Net Worth of RHOA Stars: From Kandi Burruss to Cynthia Bailey

How much "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast members get paid

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In 2008, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" (RHOA) had its debut on the popular cable network, Bravo. Fast-forward to 2019, the Atlanta housewives are still living their envious lives in Georgia's capital city. 

If like many, you're a fan of the popular reality TV franchise, you've wondered about the net worth of reality TV stars such as Cynthia Bailey, who makes housewives everywhere green with envy. 

How the RHOA Stars Get Paid 

First, you need to realize that the RHOA are paid by the season, not by the episode—which is not the way many stars of weekly series are paid. Kandi Burruss earns the most per episode and is likely paid more for participating in the RHOA reunion shows than any of the other stars, a distinction the (we love her, we hate her) NeNe Leakes once had.

The following information was taken from public sources, and the stars are listed in order of who is paid the most to who is paid the least—not in order of each star's net worth.

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Kandi Burruss

Paid Per Season: $1.9 million
Estimated Net Worth: $35 million

Kenya Moore

Paid Per Season: $1.4 million
Estimated Net Worth: $800K

Phaedra Parks

Paid Per Season: $1.3 million
Estimated Net Worth: $2 million 

Cynthia Bailey

Paid Per Season: $1.2 million (but her ex-husband gets $20,000 per show)
Estimated Net Worth: $500K 

Sheree Whitfield

Paid Per Season: $800K
Estimated Net Worth: $100K

Porsha Williams-Stewart

Paid Per Season: Unconfirmed est. $700K
Estimated Net Worth: $800K

Wrapping Up

These figures represent what the RHOA stars were reportedly being paid as of June 2019, according to the Celebrity Network website. Salaries change from season to season, just as the stars of the show come and go. It's worth noting that the pay each star of RHOA receives may fluctuate depending on the storylines in each season. A reality star who drives much of the drama on the show may be able to negotiate for a better salary for the upcoming season or whenever their contract ends. Reality stars may also receive more (or less) money depending on the role their friends and family members play on the show.

Meaning, if the loved ones of a particular actress routinely appear on the show, the show producers may pay that particular star more money as a result. In contrast, if a star does not appear to be adding to the show's storyline by creating drama or bringing in interesting friends and family members, their role, and pay, could be diminished. In any case, a star contributing less (either because of less excitement or fewer friends) than fellow co-stars would not be in a position to make more money.

A Note of Caution

While the salary and net worth figures are public knowledge, short of seeing a particular reality star's contract (or tax returns), it's impossible to know for certain just what they are paid to appear on the show. Also, factors such as loans, debts, bankruptcies, and acquisition or loss of real estate property all affect a person's net worth. Either way, none of the figures are shabby for having to hang out with other beautiful, successful women every week.