When it comes to the Real Housewives franchise, the show boasts a lot of wealthy women. However, the reality series also features some ladies well below their millionaire counterparts, leaving fans guessing which cast member has the deepest pockets. As far as Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes is concerned, the reality star lives up to her own words as one “rich b**ch.”
According to Bustle, Bravo paid Leakes $1 million a season during her time on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Apparently, Leakes was paid $750,000 for the season, and then pulled down $250,000 for the reunion specials. This made Leakes the highest paid reality star in the franchise. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her overall wealth.
In fact, Radar Online is reporting that Leakes is worth around the $12 million mark. How did she accumulate so much wealth?
For starters, Leakes had a lot of success as a professional businesswoman before she ever set foot on a reality series. After getting cast to appear on the hit reality series, Leakes turned this success into a career on Broadway, which opened up the door for other acting opportunities.
In addition to her appearance on the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Leakes has worked on Glee, The Celebrity Apprentice, The New Normal, and To Tell The Truth. Clearly, the reality star has managed to build a television career outside of reality TV, which has contributed greatly to her wealth.
At the same time, Leakes is also the proud owner of a production company named NeNe Leakes Entertainment. She also has her own fashion line that was recently featured on the Home Shopping Network and has penned a book about her personal experiences, titled Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way.
Considering all the different business opportunities Leakes has managed to involve herself in, there is little doubt as to how she has accumulated so much wealth over the years. As of now, it doesn’t appear as though her departure from the Real Housewives of Atlanta is going to hurt her in the financial department.
After all, NeNe Leakes still made a few cameos during the current season the the hit reality show, and was even invited to participate in the reunion special. Naturally, Too Fab is reporting that Leakes dove right into the drama when she called out Kim Fields and declared that she wasn’t a good fit for the show.
“I never said I wanted her off the show,” Leakes told the outlet. “I just said she isn’t a good fit for the show. But that doesn’t mean I want her off.”
Leakes went on to clarify her position on Fields, stating that her dull personality makes her a bad fit for a drama filled series like the Real Housewives.
“It’s not a good thing if you don’t ‘fit’ with the cast,” she stated. “I just don’t think she’s like the most exciting character ever. I think they thought she was going to be something that she’s not. I personally like her as a person, but if I was casting, she wouldn’t be my choice.”
Drama aside, it isn’t clear how much longer Leakes will involve herself in the reality series. Even more importantly, it isn’t known how much Bravo is paying her for making an appearance during the reunion. Considering her previous payout, Leakes is making at least $250,000 for the three-episode special.
Fans can watch Leakes in action when the Real Housewives of Atlanta special airs Sunday night on Bravo.
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