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Are any of the real housewives the first people you think about going to when you need financial advice? Probably not if we are talking about Teresa Giudice, Alexis Bellino or Lynne Curtain, whose financial pitfalls have taught us what not to do.

But if you are talking about Lisa Vanderpump, Vicki Gunvalson or Ramona Singer, you should perk up your ears and listen. These three real housewives are truly success stories, each owning their own businesses.

As we approach Mother's Day — which is this Sunday, so get planning — GoBankingRates, spoke to these successful housewives/business women about the best financial advice their mothers ever gave them.


We all know that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump owns two very successful restaurants in Beverly Hills. But did you know that she has been financially independent her entire adult life? I knew she married Ken when she was very young, but she had already been on her own for a few years. She shared, "I have had a job since I was 15, [and] left home at 18 without help from my parents, so I suppose it was sink or swim! My parents loved us and gave us a good education, but didn’t spoil us — that’s for sure, which in turn instilled a good work ethic.”

Vicki Gunvalson, of the Real Housewives of Orange County,  has always flaunted her success, or if she is not flaunting it, she is telling you how successful she is. And apparently, her mother instilled the idea of financial security and budgeting from and early age.

“My mother was a stay-at-home mom who taught all her five children the importance of budgeting and money,” Gunvalson said. “Since she did not contribute financially to the household, she taught us the importance of living within your means, being involved in the family budget, and teaching the importance of our education and being financially independent.”

“If it wasn’t for my mother’s influence, I would have never had the strength to be able to start my own business in my late 20s and to be self-sufficient my entire adult life,” she added.

On the other coast we have wine-glass-throwing Real Housewife of New York City Ramona Singer. Based on the immaturity she expresses on the show, I was actually shocked to learn that she has surprised to learn she has a B.S. in Business from the Fashion Institute of Technology. And apparently she took her mother's advice and turned her passion for fashion into a successful career.

“My late mother always suggested I find a career that I was passionate about. If you have passion and love what you do you will always be successful,” said Singer. “She also told me to be financially independent to give me my own strength within my marriage. That way I could marry for love and not for money.”


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