This season of
is in full swing, and we've already witnessed a Hamptons clam bake, Halloween in the Berkshires, and Sonja Morgan's The Real Housewives of New York City Paper cover launch party, each more extra than the previous. Between Luann, Sonja, Bethenny, Ramona, Dorinda, and Tinsley, there's one former countess-turned-cabaret-star, many small dogs, several alcohol and clothing lines, a lot of vacation homes, and a lot of drama. Bethenny Frankel told last year that some of her Money Housewives co-stars might be living beyond their means. “They can’t afford the lives they’re living,” Frankel said. “And if the music stops, they’re going to get in some trouble.”
So how does their wealth actually stack up? Ahead, we did some investigating.
Remember when Tinsley Mortimer was on
Gossip Girl? Our fave NYC socialite-turned-housewife had a life before RHONY, and even a different reality show on the CW in 2010 called . She also had a High Society handbag line called Samantha Thavasa by Tinsley Mortimer, a clothing collection in Japan called Riccimie by Tinsley Mortimer, a tabletop collection, and a lip-gloss collab with Dior called Tinsley Pink.
Before joining the
RHONY cast, she left NYC in favor of going off the grid in Palm Beach after splitting with her then-husband, Topper Mortimer, heir to the Standard Oil fortune. Since her return to reality TV, Tinsley has also worked as an account manager at Coupon Cabin, where her perpetually on-again, off-again boyfriend, Scott Kluth, is CEO.
Net Worth: $35 million Photo: Courtesy of Bravo. More
Bethenny Frankel wears many hats. She started out as a private chef, which then gave way to a
New York Times– best-selling book career and a Skinnygirl cocktail line that she sold in 2011 for a reported $100 million, of which she earned about $55 million. Now, Skinnygirl is a lifestyle empire that sells jeans and beauty products. Frankel has called for her brand. RHONY "a wonderful commercial"
Bethenny reportedly started on
RHONY in 2008 with $8,000 in her bank account and only earned $7,250 for the first season. Forbes estimates that her yearly salary from Bravo now exceeds $1 million. In 2016, she was the sixth highest-paid reality star and earned $8.5 million. She also starred on a Housewives spin-off show called Bethenny Ever After with her now ex-husband, with whom she is now estranged.
Throughout her time on
RHONY, Frankel has lived in and flipped a lot of multi-million-dollar apartments — including the $4.2 million SoHo loft she bought in 2017, which is now on the market for $4.37 million, the Tribeca loft she sold in 2016 for $6.95 million, and her two Hamptons homes — which led to Bravo giving Frankel her own house-flipping spin-off, Bethenny & Fredrik.
Net Worth: $25 million Photo: Courtesy of Bravo. More
Luann de Lesseps
Who said countesses couldn't have nine lives? After several rehab stints, the countess is now a cabaret star who
sells out #CountessAndFriends shows across the country. But prior to her bona fide cabaret career, she introduced such songs as "Money Can’t Buy You Class,” “Chic, C’est la Vie,” and “Girl Code” to our lives. She also wrote an etiquette book called Class with the Countess, which she has seemed to graduate from in more recent seasons of RHONY. The episode where Luann tells Heather Thomson to be cool and not "be all, uncool" when she brought a stranger back to their vacation home comes to mind.
Following her divorce from Tom D’Agostino, de Lesseps got a new NYC apartment, and most recently
bought a $1 million waterfront home in upstate New York.
Net Worth: $25 million Photo: Courtesy of Bravo. More
It is difficult to remember an era of
RHONY before Dorinda Medley. She heckles "Jovani!" and she "makes it nice," and we wouldn't want it any other way. But before her RHONY days, Medley got her start in fashion at Liz Claiborne before starting her own cashmere company, DCL Cashmere, in London, where she had clients like Joan Collins and Princess Diana. Her second husband, Richard Medley, was a hedge-fund adviser and political speechwriter, with whom she did a lot of charity work.
Medley recently put her Upper East Side apartment on the market and
relocated to Midtown East. But when she's not in the city, Medley can be found at a mansion called Blue Stone Manor in the Berkshire Mountains, which has been the site of many weekends from hell over the years — and is definitely worth a big chunk of change.
Net Worth: $20 million Photo: Courtesy of Bravo. More Story continues
Ramona, a.k.a. the Singer Stinger, got her start in fashion with RMS Fashions, Inc., a business that she started with a
$70,000 loan from her father (which she paid back). She also cofounded True Faith Jewelry with her ex-husband, Mario.
Singer is also the author of
and a self-proclaimed real estate expert. She looks down on Hamptons houses that are highway-adjacent, and she will tell you that at a Halloween party. Last year, Life on the Ramona Coaster she listed her Upper East Side apartment for $4.95 million, and listed her Hamptons estate last summer as a rental for $165,000 for a month.
As the creator of Turtle Time, Ramona also, obviously, has her own line of Pinot Grigio. She also has two skin-care lines: Tru Renewal and Ageless by Ramona, the latter of which
Bethenny tweeted "does not exist." (Cue the season 10 scene of Ramona on an NYC street corner shouting into her phone at Bethenny for not supporting other women.)
Net Worth: $18 million Photo: Courtesy of Bravo. More
Sonja Morgan is a Morgan, and she will not let you forget that fact. But apart from her ex-husband's family lineage, Morgan has had many business ventures in her own right. There was
Tipsy Girl, a line of rosé that Bethenny Frankel accused Morgan of basically ripping off from Frankel's own Skinnygirl, and then Sonja by Sonja Morgan, which all of Morgan's co-stars basically denied the existence of. But it exists!
She wasn't always rolling in it, though. In 2010, Morgan filed for bankruptcy, a process that lasted five years and
cost her $9 million. She sold her homes in France and Colorado in the process, and has since let go of her iconic Upper East Side brownstone as well, which she rents out for $32,000 per month, in favor of a new Columbus Circle apartment.
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