'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Who are the Top 5 richest housewives? A look at their wealth and riches

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Considering New Jersey is one of the wealthiest states in the US, it comes as no surprise that the housewives from ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ are some of the richest cast members of the series. The Jersey ladies sure know how to live life to the fullest, despite having some challenges thrown their way. On Bravo’s hit reality series, we get a peek of these rich housewives’ life as they juggle between their jam-packed social life and family. 

Although all housewives are wealthier than an average person, if you were wondering who is the richest housewife amongst the lot, then read on to know more.

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The cast of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ (Bravo)

1. Margaret Josephs: $50 million

Margaret Josephs was introduced as a housewife in 2017, on Season 8 of ‘RHONJ’. Prior to joining the hit reality series, Margaret was the founder, owner and designer of the high-end lifestyle brand called Macbeth Collection. Josephs was born in New Jersey, to Hungarian immigrant parents. She went on to graduate from the prestigious FIT with a degree in fashion design. Following her graduation, she worked in New York’s Garment Center as a dress designer.

Margaret Josephs attends the Global Lyme Alliance fifth annual New York City Gala on October 10, 2019, in New York City (Getty Images)

She was really inspired by the prints and fabrics she worked with. After giving birth to her son, Margaret dipped her foot into the entrepreneurial world by starting her own line of decoupage home accessories. Her decoupage work was extremely successful, which eventually led to her launching her own lifestyle brand Macbeth Collection in 1999. Her keen business acumen combined with design aesthetics quickly made Macbeth Collection a successful venture, which led to her amassing a massive fortune of $50 million

2. Caroline Manzo: $12 million

Caroline Manzo was the OG housewife of ‘RHONJ’. Her incredible net worth of $12 million can be attributed to her stint on reality television, and also supporting her husband Albert Manzo. Albert owns an event and catering company called The Brownstone.

Albert Manzo and Caroline Manzo at The Newseum on April 28, 2012, in Washington, DC (Getty Images)

Caroline was extremely popular on ‘RHONJ’ and appeared in the first five seasons of the show. She left the hit reality series to film her own spin-off show based on her family called ‘Manzo’d With Children’. The spin-off show aired for three seasons. Aside from her reality television stints, Caroline also runs a real-estate firm. 

3. Teresa Napolitano Aprea: $10 million 

Teresa Napolitano Aprea is one-half of the Napolitano twin sisters. Alongside her sister- Nicole Napolitano, Teresa appeared on ‘RHONJ’ on Season 6 and returned as a guest star on season 7. Teresa is known for her extensive philanthropic work in New Jersey. She is married to restauranteur Rino Aprea.

Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano attend the ‘Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce’ New York Series Premiere at Crosby Street Hotel on November 20, 2014, in New York City (Getty Images)

Teresa’s fortune of $10 million can mostly be attributed to her marriage to Rino, who owns Angelo’s of Mulberry Street and Ponte Vecchi, in Bay Ridge. 

4. Jennifer Aydin: $7 million

When it comes to flaunting wealth, Jennifer Aydin isn’t the one to shy away. Always clad in designer outfits, and sporting Chanel accessories, the ‘RHONJ’ star ensures that people around her know she’s wealthy. Prior to joining the cast of Bravo’s hit reality series, Jennifer had her own cooking show.

Jennifer Aydin at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2019, in New York City (Getty Images)

However, it isn’t her cooking show that boosted her net worth to $7 million; it’s her marriage to successful plastic surgeon Bill Aydin. Bills’ successful career ensured that the couple sits cushy on their $7 million net worth, which includes their huge New Jersey mansion that boasts of 18 bathrooms and 9 bedrooms. 

5. Kathy Wakile: $5 million

As Teresa Giudice’s cousin, Kathy Wakile garnered a lot of attention on ‘RHONJ’. This stay-at-home mom, who values spending time with her fanmily and children, became an instant hit amongst fans. Most of Kathy’s $5 million net worth is the result of her marriage to real-estate and retail gasoline tycoon Rich Wakile.

Kathy Wakile at the American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016, in New York City (Getty Images)

However, since appearing on ‘RHONJ’, Kathy has started three businesses — cannoli kit business Dolci Della Dea, Goddess Eye Jewelry, and ready-to-pour cocktail Red Velvet Cosmo. In 2017, Kathy’s dream of opening a restaurant came true when she started Pizza Love. Her restaurant specializes in pizza, Italian and Mediterranean food, and desserts.

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Season 11 is all set to premiere on Wednesday, February 17, at 9 pm ET/PT. 

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