Bethenny Frankel Profile

  • While Frankel is most recognized as one of the stars of The Real Housewives of New York, she is chiefly an entrepreneur and founder of the multi-million-dollar Skinnygirl empire which includes Skinnygirl Cocktails as well as hundreds of foods and beverages.

  • Born into a working-class family, Frankel followed her drive and business acumen to become a self-made millionaire and one of the top earning reality television stars of all-time.

  • Frankel is the best-selling author of five books for women on business, wellness, and relationships.

  • Frankel has delivered keynotes at SXSW, Google, and multiple conferences aimed at women entrepreneurs.
  • Self-made business woman and television personality, Bethenny Frankel used her marketing smarts and unstoppable drive to build the Skinny Girl empire. While she’s most visible as the witty and unconventional heroine on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York, Frankel’s most important projects and accomplishments are off-screen.

    A formally trained natural-foods chef, Frankel has launched hundreds of products under her Skinny Girl brand, which focuses on delivering high-quality low-calorie foods and beverages for women. Her business acumen has made her one of the top-earning reality television stars of all time with an estimated net worth of $25 million.

    One of her greatest financial successes is Skinnygirl Cocktails, which ranks among the best-selling reduced calorie alcohol brands worldwide. In 2011, Frankel sold her liquor company to Beam Global (now Beam Suntory) for $100 million but retained the rights to use the name, a decision that has paid off for Frankel to the tune of millions of dollars.

    Frankel grew up in a working-class family in the New York area. She graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and got her big break in television as the runner-up on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. At a New York social event, one of the original New York Housewives, Jill Zarin, recognized her from The Apprentice and convinced her to audition for a show she was producing, ultimately leading to Frankel’s role on The Real Housewives of New York. Frankel added a diverse aspect to the cast in that she was the only protagonist who did not come from a privileged background. Rather, producers described her as “a real New York woman trying to make things happen.”

    And make things happen, she did. Aside from using her TV spot as a platform for her company, she has strengthened her personal brand with five best-selling books: Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, The Skinnygirl™ Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, and I Suck At Relationships So You Don’t Have To. She is also a prominent activist for women and families in crisis and has provided supplies to thousands of hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Texas in-person and through the support of her non-profit program, B Strong.

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      Bethenny Frankel is a businesswoman ahead of the curve, who has always identified and capitalized on business opportunities, from becoming a natural food’s chef and marketing Bethenny Bakes, her healthy baked goods to selling “Princess Pashminas” at house parties, and ultimately creating the low calorie cocktail category, with the launch of Skinnygirl Cocktails.

      The runner-up on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart led her to Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, followed by the spin-off series, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After… Viewers were captivated by her wit, wisdom and humor as they followed her personal life becoming a mother and her professional journey creating her Skinnygirl empire, leading to her being named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbes magazine. She brought her distinct voice and candid point of view to Bethenny, her nationally syndicated daytime talk program. Most recently, it was announced she’ll join ABC-TV’s Shark Tank as a guest shark.

      A true entrepreneur, to further build Skinnygirl Cocktails, Bethenny partnered with Beam Suntory in 2011 to grow the portfolio to include wines, flavored vodkas, and ready-to-drink cocktails. Since the launch of Skinnygirl Cocktails, she has expanded the Skinnygirl brand into a lifestyle empire, featuring products for women that offer practical solutions to everyday problems. Some of the many Skinnygirl products include non-alcoholic beverages, microwave popcorn, candy, luncheon meats, salad dressings, coffee, tea, liquid sweeteners, water enhancers, and shapewear.

      Bethenny started her own TV production company, B Real Productions, producing two seasons of FYI’s “Food Porn,” and creating, producing and, starring in Bravo’s new real estate show, “Keeping it Real Estate with Bethenny and Frederik.”

      She is the five-time New York Times bestselling author of Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, The Skinnygirl™ Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, and I Suck At Relationships So You Don’t Have To. She has also authored Skinnygirl Solutions: Simple Ideas, Extraordinary Results, the children’s book, Cookie Meets Peanut, and the cocktail book, Skinnygirl Cocktails.

