The reigning queen of American reality TV


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Lisa Vanderpump

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Lisa Vanderpump is a well-known celebrity in the US

The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to entrepreneur and reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump.

Lisa Vanderpump says she has appeared in more reality TV programmes than anyone else.

She could very well be correct, having more than 340 episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills, and her own spin-off programme Vanderpump Rules, under her designer belt.

While many people outside of the US may not be aware of her, the two shows often vie with each other to be the top-rated cable television programme on the day they go out.

Their success has made Lisa one of the biggest British stars to have cracked the American market. But at the same time as her TV commitments – often at exactly the same time – the 58-year-old and her husband Ken Todd, 74, run a restaurants and property empire.

She is reportedly worth $75m (£58m). When I ask her if that is true, she laughs and says: “I certainly hope so!”

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