It all started with The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Then came New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, D.C., Beverly Hills, Miami, Potomac and Dallas. And while D.C. and Miami have come to an end, the other installments of this drama-filled show are running full steam ahead.
Why? It's a simple formula, really. We love to see these ladies live their opulent lives. We love to see them navigate love, marriage, family and business. And, yes, we want to see the brawls. The houses, cars, clothes -- and those knock-down, drag-out, wine-launching moments that keep fans coming back, season after season.
To afford these lavish lifestyles, these housewives must be sitting on some major bank, right? Well, not always. The net worth of Bravo's housewives spans from astronomical to relatively normal to, well, bankrupt. This ranking was formed using the latest net worth information we could find on these popular housewives, using Forbes.com, CelebrityNetWorth.com and TheRichest.com, among other sources. Most data was pulled sometime between 2012 and 2018.
As they say, money comes and money goes. And sometimes even the feds don't know what the extremely wealthy might be hiding. It's tough to truly know exact numbers without walking right up to these ladies and asking them what they're worth. (And, honestly, would we get a real answer if we did that?)
So take these totals with a grain of salt. But –– no matter how you slice it –– we're talking lots and lots of coins! Let's get into it.
27. Teresa Giudice = -$11 million
Teresa and her husband were riding high –– as evidenced by their extravagant home and multiple shopping excursions on The Real Housewives of New Jersey –– until they filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and were then charged with conspiracy to commit fraud in 2013. After serving a jail sentence, Teresa is back, but still in debt and in the midst of lawsuits.prevnext
26. Melissa Gorga = $-1.5 million
Another Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member with money problems is Melissa Gorga. In 2012, she and her husband, Joe Gorga, (a real estate developer and brother to castmate Teresa Giudice) reportedly owed millions on their mortgage and an additional sum to creditors. More recently, the couple shut down their restaurant and are selling their New Jersey mansion, but swear it's not for financial reasons.prevnext
25. Danielle Staub = -$1 million
In 2012 this Real Housewives of New Jersey celeb filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. More recently we learned that her marriage to Marty Caffrey is coming to an end after four months.prevnext
T-24. Kim Richards = $100k
Kim Richards was a child star, appearing in several Disney films and popular TV shows. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans watched her struggle with alcohol addiction and deal with the resulting issues and arrests.prevnext
T-24. Shereé Whitfield = $100k
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star launched her own clothing line which she completely designed all by herself. OK, maybe not, but who gon' check her? She and fellow Atlanta castmate Kenya Moore are not expected to return to the show for Season 11.prevnext
23. Karent Sierra = $400k
The Real Housewives of Miami star is also a dentist "to the stars." As if her feuds and flirty boyfriends weren't enough drama on the show, she's struggled with foreclosure and lawsuits post-Bravo.prevnext
T-22. Jacqueline Laurita = $500k
The Vegas cosmetologist-turned-New Jersey housewife struggled to keep the peace on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. So much so that she's not coming back next season. She and her husband, businessman Christopher Laurita, recently put their home up for sale after it slipped into foreclosure for the second time.prevnext
T-22. Michaele Salahi = $500k
The couple appeared on the short-lived Real Housewives of D.C. after they infamously crashed a White House state dinner.prevnext
T-22. Claudia Jordan = $500k
The model and radio personality is a recent addition to the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.prevnext
T-21. Tamra Judge = $800k
Tamra owns C.U.T. Fitness with her husband, Eddie. The Real Housewives of Orange County star stacked her cash as a real estate agent and through additional television appearances.prevnext
20. Taylor Armstrong = $900k
Much of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star's money springs from her late venture capitalist ex-husband, Russell Armstrong, but before she met him, she worked as a pharmaceutical representative. She's also president of a management consulting firm.prevnext
T-19. Alexis Bellino = $1.5 million
Alexis cashed in on the celebrity status brought on by The Real Housewives of Orange County, creating a clothing line for moms and buying a few indoor trampoline parks with her husband, Jim Bellino. In 2018, the couple announced they're divorcing after 13 years of marriage.prevnext
T-19. Kim Zolciak = $1.5 million
Don't be tardy to pay day, Kim! On top of her Bravo shows, Kim launched a wig line and a jewelry line. And let's not forget her music career, thanks to castmate Kandi Burruss.prevnext
T-18. Alex McCord = $2 million
The Real Housewives of New York City star worked as a television and film actress. She and her husband, Simon Van Kempen, wrote a parenting book together about raising a family in the Big Apple.prev