Erika Girardi, popularly known by her stage name Erika Jayne, is a singer and reality star on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. On the show, viewers have witnessed her musical endeavors and relationship with former lawyer Tom Girardi. As of 2023, Erika Jayne has a net worth of $5 million.
Jayne was born Erika Chahoy on July 10, 1971. Her parents broke up when she was just months old and was raised by a single mother in Atlanta, Georgia. She doesn’t share much about her early life, but it is known the Georgia native graduated from North Atlanta High School.
When she turned 18, Jayne moved out of her mom’s place to move to New York City. Sometime in the late 1990s, she relocated to Beverly Hills, California. There, she worked at Chasen’s, a famous bar and restaurant co-owned by her future husband, Tom Girardi.
Erika worked as a part-time actress, getting minor roles in several television shows and movies. In 1995, she appeared in an indie film titled Alchemy. The following year, she featured in another independent movie called Lowball.
Perhaps her most notable acting gig was in a few episodes of Law & Order, a legal drama series on NBC. Later in her career, she switched to making music. In 2007, she dropped her debut single, Roller Coaster, which peaked at number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. Two years later, she released her first album, Pretty Mess and later toured Asia.
In 2015 Erika Jayne joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on the Bravo network. She got to promote her music tracks on the reality show. Her marriage to Tom Girardi became a major plotline as the series progressed.
There is a big age gap between Erika and Tom, and it turned into a massive deal for RHOBH fans. Later on, the couple divorced, and it became a hot topic. During this time, Tom also faced financial scandals that were exposed in the 2021 Hulu documentary, The Housewife and The Hustler.
Net Worth and Earnings
According to The New York Times, the reality star made $600,000 in RHOBH season 11. This is a $100,000 increase from her previous salary of $500,000 per season. Erika Jayne also makes a considerable amount of money from making music.
Nine of her songs have reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. Some of them were used in various feature films. With this, her net worth is estimated to be $5 million.
Before meeting Tom, Erika was married to Thomas Zizzo in 1991. They had a child named Thomas Jr., but they divorced in 1996. Jayne and Tom Girardi married in 2000 and got divorced in 2020. Now, Jayne is residing in a small bachelorette pad in Fairfax County, Virginia, while Tom is at an assisted living facility located in Burbank, California.