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What Is Bethenny Frankel's Net Worth? How The 'Housewives' Star Makes Money

Date January 14, 2020 18:36

There are two types of people in this world: some hate TV reality shows, like The Real Housewives speculating that they are just unwatchable, others become real fans from the first episodes. If you are surely a part of the second group, this article is for you. We believe that the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City deserves a Peabody Award and our favorite actress is Bethenny Frankel.

Throughout the years of watching the Real Housewives franchise, we have witnessed some stars that have risen above the others. Some participants have used their roles to develop their careers while others have coasted on fame. Bethenny Frankel was different as she not only took a role on the show but used it to start her entrepreneurial career. She did everything possible to become a real mogul and her success was really deserved.

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Today, Bethenny Frankel isn't just a reality TV star, she's also a widely-known businesswoman. How did she manage to mix business and TV industry? Let's find out. Take a look at her path to success, and believe us it was full of obstacles.

Bethenny Frankel's early years

Bethenny Frankel was born in 1970 and we can't say that her childhood was happy. Her dad who was a horse trainer left the family when the girl was only four. Bethenny didn't have a stable environment during her early years. Her family moved around a lot: actually, the girl moved seven times in ten years!

The TV personality described her family as dysfunctional, recalling that her childhood was full of "gambling, drinking, drugs, eating disorders, and physical abuse." She said:

I was an adult as a child. I saw so much as a very young child that I think it matured me in an unnatural and unusual way.

Bethenny went to the National Gourmet Institute, after high school. Later, she graduated from New York University, with degrees in communications and psychology. At that moment, the young woman wanted to become an actress, so she moved out to LA to pursue acting.

Although Bethenny did end up in the television industry, it wasn’t exactly what she wanted. Her dream was to be on screen, but instead of that, she worked behind the scene as a production assistant. The list of her jobs was impressive.

Bethenny Frankel was the personal assistant for Paris Hilton’s mom, Kathy. The weirdest thing is that Frankel met Hilton through Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Kyle Richards. It happened while Bethenny worked a hostess at a restaurant. As a personal assistant, her responsibilities included taking Paris and Nicky to school, among other common tasks.

However, that wasn't enough for Bethenny as she wanted to move further into entrepreneurial endeavors, so she decides to launch her own business. Her first business was Bethenny Bakes, a company that sold healthy cookies. And that wasn't her only business 'child.'

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When Bethenny was 36, someone approached her in the Hamptons with an unexpected offer. The woman was asked to be a part of the new TV show called Manhattan Moms, which is now called The Real Housewives of New York City.

Bethenny didn't think that it could be serious as she didn’t want to be on the show. When Bethenny first entered the world of TV reality shows, she was a popular chef with a specialization in healthy eating. At that moment she had already appeared on various talk shows promoting her brand, including the Today Show.

She recalled:

I thought it was going to be a bunch of drunk people acting crazy and a disaster.

Can you imagine that she was only paid $7,250 during the first season of the show? Today, Bethenny Frankel is probably the most well-known housewife in the franchise. Do you agree?

Bethenny Frankel's personal life

And what about Bethenny Frankel's personal life? Is she married?

Frankel was married two times. In 2010, she tied the knot with pharmaceutical sales representative Jason Hoppy. However, their marriage didn't last long. The divorce was finalized in 2016. Bethenny Frankel's first husband was Peter Sussman, they got married in 1996 and divorced in 1997.

During the third season of Real Housewives, the TV star found out that she was pregnant with a baby. Her daughter, Bryn is nine years old today. Bethenny is very proud of her child and likes to spend time together. She said:

I'm the most happy when we've connected and we've spent days together.

Bethenny Frankel's net worth

According to CelebrityNetWorth, today Bethenny Frankel's net worth is around $25 million. Bethenny Frankel's net worth 2018 was approximately the same.

But how does she make her money? First of all, she was and now is one of the highest-paid celebrities: for example in 2016 she earned $55 million. Secondly, Bethenny is a businesswoman with numerous successful projects.

In 2011, she sold her Skinnygirl Cocktails, a line of low-calorie mixers, to Beam Global for an impressive sum of $100 million, while maintaining the name rights. Moreover, she appeared on the cover of Forbes magazine the same year.

Oh, and Bethenny knows how to spend her money. Let's take a look at real estate. She says she began her journey in a small New York apartment on the show. However, times have drastically changed.

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Since then, she's lived in and changed various multi-million-dollar apartments. She bought a loft in SoHo for $4.2 million in 2017, according to Architectural Digest. The TV mogul also sold a penthouse in Tribeca in 2016 for $6.95 million, according to Curbed. In addition, she enjoys two multi-million-dollar homes in the Hamptons, according to CNBC.

She is also a best-selling author. She has written several New York Times best-selling books, including Naturally Thin, The Skinnygirl Dish, and A Place of Yes.

Bethenny is a hardworking person who knows what she wants and what is more important she appreciates people around her. Once, she shared a touching 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.

Bethenny has numerous talents, and we are sure she will earn even more money in the future. Her example proves that everything is possible if you really want. What do you think? Is she the best housewife ever?

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