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How Kelly Dodd Achieved a Net Worth of $10 Million

Kelly Dodd

For a number of seasons, Kelly Dodd has been something of a mainstay on the “Real Housewives of Orange County”. Her presence on the show has led a number of people to wonder about her net worth. You'll probably be surprised to learn that she has a net worth of approximately $10 million. That's more than a lot of bona fide movie stars make, yet she has spent the majority of the last few years on reality television while dabbling in some other business interests. How exactly has she managed to get such a significant net worth in what many people consider to be a relatively short amount of time? If you really want to know, all you have to do is keep reading.

Her Work as a Television Personality

It isn't like she only recently came on the scene on “Real Housewives of Orange County.” In fact, she's been doing the show since 2016. While it isn't exactly clear how much she was paid for her first season, there is more information about her second season. As it turns out, she became one of the more popular cast members almost as soon as she started on the show. By the time that the show's producers asked her to come back for a second season, they were reportedly offering her $150,000 in order to do it. As you already know, she agreed and has returned for every subsequent season thereafter. There aren't a lot of figures published about the exact amount that producers are currently paying her to be on the show, but it has been widely reported that she is the second highest paid cast member on the series. When you consider the fact that she's been doing it for five years, it would only stand to reason that this is where at least a decent percentage of her net worth comes from. That said, it certainly isn't the only source of income that she has.


At least some of her money has come from a previous marriage as well as her current one. It was recently announced that she married Rick Leventhal, a correspondent for Fox News. Clearly, that will add substantially to her net worth, provided that their accounts are joined together. In addition, she also has some money that she made from selling a house after she divorced her previous husband. The house was very upscale in nature and she was able to sell it for $5 million. By the time it was all said and done, she made a clear profit of just under $1.5 million from the sale. That added to her net worth significantly, as it counts for one-tenth of her entire net worth to date.

Other Business Ventures

In 2019, she purchased part of a beverage company called Positive Beverage. The company specializes in selling water that's balanced with electrolytes and other minerals without adding artificial flavors or sweeteners. Over the years, the business has continued to grow and expand in such a way that it's now competing with the likes of Red Bull and Fiji. Obviously, this is going to contribute a great deal to her overall net worth, especially when you consider the fact that the company has grown as much as it has in recent years. While all of the exact numbers haven't been made public to date, it only stands to reason that a company that is capable of competing with the two largest beverage companies in the entire world is going to be responsible for a significant amount of net worth. When added to everything else that she's doing, it only makes sense that her net worth is increasing dramatically over a period of months as opposed to years.

Making it All Come Together

Obviously, she has learned how important it is to have a number of different avenues available when it comes to income streams. This is something that many of the individuals who have the highest net worth do as a means of ensuring that if something should happen to one source of income, they always have two or three more at their disposal. In short, it's a way of ensuring that they don't allow themselves to get into trouble with their finances if something unexpected should happen. Considering the fact that she makes a great deal of her money from being a television personality, it only stands to reason that she would want some other streams of income that have nothing to do with show business. That's largely because the business itself can be very fickle. You might be the most popular person on television today, but there is always someone right around the corner who's going to be more popular. When that person comes along, it's not uncommon to watch the work dry up right before your eyes. Sometimes, it seems like it almost dries up overnight. Therefore, it becomes very important to have other things going on as well so you're not relying on a single source of income. Another thing that is important to note is that she is still very active in all of these endeavors. For the foreseeable future, it looks like she will continue to be a part of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” as well as be at least part-owner in the beverage company. There's also a relatively good chance that she will eventually start to dabble in other areas of business, perhaps even by becoming a partial owner in another company. The point is, she has plenty of opportunities to add to her already impressive net worth. By the time it's all said and done, who knows how much she could potentially make? She definitely has a very good start on things and it looks like she's handling it all in a manner that will allow her to support herself and her daughter for years to come.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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