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They clearly live the high life so it’s only right to inquire: What is the net worth of the cast of The Real Housewives of New York?
After years starring on the infamous Bravo reality TV series, getting into their share of verbal arguments on the reunion special, and, of course, participating in several high-profile marriages (and divorces), the housewives of the Big Apple — Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, Tinsley Mortimer, Ramona Singer and newcomer Leah McSweeney — each have an individual net worth that might surprise you.
Whether they are the owner of a low-cal alcohol empire, a popular socialite living the glamorous life in a Manhattan high-rise, or straight-up royalty (um, hello — there have been Countesses and princesses in this cast!), these ladies have undoubtedly made their mark on NYC and not just as housewives. Not to mention, they’ve also made their fair share of dollar, dollar bills in the city that never sleeps.
Even the roster of former NYC housewives is impressive when it comes to their personal finances. From original cast member Bethenny Frankel to firecracker Kelly Killoren Bensimon, fabrics mogul Jill Zarin or journalist Carole Radziwill, all of the one-time costars are as wealthy as their on-air pals.
To use one popular housewife as an example, since her time on the series, Bethenny has grown her empire massively. She starred in her own talk show, became an authority on disaster relief, and has a new reality competition series, The Big Shot with Bethenny, coming out on HBO Max.
But the question remains: Which of the reality TV stars is pulling in the most dough? Is it Bethenny, who is basically cocktail royalty at this point? Is it Carole, the socialite and widow of a Polish prince? Or could it be cabaret star Luann, who retained her title as a Countess even after her divorce from Count Alexandre? No matter who takes the cake, rest assured these ladies and their net worths are nothing to scoff at.
The socialite and reality TV star has an estimated net worth of $35 million. Tinsley, a Columbia University graduate, has a handbag line in Japan and started the line Riccime by Tinsley Mortimer. She has also had a plentiful career on television, guest-starring on Gossip Girl, starring in The CW’s High Society, and acting as a judge on a fashion reality series. She’s also written several books and was married to Robert Livingston Mortimer, the great-grandson of one of the Standard Oil presidents.
The newest housewife will knock your socks off with her estimated $2.5 million net worth. She is known for being the founder of women’s streetwear brand Married to the Mob, which she created out of a $75,000 settlement with the NYPD after a physical altercation with an officer.
The former real estate agent and cashmere company owner is said to be worth about $20 million. Back in her London days, Dorinda managed high-profile customers like Princess Diana. After 10 years of directing her company, DCL Cashmere, Dorinda sold it for what we can only assume is a pretty penny.
Questionable. Sonja’s net worth reportedly hovers somewhere around $8 million — but let us not forget she filed for bankruptcy in 2010, claiming almost $20 million in debt and nearly $14 million in assets. Sonja is also allegedly owed money from her divorce from ex-husband (and J.P. Morgan heir) — a $3 million stipulation that has apparently not yet been paid.
The New York native is worth a reported $18 million. Ramona has three fashion and jewelry brands on the Home Shopping Network and two lines exclusive to Amazon. She is also the face of her own brand of wine and got her entrepreneurial start after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Luann de Lesseps
Money can’t buy you class! (But it can buy you things.) The Countess is reportedly worth $25 million, mostly thanks to her previous marriage to Count Alexandre de Lesseps, who is reportedly worth a whopping $50 million. In 2015, Luann was earning about $20,000 per RHONY scene. She sold her home in Bridgehampton for $8 million in 2019, so she’s really upped her status in recent years.
In 2011, the self-made businesswoman and creator of Skinnygirl cocktails was named the highest-earning reality star. Bethenny was raking in $55 million dollars between her low-calorie alcohol business, two spinoff series, and best-selling books. Since then, she sold her Skinnygirl company for a reported $100 million — bringing up her current net worth to $70 million.
Kelly Killoren Bensimon
The star of seasons 2 through 4 was known for her high fashion modeling career and her columns in several high-profile magazines, which reportedly earned her a whopping $20 million alongside her reality TV career. She is also the author of five books and the editor-at-large for Elle Accessories magazine.
The original cast member is reportedly worth a cool $35 million as a result of her time on the show and her marriage to late husband Bobby Zarin, who died in January 2018. The former couple owned Zarin Fabrics together, a renowned fabrics shop in New York City. She has also appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Apprentice and Celebrity Wife Swap over the years.
The blonde OG is worth an estimated $2 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. She worked in graphic design for a number of years (including when she first started on the show) and did visual merchandising for the Limited and Victoria’s Secret. After four seasons on the series, she and husband Simon Van Kempen faded into the background. Nowadays, they live in his native Australia.
The New York-born socialite is worth $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth — and during her short time on the show, she made $200,000 per season.
The journalist and author is reportedly worth a staggering $50 million as a result of her five-season stint on the Bravo series, her work as a hard-hitting journalist, and the success of both her memoir and novel.
The former model and RHONY cast member is worth a nice $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. She can thank her work as a model and her entrepreneurial spirit for the big bucks. She founded the greeting card company 2nd Street Press in 2009.