Luann D’Agostino is best known for being one of the main cast members of The Real Housewives of New York City. Hailing from Berlin, Connecticut, the brunette worked as a nurse- a career sparked from her desire to help others, briefly before entering the Miss Connecticut contest during which she gained the attention of a modelling scout.
From there, she started to take on a variety of modelling gigs in the city. Eventually tired of the scene however, she moved to Italy where she subsequently took part in another beauty contest. As one thing led to another, D’Agostino soon found herself hosting a Sunday night show in Italy.
However, it wasn’t until she returned to New York later on that she rose to prominence with the reality show, The Real Housewives of New York City.
According to various sources, D’Agostino currently has a net worth of $2 million. How did she go about earning this fortune? Let’s find out by taking a more detailed look at her life and career.
Luann D’Agostino’s Net Worth 2018 – $2 Million
How did Luann D’Agostino Make Her Money & Wealth?
Born on May 17, 1965 in Berlin, Connecticut, Luan D’Agostino (Birth Name: LuAnn Nadeau) grew up in the city with her six brothers and siblings. When she was still a young girl, the family home suffered from a terrible fire after a lawnmower sparked and caught on gasoline. While everyone was lucky enough to escape unscathed, they had to watch their house burn down.
After graduating from high school, where she was the leader of the varsity softball team, the brunette decided that she wanted to be a nurse- something that stemmed from her desire to help others. Although she was ultimately successful in becoming a licensed practical nurse in Connecticut, her career as one was short lived. One day, one of her close friends urged her to enter a local beauty contest; although she didn’t end up as the winner, her beauty caught the eye of a modelling scout, who later invited her to New York.
Taking the invitation, D’Agostino then travelled to New York, where she participated in, and eventually won another beauty competition; she was twenty three years old at the time. From there, the brunette started to land various modelling jobs in the city- before long, she had made the decision to reside in the city.
After a while however, she finds herself wanting to go to Europe. Some contemplation later, D’Agostino followed her heart and arrived in the European Union. Unable to find modelling work however, her bank account soon began to drain. Sometime during this period, she has an affair with a man who suggests for her to enter a beauty contest in Milan. Luckily for her, she ends up winning the competition, which earns her some cash, as well as a car.
At the age of twenty eight, D’Agostino married Count Alexandre de Lesseps- a multimillionaire investment banker, and entrepreneur. Sure enough, she was soon living the high life as a Countess. While they were together, it wasn’t uncommon for them to have dinner with the King of Greece or the Queen of Spain.
After spending many years in Europe, the brunette returned to New York in the early 2000’s. From there, she was eventually invited by a local news station to appear on a show; at said show, she ultimately runs into Jill Zarin, who later reaches out to her to appear on the Bravo reality series, The Real Housewives of New York City. Little did she know at the time that she would soon rise to prominence in the United States.
Joining as one of the show’s original cast members, the first episode eventually hit the screens on March 4, 2008. The second instalment of The Real Housewives series, it centred around the professional and personal lives of a group of women including Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, and of course D’Agostino herself.
Incredibly popular on the Bravo Network, The Real Housewives of New York City quickly garnered the brunette a new level of fame. Before long, she had earned the title of being a reality star. Drawing in millions of viewers every week, it has since been running for nine years; as of May 2017, over 150 episodes have been aired on television.
How involved has D’Agostino been on the show? One of the original housewives, she has remained on the series for close to a decade. Looking at it more closely, she has in fact received the second most screen time, having been a main cast member for eight out of the nine seasons- putting her only behind Ramona Singer, who has been present in all nine seasons.
How much does The Real Housewives of New York City star get paid for being on the show? Although the exact amount has never been revealed, the typical pay for the series is usually between $40,000 to $60,000 per season. Considering how D’Agostino has been on the show for eight years, it’s likely that her salary is way higher than this- probably in the hundreds of thousands.
In fact back in 2015, it was rumoured that she alongside Ramona Singer, and Sonja Morgan were negotiating new contracts as they wanted to get paid closer to the $1 million that their co-star Bethenny Frankel was ranking in from the show.
Although most of her earnings from television came from The Real Housewives of New York City, D’Agostino has also appeared in a handful of other programmings throughout the years. For instance, she has been featured in Who Wants to be a Millionaire (2010), Rachael Ray (2011), The Apprentice (2013), Royal Pains (2013), Bethenny (2014), Fashion News Live (2014), and Steve Harvey (2014), among others.
