Real Housewives of New York: Who Has the Most Money?

Updated on August 31, 2015

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The Big Apple is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. How much money does it take to live like a Real Housewife of New York? And do the old and new housewives have what it takes to keep their status as socialites? Keeping reading to find out!

Ramona Singer

Net Worth: $18 million

Ramona! Girlfriend, you need to grab a glass of your pinot grigio and BREATHE! While my term for her would be "high-strung," I fully respect that she sees herself as just "fun." Her "fun" personality certainly keeps the drama going and her bank account full.

Ramona is an energetic business woman. She is the owner of RMS Fashion, creator of Tru Renewal skin care, designer/owner for Ramona Singer Jewelry for HSN, founder of True Faith Jewelry and Ramona Singer Collection on Amazon, and owner of Ramona Pinot Grigio wine. Most recently she became a partner in the restaurant AOA Bar and Grill in TriBeCa.

In addition to her entrepreneurial activities, Ramona is also involved in a number of charities. She is particularly passionate about supporting victims of domestic abuse and is involved with the Africa Foundation/And Beyond, which helps build schools for children in Africa.

Early on in season one, Ramona talked about how important it was for her to have her own source of income. That way, she said, she’d be independent no matter what happened. Ramona’s foresight is coming in handy now that she and her husband Mario Singer are divorcing. Something tells me that Ramona will end up being juuuust fine.

Luann de Lesseps

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Net Worth: $2 million

Money can't buy you class but apparently it can turn a former nurse and model into a Countess. Luann was married to Count Alexandre de Lesseps (French aristocrat worth $50 million) until his infidelity led to their divorce.

But now that she’s divorced and on her own, LuAnn is building her own royal-sized fortune. Luann was able to keep her title and has turned it into her signature brand. She published a book titled, "Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elogence and Flair". She also released 2 pop singles, "Money Can't Buy You Class" and "Chic C'est La Vie". She has also started to write a weekly column for OK Magazine, "What Would the Countess Do?''

Recently, she launched a fashion line, The Countess Collection, which she will shortly expand into jewelry, home, and cocktails. She is also building a successful second career as a host and personality, with frequent appearances on shows like Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Watch What Happens Live!, and others. She’s also caught the lucrative acting bug with guest stings on Royal Pains and Law & Order: SVU.

In addition to these highly profitable activities, LuAnn also makes time for charity events including The American Cancer Society, ACE Soho Partnership for the Homeless, GLAAD, amFAR, and others.

Sonja Morgan

Net Worth: $20 million

I love that Sonja is completely comfortable in her own skin. I love that she was married to the great-grandson of J.P. Morgan (that is just good American history). But what I love most is that at the height of her troubles - marital and financial - she is still a strong woman.

The drama started soon after Sonja married John Adams Morgan (net worth: $100 million). (She was working as a hostess at San Pietro in NYC when they met.) 30 years her senior, the couple had one daughter, Quincy. The marriage lasted only three years. During that time Sonja started a film production company. However, a failed movie venture (involving John Travolta) and a subsequent lawsuit forced the company and Sonja into bankruptcy. Her divorce has been ugly, with fights over alimony and joint assets, leaving her net worth very much up in the air. So where does that leave Sonja? For starters, she still has her very lucrative gig with the Real Housewives.

She's also recently published a cookbook with recipes you can make entirely with a toaster oven! Finally, she's lauching a clothing line, which is expected to premier during New York’s Fall Fashion Week 2015. In 2013, she received an award from the New York State Senate for her entrepreneurial savvy and charitable work.

Carole Radziwill

Net Worth: $50 million

Carole joined the show at the start of season, though I am still not sure what she found appealing about joining a reality show - especially given the success she found in her previous career as a journalist and author, during which she she won three Emmy awards and a Peabody award for her work.

Carole was married to her ABC co-worker Prince Anthony Radziwill (net worth: $50 million), from Poland for 5 years. The marriage ended due to Prince Anthony tragically dying from cancer. After Carole left ABC news, she wrote her memoir, What Remains: a Memoir of Faith, Friendship and Love, which spent over 20 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and received a nomination for the Books for a Better a Life Award. She now works for Glamour magazine as a columnist and also writes for Porter magazine. Her first novel, The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating was published in February 2014 and she is currently at work on her next book, a collection of essays on topics from war to reality TV.

Heather Thomson

Net Worth: $10 million

Heather is a focused career woman. I like that. She is also one to speak her mind. And that just makes for good TV. How did she get all of her money? Heather is also a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman. She is the creator of Yummie Tummie, a popular brand of shape wear for women. She also worked as a stylist and designer for some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, and Sean “Diddy” Combs, whose Sean John label hired her as the founding Director of Design.


In addition to these businesses successes, Heather is also devoted to a number of charitable causes including the Kellner Family Pediatric Liver Disease Foundation, No Barriers, and the Tick Borne Disease Alliance. Her tireless work on behalf of these organizations earned her a number of awards including the Champion Award from the American Liver Foundation.

