Rich and famous go hand in hand; the higher the celebrity status, more money rolls in. But with great wealth comes great responsibility. Because like other forms of entertainment, reality television pays. It’s how it’s managed that can make or break a star. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the Real Housewives are doing OK. Well, most of them, anyway.
Danielle Staub net worth: -$1 million
The RHONJ OG filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in 2012 and listed $500 000 - $1 million worth of debt.
Porsha Williams net worth: $400,000
Porsha is worth about half a million dollars, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Most of that money comes from her appearances on RHOA and her gig as a radio host. Porsha received very few assets following her divorce from NFL player Kordell Stewart.
Teresa Giudice net worth: $500 000
She's out of prison but her net worth took a tumble, thanks to all her legal troubles and fraud charges leading up to jail time.
Kenya Moore net worth: $800 000
The former pageant queen makes her money from RHOA as well as other television appearances like Celebrity Apprentice.
Crystal Kung Minkoff net worth: $1 million
Crystal's net worth is mostly based on her income as an entrepreneur, but her husband is where the money's really at. He's the director of The Lion King and several other children's movies with a net worth of around $10 million.
Melissa Gorga net worth: $2 million
Like her sister-in-law Teresa, Melissa and husband Joe have reportedly owed hundreds of thousands to various creditors.
Tamra Judge net worth: $2 million
Tamra’s a long-time Real Housewife, but her net worth is considerably less than some of her reality peers. When she was on the show, she brought in a reported $350 000 per season — a significant increase from the $7 000 salary she started with. She also co-owns CUT Fitness with husband Eddie.
Cynthia Bailey net worth: $2.5 million
Aside from her hefty RHOA paycheck, Cynthia has her own modelling agency, a thriving eyewear line, and various other businesses that keep her busy.
Jen Shah net worth: $3 million
Jen Shah has alluded to making her money from her marketing firm, but a recent scandal blew the lid off of her financial facade. She'll be on trial for fraud in the coming months.
Kim Zolciak Biermann net worth: $3 million
Eileen Davidson net worth: $3 million
The long-time working soap actress opted out of her reality gig and is back on The Young and The Restless. And while her three seasons on RHOBH were interesting, her alleged record salary of $750 000 a season is probably a relief to producers.
D’Andra Simmons net worth: $3 million
While her stint on RHOD and her CEO role in her skincare company earns her a decent wage, a lot of D'Andra's fortune seems to have been inherited.
Siggy Flicker net worth: $4 million
Siggy was a successful relationship expert and author before she joined The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She's made several TV appearances and has expanded her brand since becoming a Housewife.
Gizelle Bryant net worth: $4 million
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Gizelle comes from a "very prominent and powerful DC family." She was married to Jamal Bryant, a famous pastor of a megachurch, and now has her own makeup line called EveryHue Beauty.
Monique Samuels net worth: $4 million
In addition to The Real Housewives of Potomac, Monique manages her husband's (former NFL player Chris Samuels) real estate investment company.
Kameron Westcott net worth: $4.5 million
Together with husband Court, they are worth a little more than $4.5 million. Kameron's husband comes from old money and his family is considered one of the most prominent in Dallas high society.
Meghan King Edmonds net worth: $5 million
Meghan's worth $5 million — though technically most of that wealth comes via her husband, Jim, a former MLB player and sports announcer.
Lisa Barlow net worth: $5 million
Lisa Barlow can't bear to spend too much time away from her work, and her net worth reflects that. She owns a marketing company, a tequila brand called Vida, and most recently, a men's skincare brand she founded with her kids called "Fresh Wolf."
Ashley Darby net worth: $5 million
Ashley Darby's wealth mostly comes from her husband, real estate mogul Michael Darby who's 29 years her senior.
Erika Girardi net worth: $5 million
Erika is worth about $5 million, thanks to a string of hits on the Billboard Dance Charts, not to mention her marriage to her lawyer husband, Thomas Girardi, who's 40 years her senior. She's currently going through a messy divorce, where she'll most likely see a change to her net worth when it's all said and done.
Phaedra Parks net worth: $6 million
Like some of her former RHOA co-stars, Phaedra made a reported $300,000 per season before she dramatically exited the show, but her job as an attorney and managing partner of the Parks Group PC gives her an edge on the others.
Jennifer Aydin net worth: $7 million
Jennifer may get a lot of crap from her castmates for bragging about being married to a plastic surgeon, but who could blame her? With the couple's hefty net worth, of course she's shouting it from the rooftops.
Vicki Gunvalson net worth: $7 million
The OG of the O.C. earns a reported $500 000 per season; not bad considering she's been on RHOC since Season 1, the first city of the franchise.
Joanna Krupa net worth: $8 million
Before appearing on The Real Housewives of Miami, Joanna had a successful career as a model and appeared on various magazine covers including Maxim and Playboy. She was married to club owner Romain Zago from 2013 to 2017, and they divided the finances amicably. Joanna also served as host for 6 seasons of Poland's Next Top Model.
