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The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes (full name: Linnethia Monique Leakes) has been on RHoA for all five seasons, starting in 2008 with now-departed cast members Sheree Whitfield, Lisa Wu, DeShawn Snow, and Kim Zolciak. The New York native often refers to herself as “the last original Housewife standing,” and has made Atlanta Housewives one of Bravo’s most successful shows. She now appears of Season 5 of RHoA with her co-stars Porsha Stewart, Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, and Kandi Burruss.
Since NeNe has been on RHoA the longest, she takes home a sizable chunk of change — making a reported $750,000 per season. The 45-year-old mother of two (and glam-ma to baby Bri’asia!) has also made a name for herself in Hollywood lately, first playing sassy swim coach Roz Washington on Glee, and now starring as Rocky on Ryan Murphy’s new sitcom, The New Normal. Between Housewives and her other work, NeNe is worth an estimated 4.5 million, making her one of the richest Atlanta Housewives to date.
Before NeNe landed a spot on Housewives, she tried to make it as an actress, and even worked as a stripper (her stage name was Silk!) before she met her husband, Gregg Leakes, in 1996. Although Gregg and NeNe’s divorce was chronicled on Seasons 3 and 4 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the couple quickly reconciled and they’re currently engaged to be married... again!
Together, NeNe and Gregg raised her son from a previous relationship, 22-year-old Bryson, and they also have a son of their own, 13-year-old Brentt.
When the cameras aren’t rolling, NeNe spends time with her family, shuffling between L.A. and Atlanta, and is involved in various charities.
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation: Author, Actress, and Restaurant Owner
Fun Fact: NeNe worked the pole as a stripper named “Silk” — and she’s not ashamed of it!