Bravo is truly a leader when it comes to reality television, and one of its most successful series is The Real Housewives franchise. To date, it has produced 11 shows in the United States and 21 series outside the country. The franchise documents the lives of some of the most affluent and attention seeking women in the world.
Top 10 Wealthiest Real Housewives Cast Members:
1. Kathy Hilton – $350 Million
Kathy Hilton is a fashion designer and the mother of fellow reality star Paris Hilton. Although she is not a full-time cast member, she has been a recurring figure on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH) since season 11. The star requested $2 million for season 12 but accepted a lower figure to appear in the series.
She started her career early as a child actress. Later on, she established a gift store and marketed her products on QVC. Then, she designed party dresses for international clothing lines.
Hilton makes around $35 million per year, her main income source is from the Kathy Hilton Collection, which sells classic cocktail and party dresses that range from $395 to $750. Her unusual sense of humor made her a beloved personality on the show. Hilton has an estimated net worth of $350 million.
2. Diana Jenkins – $300 Million
Diana Jenkins is the newest RHOBH cast member and joined the show in season 12. She’s a businesswoman who works in the music, jewelry, swimwear, and beverage industries.
Diana fled the Bosnian War and landed in London, where she launched a jewelry shop and a swimwear brand, Melissa Odabash. Jenkins also serves as the CEO of the beverage brand, Neuro Drinks. With over 65,000 locations nationwide, the company makes an annual turnover of $82.4 million according to Zippa.com.
Besides running different businesses, a significant chunk of Diana’s $300 million net worth came from her divorce from Roger Jenkins. Diana got a $187 million payout from the divorce and sold her Malibu Mansion to WhatsApp founder, Jan Koum, for $87 million.
3. Carlton Gebbia – $100 Million
In season four, Carlton Gebbia became a standout character, portraying herself as a witch. She lived in a castle and was secretly one of the wealthiest cast members on the show.
Carlton made her wealth as an interior designer for Gebbia Custom Estates, a high-end real estate development company run by her ex-husband, David Gebbia, who owns Stockcross Financial Services. It is rumored that a large part of her fortune came from her divorce.
However, Carlton left the series after just one season. She is currently writing children’s books with odd horror twists. Her net worth is valued at over $100 million.
4. Kyle Richards – $100 Million
Known for being one of the series’ original cast members, Kyle Richards was paid $134,000 for season 1. Kyle is estimated to earn $270,000 per season, while some reports suggest that she pockets $500,000 to a million per season.
The actress rose to fame as a child star on NBC’s drama series Little House on the Prairie and continued acting in television and films until entering reality TV. Apart from acting, the fashion entrepreneur’s ‘luxurious resort and loungewear’ brand Kyle x Shahida, have given her a $100 million fortune.
5. Lisa Vanderpump – $90 Million
Lisa Vanderpump is another original cast member, the restaurateur has featured in two spinoff series, Vanderpump Dogs and Vanderpump Rules. Lisa started her media career young, getting minor roles in various films and television shows.
While doing so, Lisa also designed bars, clubs, and restaurants. The Real Housewives was her breakthrough, and she took home around $500,000 per season before leaving in 2019.
Another contributing factor to her $90 million fortune are her three restaurants in West Hollywood: SUR Restaurant & Lounge, Pump Restaurant, and Tom Tom Restaurant & Bar. The most successful of these is SUR which brings in about $1 to 2.5 million.
6. Bethenny Frankel – $80 Million
An OG Housewife from The Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Frankel quickly gained popularity and later starred in the spinoffs Bethenny Ever After and Bethenny & Fredrik.
The actress worked as Paris Hilton’s nanny while picking up minor acting roles. In 2003, she started BethennyBakes, and in the same year, appeared on The Apprentice. 2008 proved to be a golden year for the star as RHONY came along, where she earned $40,000 per episode.
The business-savvy housewife also started an alcohol brand, Skinnygirl Cocktail, that offered low-calorie, different margarita, vodka, and wine flavors and was reported to have sold for a whopping $120 million. All of this hustle has resulted in a $80 million net worth.
7. Heather Dubrow – $70 Million
Heather Dubrow starred in The Real Housewives of Orange County (RHOC) from season 7 to 11. After taking a long break, she returned to the show in the 16th season. She first made a name for herself starring in the CBS drama series, That’s Life. Heather later appeared in another CBS drama, Hawaii Five-0.
Heather supposedly made $300,00 per season at the time of her exit and currently hosts her podcast, Heather Dubrow’s World.
The majority of Dubrow’s $70 million net worth comes from her husband, Terry, a plastic surgeon. Together, they have published three books: The Dubrow Diet, The Dubrow Keto Fusion Diet, and Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig.
8. Sutton Stracke – $50 Million
Sutton Stracke was introduced to RHOBH viewers in season ten as a friend of the Housewives. Although, she only had a recurring role at first but later became a main cast member.
Stracke is a professional ballet dancer and worked as Associate Director of Development at the Cunningham Dance Foundation. She’s also a popular party planner and boutique owner.
In 2019, the actress opened her boutique, The Sutton Concept, in West Hollywood. Her ex-husband is Christian Stracke, the managing director and global head of the credit research group at PIMCO, valued at $2.2 trillion. Stracke’s net worth stands at $50 million.
9. Camille Grammer – $50 Million
Former RHOBH star Camille Grammer was a primary cast member in the show’s first two seasons. Then, she became a recurring character in seasons three, eight, and nine.
Camille was once a dancer with the group Tavern on the Green. This allowed her to perform in music videos and eventually work with Playboy publications and films. Camille built the majority of her wealth as a writer, creator, and executive producer at Grammnet Productions.
Grammer was rumored to earn $100,000 per episode in 2011 and received a $30 million divorce settlement from her ex-husband Kelsey Grammer. All of this gives Camille a $50 million net worth.
10. Dorit Kemsley – $50 Million
Last but not least is Dorit Kemsley. She is a businesswoman and fashion designer who has been a main cast member of RHOBH since season seven.
She traveled across Europe before settling in Italy, where she worked for a multinational swimwear company for ten years. Dorit left to start her own business and ran the firm for four years before meeting her husband, PK Kemsley.
After a couple of years, she relaunched her brand Beverly Beach by Dorit, which offers swimwear and resort wear and makeup products. Besides entrepreneurship, Kemsley is an actress and earned around $100,000 per season on RHOBH. Her total net worth from multiple sources adds up to $50 million.