Sonja Morgan net worth: $8 million
Lisa Rinna net worth: $8 million
Lisa's been in Hollywood since the 1980s. With memorable roles in Melrose Place and Days of Our Lives, Lisa used her star power to become the spokesperson for several brands, then launched her own fashion line, Lisa Rinna Collection.
Karen Huger’s net worth: $10 million
Karen has affectionately called her husband the "Black Bill Gates." He works in tech, but his net worth isn't quite as close to Gate's in reality.
Denise Richards net worth: $14 million
This model-turned-actress had a thriving career in the late '90s with memorable roles in films like The World Is Now Enough, Starship Troopers and Wild Things (just to name a few). Denise gained notoriety outside of her acting career for her on-again-off-again relationship with Charlie Sheen. Denise and Charlie married in 2002, had two children, then eventually divorced in 2006 which garnered Denise $52,000 a month in child support.
NeNe Leakes net worth: $14 million
The reality star has made a decent living from acting, and from her others jobs as a TV host, entrepreneur and author.
Lydia McLaughlin net worth: $15 million
Lydia and her husband Doug have owned several successful businesses together, but we're guessing most of her net worth comes from her father, Canadian media business mogul Geoff Stirling. We're not surprised to see her ranking so high considering she once described herself as "Paris-Hilton-rich" growing up.
Ramona Singer net worth: $18 million
Ramona has a hefty fortune thanks to her many years as a Housewife, as well as her side businesses, including RMS Fashions and Ramona Pinot Grigio.
Dorinda Medley net worth: $20 million
Dorinda's net worth is mostly thanks to her cashmere company, DCL Cashmere, though her previous marriage to hedge fund advisor, the late Richard Medley, also contributes to it.
Luann de Lesseps net worth: $25 million
Luann has a net worth of $25 million. Most of it comes from her long-standing gig on RHONY, but she also earns a pretty penny from her clothing line and her years as a model, actor and nurse. Luann also married into money, earning herself a rich ex-hubby, Count Alexandre de Lesseps, and the title of Countess. Now that's priceless.
Kandi Burruss net worth: $30 million
Outside of her role as a Housewife, Kandi has several other successful endeavours, including a line of adult toys. But prior to joining the cast of RHOA, Kandi was a successful songwriter who penned hits like Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "No Scrubs" for TLC. Music to her ears — and bank account.
Tinsley Mortimer net worth: $35 million
Tinsley's money goes way back. She's a descendant of Thomas Jefferson, and her father is a wealthy real-estate investor. Her ex-husband, Topper Mortimer, also came from old money. Tinsley also has a clothing line and a line of luxury handbags in Japan.
Jill Zarin net worth: $35 million
Jill's net worth is thanks to her former career as a luxury real estate agent and from her role in her husband's company, Zarin Fabric Warehouse and Home Furnishings.
Yolanda Hadid net worth: $45 million
Yolanda is mega rich. After divorcing Mohammad Hadid in 2003, she received a $6 million Malibu home and $3.6 million in cash, among other payouts. She made a little more after her split from David Foster. Throw in her former RHOBH salary, her work as a model, and her current gig as momager to two supermodels and ka-ching!
Heather Dubrow net worth: $50 million
Heather's wealth comes partly from her years acting on sitcoms, but it's the assets she holds with her plastic surgeon husband (and Botched star) Terry Dubrow, that puts her near the top of the top-earning Housewives.
Carole Radziwill net worth: $50 million
Carole is one of the wealthiest Housewives and her earnings come from all kinds of things, from her gig on RHONY, her career as an author, her past work as a journalist and money from the estate of her late husband, Anthony Radziwill, a member of the Polish royal family.
Camille Grammer net worth: $50 million
Camille is half owner of Grammnet Productions, a studio that produced hit shows including Girlfriends, Medium, and The Game. She also received a lot from her divorce from Kelsey Grammer.
Bethenny Frankel net worth: $70 million
Bethenny is one of the self-made Housewives. When she first started on the show, Bethenny was struggling financially, but within a few years time she launched Skinnygirl Cocktails — a company she later sold for a reported $120 million.
Lisa Vanderpump net worth: $90 million
Over the years, Lisa and her husband, Ken Todd, have launched a string of successful restaurants and nightclubs — first in England and France and then L.A. — not to mention her gigs on RHOBH and spinoffs Vanderpump Rules and Vanderpump Dogs — it's no wonder she's rolling in it.
Kyle Richards net worth: $100 million
Her massive fortune is the result of a mix of work and family money, including Kyle's work as an child actor. She also owns a clothing store, but her husband Mauricio Umansky's mega-successful real estate career certainly helps.
Kathy Hilton net worth: $350 million
Surely, you've heard of Kathy's last name, which is part of why she's the Housewife that tops this list. After retiring from acting, she married hotel magnate Richard Hilton and birthed her two famous daughers, Paris and Nicky.