Bethenny Frankel (birth name – Bethenny Robyn Frankel) is an American reality personality, bestselling author, and entrepreneur, who is best known as one of the original five Real Housewives of New York City as well as for founding the Skinnygirl brand.
Frankel was born on November 4, 1970, in New York City, New York, USA.
Her mother was an interior designer, while her father was a star in horse training. She said about her childhood:
”I was an adult as a child. I saw so much as a very young child that I think it matured me in an unnatural and unusual way.”
In 2001, she completed the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts in New York City.
In 2003, Frankel started Bethenny Bakes, a company that provides a custom-meal delivery service, like dairy-, egg-, wheat-free baked goods. Some of the famous clients include – Paris Hilton, Alicia Silverstone, Brooke Hogan, Michael J. Fox.
In 2005, she participated in NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.
Frankel was the first runner-up in the competition.
The Real Housewives
In 2008, Bethenny was selected for the reality television series The Real Housewives of New York City.
In August of 2019, she left the reality series. During an interview, Bethenny explained:
”I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter.”
In April 2011, she created the Skinnygirl Cocktails company. Later, Frankel started Skinny Girl Margarita.
”I came up with the idea for the Skinnygirl margarita, a low-calorie cocktail, in my kitchen.”
Bethenny went on to say:
”I thought Everybody wants to have a margarita, and nobody wants to feel guilty about it.”
Frankel sold the company to Fortune Brands’ Beam Global for about $64 million, while maintaining the name rights. Some sources claimed that the actual amount was just $8.1 million. Analyst R.J. Hottovy explained:
”The $8.1 million was just the amount of intangible assets purchased in the Skinnygirl transaction … not the total purchase price.”
On September 9, 2013, The Bethenny show premiered.
In 2017, she launched Skinnygirl Jeans. In 2019, it was reported that she may have sold a part of Skinnygirl Jeans due to burnout. She confessed in an interview:
”I don’t have time to drink water. I want to get off this. I need a break.”
Frankel later added:
”I’m realizing, I’m taking on too much and I’m burnt. We need to let some air out of the tires.”
In 2018, Frankel and real-estate entrepreneur Fredrik Eklund launched a real-estate show, called “Bethenny and Fredrik.”
In March 2018, she signed the deal with MGM and Mark Burnett for a new competition series, titled ”The Big Shot With Bethenny.”
She has authored the following books:
- I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To: 10 Rules for Not Screwing Up Your Happily Ever After (2016);
- Skinnygirl Cocktails: 100 Fabulous and Flirty Cocktail Recipes and Party Foods for Any Occasion, Without the Guilt (2014);
- Cookie Meets Peanut (2014);
- Skinnygirl Solutions: Simple Ideas, Extraordinary Results (2014);
- Skinnydipping: A Novel (2012);
- A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life (2011);
- Body by Bethenny: Body-sculpting Workouts to Unleash Your SkinnyGirl (2010);
- The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life (2009);
- Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting (2009).
On October 7, 1996, Bethenny Frankel married Peter Sussman, an actor and producer, known for Home Game and How to Rob a Bank (and 10 Tips to Actually Get Away with It). The two divorced in 1997.
On March 28, 2010, Frankel married Jason Hoppy, a pharmaceutical account executive. They divorced in 2016.
She has a daughter, named Bryn Hoppy.
In 2016, she started to date Dennis Shields, the CEO and the director of LawCash.
On August 10, 2018, Shields was found dead in his apartment in Trump Tower of a suspected OxyContin overdose, reported Today.
In September 2018, Bethenny began dating Paul Bernon, an American real estate executive and film producer.
Frankel is 5 ft 5 in (167 cm) tall.
In September 2009, she posed nude for a PETA billboard.
In December 2018, Bethenny was hospitalized after consuming soup that contained fish. She has a fish allergy.
She started a philanthropic organization. Bethenny and her team helped people who survived natural disasters in Mexico City, Houston, and Puerto Rico.
Frankel appeared on two seasons of ”Shark Tank.”
In 2015, Bethenny purchased a cottage in the Hamptons for about $3.2 million, according to Fox Business.
In December 2017, she bought a home in the Hamptons for $2.5 million. In May 2017, Frankel listed the house for $2.995 million.
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In 2020, she sold a luxury condo in New York for $3.65 million.
She was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbes.
In 2017, Frankel was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. She said for Bravo TV:
”I had a growth on my face that was enlarging. I guessed it to be a basal cell carcinoma and had it lanced and removed.”
The former Real Housewives of New York City star added:
”The doctor confirmed it is indeed basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, and says while it is cancer, I am lucky to have it removed — so it won’t affect my overall health.”
Robyn Dixon also starred in The Real Housewives series.
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Bethenny Frankel – Net Worth
Frankel earned most of her wealth from selling her company, Skinnygirl Cocktails, for $64 million. ”I don’t go to an office, nor do I have a computer,” she once said.
Furthermore, she made money from Skinnygirl Jeans as well as for starring in Real Housewives of New York City. Frankel’s salary for appearing in Real Housewives of New York City was more than $1 million per season.
Also, Bethenny makes money from selling her books as well as sponsored posts on her popular Instagram account (2.1 million followers).
In 2015, she made over $8.5 million, while in 2015, around $55 million, before tax. Therefore, entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel has an estimated net worth of $75 million.
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