Started at the bottom, but now she’s here! Businesswoman and general entrepreneur all-star Bethenny Frankel recently opened up about her starting salary when she began on Real Housewives of New York City back in 2008.
Well, I guess it’s true that anyone can make it with the right business sense. The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel recently revealed to InStyle that she was paid way lower than any of her co-stars when she first started on the show.
Her paycheck? A measly $7,250 for her entire first season of the hit Bravo show.
She said that in the beginning she wasn’t taken seriously — but for a good reason, she told the publication.
“I shouldn’t have been taken seriously in the beginning; I had no value. Or I didn’t know the value I would have yet,” she said.
She did make one very smart decision in those early days, though.
“If you go on a reality show, you have to give a percentage [of any business you promote on the show] to the network—but I never did that,” she explained. “The industry ended up calling it ‘The Bethenny Clause.’ So that was very destructive in the industry, but I only got paid $7,250—and I was keeping whatever I earned. But I was nobody; I had accomplished anything yet, really.”