Bethenny Frankel is a businesswoman ahead of the curve, who has always identified and capitalized on business opportunities, from becoming a natural food’s chef and marketing Bethenny Bakes, her healthy baked goods to selling “Princess Pashminas” at house parties, and ultimately creating the low calorie cocktail category, with the launch of Skinnygirl Cocktails.
The runner-up on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart led her to Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, followed by the spin-off series, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After… Viewers were captivated by her wit, wisdom, and humor as they followed her personal life becoming a mother and her professional journey creating her Skinnygirl empire, leading to her being named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbes magazine. She brought her distinct voice and candid point of view to “Bethenny,” her nationally syndicated daytime talk program. Most recently, it was announced she’ll join ABC-TV’s Shark Tank as a guest shark.
A true entrepreneur, to further build Skinnygirl Cocktails, Bethenny partnered with Beam Suntory in 2011 to grow the portfolio to include wines, flavored vodkas, and ready-to-drink cocktails. Since the launch of Skinnygirl Cocktails, she has expanded the Skinnygirl brand into a lifestyle empire, featuring products for women that offer practical solutions to everyday problems. Some of the many Skinnygirl products include non-alcoholic beverages, microwave popcorn, candy, luncheon meats, salad dressings, coffee, tea, liquid sweeteners, water enhancers, and shapewear.
Bethenny started her own TV production company, B Real Productions, producing two seasons of FYI’s “Food Porn,” and creating, producing and, starring in Bravo’s new real estate show, Keeping it Real Estate with Bethenny and Frederik.
She is the five-time New York Times bestselling author of Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, The Skinnygirl™ Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, and I Suck At Relationships So You Don’t Have To. She has also authored Skinnygirl Solutions: Simple Ideas, Extraordinary Results, the children’s book, Cookie Meets Peanut, and the cocktail book, Skinnygirl Cocktails.
Not fulfilled with business alone, Bethenny’s life’s experiences have inspired her to help other women in crisis find their own strength and resilience with the launch of B Strong, in partnership with Dress for Success. B Strong: Find Your Yes is a crisis intervention initiative that will provide real-time emergency assistance to women who face crises on their road to success. She has also provided emergency assistance to those affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria in 2017.