Cynthia Bailey is one of the most iconic personalities that has appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She’s a lady of many talents that includes modeling, acting and entrepreneurship. After leaving the Bravo network reality show, she has spent most of her time establishing a number of businesses. As of 2022, Cynthia Bailey has a net worth of $2.5 million.
Born in Decatur, Alabama, Cynthia Denise Bailey grew up in the city of Tuscumbia. Her birthday is February 19, 1967. She and her sister, Malorie, were raised by factory workers Barbara and Elijah Bailey.
Her inspiration growing up was Mae Frankie Ford, Bailey’s grandmother, who she describes as the first African-American businesswoman in her life. She went to Deshler High School and later became the first black homecoming queen at the school.
When she attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Bailey also participated in various beauty contests and was eventually spotted by a scout from Wilhelmina Models.
At 18-years-old the Alabama beauty worked part-time at a mall to fund her to move to New York City. The young model inked a five-year deal with Wilhelmina Models and didn’t want to waste the opportunity.
In 1985, she was featured in several small films and music videos. Cynthia made her debut on the big screen in a 1990 movie titled “Without You I’m Nothing”. Later on, she played minor roles in various TV shows.
Then, she went abroad to model in Milan and Paris. After a year, Cynthia returned home to work with major brands, such as Vanity Fair, Target, Maybelline, Vogue, Elle, and Glamour.
Cynthia Bailey became a primary cast member of RHOA in season three of the reality show. She was hesitant to join at first, but later concluded that it would be a great business move.
Indeed, the fame she earned with the series helped her launch several startups, including an event space, a wine cellar, and a fashion school. She also created a luxury travel luggage collection called CARGO.
However, the star chose to leave RHOA in 2021, stating that she wanted to focus more on her marriage. After a year, she became part of Celebrity Big Brother’s season three premiere on CBS.
Net Worth and Earnings
When Cynthia was still a full-time RHOA cast member, she was paid $1.8 million per season according to Radar Online. This made her one of the highest paid cast members on the Housewives franchise but was paid less than Kandi Burruss who takes home $2.3 million per season.
As a famous personality, she was given a brand deal by the multinational alcoholic beverage company Seagram. Of course, her personal business ventures also bring in a lot of money. She treats each of her companies like her own children. With this, her fortune is reported to be $2.5 million.
Cynthia Bailey was once in a relationship with basketball player Jayson Williams, who proposed to her at an NBA game. However, she turned him down. She also dated Leon Robinson, who is the father of her daughter Noelle.
In 2010, she tied the knot with Peter Thomas, but they divorced seven years later. In 2020, the businesswoman married Mike Hill. They live together in Atlanta, Georgia, in a home they call Lake Bailey.