Party-hopping and gossiping pays incredibly well!
Sure all the exposure may come at a personal (and sometimes embarrassing) price, but if you're one of Bravo's Real Housewives, chances are you're raking in a pretty sweet salary for a few months of filming.
RadarOnline.com investigated and produced some salary numbers the network doles out for hosting parties and wearing gaudy designer clothing, and it ain't chump change.
The highest paid housewife in all the land is none other than NeNe Leakes, from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The former stripper now commands $750,000 a season and is rumored to perhaps rake in as much as a million next season. That's a lot of money, but we're guessing Andy Cohen and the Bravo crew think the acidic-tongued Georgian is worth every penny considering the ink and drama she creates.
Second up 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.
The smallest reward for all her "work"?
Newcomer Heather Dubrow on Orange County at $30,000 a season. Heather — ask for a raise! Even Brandi Glanville (who was only a "friend of the housewives") pocketed $125,000.