While many of these Housewives have had careers spanning from publishing to the restaurant industry, not all of them have found financial success. Find out how the stars of The Real Housewives of New Jersey have earned their wealth.
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Teresa Giudice’s net worth: $500 000
Teresa Giudice has lived the high life, but she’s also had her share of money problems. Her net worth was once listed at $11 million, but the Housewife’s net worth has taken a tumble because of troubles with cash flow that date back to her start on RHONJ back in 2009. That was the year she filed for bankruptcy with her husband Joe and the couple claimed they were in debt to the tune of nearly $11 million dollars. In 2013, they were indicted on fraud charges and it wasn’t until June of 2013 that their bankruptcy case was dismissed. According to People, they’re now on a payment plan with the IRS and the NJ Dept. of Treasury. As for how Teresa makes money, aside from her time on RHONJ, she’s got a deal with the gym Retro Fitness and a website that sells spice, coffee and health products. One of her most lucrative ventures to date has been publishing – she’s released six books including multiple best-selling cookbooks and a New York Times best selling memoir, Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again.
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Melissa Gorga’s net worth: $2 million
Melissa Gorga’s husband Joe’s main gig is working in real estate development, but he’s dipped his toes in several industries. First, we saw Joe invest in a garbage truck business on RHONJ, but we haven’t heard about it since. Then, the couple briefly owned a restaurant, too, but it closed down due to management issues. As for Melissa, she was a pop star for a hot minute (unpopular opinion: “On Display” was a bop!) and she wrote an advice book, Love, Italian Style: The Secrets of My Hot and Happy Marriage, but its release was marred in controversy (Jezebel criticized it for promoting marital rape). Her boutique, Envy, has courted controversy too – her former business partner sued her for $30 million, though the case was ultimately dismissed. It's widely known that the Gorga's have had their share of financial troubles over the years, and in season 11 we'll see marital troubles as well.
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Jackie Goldschneider’s net worth: $2 million
When Jackie Goldschneider traded in her life as a real estate attorney for full-time mom life, it was something of a necessity — she’s got two sets of twins under the age of 10. In addition to her full slate at home, she writes parenting columns for NorthJersey.com. Her husband Evan is a partner at the investment firm Hawthorne Lane Capital Group. Estimates of Jackie's wealth haven yet to be reported online. She's also been an intelligent investor — she invested money from her trust fund in real estate and now has several properties that allowed her to start her own small real-estate firm.
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Dolores Catania’s net worth: $4 million
When it comes to work, Dolores Catania has done it all. Well, maybe not it all but certainly a lot! The RHONJ star broke down her resume for Bravo, detailing that she’s been a waitress, a “shampoo girl” at a hair salon, a corrections officer, a waitress (again!), a realtor, and a surgical assistant. She’s now an entrepreneur to boot – she owns two Powerhouse Gym locations after getting her first taste of entrepreneurship flipping houses with her ex-husband.
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Jennifer Aydin’s net worth: $11 million
Before RHONJ, Jennifer Aydin had her own cooking show (seriously – watch it on YouTube!). That probably didn’t rake in a ton of cash, but that’s OK, her husband Bill is a successful plastic surgeon. While Jennifer and Bill's estimated net worth has yet to be reported, Bill has his own practice, Aydin Center for Plastic Surgery, and it's safe to say Bill's business keeps them more than comfortable in their Paramus, New Jersey mansion.
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Margaret Josephs’ net worth: $50 million
Back in 1999, Margaret Josephs launched a capsule collection of luggage. That was the start of her mini empire, Macbeth Collection. The company’s products are now available in more than 6,000 stores. Before Margaret joined RHONJ, CNN Money reported the company was pulling in $26 million a year in sales. Celebrity Net Worth lists her net worth at $50 million, but it sounds like she may be in the same boat as some of her costars: in January 2018, Page Six reported her home was in foreclosure. She was sued for $12 million for trademark infringement relating to her company's logo, but settled for $300 000 to put an end to the legal bills.