from Oklahoma, Stephanie Hollman joined the newly formed Real Housewives of Dallas in 2016. She used to be a social worker before meeting husband Travis, who is the president of Hollman, Inc., a fitness locker company for colleges and organizations.
Stephanie’s best friend invited her to join the show and is reportedly paid about $275,000 per season.
Next: This Orange County housewife is known for stirring the pot.
7. Shannon Beador
Net worth: $20 million
Shannon Beador’s rocky marriage and divorce from husband David recently made news, but so did her feud with former BFF, Vicki Gunvalson. David owns Beador Construction and has a reported net worth of $13 million.
Shannon is planning to open a restaurant called Nine Lemons, which is wordplay from her quirky zen stance of wanting to keep nine lemons in a bowl, plus trying to make lemonade from a life recently filled with lemons. She also allegedly asked for her housewife salary to be increased to $500,000 to appear in the next season and dish about her divorce, according to Radar Online.
Next: She always likes to make it nice.
8. Dorinda Medley
Net worth: $20 million
This Real Housewife of New York City likes to split her time between Manhattan and the Berkshires. The vast fortune is speculated to be from her late husband Dr. Richard Medley, founder and CEO of geopolitical firm RHM Global. He was also a former partner and chief political advisor at Soros Fund Management.
While Dorinda’s housewife salary is not readily disclosed, she probably makes at least $250,000 per season. She notoriously hosted a Christmas party at her home in the Berkshires and hollered at feuding guests about how she went the distance to “make it nice” when they only wanted to fight.
Next: This Skinny Girl is self-made.
9. Bethenny Frankel
Net worth: $25 million
The former celebrity chef turned business mogul built her empire one skinny margarita at a time. Bethenny launched her infamous Skinny Girl brand and then ended up selling it for $100 million. She earns about $40,000 per Real Housewives of New York City episode, which made her the one of the highest paid reality television stars in 2016. She also had a brief stint as a talk show host.
Bethenny has a daughter with former husband Jason Hoppy. She currently has full custody of her child, following an extremely contentious divorce.
Next: This Beverly Hills housewife is married to a celebrity attorney.
10. Erika Girardi
Net worth: $30 million
Erika Girardi (aka Erika Jayne) is married to attorney and founding partner Tom Girardi, who led the case against mega-corporations like Lockheed Corp, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Pacific Gas & Electric, which inspired the movie, Erin Brockovich.
Next: This Georgia peach is one of the higher paid housewives.
11. Kandi Burruss
Net worth: $35 million
This Atlanta housewife reportedly makes $450,000 per season, but also makes bank from her music career. She’s a former member of the band Xscape and has even won a Grammy for songwriting. She’s written for singers like Alisha Keys, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey.
Kandi appeared on the show Are We There Yet, VH1’s Single Ladies, as well as a Bravo spinoff, The Kandi Factory. Kandi is married to former Bravo show producer, Todd Tucker.
Next: She’s married to Boy George’s manager.
12. Dorit Kemsley
Net worth: $50 million
Dorit Kemsley appears on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, along with her real estate developer and talent manager husband Paul. Paul’s entertainment company manages talent like soccer star Pele and iconic singer Boy George, who makes a few appearances on the show.
Beverly Hills OG Lisa Vanderpump brought Dorit to the show, who is featured doing some modeling for Lisa’s magazine, as well as launching her own swimwear collection.
Next: This Beverly Hills Housewife appeared in the movie Halloween when she was a child.
13. Kyle Richards
Net worth: $50 million
One of the original Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast members, Kyle Richards has been in the spotlight since she was a child. She currently owns a line of clothing stores and reportedly earns about $270,000 per housewife season. She is also the sister of actress Kim Richards and socialite Kathy Hilton, mother of Paris and Nicky Hilton.
Kyle is married to successful real estate broker Mauricio Umansky, and the couple has three daughters. Kyle also has a daughter from a previous marriage.
Next: This New York City writer was married to a Kennedy cousin.
14. Carole Radziwill
Net worth: $50 million
Before joining The Real Housewives of New York City, Carole Radziwill worked as a journalist for ABC News. While working at ABC, she met her husband Anthony Radziwill, who was actually a Polish prince and the son of former first lady Jackie Kennedy’s sister. Sadly, Anthony passed away from cancer only five years after the nuptials and Carole never remarried. She penned a memoir about her life with Anthony and his passing. She is also a contributor to several news outlets.
The author began dating a significantly younger man while on the show but recently cooled the romance even though she said it wasn’t a breakup, People reports.
Next: This restaurateur and Beverly Hills housewife is the richest among the ladies.
15. Lisa Vanderpump
Net worth: $75 million
In addition to co-owning approximately 26 restaurants, Lisa Vanderpump commands one of the highest housewife salaries at $500,000 per season. Lisa also made television appearances early in her career and is currently a fan favorite on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and her spinoff show, Vanderpump Rules.
She’s been married to Ken Todd for 30 years. The couple has two children. She is also a fierce supporter of the LGBT community, often going over the top on Pride Day at her various West Hollywood restaurants.
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