Bethenny Frankel

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Net Worth: $25 Million

After a three-season break, Bethenny is making her return to RHONY for its 7th season. Ms. Frankel is easily the wealthiest of all the Housewives. In 2011, she sold her stake in SkinnyGirl, a low-calorie cocktail line, for a cool $100 million, of which she personally earned $55 million. That'll keep even the most demanding housewife living in style!

Bethenny is a reality TV show veteran, starting her career on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, where she was named first runner-up. In addition to her lucrative lifestyle brand and cocktail line, SkinnyGirl, Bethenny has continued to dominate the reality scene. After three seasons on Real Housewives, she starred on two spin-off series, including Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After. She also briefly had a talkshow and wrote four best-selling books, with another one released this past April. As a testament to her business savvy and celebrity appeal, she was named to the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbes magazine.

Dorinda Medley

Net Worth: $20 Million

The most recent addition to the cast ranks third or fourth in terms of net worth. She started out in fashion with her own cashmere company - DCL Cashmere - in London where she had a number of high profile clients including Princess Diana and Joan Collins. After 10 years, she sold her company, got a divorce, and moved to New York where she met her second husband, Richard Medley, a hedge fund advisor for George Soros, who sadly passed away.

Kristen Taekman

Net Worth: $20 Million

A former model, Kristen knows how to make bank on her beauty. Kristen’s husband Josh is the owner of eBoost, a natural energy supplement. But Kristen has her hands in a number other ventures as well. She began modeling at age 14 and was featured in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and in national campaigns for brands like Clairol. After her modeling career, she used her business savvy to launch her own greeting card company, 2nd Street Press, in 2009 and has recently started a nail polish line with her husband called Pop of Color.

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Former Housewives of New York: Net Worths

Aviva Drescher

Net Worth: $20 million (with husband)

Now, I love that Aviva was the only Real Housewife of NYC that is actually from NYC. But can we all give a collective "oy vey"? She is certainly passionate about her opinions, her causes, and her phobias! Aviva grew up privileged and her fortune has only increased through her marriage to Reid Drescher. Reid is the founder, President and CEO of Cape One Financial Advisors as well as president and CEO of Spencer Clark LLC, an investment bank. The couple has 4 children. Aviva was on the show for seasons 5 and 6.

Jill Zarin

Net Worth: $35 million (with husband)

Jill was a Housewife of New York for seasons 1-4. September of 2011, Bravo announced that she, along with 3 others were not returning to the show. All of the New York cast is outspoken, and Jill is no exception. Always seeming to stir the pot or make apologies, but never really changing the behavior... hmmmm. For better or worse, Jill is who she is and has a ton of money to go with it.

Her husband Bobby Zarin owns Zarin Fabric Warehouse and Home Furnishings. Jill does marketing for the store. Recently she has used her fame from the reality show to launch some new projects. First was an advice book she published with her sister and mother, Secrets of a Jewish Mother. She then launched a body shapewear line, "Skweez Couture by Jill Zarin," and a bedding line "Jill Zarin Home." Most recently she started a jewelry collection, "Jill Zarin Jewelry Collection."

Kelly Bensimon

Net Worth: $20 million

I will be the first one to admit doubting that Kelly was capable of doing much more than modeling and living off the proceeds from her divorce from ex-husband, Gilles Bensimon, the famous fashion photographer and Creative Director for Elle Magazine (net worth: $25 million ). Turns out, the girl does have substance

  • Graduated from Columbia University - major in literature and writing
  • A model for Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmo and um well... Playboy
  • Founding editor of Elle Accessories magazine
  • Editor at large for Hamptons and Gotham magazines
  • Author of 4 books In the Spirit of the Hamptons, The Bikini Book, American Style, and I Can Make You Hot
  • Designs her own jewelry line that sells in top boutiques.

So there you go. Clearly more than meets the eye!

Cindy Barshop

Net Worth: $6 million

Cindy is another recently ex-housewife. Her stint only lasted 1 season. I truly believe that Cindy is a happy person, though you wouldn't know it from watching her on the show. She pouted, moaned and criticized more than any other housewife, which is saying something.

However, one can not deny that she is successful! She is the founder of Completely Bare Spas, which specializes in hair removal, hair removal products, and vajazzeling (don't ask). A single mother of twin girls, she has her hands full both personally and professionally. Now that she is off the show, I really hope she can find her inner joy and show it to others.

Alex McCord

Net Worth: $400,000 (with husband: $2.4 million)

Alex is the last of the ousted Housewives. She was always a bit out of the group's milieu, and not just because she lives in Brooklyn. Alex started her career as an actress, appearing in films such as The Architect and Uptown Girls. She also had a role on TV on One Life to Live. She later became a graphic artist.

In 2009 she got laid off from visual marketing at Victoria's Secret and became, well, actually a housewife. She then moved on to other pursuits, such as the book she and her husband wrote, Little Kids Big City. She also got a contract with New York Model Management. Her husband Simon Van Kempen (net worth: $2 million) was the the general manager of the Hotel Chandler in NYC but has since left and is starting his own business.

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      Kellie 

      20 months ago

      2 million is not a 'royal size fortune'. smdh

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      #disgusted 

      3 years ago

      Whats with these terrible shows? Is society that desparate? Just disgusting. I don't have the money they do, but my life looks better than theirs.

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