Although this is only her second season on “The Real Housewives of New York,” Leah McSweeney is already a fan-favorite. According to Life & Style, McSweeney has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million, built in part through a business she launched with money from a legal settlement.
Throughout her time on the show, McSweeney has shown viewers an in-depth look into her business, her family and her lavish life in New York City, including her new apartment which she showed off during the season 13 premiere on May 4, 2021.
So, where does all of her money come from?
Here’s what you need to know about Leah McSweeney‘s net worth:
1. McSweeney Is the Founder of a Streetwear Company Called ‘Married to the Mob’
In 2004, McSweeney founded her own streetwear company called Married to the Mob. According to McSweeney’s website, the RHONY star started her company because she wanted to create “street” inspired clothes that would be geared towards women instead of men. Currently, McSweeney sells items such as sweatpants, sweatshirts and activewear sets.
And, although she may be a popular reality star now, it looks like McSweeney has no plans to slow down on Married to the Mob.
“There were years where I was so freaking stressed with MOB, financially and in every way,” McSweeney admitted to Complex Magazine in April 2020. “And even when I was doing my highest numbers, it was actually my worst year personally because I was so stressed out and busy. So the grass is always greener. But the last couple years have been the happiest years of my life. And it’s not because MOB’s been doing amazingly. It’s because I just changed the business model, so MOB’s not running my life.”
2. McSweeney Earns Money by Appearing on ‘The Real Housewives of New York’
McSweeney also earns money by appearing as a cast member on “The Real Housewives of New York.” McSweeney made her debut during season 12, which premiered in April 2020, and, according to Page Six, the star was paid $3,000 per episode for her first season.
According to Showbiz CheatSheet, other “Real Housewives” cast members have also been paid little in the beginning, including Vicki Gunvalson, who said she wasn’t paid anything for her first season.
However, Showbiz CheatSheet reported that McSweeney “removed the cast insignia from her Instagram” while lobbying for higher pay.
After some dramatic contract negotiations during summer 2020, McSweeney got her salary bumped to $10,000 per episode for her second season. As McSweeney once said herself, “float like a butterfly, sting like a b****!”
3. McSweeney Signed With William Morris Endeavors in 2020
In September 2020, McSweeney signed with the talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME), according to Deadline. In addition to her clothing line and reality stardom, “McSweeney is also an essayist and journalist” writing an advice column for Penthouse Magazine and contributing to other outlets.
4. McSweeney Received a Large Settlement From the State of New York
As McSweeney has spoken about before on “The Real Housewives of New York,” the star received a $75,000 settlement from the state of New York in the early 2000s after she got into a physical altercation with a police officer.
In April 2020, McSweeney explained to The Cut that she was awarded the money after the NYPD officer punched her in the face and hurled her into a subway grate. “It was horrible,” McSweeney told the outlet at the time about the incident. The Daily Mail reported that the incident happened in 2002, with an officer knocking out two of McSweeney’s teeth after she says she threw a bottle during an altercation with police.
The Daily Mail reported in 2010 that McSweeney used the settlement money to launch her clothing line, Married to the Mob.
5. McSweeney Recently Moved Into a New Apartment
During the season 13 premiere of “The Real Housewives of New York,” McSweeney revealed that she had moved into a new apartment with her 13-year-old daughter, Kier Marie. McSweeney’s new apartment is a two-bedroom in downtown New York.
Viewers can catch new episodes of “The Real Housewives of New York” every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time/8 p.m. Central time on Bravo.