Are you ready to return to the 90210?
The cast of the ’90s teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210 is back for another round in BH90210, which reunites the stars as they try to get a reboot off the ground. The six-episode Fox show kicks off Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT.
The original Beverly Hills, 90210 followed the Walsh twins after they moved from dull Minnesota to glamorous — and expensive — California. But what has happened in the actors’ financial lives since then? Who is the richest BH90210 actor now? Is Tori Spelling OK?
Read on for the answers to those questions and more.
Spelling’s finances are a Donna Martin-style disaster. When her dad, Aaron Spelling, died in 2006, he reportedly only left her $800,000 of his $600 million. In 2012, she and husband Dean McDermott took out a $400,000 loan that they promptly stopped paying back. In 2014, her mom told the New York Times that Spelling had “crazy” spending habits where “she would close a store and drop $50,000 to $60,000.” In 2016, E! News reported that American Express was suing her for not paying a nearly $38,000 credit card bill.
That’s on top of a tax lien and inability to afford a vasectomy and so much more. According to Celebrity Net Worth, which relies on public records and news reports to generate its estimates, she’s worth $500,000.
“It’s no mystery why I have money problems. I grew up rich beyond anyone’s wildest dreams,” Spelling wrote in a 2013 memoir. “I never knew anything else. Even when I try to embrace a simpler lifestyle, I can’t seem to let go of my expensive tastes. Even when my tastes aren’t fancy, they’re still costly. I moved houses to simplify my life, but lost almost a million dollars along the way.”
In fact, Spelling’s empty bank account is the motivation for the Beverly Hills, 90210 cast to reunite in BH90210. But Us Weekly reported she snapped at a TV anchor recently who brought up her money problems, saying, “Am I able to pay my bills? Yeah, thank you. I am.”
Carteris, who played Andrea Zuckerman, was a big deal when she was on Beverly Hills, 90210: “I ate with royalty; I flew on private jets; I was mobbed in every country we visited,” she once said at a Sarah Lawrence College conference.
Today, she’s still turning heads as the president of the SAG-AFTRA trade union, which represents 160,000 media and entertainment workers. She’s been involved in everything from the push for anti-age discrimination laws to pay disputes over video-game voice actors, and she’s currently in an contentious campaign for re-election. Carteris’ net worth is an estimated $3 million.
Brian Austin Green
This actor underwent the glow-up of all glow-ups between playing David Silver on Beverly Hills, 90210 and marrying actress Megan Fox in 2010. His net worth is now $4 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
“When I started doing 90210, my dad was my manager, and my mother was my business manager. So they made really good money because I was making good money,” Austin told AARP The Magazine recently. “[Now] the house is paid off. They have money in the bank. They are really blessed that way.”
That said, he’s had a rocky relationship with money and love. Green filed a lawsuit in 2012 demanding his ex-wife, Vanessa Marcil, pay him back $200,000 he loaned her during their relationship. (It was later tossed out.) When he and Fox started the divorce process in 2015, he rented a $22,000-a-month bachelor pad. They then sold two of their houses for $2.6 million and $1.25 million. (Fox and Green later decided to stay together.)
Garth may have played the rich and popular Kelly Taylor in the show, but in real life she was shocked by her salary.
“Being on a successful television series like Beverly Hills, 90210 seems like a dream come true, right? In so many ways, it truly is,” Garth wrote in her 2014 memoir Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde. “First of all, it really is good money — money on a level that I just didn’t understand when I was a teenager. But I did understand that it took a ton of financial pressure off of my family, and this felt good. All of a sudden I was able to buy things for the people I loved, to send presents and treat people to dinners. I was able to support myself and become financially independent at a young age.”
After the show ended, Garth went on to star in a handful of TV movies and shows. Her most notable appearances included What I Like About You, which also featured Amanda Bynes, and 90210, a spinoff in which she played a guidance counselor. She’s worth about $8 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Most of what the public knows about Garth’s finances comes from divorce papers. When she finalized her split from Peter Facinelli in 2013, TMZ reported Garth and her ex had agreed to share a bank account for their three kids. When she filed for divorce from Dave Abrams in 2018, the actress mentioned that he’d signed a prenuptial agreement. (They called off the divorce in February.)
