How 'Vanderpump Rules' star Lisa Vanderpump makes and spends her fortune
Lisa Vanderpump is one of Bravo's biggest stars, starring on "Real Housewives" and "Vanderpump Rules."
But she and her husband, Ken Todd, already had a restaurant empire before appearing on reality TV.
Here's how Vanderpump makes and spends her money.
Lisa Vanderpump appeared on nine seasons of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," which made her a household name and netted her a significant sum.
Vanderpump was on "Beverly Hills" from its first season in 2010 through the season nine finale in 2019. In Brian Moylan's book "The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives," he estimated that Vanderpump's salary by the time of her departure was $1 million per season.
She left the show after season nine because, in her own words, "I got to a point where it was too negative for me. At the time, my brother had just died, and I was looking for happiness in my life. It just wasn't a good time for me at all," she told Yahoo.
Since 2013, she's also starred in and produced a spin-off reality show, "Vanderpump Rules."
According to In Touch Weekly, Vanderpump reportedly makes $50,000 per episode of the show. While that's not confirmed, with multiple 24-episode seasons, it would put her paycheck at around $1.2 million per season.
Vanderpump spoke to Forbes in 2023 about the experience of producing the show, which focuses on a group of friends who worked at SUR, one of her restaurants.
"I knew that authenticity was key to reality television. There was nothing inauthentic about 'Vanderpump Rules' at all. You could film this group when we're shooting the show or could keep going all year. They hang out together, they go on holiday together, they fight together, they sleep together. So, I didn't try and create something. This was organic," she said.
In 2017, she and Todd also produced the "Vanderpump Rules" spin-off "Vanderpump Rules: Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky."
Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright, two cast members of "Vanderpump Rules" who were then dating (they're now married), traveled to Cartwright's hometown in Kentucky to meet her family — and Bravo took their cameras and followed them there. The six episodes aired in 2017.
Vanderpump and Todd were both producers on the spin-off.
But Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd, already had an empire of restaurants before the shows. Over the years, they've owned over 30 bars and restaurants.
"They have been owning restaurants and bars for over 30 years," Vanderpump's rep told Refinery29. Most of the restaurants were in the UK before the couple's move to the US in the 2000s.
All of the restaurants have since closed, besides Bar Soho, which is still open in London.
Todd also produces "Vanderpump Rules," along with his wife.
Most famous are the establishments shown on "Vanderpump Rules": SUR, Pump, TomTom, and Villa Blanca, which has since closed.
In one of the first episodes of "Vanderpump Rules," Vanderpump explained that Villa Blanca was where you take your wife, and SUR (which stands for Sexy Unique Restaurant) was where you take your mistress.
Vanderpump and Todd planned and opened their third restaurant, Pump, during seasons two and three in 2014.
TomTom, which is Vanderpump and Todd's collaboration with cast members Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval, opened during season seven in 2018.
Villa Blanca closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"If the landlord had been willing to renegotiate and the lease wasn't ending, we would have reopened, but unfortunately with coronavirus, the situation was beyond our control," she told the Daily Mail.
However, the other three are thriving, as Insider's Anneta Konstantinides found out on a recent visit.
She's additionally opened two more Vanderpump-themed restaurants, Vanderpump Cocktail Garden and Vanderpump à Paris. Both are in Las Vegas.
The Vanderpump Cocktail Garden opened in Las Vegas' Caesars Palace Hotel in 2019, and the opening was then shown a year later during season eight of "Vanderpump Rules."
"We have created a unique, decadent space with a majestic feel where guests can relax in a sexy garden oasis, from the design and ambiance (featuring the incredible Nick Alain lighting, fixtures and furniture) to the selection of light bites and cocktails, I am proud of what we created and hope everyone will enjoy the experience as much as we do," Vanderpump said to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Cocktails range from $16.95 to $24.95, with food ranging from $9.95 to $28.95.
Her second Vegas restaurant, Vanderpump à Paris, opened in 2022 in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The prices are similar to the Cocktail Garden.
"Every restaurant has to have its own identity," she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "We needed to create something that felt like it was part of Paris."
She also founded the rescue-dog organization Vanderpump Dogs.
Vanderpump Dogs is a 501(c)(3) organization. She told Forbes that, to date, the non-profit had saved 3,000 dogs from kill shelters. She also said that, during the pandemic, she turned to Cameo to help bring in money for her charity and the restaurants.
Cameo is an app where people can pay to have their favorite celebrities record them a personalized message.
"I heard about Cameo and I heard that you could do Cameo and raise money for your charity. So then I got serious with Cameo and to this day with my Cameos, I have raised for my Foundation since Covid $383, 511.14. So, that has kept my Foundation going," she said.
