How much The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are actually worth

They've kept us entertained for the best part of a decade with a succession of lavish parties, increasingly bizarre cat-fights, and dubious plastic surgery procedures (always denied, of course). The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills may not be the OG Housewives (respect to the O.C. ladies), but it's arguably the most addictive of Bravo's seemingly endless variety of city-set franchises — regardless of how dodgy those opening lines are ("I believe in an excess of everything... except moderation" makes literally zero sense).

Watching these older ladies navigate their frequently fabulous lives is all well and good, but how much can we actually trust what we see on reality TV? Or even what Andy Cohen chooses to dissect in those all-important reunion shows? They may be living large in Beverly Hills, toting Birkin bags, and cruising around in Lamborghinis, but how wealthy are the so-called Real Housewives in reality? Surely not everything in Hollywood is fake?

Lisa Rinna

The fabulous Lisa Rinna isn't famous purely because of her tenure on RHOBH. Prior to popping up as "the other Lisa," she was well-known as a soap star, appearing first on Days of our Lives in 1992 followed by a recurring role on Melrose Place. Rinna's lengthy television career, which took in spots on Veronica Mars opposite husband Harry Hamlin as well as hosting jobs on the likes of Soap Talk, netted her the majority of an estimated $8 million fortune, as per Celebrity Net Worth. According to her official site, she also rakes in extra dough writing books and hawking goods on shopping network QVC. 

Upon joining the cast of Beverly Hills in Season 6, Rinna was reportedly pulling in around $450,000 per season, as noted in a 2014 report by Radar Online. During an appearance on Andy Cohen Live in April 2018, Rinna hinted the reason she took a backseat during Season 8 was because longer term cast-members Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards are actually making more money than her. Cohen seemed to concede, remarking, "Housewives is a show that the longer you're on it, the more you make is the bottom line."

Lisa Vanderpump

It's hard to imagine anybody fancier than Lisa Vanderpump, a Queen in a castle (Villa Rosa) who bathes in rosé and eats diamonds for breakfast (okay, those are lies, but neither would be that crazy to imagine). According to Celebrity Net Worth, LVP is worth a whopping $75 million, and she earns $500,000 per season of Housewives. Fans of another hit Bravo show, Vanderpump Rules, will know the philanthropic Brit owns a hit night spot called SUR (sexy unique restaurant — really) in West Hollywood, along with several other local businesses. 

LVP clearly loves the finer things in life, with Bustle hilariously listing the 14 most "opulent" items in her home (including a mini house for her mini horses). Vanderpump told InStyle in a lively interview that her parents were actually very frugal, so she learned the value of money and doesn't even have a credit card 'cause she likes to know where her hard-earned cash is at all times. "Money is freedom. It gives you the power as a woman to say that you come and go when you want to. And, you know, 'Let me pick up this dinner bill,'" she explained emphatically. 

Dorit Kemsley

The glamorous woman with the untraceable accent made quite the stir when she arrived in Beverly Hills in Season 7, and Dorit Kemsley has continued to stir the pot. She and husband Paul Kemsley (AKA: PK) frequently flaunt their wealth on the show — i.e., she went shopping for a car worth a few million for his birthday. Off-screen, it's a different story. Although Celebrity Net Worth puts Kemsley's fortune at $50 million, thanks to her successful swimwear line, Beverly Beach, she and PK suffered some very public financial issues. 

According to The Blast, PK owed $1.2 million in an unpaid loan and was sued by the recipient. The businessman separately owed the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas $3.6 million for a gambling debt. Also according to The Blast, Mrs. Kemsley was ordered by a judge to sort out an ongoing dispute with an ex business partner seeking reparations for the work he did on Beverly Beach. The wealthy couple then had trouble shifting their mansion, slashing the price in early 2018 to attract more buyers, according to a report in Page Six. Oh well, at least they can still enjoy their rose gold Bentley.

Teddi Mellencamp

The self-described most "normal" Real Housewives star is actually... not that far off. Teddi Mellencamp, daughter of country music legend John Cougar Mellencamp (himself worth an estimated $25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth) is likely not shopping in the same places as we mere mortals, but she's not exactly Lisa Vanderpump either. Bustle did a deep dive on Mellencamp's finances, noting she made around $60,000 a year as a talent agent upon first arriving in L.A. before transitioning into her current role as an accountability coach, which nets her around $35-$100 an hour. 

Meanwhile, her husband Edwin is founder and CEO of Skyline Security Management, Inc. so he's most likely making good money, too. Romper also notes that Mellencamp, like many reality TV stars, earns a decent amount from her sponsored Instagram posts. This would explain why her family home is slightly more, er, modest than her cast-mates. Even if she did inherit a decent amount from her pop, it's reasonable to assume Mellencamp actually is as normal as she claims on the show. Who knew!?

Kyle Richards

Kyle Richards was living the Hollywood lifestyle as soon as she could walk, starring in movies alongside older sister Kim. Her successful acting career has netted Richards an estimated fortune of around $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, with a few hundred thousand per Housewives season. Aside from appearing all over the silver screen, Richards also has her own boutique store, Kyle By Alene Too, with locations in L.A. and New York. 

