- Bethenny Frankel is leaving RHONY, but the self-made entrepreneur has many business ventures.
- She has made millions starring on Bravo's Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny Ever After, and Bethenny & Fredrik reality TV shows.
- Her biggest pay-day, however, comes from her Skinnygirl low-calorie alcohol brand and product spin-offs.
Bethenny Frankel may have humble beginnings, but these days the former (!) Housewives star is living the high lifeand her current net worth proves it. The self-made entrepreneur made her fortune through reality TV appearances, books, and her Skinnygirl business. She didn't have many funds when she first started on RHONY in 2008, but she quickly upped her reportedly $7,250 per season pay to $1 million plus.
Bethenny shared a thank you post to Instagram, writing: "You started this journey with me in my tiny apartment in my late 30s, wondering what would happen to me. I was broke, single, had no family and no idea what the future held."
View this post on Instagram I wanted to take a moment to write a personal note to you. I am so grateful to you for sticking with me through everything. You started this journey with me in my tiny apartment in my late 30s, wondering what would happen to me. I was broke, single, had no family and no idea what the future held. I had big dreams and I never stopped, but I honestly didnt know if I would ever get here. You helped me to get here. I would read your letters and messages and grow from your struggles. You would give me your honest opinion about my products and projects and helpful advice about divorce, relationships, motherhood, miscarriages, health, and surviving the death of a loved one and almost my own. You have shared your ideas with me and I have been inspired by and learned from you. I am fortunate to have created a business and career that some people only dream of. I had a beautiful baby girl who is now 9 years old, and she has changed me as a human being. I was able to give back and help people all over the world who have been hit with the worst of unforeseen circumstances, which we will all continue together. GO for it. Whatever it is. Reach for your dreams in life and love and make the impossible happen, because it can happen and it WILL happen. Come from a place of yes and its yours for the taking. Thank you so much for your love and support. And stay tuned, you havent seen the last of me. There are many amazing things to come. I love you all and am so lucky to have you in my life! PS: New York City is still my playground. . xo . B A post shared by Bethenny Frankel (@bethennyfrankel) on Aug 21, 2019 at 4:23pm PDT
Bethenny was the sixth highest-paid reality TV star in 2016.
And she was the only Housewives star to make the Forbes list of top earning reality stars (sorry, Lisa Vanderpump!). In addition to Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny hopped coasts and appeared as a friend to Kyle Richards on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
She also starred in two Bravo spin-offs: Bethenny Ever After and Bethenny & Fredrik. Still, Housewives is one of her biggest pay-days, and she's referred to it as the best commercial for Skinnygirl, per BravoTV . She's also commented about her co-stars finances. "They cant afford the lives theyre living," she told Money .
Bethenny built a Skinnygirl empire.
Bethenny started a lifestyle empire with one drink, the Skinnygirl Margarita. If I make you a drink, Im going to be sure its the best drink youve ever had," she told Money .
In 2011, she sold her Skinnygirl cocktail line to Beam Global for $100 million, per Money . Savvy businesswoman that she is, Bethenny retained the right to license the brand name for other products. She continues to profit from Skinnygirl spinoffs, the publication reported.
Btw, Bethenny isn't the only celeb cashing in on their own food and/or beverage line:
Bethenny is also a best-selling author.
Bethenny has written four New York Times best-selling books , including Naturally Thin, The Skinnygirl Dish, and A Place of Yes.
Oh, and Bethenny rakes it in with real estate.
She says she started out in a small New York apartment on the show, and my, how the times have changed. Since then, she's lived in and flipped many multi-million-dollar pads. She recently purchased a loft in SoHo for $4.2 million in 2017, per Architectural Digest .
Bethenny has new lucrative projects underway.
While she's saying farewell to RHONY this year, she's not leaving entertainment altogether. In March, Bethenny signed a deal with MGM Television and Mark Burnett, Variety reported. She plans to develop, produce, and potentially appear in unscripted projects.
That's a lot of big checks to add up. CelebrityNetWorth clocks Bethenny's net worth around $25 million.