It’s not about the pasta! For all of the ups and downs he’s had during his time on Vanderpump Rules, James Kennedy is worth a pretty penny. Keep reading to find out the reality star’s net worth and how he makes his money.
What Is James Kennedy’s Net Worth?
The SUR employee-turned-DJ has a net worth of approximately $4 million, according to multiple outlets.
How Does James Kennedy Make Money?
The majority of James’ income comes from DJ gigs, live performances and working as an electronic music producer; however, he also pulls in huge paychecks on Vanderpump Rules, as he reportedly earns between $10,000 to $15,000 an episode.
James made his VPR debut in season 2 and was bumped up to a full-time cast member in season 4. The trailer for the show’s tenth season dropped in January 2023, with a premiere date of February 8 on Bravo.
When Did James Kennedy Work at SUR?
The “See You Next Tuesday” DJ managed to initially score a gig at Lisa Vanderpump‘s SUR restaurant through his father, Andros, and mom Jacqueline Georgiou. Lisa told Bravo’s Daily Dish Podcast in 2019, “I’d met Andros with George Michael and Andros had been around the scene in London, so we knew him a little bit,” referring to herself and husband Ken Todd.
“But then we had dinner and they both said, ‘You know, could you give one of my sons, James, a job, maybe as a busser or a barback?’ He probably, because we’d started Vanderpump Rules by then, I think maybe we were in the first season, thought, ‘OK, I want to get involved in this,’ and obviously then he started sleeping with Kristen Doute, and he was well in there like a rat up a drainpipe,” Lisa explained, as for how James cemented a position on the show.
While speaking to Life & Style at the VPR season 10 premiere, the restaurateur further opened up about how James became an integral cast member on the long-running reality series.
“I was offered my own show and I wanted to be about a group of friends that were really, you know, authentically entwined because that’s when the stakes are high. Because if you just add somebody to the cast, who gives a s–t?” Lisa said. “And you saw James, he got immersed in the cast because he started dating Kristen. So, we cared about their relationship. So, it’s always been authentic, and I love that about it. It’s a great show. I don’t think that fans will be disappointed this season.”
James Kennedy Is a Successful DJ
The London-born reality star had a successful 2022 as a DJ, traveling across the country to venues in Chicago, Denver, Washington D.C. and more. James has a few upcoming gigs in February 2023, which will take him to Nebraska, Massachusetts and Ohio.
James Kennedy Has Dated Multiple Costars
James went on to have a long-term romance with costar Raquel Leviss. The couple began dating in 2017, and James proposed in May 2021. The pair shocked fans in December of that year by announcing they were splitting.
“After these five wonderful years we had together, we decided we have two different goals and made the decision to call off the engagement,” the former couple wrote in joint Instagram statements. “We love each other very much, but we aren’t in love anymore. We want nothing but the best for each other so please keep any thoughts positive. Sending Love.”
As of February 2023, James is in a relationship with VPR newcomer Ally Lewber. While chatting with Life & Style during the season 10 premiere party at SUR, the “Feeling You” artist opened up about how filming the show with Ally affected their relationship.
“It’s life and I think that even without the show, everyone in every relationship goes through ups and downs,” he explained. “But that’s the best thing that we have with this show. It kind of forces us to get through it. Whether it ends for the better or ends for the worst, you know, you kinda gotta get through it. So, it’s a blessing and a curse.”