      Not fulfilled with business alone, Bethenny’s life’s experiences have inspired her to help other women in crisis find their own strength and resilience with the launch of B Strong, in partnership with Dress for Success. B Strong: Find Your Yes is a crisis intervention initiative that will provide real-time emergency assistance to women who face crises on their road to success. She has also provided emergency assistance to those affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and and Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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    Founder of the Skinnygirl empire, Bethenny Frankel is a distinct and sassy voice on women’s issues from entrepreneurship to wellness. The self-made millionaire offers brilliant advice on seizing opportunities and sustaining what you’ve achieved. Forthright and comical as only she can be, Frankel openly shares her approaches to getting things done, her past mistakes, and how she’s built a multi-million dollar brand while taking care of herself and family.

  • The “Reality” of Women in Business
  • Gutsy Leadership: The “Skinny” on How to Build a Business
  • Cocktail to Success: Grit, Risk Taking, Passion, and Humor
  • Mommy Mogul: Balancing Business, Motherhood, and Personal Wellness

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    Books by Bethenny Frankel:

    I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To: 10 Rules for Not Screwing Up Your Happily Ever After
    Bethenny Frankel, five-time New York Times bestselling author, self-made businesswoman, and media maven, shares her ten rules for relationship success and takes us on an empowering journey to learn how to say yes to love.

    From running her Skinnygirl business to being a mom and a TV star, Bethenny Frankel appears to have it all. But when it comes to relationships, she is the first to admit that she has failed—a lot. In fact, Bethenny has made every mistake, from calling when she shouldn’t have to misreading signals to staying with a guy for all the wrong reasons. In working through the mistakes, she has gained insight and wisdom about what matters most.

    Filled with personal stories and the no-nonsense advice she’s known for, New York Times bestseller I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To is the next step on Bethenny’s A Place of Yes journey. She offers an unflinching but ultimately hopeful look at what it takes to find real love including tips on dating, how to trust your gut, avoiding self-sabotage, and much more.

    It’s easy to give up on romance, to expect the worst, and to doubt yourself, but you shouldn’t be satisfied with a relationship that is mediocre—your relationship can and should be incredible. Using Bethenny’s “A Place of Yes” attitude, you too can find love and a relationship that is more successful, fulfilling, and happier than ever before.

    Skinnygirl Solutions: Simple Ideas, Extraordinary Results

    In Skinnygirl Solutions, New York Times bestselling author Bethenny Frankel offers her best tips on home, health, family, career, style, and, of course, sex. Her no-nonsense advice extends beyond the first adult steps and well into real relationships, established careers, and mommyhood. Skinnygirl Solutions offers many practical tips on how to lead a well-balanced life, including:

    • Living Naturally Thin

    • Making fresh, healthy food for the table and on the go

    • Organizing your kitchen, your closet, and even your bathroom

    • Finding great fashion without breaking the bank

    • Beauty care essentials

    • Creating a home that’s a haven

    • Effortless entertaining

    • Career planning

    • Entrepreneurial advice

    A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life
    Bethenny Frankel’s no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is personality won over countless fans, and made her a nationally bestselling author and the star of her own hit Bravo show Bethenny Getting Married? Now Bethenny opens up and shares the obstacles she overcame and the great success she has enjoyed while discovering how to approach life from “A Place of Yes.” Bethenny’s path was not always clear as she overcame a difficult childhood, failed relationships, entrepreneurial efforts that never quite got off the ground, and lifelong money struggles. To deal with these challenges, Bethenny developed ten rules for pursuing her goals with authenticity and drive, including:

    · Find your truth: Dig deep inside and figure out what is authentic for you, not anybody else.
    · Act on it: You don’t have to have a master plan. But unless you do something, you’ve done nothing.
    · Everything’s your business: Treat every job, person, and experience as if it could lead to your next big opportunity.
    · Own it: If you do it, say it, think it—then own it. Stand up for yourself and fully acknowledge who you really are.

    Each rule is illustrated with compelling, sometimes funny, sometimes outrageous examples that are pure Bethenny. It’s easy to say no, to say “I can’t,” to expect the worst, and to doubt yourself. But your life can be better than “not bad” or “good enough.” It can be amazing. And by putting Bethenny’s rules together, you can use them to be more successful, more fulfilled, healthier, and happier than ever before.

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