Bethenny Frankel has never been shy about admitting her ambition.

The 40-year-old climbed the reality TV show ladder, starting with “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” in 2005, and then was cast on “The Real Housewives of New York City” in 2008 even though, as a struggling single chef, she didn’t really fit the “rich housewife” profile. From “RHONYC,” her star — and brand — rose. And this year, she was able to sell her Skinnygirl Margarita cocktail mix for a whopping $120 million dollars.

Thanks to that huge sale, she’s one of the top female earners in the entertainment world, according to They list her at No. 3 with a worth of $55 million (between May 2010 to May 2011). Oprah Winfrey remained No. 1 on with $290 million in earnings; Lady Gaga came in second with $90 million. Forbes notes that Frankel is trying to expand her brand with food, supplements and a possible talk show. Gisele Bundchen, Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres and Judge Judy Sheindlin each earned $45 million last year and tied for fourth place.

Maybe, in the end, reality TV does pay?


Pattinson tops Glamour’s sexiest list

It looks like Glamour readers are huge “Twilight” fans. Robert Pattinson topped the mag’s list of the world’s sexiest men, with his “Twilight” co-star Taylor Lautner coming in second. “Over 40,000 Glamour readers cast their votes in the most hotly contested list of the year,” says editor Jo Elvin.

“And while the ‘Twilight’ saga men continue to dominate our Sexiest Men list, Glamour readers have shown they have eclectic tastes to say the least — from silver fox, 50-year-old George Clooney, to a barely legal Justin Bieber.” Also on this list: Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Alex Pettyfer and Ryan Reynolds.

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