She also produced the show American Woman, which was loosely based on the life of her mother (unfortunately, it only lasted one season and was cancelled in September 2018, as per Variety). Speaking to the publication at the beginning of that year, Richards revealed that her mother instilled in them the need to make their own money, explaining she taught them "to be strong and independent and not have to need a man for anything." Still, it probably doesn't hurt that Richards is married to hugely successful real estate agent Mauricio Umansky (whose own net worth is around $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth). 

Kim Richards

In a January 2019 discussion with Variety, Kim Richards' younger sister and fellow RHOBH star Kyle admitted having her on the show "was an automatic opening to things you may not really want out there." The elder Richards had well-publicized issues with addiction, with her struggle featured on the show. She left Housewives behind after Season 5, popping up now and again, but not featuring as a main star since. There's some disparity about how much she's actually worth, with Born Rich claiming $2 million and Celebrity Net Worth putting the figure much lower, at $100,000. 

Richards made most of her fortune acting as a young kid. She was also netting around $100,000 per season with Bravo. Following a number of marriages and divorces, Richards pulls in significant monthly reparations, according to Bustle. Still, regardless of how well off she is (and, to be clear, Richards is never going to be that close to the poverty line), her focus is on sobriety. As Richards explained to People, she wouldn't rule out returning to the hit show but, right now, she says: "I'm really at a peaceful place in my life, being a mom and a grandmother." 

Camille Grammer

Saint Camille of Grammer sadly no longer graces us with her holy presence as a regular cast-member, drifting in and out of the action, dropping nuggets of wisdom before floating away. The notoriously private ex of Frasier star Kelsey Grammer netted a whopping $30 million in their divorce, as reported back in 2012 by TMZ. According to the site, Grammer was instrumental in getting the struggling actor back on his feet when they originally got together (he was reportedly broke at the time), and it was agreed she deserved half of their shared assets as a result. 

Celebrity Net Worth puts the reality star's fortune at a huge $50 million currently, noting she worked for years in her husband's company, Grammnet Productions, as a producer and writer. Grammer also made money acting, modeling, and dancing before settling down with the Cheers actor. Unsurprisingly, in 2017, E! News reported that she will also be awarded half of her ex's retirement fund. Considering this lady has survived cancer, a messy divorce, and being (allegedly) cheated on, it's good to know Grammer is adding to her considerable fortune while staying happy with new hubby David C. Meyer.

Erika Jayne Girardi

She quite literally has a song about how expensive it is to be her, so it's not surprising to learn the artist known as Erika Jayne Girardi is rolling in it. Celebrity Net Worth puts her estimated earnings to date at $5 million, following a record number of hit songs, while husband Tom Girardi's is around $30 million. Appearing on The Wendy Williams Show, Girardi admitted it all adds up; "If you want to look good it's hair, it's makeup, it's wardrobe, and then those people that help facilitate that. They're not cheap, you know?"

She famously came from nothing, raised by a single mother in Atlanta, (as detailed in her New York Times bestselling memoir) so if anybody understands the value of money it's Ms. Erika Jayne. In a 2018 interview with People, Girardi admitted that her lavish lifestyle gets dull sometimes. "There are only so many material things you can have before it becomes boring. There are only so many dinners, so many things you can buy," she explained. She credits her work ethic, telling the publication, "I've worked very hard for everything I've ever had. ... And I don't regret anything."

Eden Sassoon

Although she only appeared in one season of RHOBH, Eden Sassoon made quite the impact (who could forget her yelling in a massive prom dress about giving Rinna "her heart"!?). The daughter of beauty legend Vidal Sasson (reportedly worth north of $200 million) is banking a massive $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. She has her own salon, named EDEN, along with two luxury Pilates studios, so clearly this is a lady who likes to keep busy. 

Romper notes that Sassoon inherited a pretty penny when her father passed away in 2012, as well as netting a significant amount in her divorce from ex Tommy DeVito, the president and founder of Native Pictures LLC. Bustle, meanwhile, confirms that she utilized her RHOBH clout to begin earning the big bucks endorsing various products on Instagram. Hey, would that it t'were so simple for the rest of us, eh?

Yolanda Foster

All of the Real Housewives are unique in their own ways, but Yolanda Foster is arguably the most unique of all. The hilariously frank Dutch model and Lyme disease sufferer is known for telling it like it is, and her presence on the show has been sorely missed (Foster took a backseat primarily due to her illness — or was it due to being demoted, as ET speculated?). According to Celebrity Net Worth, Foster is worth around $45 million, also pulling in $100,000 per season. 

She banked a massive divorce settlement from her first husband, Mohamed Hadid. Her haul included two properties and a huge $3.6 million cash payout. Likewise, her second divorce from David Foster banked her another undisclosed settlement (so it's probably massive, right?). Foster is no stranger to the finer things in life (her fridge is so fancy it has its own Twitter account), but when asked by TIME about her biggest splurge, she admitted most of her hard-earned money goes on vitamins. "I'm eager to learn every day and try new things. That's really a big part of my life and that's the only place I like to spend money," she explained.

