In case you need any more proof that the “stars” of the Real Housewives franchise are making big bucks, we now know exactly how much money they rake in. And let’s just say it’s a lot.
According to Star magazine, the highest-earning member of the Housewives family is Teresa Giudice, who earns a hefty $600,000 per season. The Real Housewives of New Jersey is the most popular of all the shows, nabbing as many as three million viewers for certain episodes. So it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that the brunette reality star has scored the largest paycheck.
Other high earners include two stars of The Real Housewives of New York. The show’s remaining original cast members, Ramona Singer and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, each earn $500,000 per season.
Fan favourite NeNe Leakes, who can also be seen in NBC’s freshman series The New Normal, earns $350,000 per season. The magazine claims the charismatic star has accumulated an impressive net worth of $4.5 million. The complete list of salaries is available in Star’s latest issue.
In other Real Housewives news, Melissa Gorga of Real Housewives of New Jersey has just inked a book deal, reports Us Weekly. The book, called Love, Italian Style: The Secrets of My Hot and Happy Marriage, will be published by St. Martin’s Press.
“I can’t tell you how many times Joe and I are approached by fans asking how they can have a marriage like ours,” the 33-year-old reality star told the magazine. “A great marriage doesn’t just happen. It’s a job.”
Gorga joins a slew of Housewives stars who’ve released books. Jill Zarin co-authored Secrets of a Jewish Mother two years ago with her mom and sister. A number of her former co-stars, including de Lesseps and Alex McCord have also published books. However, the most successful author is without a doubt Bethenny Frankel, who’s penned dozens of self-help books through her Skinny Girl brand. The newly-minted talk show host has an estimated net worth of $25 million.
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Season 2 of The Real Housewives of Vancouver premieres Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 10 p.m. ET on Slice.