Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise has certainly been one of the network’s most successful reality series to date. Apart from being a platform to introduce its cast members to a world wide audience, many of the women on the show have used the series as a means to show off their “rich b***h” status. With that in mind, here are a few of the most wealthy Housewives ever to grace the hit reality show.
Although she was embroiled in controversy in the latest season of the Real Housewives of Orange County, Radar Online has Vicki Gunvalson’s net worth at approximately $7 million. Gunvalson has managed to amass her wealth through her work as an entrepreneur and owner of a small business, and she frequently reminds her fellow co-stars of that fact.
Next in line at $12 million is Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes — who also just happened to have made the phrase “rich b***h” an everyday term for Housewives fans. The reality star, who did much to raise the ratings of the hit show, made her millions in the business world and used her work in reality television as a means to land parts on Broadway and a scripted TV show. In addition to her wealth, The Richest has Leakes as one of the highest paid Housewives, raking in $1 million a season.
Coming in next is Ramona Singer, who is estimated to be worth around $18 million. The Real Housewives of New York star has built her wealth largely through various business endeavors, including her very own fashion line. According to MSN, Singer has most recently tried her hand in the restaurant business and is paid $500,000 a season for her role in the reality series.
While Shannon Beador spent much of last season on the Real Housewives of Orange County dealing with her husband’s affair, the reality star is ranked next at a net worth of $20 million. Beador’s fortune was largely a result of her business partnership with her husband, who owns a large construction company in California.
Coming in just ahead of Beador is Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel, whose wealth is estimated to be at $25 million. Along with pulling down close to $2 million a season on RHONY, Frankel has reached a lot of success in a multitude of business ventures, including her own line of alcohol products, Skinny Girl, and her written works, which include a few cookbooks and a novel.
Next in line is Heather Dubrow, who ranks as the richest cast member of the Real Housewives of Orange County. Dubrow is estimated to be worth $30 million, which she owes in part to her career as an actress, but mostly to her husband’s ultra successful plastic surgery practice.
For her part, Kandi Burruss‘ $35 million makes her the richest woman on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Unlike Dubrow, Burruss’ wealth stems from a long career in the music industry. In fact, well before she was known as a reality star, Burruss was famous for her singing talents, as well as her work as a song writer and producer.
Coming in second on this list of wealthiest Housewives is Lisa Vanderpump. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is worth some $65 million, the majority of which she gained through her multitude of restaurants scattered throughout the world. Although her wealth eclipses many of the other women on the show, Vanderpump is only paid $350,000 a season.
Topping the list by a considerable measure is Kyle Richards, whose wealth is around $100 million. Richards enjoyed a long and successful career in the acting business, but owes a large chunk of her extreme wealth to her husband’s real estate business. In fact, Richards’ husband, Mauricio Umansky, is the sixth most successful real estate agent in America, making Richards one rich b***h.
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