Bethenny Frankel

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Queens, New York City
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Queens, New York City

American TV personality, author, and businesswoman Bethenny Frankel. She founded the renowned alcoholic beverage firm “SkinnyGirl Cocktails” and is a well-known motivational speaker. She also produced her own chat program, “Bethenny,” and has made numerous TV appearances. She is a multi-talented personality who has written four self-help books during the course of her career. Bethenny had a really rough upbringing and was born and raised in New York. When she was 4 years old, her parents divorced, and her mother’s relationship with her second husband was not exactly positive. Early in the 1990s, Bethenny began her television career and frequently appeared on a variety of reality programs, including “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” and “The Real Housewives of New York City.” Her debut book, “Naturally Thin: Release Your SkinnyGirl and Liberate Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting,” was published in 2009 and was a bestseller. After then, She published three more books and became a well-known writer. She established “SkinnyGirl Cocktails” in 2011 and eventually sold it for $100 million.

Early Childhood & Life

Robert J. Frankel and Bernadette Birk welcomed Bethenny Frankel into the world on November 4, 1970, in Queens, New York City. Her father was an accomplished horse trainer who had won numerous “Eclipse Awards.” His mother worked in the industry. As the family’s lone child, the antagonistic atmosphere in the home quickly changed after she was born. When Bethenny was 4 years old, her father abandoned her mother.

As soon as Bethenny’s father stopped giving them money, the mother-daughter team experienced financial hardship. The following year, Bethenny’s mother wed John Parisella, another horse trainer, who was regrettably worse than her original father. Bethenny witnessed her mother sinking into depression and developing an alcohol addiction while John mistreated them.

Bethenny started working for her biological father at his stable because she was in financial trouble. She maintained her study in the interim. When Bethenny reached adolescence, her mother began moving quite a bit, and Bethenny followed her, switching schools frequently. Her mother eventually managed to enroll her in a boarding school to settle her academic career in the middle of the 1980s. Bethenny received her diploma from Florida’s Pine Crest Academy in 1988.

Even though she was a teenager with a variety of interests, acting was her first love. She was a physically fit and health-conscious young woman. This inspired her to think about modeling as a possible career. She opted to support acting, nevertheless. She attended “New York University” to study communications and psychology. She relocated to Los Angeles as soon as she received her degree from the college in order to pursue acting professionally.

Bethenny Frankel’s Career

Early in the 1990s, Bethenny moved to Los Angeles and began attending small-screen and TV auditions. She soon suffered from failure. She struggled for a while until landing a job as a production assistant on the set of the sitcom “Saved by the Bell.” But, not long after her employment ended, Bethenny was bankrupt. This forced her to work several menial jobs because it was difficult to afford a good living in Los Angeles.

She soon started working as a nanny, and at one point she looked after Paris Hilton, who was still a teenager. She had to work harder before she was able to secure a stable position as Jerry Bruckheimer’s personal assistant, a legendary producer. The position promised her a promising future in the entertainment sector because it paid her well and introduced her to many influential people.

She immediately started her own business. In the late 1990s, she started a party-organizing company, but it was a complete failure. The business she afterward established selling pashmina scarves did not succeed either. She returned to school in 2002 to earn a gourmet specialization at the “Natural Gourmet Institute” since she was fed up with her ongoing challenges.

She wanted to work as a chef. Her experience with bad eating habits as a child inspired her to pursue a career in culinary arts. Her family’s troubles as a child caused her to lack confidence, which made her extremely self-conscious about her figure and occasionally forced her to adhere to restrictive diets.

After completing her education at the facility, she founded Bethenny Bakes. Her business caters to opulent gatherings in New York City and offered delicious and healthful cookies. Sadly, “Bethenny Bakes” was a complete disaster, much like all of her previous endeavors, leaving Bethenny more in debt. However, she was able to enter the American reality TV market thanks to her endeavor.

Bethenny’s experience in baking helped her get a spot as a participant on the reality series “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” in 2005. Bethenny advanced to the final two contestants by the end of the night. Her appearance on this show made her a household name in the US and opened doors for her to feature on other reality TV programs, including “The Real Housewives of New York City.” The most well-liked competitor on the popular show that aired in 2008 was Bethenny.

The producers capitalized on Bethenny’s quick rise to fame in the States by developing another show with her as the star. The ‘Bethenny Getting Married?’ television program followed her path to marriage. The program had a successful start in 2010 and eventually gained popularity among viewers. The show’s second season, titled “Bethenny Ever After,” debuted in 2011.

In 2009, Bethenny decided to capitalize on the success of the program and published a book titled “Naturally Thin: Release Your SkinnyGirl and Liberate Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting.” As a result of the book’s enormous success and the subsequent branding of Bethenny as “SkinnyGirl,” she went on to publish three other books.

Bethenny created her most successful business venture to date in 2011. She established “SkinnyGirl Cocktails,” a beverage firm that disregarded the possibility of putting on weight while providing its clients with high-quality, low-calorie booze.

Bethenny expanded the brand and began selling shapewear and accessories for women under the same name. Excited by the success of her brand, she launched her very own talk show, dubbed “Bethenny,” in 2013. The show ran for just one season.

Bethenny’s Individual Life

A year after getting married to Hollywood executive Peter Sussman in 1996, Bethenny Frankel divorced him. She wed pharmaceutical sales professional Jason Hoppy in March 2010 while she was several months along in his pregnancy. Her reality series “Bethenny Getting Married?” allowed her to broadcast a significant affair that she had during her second marriage.

She gave birth to her daughter Bryn in the same year. In January 2013, Bethenny started the divorce process. 2014 saw the conclusion of a custody arrangement for Bryn. In July 2016, the divorce was legally finalized. She has put in a lot of effort to help those who have been affected by the hurricanes of 2017 and other calamities.

Estimated Net Worth

An American reality television star and businesswoman, Bethenny Frankel has an estimated net worth of $80 million. Her career in reality television and the sale of her Skinnygirl cocktail brand are the main sources of her wealth. She has been a fairly successful home renovator and flipper in recent years.