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Bethenny Frankel on Shark Tank: All about her business and net worth

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Bethenny Frankel is bringing her wit and expertise to the tank. Pic credit: ABC/Mitch Haaseth

Bethenny Frankel is a guest star on Sunday’s episode of Shark Tank. This isn’t the first time that Bethenny has been a guest star, but she’s constantly developing new products for the world to see. Frankel has been an entrepreneur since she was just a young woman, pushing products out that she believed people needed.

While her first business, Bethenny Bakes, was briefly featured on the first season of The Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Frankel quickly realized that the Bravo platform was huge and she could do so much more.

Within a few months, she was marketing the Skinnygirl margarita. As she continued to grow her reality platform, she eventually started bottling her drinks and selling them in stores.

In 2011, she sold parts of her company to Beam Suntory for a reported $100 million. The brand would now include wines, flavored vodkas, and ready-to-drink cocktails. But Bethenny wanted her Skinnygirl brand to be a lifestyle brand so she added apparel, luggage, popcorn, and lunch meat.

Behind the scenes, she launched a production company, B Real Productions, where she worked closely with Bravo to produce, Keeping It Real Estate with Bethenny and Fredrik, which was later simply called Bethenny and Fredrik. She also produced Food Porn.

Since she’s been on Shark Tank before, she managed to snag a deal with Snarky Tea. But recently, she’s been putting her philanthropic skills to work, distributing cash cards in hard-hit areas, including Costa Rica, Florida, and Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Frankel also had her own talk show, Bethenny, for a single season, which was produced by Ellen DeGeneres. She has written eight books, five of which are New York Times bestsellers. In her spare time, she likes to flip properties, as shown on The Real Housewives of New York City.

As for her net worth, Daily Mail is guessing that her net worth is around $25 million. Frankel, who is one of the highest paid reality stars in the Real Housewives franchise, is reportedly making $40,000 per episode. A season is often more than 20 episodes.

While $25 million could sound rather low considering she sold parts of her business for $100 million, she did reveal on The Real Housewives of New York City that she had paid thousands of dollars for her divorce, including paying her ex-husband five figures per month in spousal support over four years.

Shark Tank airs Sundays at 9/8c on ABC.

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