Eileen Davidson

Much like her soap opera sister Lisa Rinna, Eileen Davidson was a big star in her own right prior to becoming one of the Real Housewives. Celebrity Net Worth estimates she's worth $3 million, and was earning $750,000 per season on the show. Her fortune is a result of Davidson's starring roles on Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful. The actress also banked a decent amount writing a series of mystery novels with Robert J. Randisi in the early 2000s. 

In June 2018, Davidson announced on Twitter she was leaving The Young and the Restless once again (her character went on hiatus from 1988-1999). There was speculation the cast hadn't had pay increases in years following an interview with ex-star Mishael Morgan's manager in TV Source. Regardless, Davidson is clearly doing fine without that soap and Bravo money, and she even told Hollywood Life she doesn't miss RHOBH one bit. "I have no regrets. It was definitely one of the most fascinating experiences of my life. ...I'm really excited about having been on it and I'm really excited about not being on it now!" the actress explained. 

Denise Richards

Just when we thought RHOBH couldn't get any crazier, Denise Richards got added to the cast — yes, that Denise Richards — for Season 9. Richards is, obviously, a huge celebrity, having appeared in the likes of Wild Things and guesting on Friends as Ross and Monica's distractingly hot cousin. Celebrity Net Worth puts her value at a not-too-shabby $12 million, with Celebrity Insider reporting that multiple unnamed sources claim she signed a $4 million contract to appear on the hit show (though, a source close to the star reportedly told the site she isn't earning nearly that much).  

The actress has struggled publicly with her divorce from Charlie Sheen who, according to E! Online, claims he can't afford to pay child support due to his dwindling career. Richards herself was hit with a tax lien in early 2019 for an unpaid credit card bill totaling over $20,000, according to The Blast. She also reportedly owes almost $50,000 to a Malibu boarding house where she keeps her horse. Whether Richards is earning several million dollars to appear on her favorite show (as she excitedly described it to People) or not, that Bravo money will likely come in handy real soon.

Taylor Armstrong

Poor Taylor Armstrong was put through the ringer during her tenure on RHOBH and, similar to Kim Richards, she's spent the ensuing years focusing on herself. Celebrity Net Worth puts her worth at $900,000, noting Armstrong was picking up about $175,000 per season on the show. The reality star acquired her wealth via her marriage to late husband and venture capitalist Russell Armstrong. She is also a successful businesswoman in her own right.

However, a damning 2012 report in Jezebel pulled the curtain back on the Armstrongs' supposedly lavish lifestyle. After her husband committed suicide, Taylor Armstrong was left with a $1.5 million lawsuit and, according to court documents, she tried to pay it off using fake Birkin bags. Jezebel also noted the couple didn't own any real estate (they rented the home featured on the show) and that her pricey engagement ring was used as part of the settlement. 

This claim is compounded by a Reuters report, quoting the late Armstrong's lawyer as advising his client wasn't actually rich. The RHOBH alum subsequently wrote a book about her struggles with domestic violence and now dedicates her time to being a spokesperson for the cause.

Brandi Glanville

There are few Housewives, from any city, more infamous than Brandi Glanville. She might not have appeared in the Bravo hit since Season 5, when the tornado of a woman clashed with just about everybody, but the model and reality star is still worth a pretty penny. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Glanville is banking about $2 million, and was earning around $175,000 per season of the show. However, this figure is disputed by The Richest, who put her at $4.7 million, and Gazette Review, who claim Glanville is only worth around $1 million. 

Regardless, she's definitely comfortable. Aside from modeling work and reality TV (she also had a stint on Celebrity Big Brother), Glanville wrote a New York Times bestselling memoir entitled Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders. Although she's apparently moved on from Real Housewives, Glanville teased a comeback in December 2018 in an interview with Life and Style. The controversial star admitted, "I miss the trips and the camaraderie. You're basically getting paid to have a party." 

Adrienne Maloof

Philanthropist Adrienne Maloof has wealth in her blood, working alongside other family members, as she has done for most of her life, as a co-owner of Maloof Companies (itself worth a whopping $1 billion). Celebrity Net Worth estimates she's worth around $50 million, with $200,000 per season of RHOBH. Maloof's divorce from ex-husband and plastic surgeon to the stars Paul Nassif was amicable, according to E! News, and an ironclad pre-nup protected both parties' considerable assets. 

Maloof clearly isn't your average Beverly Hills princess, as a hilarious video from Us Weekly noted with a "celebrities, they're just like us!" air of disbelief. In a frank interview on Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald, Maloof confirmed her various business enterprises are still going well. As for whether she'd return to RHOBH, Maloof admitted she prefers showing up now and again rather than appearing on it full time, opining, "You can't bottle what we had. The originals, the OGs, we brought the ratings in. For whatever reasons, it all worked."