Bethenny Frankel now lives the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but that wasn’t always the case.
If you go back to the first season of the Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny lived a very different life.
Now, the Skinny Girl mogul is opening up about her meager start on reality TV.
“I made $7,250 for the entire season,” she told PeopleStyle.
Season one of RHONY aired in 2008 and only had seven episodes, plus a reunion.
“I couldn’t afford it,” Bethenny says of designer clothing and reveals that any designer items she had/wore during season one were bought at a “discount.”
However, times have changed for Bethenny as her empire, and bank account continues to grow each year.
In 2016 alone, Bethenny made $8.5 million, but most of her fortune comes from selling her SkinnyGirl Cocktails for a reported $100 million back in 2011.
Currently, Bethenny owns several multi-million dollar properties and is set to star on two reality shows in 2018.
I can’t believe that’s all Bethenny made for season 1 of RHONY – that’s nothing. I’m curious to know what the rest of the cast made – I can’t see Jill, the Countess, or Ramona filming a show for that little of money.
Are you surprised at how small Bethenny’s season 1 salary was?
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