How The Real Housewives of New York Made Their Millions
After nearly a decade on TV, you might have forgotten the initial reasons these successful, accomplished women were chosen to be Real Housewives.
Leah McSweeney's net worth: $2.4 millionLeah'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.
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 millionA 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).
She might be crawling her way back into the green, but Sonja always has her hefty RHONY paycheque to fall back on.
Ramona Singer's net worth: $18 millionThe 59-year-old 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.
Also, lets not forget Ramona's famous Pinot Grigio!
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Dorinda Medley's net worth: $20 millionDorinda started her career in the fashion world working for Liz Claiborne in New York City. Then after moving to London with her first husband, she started her own cashmere company, DLC cashmere, where she had high-profile clients like Joan Collins and Princess Diana. After 10 years of operation, Dorinda sold her company and moved back to the U.S.
Dorinda's second husband, Richard Medley, was a successful hedge fund advisor. Richard died unexpectedly in 2011, and he probably left a big chunk of change to his beloved wife.
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.
Luann has 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.'
Tinsley Mortimer's net worth: $35 millionBefore she ever joined the show, this Columbia University graduate has a handbag line in Japan, has appeared in several TV shows, and was one of the top socialites in New York City society.
Tinsley's ex-husband, Topper Mortimer, is the descendant of a former president of Standard Oil and comes from very old money. Her ex also works for a hedge fund, so combined with her own endeavours, Tinsley's net worth seems accurate.
Carole Radziwill's net worth: $50 millionCarole had a very long and respected career as a journalist long before she stepped foot on Housewives. She later added author to her resume and has released several best-selling books.
The star's late husband, Prince Anthony Radziwill of the Polish Royal Family, no-doubt contributed millions to her wealth.
Bethenny Frankel's net worth: $25 millionYou 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.