After over a decade on TV, you might forget the initial reasons why these successful, accomplished women were chosen to be Real Housewives.
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Eboni K. Williams’ net worth: $3 million
Eboni joins the cast with beauty and brains. She's a lawyer and TV host who began her career at the University of North Carolina before becoming host of Revolt TV's State of the Culture. As a lawyer, she's worked in private practice and as a public defender, leading to correspondent gigs on CBS and FOX News. Let's see how this polished personality fares with the New York ladies.
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Leah McSweeney’s net worth: $3.5 million
Leah's rags to riches story is pretty impressive. She won a $75 000 settlement in a brawl with the NYPD, using it to launch her clothing line Married to the Mob. Celebrities like Fergie and Lady Gaga have been seen wearing her brand, contributing to its success. Since her rookie season on RHONY, Leah's earned a significant pay increase, now making $10 000 per episode. Aside from her line, McSweeney is a columnist for Hypebeast and has her own podcast called Improper Etiquette where she speaks about lifestyle and her experience with Bipolar II disorder.
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Sonja Morgan’s net worth: $8 million
A few years ago, sources billed Sonja's net worth in the $8 million range, but after she filed for bankruptcy in 2010, it's hard to know where she stands now. Sonja's bankruptcy filing claimed she was $19.8 million in debt, which forced her to sell some major assets (like her $5.7 million home in France). Thanks to her business ventures, she might be crawling her way back into the green. As we've seen in the show, she's been hustling with her clothing and beauty lines, Sonja by Sonja Morgan and Sonja Beauty. If all else fails, she always has her hefty RHONY paycheque to fall back on — she reportedly made just over $465 000 for season six, a number that's surely gone up by now.
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Ramona Singer’s net worth: $18 million
This Real Housewives star started her career as a buyer for major brands like Calvin Klein, Macys and French Connection. Ramona used her FIT education and entrepreneurial skills to expand her net worth, launching three brands on the Home Shopping Network, and two lines on Amazon. She also reportedly makes $500 000 per season — a paycheque that clearly reflects how long she's been on the show. Also, lets not forget Ramona's famous Pinot Grigio!
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Luann de Lessep’s net worth: $25 million.
Luann had a few jobs in modelling and on Italian television when she was younger, but she married into her wealth. Luann's first husband, Count Alexandre de Lessep, is believed to be worth $50 million. After their 2009 divorce, Luann walked away with a few pieces of property and her title of Countess. She's also taken on a music career, releasing singles like 'Money Can't Buy You Class' and a book called 'Class With the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair.'
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Bethenny Frankel’s net worth: $70 million
She may be an ex-Housewife, but you can't call yourself a real RHONY fan if you don't know the story of Bethenny's rise to fortune. When fans first met Bethenny, she was handing out free samples of her products in grocery stores. Now, she's turned her Skinnygirl products into an empire worth a reported $120 million. (Get the full scoop on her rise mogul status here). Long story short, Bethenny used her star power and likability to create a brand and become one of the highest-paid reality TV stars on the planet.
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