5 of the Richest Self-Made Women from the “Real Housewives” Franchise

When fans watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Beverly Hills or New York City, they see these women living the high life. But there are many more ways to make money than just marrying well and being on television -- like these five self-made women from the franchise who got rich on their own. You’ll learn how they didn’t let the wealth of their spouse deter them from making their own money or already had money when they got married. And you’ll find out how they parlayed that money into real estate, fashion and more.


The actor who made her debut in the year 2008 is married to Gregg Leakes. The couple got married in 1997 and is parents to two sons, Brentt and Brice. Nene's husband is in real estate. During the third season of the show RHOA, Nene announced that she will be filing for divorce. The two were finally separated in the year 2011. In January 2013, Nene reunited with her husband and got engaged. They also got married again on June 22, 2013.

As per Celebrity Net Worth, Nene Leakes' net worth is $14 million. It is because of her appearance in the show RHOA that brought her fame. In 2014, the actor went on to launch her clothing line called the Nene Leakes Collection for the Home Shopping Network. Before the actor left the show, she earned a salary of $1 million, which also made her the highest-paid Housewife. Other than this, in the year 2015, she invested in real-state.


Kandi Burruss and her ex-boyfriend Russell "Block" Spencer have a daughter born in 2002 named Riley.In early 2009, Burruss got engaged to Ashley "A.J." Jewell after dating for just a few months. Jewell was killed during a fight on October 9, 2009 outside a strip club.

In January 2013, Burruss revealed that she was engaged to Todd Tucker, a former line producer for "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." The two started dating in 2011 while the fourth season was being filmed. They married in April 2014. In January 2016, Burress and Tucker welcomed their son Ace. In November 2019, their daughter Blaze was born via surrogate.

Kandi Burruss is a singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, and television personality who has a net worth of $30 million. Kandi Burruss first became famous as a member of the group Xscape. She then went on to have a highly successful songwriting and record producing career. Burruss has been on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," since its second season in 2009.


Yolanda Hadid Foster was born Yolanda van den Herik on January 11th of 1964. She grew up in a small town in Holland and spent her youth riding horses, milking cows, and tending to various farm chores. Yolanda grew up with her brother, Leo. When she was just seven years old, her father died in a car accident. This proved to be a major challenge for the entire family, but Yolanda's mother became more independent and was determined to provide for her children.

After multiple jobs and a long and fruitful modeling career, Yolanda decided that it was time to settle down and start a family. After meeting and marrying Mohamed Hadid, she gave birth to three children. These were Isabella Hadid, Jelena Hadid, and Anwar Hadid. All three children would later become public figures through modeling and other activities. Yolanda and Mohamed's family also included two of his daughters from a previous marriage. Yolanda's marriage with Mohamed Hadid lasted for six years, after which the two got divorced. Mohamed is a real estate developer who is famous for various developments in affluent neighborhoods such as Bel-Air and Beverly Hills.

Yolanda Hadid is a model and reality television personality who has a net worth of $45 million. Yolanda Hadid was famous in her heyday, but she started to become better known as the mother of Bella Hadid and Hadid after her own modeling career dwindled. More recently, Yolanda Hadid has made a name for herself after appearing in a range of reality television shows.


Frankel was born in New York City on November 4, 1970. Her father Robert J. Frankel was a horse trainer, and her mother, Bernadette Birk, an interior designer.

With dreams of becoming an actress, Frankel moved to Los Angeles in 1992. She built up connections working small acting roles and jobs such as nanny to Paris Hilton and personal assistant to Jerry and Linda Bruckheimer, and leveraged these connections into her first company, an event-planning business named In Any Event, although the business was short-lived.

Frankel's first husband was entertainment executive Peter Sussman, whom she married in 1996 and divorced in 1997. Her second marriage to pharmaceutical sales executive Jason Hoppy was documented on the show Bethenny Getting Married? They wed in March 2010, separated in December 2012, and Frankel filed for divorce from Hoppy in January 2013. Their divorce was finalized in July 2016, nearly four years after they separated, in August 2019 Hoppy and Frankel remained legally married. Together, Hoppy and Frankel have one daughter.

Bethenny Frankel is an American reality television personality and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $80 million. She earned her net worth primarily from the sale of her Skinnygirl cocktail company and for her various stints on reality television. In recent years she has been a fairly successful home renovation and flipper.


Kyle Richards was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles on January 11th of 1969. Her parents separated soon after she was born, and the divorce was finalized by the time Richards was three years old. Kyle Richards was born into an affluent family with many connections. Her siblings include Kim Richards and Kathy Hilton. The latter of the two is the mother of well-known celebrities Paris and Nicky Hilton.

Although Kyle Richards certainly displayed impressive acting skills throughout her career, she played herself in some of her most substantial television appearances. She started appearing in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2010 and was nominated for "Reality Star of 2019" at the People's Choice Awards for her role in 2019. In 2020, Kyle Richards was the last remaining original cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It was eventually reported that Kyle Richards earns $270,000 per season.

Kyle Richards is an American actress and reality television star who has a net worth of $100 million. Kyle is married to Mauricio Umansky, an extremely successful real estate executive. In a given year, Mauricio personally sells more than $150 million worth of real estate.

AUTHOR: Ruchi Chandrawanshi