NeNe Leakes Becomes The Highest Paid Star Of The Real Housewives Franchise


 Stateside blogsphere went hella crazy over news that reality superstar (who did not have to expose her private parts on screen) NeNe Leakes has just inked a contract with Bravo to star in season 6 of REal Housewives Of Atlanta with a staggering $1mil ... plus bonuses nogal!

News exclusively broke on RadarOnline.com has  learned that she got a raise and is now the highest paid housewife.
“NeNe is the one viewers watch. She knows that, Bravo knows that and that’s why they gave her a raise,” a source close to production revealed about her pay hike, claims Radar.
“She likes being on the show. NeNe is really happy with the New Normal and Glee, where she can be a real actress, but she knows her bread and butter comes from Bravo and that’s why she’s coming back, ‘cause she can’t turn the money down!”
However, that million-dollar salary isn’t going unnoticed by the other ladies in the cast.


According to the site, everyone gets it, NeNe is the favorite, but they’re still jealous, of course. They wish they could earn what NeNe makes because they don’t think "she would be nearly as popular without fighting with them.”

Though Radar broke this story this month, the fact that Nene is the highest paid housewive of the franchise comes as no surprise. She was already the highest when she signed on for season 5  at 750 000 per season


The former stripper has earned the right to command such big bucks if you look at her profile since being on the show. She guest starred on Glee, was a contestant on Donald Trump's Apprentice and been featured on countless talkshows, magazines and redcarpets all over Hollywood. She has made the Housewive franchise a visible brand, so Bravo had to pay up to keep her.



In case you were wondering, reports last year were that s
econd up on the list is Vicki Gunvalson from The Real Housewives of Orange County, who makes $450,000, followed by castmate Tamra Barney at $350,000 and Gretchen Rossi at $300,000. 



The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills den mom — Lisa Vanderpump — snatches away a cool $250,000 a paycheck followed closely by castmates Kyle Richards and Adrienne Maloof at $200,000.



Who makes the least? 

Newcomer Heather Dubrow on Orange County at $30,000 a season. Sad considering that even Brandi Glanville (who was only a "friend of the housewives") pocketed $125,000.

But who is the richest Housewife?

Well, based on the wealth amassed from being on the show and the subsequent media attention and business ventures, that honor goes to Bethenny Frankel. 

The reality show personality, author, entrepreneur and natural foods chef, has an estimated net worth of $25 million even though she only earned a mere $40,000 per episode of The Real Housewives of New York City. 

She earned majority of her fortune as the founder and CEO of Skinnygirl Cocktails with she sold for a staggering $100 million plus for initial purchase price and future sales, incentives, meeting high targets etc.

She also boast the honor of having made the Forbes Rich List, so though our girl NeNe may have coined the phrase "Im Rich" on RHOA, the real Queen of Rich Housewives is Bethenny. 

Congrats to Nene, nonetheless. 

BTW, @vuzutv when are you airing the next season of Real Housewives Of Atlanta?

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