Garth is a real estate maven, having recently sold her house for $4.4775 million. Due to her extensive renovations, it has a hanging fireplace, marble countertops, five bedrooms, a rock-climbing wall, monkey bars, a koi pond and a pool. She turned a huge profit: Garth originally bought the home for just $2 million.
She also sells a Mom Gift Box through QVC. For $99.99, customers get “a heart bracelet filled with sand, a beach-inspired candle, two clay masks, a cleansing puff, and a collapsible tote bag” — all curated by Garth.
This Steve Sanders actor has sharks to thank for his post-Beverly Hills, 90210 windfall. Ziering plays Fin Shepard in the Sharknado series, which is both ridiculous and a crazy moneymaker: According to The Hollywood Reporter, he took home $500,000 for Sharknado 5.
But he wasn’t always on board with the project. In fact, his finances motivated him to accept the role.
“As an actor I get my insurance from the Screen Actor’s Guild by union, and you have to make so much every year to get that type 1 insurance,” he told ABC News in 2013. “Halfway through the script, I said to my wife, ‘Honey, I don’t know about this.’ She didn’t miss a beat, she said, ‘Look, you’re going to have two babies [by] this spring, you need to go to work.”
Over the years, Ziering has also launched a short-lived travel site called CelebrityHideaways.com, appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice, started a clothing line named Chainsaw Brands, competed on Dancing With the Stars, performed at Chippendales and dabbled in selling skin care products. His speaker fees range from $20,000 to $50,000. Ziering is on LinkedIn and also runs a blog with his wife, Erin.
All of those ventures add up: According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ziering’s net worth is $8 million.
Doherty left her role as Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210 after the fourth season due to a whole lot of drama (lateness, attitude, fighting with other cast members — the works). In a 1993 Entertainment Weekly article, Doherty also confessed to some less-than-stellar money habits, like having a reported $36,000 in debt at age 22.
“I’m really fed up with people printing how much I make, especially when they get it wrong,” said Doherty, an avowed fan of Ronald Reagan’s trickle-down theory. ”I do not make $12,000 a week. I make a lot more money than $12,000 a week. But I’m in the highest tax bracket, and I have, you know, attorneys to pay for. And, granted, I have gone on shopping binges. When you’re young and all you know is how much money you make a week, you don’t necessarily start thinking about, you know, everything that comes out of it.”
In recent years, Doherty has struggled with both her health and finances. In 2015, Doherty sued a management firm firm for allegedly mismanaging her money, causing her to become uninsured. Once she got her insurance back, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The actress later settled with the accountants.
Earlier this year, she sued State Farm for not paying a $1.4 million claim on her house, which she said was damaged by wildfires in California.
Doherty comes in second place in these rankings because her net worth is $10 million. Now in remission, she’s planning to return to work.
“I went through cancer and was methodical in putting a team together and in the decisions I made. That’s how I’m looking at my career now,” she told Health earlier this year. “I’ve always been like, ‘I just need to work and make money.’ I didn’t ever choose with strategy, and now I’m a little more strategic.”
Much of Beverly Hills, 90210 revolves around Brandon Walsh, so it makes sense that Priestley is the No. 1 earner to come out of the series. But his reported net worth of $16 million isn’t all from show business. In addition to appearing in a Britney Spears music video, starring in the show Call Me Fitz and directing a documentary about the Barenaked Ladies, Priestley had a stint in racecar driving.
“It was another career; I got paid to race,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2012. “I raced all around the world, and I stood on a lot of podiums and sprayed a lot of champagne.”
However, it was risky: In 2002, Priestley was seriously injured in a crash at the Kentucky Speedway that left him with head and back injuries. (He later retired from the sport.)
Priestley sold his $2.14 million house at a loss in 2014, the same year he released a memoir. While promoting the book, he told Access Hollywood about a money memory involving his ex-girlfriend Holly Robinson Peete.
“I was broke. I was young, a struggling actor back then, and she was living a life that was in a different stratosphere than I was,” Priestley said. “I was keeping track of all the money I owed her because she liked to roll in a different class of a travel and life than I could really afford. It wasn’t long after that that I got my first show… and when I could afford to pay her back, I did. I sent her a check. It was for like $7,500 or something like that. My parents raised me up right.”