Living large! Vanderpump Rules’ Raquel Leviss lives life in the fast lane, however, despite the major Scandoval drama surrounding the former pageant queen, she revealed that she has not “seen a single penny.” Despite her claims, Raquel earns her money from more than just starring on the Bravo reality TV series, leaving fans wondering about her net worth.
What is Raquel Leviss’ Net Worth?
Raquel has a net worth of $500,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth, no doubt partly thanks to her elevated profile since Scandoval.
“The network is running to the bank — like, laughing, running to the bank with this scandal,” Raquel said during an August 2023 appearance on Bethenny Frankel’s “Just B” podcast, shortly after an insider told Life & Style that she tried to negotiate her pay with the network since consistently being in the headlines. However, it was reported on August 17 that Raquel will not be returning to the show following her affair with costar Tom Sandoval.
What Have Raquel Leviss’ Costars Said About Her Salary?
While Raquel may not be returning to Vanderpump Rules, her costars have not shied away from talking about her or the money she was taking home per episode. During the August 25 episode of Scheana Shay‘s “Scheananigans” podcast, Scheana and Ariana Madix pondered over Bethenny Frankel‘s claims that the former beauty queen wasn’t adequately paid for season 10.
“I know for a fact [how much Raquel made] because she thanked me for getting her with the attorney she was with last season. He was able to negotiate her $19,000 an episode. For 19 episodes, that is $361,000,” Scheana claimed, responding to Bethenny’s estimate that Bravo should’ve paid Raquel more.
“As people who are partially produced … Let’s just say that it’s real in a very unreal circumstance. So now you have one of the three characters that can’t even afford to pay for your treatment that you just went through,” Bethenny said to Raquel during an episode of her “ReWives” podcast in August 2023, referencing the Bravolebrity’s stint in mental health rehab following the affair fallout. “Because it’s my understanding that you get paid in a year less than my interns get paid,” Bethenny continued.
“I asked for equal pay with Tom and Ariana and for them to reimburse me for my treatment expenses,” Raquel said in response, claiming that the network was reluctant to pay her the same as Sandoval and Ariana. “They refused to pay me equally. I feel like when you pay your employees, it really shows how much you value them.”
Where Does Raquel Leviss Live?
According to the reality star’s Instagram use, Raquel lives in a studio apartment in Los Angeles, California. Footage from her 2022 Halloween weekend and Christmas celebrations two months later shows a modern pad with white, grey and silver accents as well as an open concept kitchen.
How Does Raquel Leviss Make Money?
After winning the Miss Sonoma County title in 2016, Raquel competed in multiple pageants, including Miss California and Miss Malibu USA, per Us Weekly.
By the time she became a regular on Pump Rules, Raquel started sharing professional shots and videos of herself modeling via Instagram by promoting various brands.
Has Raquel Leviss Worked With ‘VPR’ Costars Off Screen?
The former pageant queen did an unexpected, yet iconic, collaboration with Vanderpump Rules costar and former frenemie Lala Kent. The reality personalities launched an eyeshadow palette titled “Bambi Ass B*tch” for Give Them Lala Beauty in March 2022.
The name of the palette was inspired by their big fight that was shown on season 7 of Vanderpump Rules. After Raquel made a comment about Lala’s late father, the two got into a heated exchange outside SUR where Lala called her a “Bambi ass bitch.”
Did Raquel Leviss Earn a College Degree?
The SUR-ver attended Sonoma State University in California, obtaining a degree in kinesiology with a focus in pre-occupational therapy. In 2020, Raquel announced she wanted to continue her studies by earning a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, per Bravo.
“I think I’m gonna start applying very, very soon,” Raquel said during VPR’s season 7 reunion. “I still have to take the GRE. I do have to study for that exam. And then I’ll start applying to schools. I’d like to stay in California, obviously. And it’s something that I’m ready to start pursuing sooner than later.”
When Did Raquel Leviss Join ‘Vanderpump Rules’?
The SUR employee made appearances in season 5 of the hit reality show, becoming a returning cast member in season 6. She gained further recognition through her relationship with now-ex-fiancé and costar James Kennedy.
The former couple were together for five years, announcing their engagement in May 2021, only to break it off seven months later.
“After these 5 wonderful years we had together, we decided we have two different goals and made the decision to call off the engagement,” Raquel and James wrote in a joint Instagram statement in December 2021. “We love each other very much, but we aren’t in love anymore.”
After breaking up with the fellow reality star, Raquel publicly discussed what was the breaking point for their relationship during the season 9 reunion special, which aired in January 2022.
“I didn’t want to give up on him because he really has shown me how dedicated he is to me and the things that he is willing to do to better himself,” the California native revealed in the episode. “But I feel like it is something deep within. I have been having nightmares about our wedding day, and I think that’s a telltale sign that something is wrong.”
However, Raquel later had her eyes set on Tom Schwartz during season 10 after the pair enjoyed a steamy hookup session in August 2022, shortly after his split from ex-wife Katie Maloney. The two appeared to stay friends afterward.
How Did Raquel Become Involved in Tom Sandoval’s Relationship With Ariana Madix?
On March 3, 2023, Raquel became the subject of cheating rumors after costar Tom and Ariana’s split broke, Life & Style confirmed.
Their breakup came on the heels of speculation that Tom cheated on Ariana with Raquel.
Raquel broke her silence on March 8, writing in an Instagram post, “I want to apologize for my actions and my choices foremost to Ariana, and to my friends and the fans so invested in our relationships.” She added, “There is no excuse, I am not a victim, and I must own my actions and I deeply regret hurting Ariana.”
The Bravo star later returned and added in a text post, “Besides the indefensible circumstances surrounding our relationship, my feelings for Tom have always been sincere and born out of a loving friendship. Knowing how many people we hurt, I need to understand my choices and learn to make better ones.”
“I need to take care of my health, work on self-growth and take time to be ok with being alone,” the TV personality continued. “I care for Tom, and I don’t want to label anything or predict what lies ahead. Right now, I need to heal.”
That same day, Tom issued his own statement. “I want to first and foremost apologize to everyone I’ve hurt through this process. Most of all, I want to apologize to Ariana. I made mistakes, I was selfish, and made reckless decisions that hurt somebody I love. No one deserves to feel that pain so traumatically and publicly,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I can only imagine how devastating this has been for Ariana and everyone around us,” he continued. “I feel really horrible about that. My biggest regret is that I dishonored Ariana. I never meant to disappoint so many people, including our loving families and friends.”