In 2021, she executive-produced and starred in the Peacock reality show "Vanderpump Dogs," which focused on the organization's employees, like "Vanderpump Rules."
"Vanderpump Dogs" dropped all six episodes of its first (and to date only) season in June 2021 on Peacock.
Todd also produced the show.
Also in 2021, she hosted the E! series "Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump."
"Overserved" aired 12 episodes on E! from March to June 2021. Each episode followed Vanderpump as she planned a themed party catered to her guests.
For example, she planned a weekend brunch for Lala Kent and Anna Camp, a Greek feast for Steve-O and Margaret Cho, and an English roast for Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood.
It's unknown how much she was paid for the season.
In 2011, she co-authored the book "Simply Divine: A Guide to Easy, Elegant, and Affordable Entertaining."
"I wanted to do a book that was simple yet divine — that's why it's called 'Simply Divine.' It's a book that takes the pressure out of entertaining and teaches people they can cook and it can be beautiful," Vanderpump told Huffington Post upon its publication.
"It doesn't all have to be about quail's egg or something. You know what it's like — you open a cookbook and if you don't understand the recipe, you just turn the page. You know I can't be bothered with that. It's just down-to-earth cooking and table settings, that sort of thing," she continued.
In 2013, she began lending her name to alcoholic beverages. First was Vanderpump Vodka, then Vanderpump Sangria.
Vanderpump Vodka is sold at all of Vanderpump's establishments, as is the sangria.
When the sangria first dropped, it was called LVP Sangria, and two varieties were offered: red and pink.
You can find both types in liquor stores today, or you can buy them online.
In 2017, she launched Vanderpump Rosé, which has been so successful that she's turned the brand into Vanderpump Wines, with more varieties like chardonnay and cabernet.
Any "Vanderpump Rules" fan knows that Vanderpump loves her rosé — she is frequently seen ordering a glass of her own wine brand whenever she stops in at SUR or TomTom.
Like the sangria, Vanderpump Wines is available at all her restaurants, and at stores nationwide.
Reviewers at Total Wine gave the rosé, which retails for around $19, four out of five stars.
In 2019, she teamed up with her frequent decorator Nick Alain to launch a home-goods line called Vanderpump Alain.
"I've got to a stage in my life where everything has to be a passion project," Vanderpump told Forbes in 2023.
She's worked with Alain at all of her US restaurants, and now the two have created a home-goods line that can be seen in her Vegas bars.
"I've just opened Paris Casino in Las Vegas, which we presented to them and they fell in love with our visuals. Everything is bespoke and couture and designed by Vanderpump Alain," she said.
Vanderpump Alain offers furniture, lighting, outdoor furniture, and accessories. The goods range from $185 candlesticks to $3,123 chairs.
In terms of real estate, Vanderpump and Todd acquired their famous Beverly Hills home, Villa Rosa, in 2011 for around $12 million after selling their previous mansion for $18.8 million.
According to Refinery29, Zillow representatives said Vanderpump and Todd purchased Villa Rose in 2011 for $11,995,000. Before that, they owned another Beverly Hills mansion they sold for $18 million. It's since been demolished.
But since then, their five-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 8,801-square-foot mansion has only gone up in price. Zillow now estimates the house, its 2-acre lot, and its infinity pool, at $12.8 million.
You can take a detailed tour of Villa Rosa on Vanderpump's blog here.
Any fan of Vanderpump knows she has a love of animals. At Villa Rosa she has peacocks, swans, and miniature horses.
Vanderpump famously loves animals. She has two swans that live at Villa Rosa, Hanky and Panky. Those can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $11,000 each.
She also had two miniature horses, Diamonds and Rosé. Rosé died in August 2022. Miniature horses can cost anywhere from $800 to upwards of $200,000, depending on their pedigree. And that's just the upfront cost — feed, shelter, grooming, and medical expenses can cost thousands of dollars over time.
Vanderpump also has multiple dogs, peacocks, and fish in her pond.
Vanderpump drives a black-and-pink custom Porsche 911 Carrera convertible, which can cost over $100,000.
According to Porsche's website, the 911 Carrera starts at $106,100. A pre-owned version of her 2016 car is still going for $84,222 seven years later — and the reality star's is custom.
She's been spotted in other cars over the years, including a Rolls-Royce Ghost and a Bentley Continental.
Vanderpump has been spotted driving around Beverly Hills in both cars over the years. A 2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost starts at $343,000, while a 2023 Bentley Continental starts at $238,325.
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