Outside of talk shows and reality TV, the brunette has also acted in a few occasions. In 2011, she made her official acting debut in the pilot episode of the television series, Eden. Later that same year, she made a guest appearance in the popular crime procedural series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011). From there, she eventually made a cameo in the sitcom, Difficult People in 2016.
In addition to her television career, D’Agostino also made her debut as a recording artist in 2010. That May, she came out with her first single entitled, Money Can’t Buy You Class via Ultra Records. Since then, she has come out with two additional songs- Chick, C’est La Vie in 2011, and Girl Code in the summer of 2015.
In 2009, the brunette also authored her first book called, Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair.
As far as business projects go, the brunette launched her own clothing line called the Countess LuAnn Collection in 2014. Described as “chic made easy”, it features a wide array of pieces from swirl jersey dresses to cropped jackets.
Continuing to dip her toe in the creative field, she recently also launched a new bedding collection which includes throw pillows, duvets, and sheet sets.
On top of those two ventures, D’Agostino also has her own Jewelry collection, inspired by her world travels, which was first debuted on EVINE Live in 2015.
Currently, it is estimated that Luann D’Agostino has a net worth of $2 million. Considering what we’ve said above, to say that most of her wealth came from her success on The Real Housewives of New York City is probably not too far off. Throughout her many years on the show, it’s likely that she has banked a significant amount from the Bravo series.
Of course, all of her other ventures also help to supplement her income on the side.
LuAnn D’Agostino’s Personal Life and FAQ
Is LuAnn D’Agostino Married?
Yes, the reality star has been married to her second husband, Tom D’Agostino Jr., the CEO and president of Smart Source since December 31, 2016. The two had gotten engaged earlier that year after dating for nine months.
Previously, LuAnn D’Agostino was married to Count Alexandre de Lesseps, an entrepreneur who was also the President of Pandaw Investment Holdings of Hong Kong. The two were together for sixteen years from 1993 until 2009.
Does LuAnn D’Agostino Have Any Children?
Yes, the television personality has two children with her first husband, Alexandre de Lesseps- a daughter named Victoria de Lesseps and a son named Noel de Lesseps. The last time we checked, her daughter had been arrested after driving while impaired in 2016.
Did LuAnn D’Agostino Go to College?
From what we can gather, LuAnn D’Agostino did not go to college- however, this has not been officially confirmed.
Where Does LuAnn D’Agostino Live? Pictures of LuAnn D’Agostino’s House
In 2015, the television personality settled into her new home located in the village of Sag Harbor, right by the water. According to documents, The Real Housewives of New York City star had purchased the 2,500 square foot property for $3.1 million in 2014.
A Greek Revival house, the property was built in 1935, according to records. Sitting on a third of an acre, it includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms and three fireplaces. Not only that, but it also boasts a dock on the bay, and a heated artist’s studio in the second floor.
The last time we checked, D’Agostino was planning on doing some renovation work to add a new master bedroom to the second floor. Even before that, she had spent close to $25,000 on new furnishings to bring a more modern feel to her home.
What Kind of Car Does LuAnn D’Agostino Drive?
Unfortunately, information regarding her vehicle is unavailable at this time.
LuAnn D’Agostino’s Career Accomplishments
Over the past few years, D’Agostino has successfully carved an identity for herself on reality TV. A main cast member of The Real Housewives of New York for eight years and counting, her popularity has continued to rise with her time on the show.
Besides that, the brunette has also been invited onto a number of television programmings such as Access Hollywood, The Wendy Williams Show, Steve Harvey, Hollywood Today Live, Fashion News Live, and The Meredith Vieira Show, among others.
Starting in 2011, she also branched out into acting, having appeared in a couple of episodes of the drama series, Eden and the crime series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. More recently in 2016, she also appeared as herself in the sitcom, Difficult People.
Currently, D’Agostino is starring in the ninth season of The Real Housewives of New York City, which premiered on April 10, 2017; her relationship with husband Tom D’Agostino will be one of the main focuses of the season.
According to IMDb, she will also be making an appearance this year in the thriller film, Mother of All Secrets.