Bravo's Real Housewives franchise has been a pop culture staple of for nearly 10 years now, and the ladies that make the juicy drama happen have become beloved icons in the reality television world. And though it can be difficult to remember, what with all the trips to Cabo, dinner-parties-gone-awry, and shopping sprees, these women are working hard for their lavish lifestyles. But how much are these Bravo babes raking in?
Here is a list of the five highest-paid Real Housewives according to The Cheat Sheet:
5. Vicki Gunvalson
We have loved watching this hard-headed blonde fight with all her West Coast gang on The Real Housewives of Orange County. As an original cast member on the series, Gunvalson makes a reported $750,000 per season.
4. Teresa Giudice
As you probably remember, Giudice got herself into a pretty sticky legal and financial situation back in 2009 after she and her husband, Joe Giudice, pled guilty to 41 counts of fraud, costing her 15 months in prison, as well as having to file for bankruptcy. But now, the Italian American is at least cashing out, being paid a reported $1 million for each season of Real Housewives of New Jersey.
3. Cynthia Bailey
The Real Housewives of Atlanta stars are taking the gold, silver, and bronze for the highest-paid employees of the franchise. In third place, Bailey comes in at a reported whopping $1.75 million per season.
2. Kandi Burruss
In second place is fan-favorite Burruss, earning a reported $2.2 million per season. Though she is not the highest-paid housewife, I'd say she hands down wins the award for best-liked on the show.
1. NeNe Leakes
It wouldn’t be Real Housewives of Atlanta without NeNe Leakes, which is why the network is paying her the highest salary in the franchise at a reported $2.75 million per season. She reportedly got a raise after returning from a short sabbatical, proving that Bravo must have really missed her while she was gone.