One of the newer faces on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH) is Crystal Kung Minkoff. She is the first Asian-American cast member to join the show. Apart from being a star, Crystal is also an entrepreneur who co-founded the beverage company, Real Coco. As of 2022, Crystal Kung Minkoff has a net worth of $30 million.
Crystal was born on June 23, 1983. Crystal and her brother, Jeffrey, were brought up in Harbor City, California, by first-generation Chinese immigrants. Her parents are Homer Kung and Stephanie Holappa.
She is said to be a descendant of the philosopher Confucius in the 76th generation. However, there is not much known about the California native’s early years.
She majored in biology and history at the University of California, Irvine and also studied culinary arts in LA. Her initial career decision was very different from that of her brother, who went to China and became a pop star.
She served as an Assistant Director for a couple of media projects in the early stages of her career. In 2008, she helped produce one of her most well-known films, The Forbidden Kingdom.
In 2011, she was hired to be the Assistant Director for the comedy-crime film Flypaper. In the same movie, she had a minor, unnamed role. Aside from her film pursuits, she also has side hustles.
She made cooking lessons about classic Western dishes with an Asian touch and has dabbled in the field of cocktail making. Eventually, Crystal co-founded Real Coco with her brother Jeffrey in 2012. They sell premium organic coconut beverages on their website and online platforms such as Amazon.
In 2021, Minkoff was invited to be a main cast member on the eleventh season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She appeared on the Bravo reality show with her husband, Rob Minkoff.
Crystal was not originally a reality TV fan, but wanted to be a part of the cast because she believes Asian-Americans need more representation on television.
Perhaps because of her motivations, Minkoff had a feud with co-star Sutton Stracke. It all started when the two talked about racial stereotyping. Stracke ultimately regretted her stand on the subject.
Net Worth and Earnings
Stars Offline reports Crystal was paid $100,000 for her first season on RHOBH. That’s more than $4,100 per episode. Plus, her pay is only going to grow with her popularity on the show. She also sells sponsored posts on Instagram, a recent example is a picture promoting Hammitt leather handbags.
Crystal earns significant money from her business ventures. Real Coco alone has sold more than 10 million coconut water bottles. This doesn’t include the brand’s other products. With this, the celebrity entrepreneur is worth an estimated $30 million.
Crystal Kung Minkoff is married to Rob Minkoff, a famous filmmaker known for directing The Lion King, The Haunted Mansion, and Stuart Little.
Rob met Crystal Kung at a party in his office in 2003 and got married in 2007. Rob has a net worth of $30 million. They are raising two children together, Max and Zoe and live in a $2.3 million property located in Bel Air, Los Angeles.