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What’s a Real Housewife Worth?


According to’s yearly Mother’s Day Common Task Index, the 2013 market value of a housewife is $59,862. That includes $6,570 for cooking, $5,135 for cleaning and $1,606 for shopping. Of course, none of that applies if you’re a “real” housewife from Orange County, Atlanta or New York, except maybe the shopping part. Okay Magazine recently published the salaries of TV’s Real Housewives and the figures are as outrageous as the ladies themselves.

On the low end is The Real Housewives of New York City star Heather Thompson with $175,000 per year. But don’t worry, she’s still able to make ends meet because she also has her own line of shapewear called Yummie. Her total estimated net worth is $10 million.
Heather’s co-stars, Ramona Singer and Countess LuAnn DeLesseps both pull in $500,000 per season, as does Vicki Gunvalson of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Vicki supplements her income with book deals and her own Vodka company.

Real Housewives of New York City 

At the top of the heap however, is Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes, who just signed a deal that guarantees her 1 million in salary plus bonuses. Wonder what she has to do to earn the extra dollars. . . ? NeNe was able to negotiate the big bucks because she’s one of the most recognizable housewives. Last year she had recurring roles on both Glee and The New Normal and in 2011 she made the news when she quit Celebrity Apprentice before Donald Trump had a chance to snap, “You’re fired!” 

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Another Celebrity Apprentice alum, Teresa Giudice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, came in second on the list with $650,000 plus bonuses. That’s nearly double what her cast-mates make which just goes to prove that sometimes being bad can be very, very good. 

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Are The Real Housewives getting what they deserve or are these the only housewives in the world that are getting paid too much?

(Photo Credit: THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY — Season:5 — Pictured: (l-r) LuAnn de Lesseps, Carole Radziwill, Aviva Drescher, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Heather Thomson — Photo by: Michael Rosenthal/Bravo)

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