“Real Housewives of New York” OG Bethenny Frankel famously used her platform as a reality star to build her empire. In fact, she later sold her Skinnygirl Margarita line for a cool $100 million (via Forbes). She told The New Yorker, “I went on the show alone and purely on business.” It seems like Frankel was driven by her ambition to grow her brand and used television to further her goals, as she added, ” I flipped a brand on TV in about a year, and no one even knew I was doing it.”
While Frankel is now banking, she has rebuilt her business from the ground up. In an interview with Money, she revealed that her unique childhood shaped her attitude and drive. Frankel was a go-getter and was always trying to start new businesses. “I’ve failed so many times,” she confessed. But growing up with paternal figures who were horse trainers and being part of the horse racing world has molded them to be “prepared for anything”. Frankel elaborated, “There’s competition, there’s speed, there’s money, there’s a lot at stake.”
It sounds like a typical Real Housewives episode – no wonder Frankel thrived where others struggled! However, “RHONY” wasn’t Frankel’s first foray into reality television. In fact, her passion for business and food first showed the entrepreneur how powerful the platform is. Frankel’s career path may have started modestly, but she has taken her chances wisely.
Chef Bethenny Frankel saw a gap in the food market
Bethenny Frankel’s wit and bravery may have been honed on The Real Housewives of New York, but she began her television career in 2005. The writer was a contestant on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, and the show cited her testimonials in the food and hospitality industry, according to the Seattle PI. Yes, Frankel really is a chef and even has the papers to back up her claims. According to The Baltimore Sun, Frankel had a thriving career as a natural foods chef before appearing on reality television. The Bethenny Ever After star studied at the Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute in New York. She told the outlet, “I originally went to culinary school as a hobby.” However, she quickly saw the potential in the industry and took the plunge. “I saw an opportunity in natural foods — reinventing recipes and making them delicious,” she said.
The entrepreneur decided to go ahead with her idea and started a new business. BethennyBakes offered an alternative to baked goods by offering healthier desserts. Per Inc. Magazine, she knew her offer was something special. “It was way ahead of its time,” she told Inc. “There wasn’t a ‘health food’ chef. Not “herbal”. There was nothing,” she revealed. Frankel later decided to focus on her Skinnygirl brand, and the online bakery closed its doors in 2009, according to The Baltimore Sun. We always knew Bethenny was a smart cookie!
Frankel was Paris Hilton’s nanny
Bethenny Frankel had a moment that came full circle at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Paris Hilton presented the Real Housewives of New York graduate with the Reality Royalty Award at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted in June. It was a special moment for Frankel as she was once Paris and Nicky Hilton’s babysitter.
Frankel spoke to Paris about her nanny appearance on the Just B With Bethenny Frankel podcast in October 2020. French School” (via Yahoo! Money) Paris seemed relaxed as they discussed their childhood. “And look how far you’ve come, boss babe. She gushed. It seems like these two have rubbed off on each other as they are both reality TV icons.
If you’re wondering how Frankel got her nanny job, it seems like she has all the right connections. In 2015, she told E! News, “I used to work for Kathy Hilton and take Paris and Nicky to school. So I knew her through Kyle, who’s a friend of mine.” Apparently, she was pretty good at her job, too. “She was a jack of all trades,” Kathy shared with Bravo Insider. “She helped me cook. She helped me pick the kids up from school, whatever.” Frankel is nothing if not consistent — she’s still an all-around wonder.