Bethenny Frankel of 'Real Housewives of New York' worth more than the Kardashians?
Bethenny Frankel, who got her start on Bravo's "Real Housewives of New York City" is worth more than all of the Kardashians combined, reports E! Online.
Frankel, who currently stars in Bravo's spin-off show, "Bethenny Ever After," used her reality show stardom to plug her brand and gain a fan base. The 40-year-old sold her Skinnygirl spirits brand on March 21 to Fortune Brands' Beam Global for a reported $120 million, which is a number far exceeding any single celebrity deal, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Kardashian family, with their slew of spin-off shows, endorsement deals, best-sellers and paid Tweets earned a combined $65 million in 2010.
The brand is best known for its signature Skinnygirl Margarita, a 100 calorie, ready-to-drink product, that was launched in 2009. Frankel will stay on as a collaborator, developer and marketer.
The ready-made cocktail is not her only business. Frankel gave birth to her first child, Bryn, in May 2010 and has since released a fitness DVD, "Body by Bethenny." Frankel has also published three books, New York Times best-seller "Naturally Thin," cookbook "The Skinnygirl Dish" and most recently, "A Place of Yes." She also has endorsement deals with Pepperidge Farm Cookies, Bluefly and Hanes.
The famously frank reality star recently spoke about how unhappy she was with her former breast implants, which left her lamenting to the Daily Mail, "they were still saggy, only now they were bigger." Frankel also recently admit to OK magazine that after she had her baby, she could have "gone on forever not having sex."
Frankel rose to fame as a contestant on the show "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" in 2005 and was later cast in Bravo's reality series "The Real Housewives of New York City." She was later given her own spin-off, "Bethenny Getting Married?," which showcased her wedding planning, her life with husband Jason Hoppy and the birth of their daughter. In fall of 2010, she competed on ABC's reality show "Skating With the Stars."