The Real Housewives shows are practically an empire of Bravo's creation. It started with The Real Housewives of Orange County in 2006, but now the show seems to have an installment running in every major city of the U.S. including: Atlanta, Miami, Washington D.C., New York City, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, the Potomac region, and Dallas. The show has even managed to go international, putting women in front of a camera in Athens, Israel, Vancouver, France, Melbourne, and Cheshire. Believe it or not, watching someone be a wealthy housewife is a pretty popular pastime.
The point of the show is that it follows women that have either married into, or created with the aid of their marriage, vast wealth. We're talking a lot of money. So much money, in fact, that it seems most of the show consists of these women shopping together and never using the goods they've purchased.
These women are sometimes selected years in advance of the show airing. Sometimes the show even goes to a city because of one particular wealthy woman. However, fame and fortune are fleeting comforts; not all of these women have enjoyed the luxury of maintaining their wealth. Many have squandered their fortunes on luxury items they couldn't afford. Many attempted to start businesses with poor concepts or poor planning. And many simply didn't understand that credit card debt has to be paid off. In any case, they're not so well off anymore! Here are 10 "Real Housewives" that are really broke.
10 Lynne Curtin - Living On $515 A Month
9 Danielle Staub - Not Shy About Being Broke
8 Kim Richards - Famous Family, Yet No Money
She always looks concerned in her pictures, doesn't she? Well... it's because she's broke.
The socialite, who has starred across several seasons of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is aunt to Paris and Nicole Hilton, so she comes from money. She's a professional actress, so she's made decent money. And she's gone through two marriages with wealthy corporate executives, so she's married into decent money. Where did she go so wrong?
7 Sonja Morgan - Lost Major Lawsuit
6 Adriana De Moura - Living Wildly With Little Money
5 Kenya Moore - "Actress" And "Model," Yet Is Broke
Kenya is a former Miss U.S.A., and also an actress, model, author, and producer. She has appeared in multiple seasons of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She's absolutely stunning, given her age and the stress of her financial situation. How did she land herself in such hot water, anyway?
4 Teresa Giudice - Bankruptcy Fraud
This Real Housewives of New Jersey star has dealt with her share of scandals. Didn't she just get out of prison for bankruptcy fraud? Not only was she broke, but she was still making things up. Come on, lady.
3 Alexis Bellino - Brags About Having Money, Can't Back It Up
Alexis liked to live it up on The Real Housewives of Orange County: she frequently enraged her fellow cast members by taking stock of her expensive luxury items as if they gave her credibility. However, she doesn't have all that much to brag about. This hot mama doesn't have much left in the bank account.
2 Cindy Barshop - Lost Much Of Her Fortunate After Leaving The Show
Cindy may be one of the few cast members of any of the Real Housewives shows to walk away and publicly insult the franchise. She's done a lot of growing up and moving on since leaving the show, but that doesn't soften the blow of losing her fortune.
1 Peggy Tanous - Owes Over $2 Million In Taxes, Credit Claims
She looks happy, right? Wrong. Peggy, a former Real Housewives of Orange County star, owed $2.16 million in property taxes and home loans, $70,000 in credit card claims, and another $10,000 for a book contract. Peggy filed for bankruptcy but she's still in a pretty tight spot. If you're driving through Orange County, keep an eye out for a Tanous yard sale! Though things seem pretty gruesome, she still keeps a bright face pointed to the camera for her social media presence. If you check her out on Twitter or Instagram, this has-been will look like nothing's bothering her at all! Guess all those years of modeling and faking smiles paid off. She's hoping to grab some money by asking for non-court ordered child support and selling one of her homes. But it would seem she hasn't ceased living her lavish lifestyle, regardless of her lack of funds.
Sources: people, tmz, hollywoodlife, huffingtonpost
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