The Housewife and the Hustler, a documentary on Hulu, brought up several issues with Erika and Tom, including allegations that Tom stole money from his customers’ settlements. The couple was also charged with arranging the divorce to shield their wealth. Erika also opens up about her financial situation on the season 11 reunion of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. With that in mind, there have been a lot of questions about Erika’s net worth, and fair. Here’s how she got so rich—and what she’s worth right now.
Erika Jayne’s Net Worth
Erika Jayne is a multi-talented American celebrity with a $5 million net worth as an actress, singer, and reality TV personality. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Erika Jayne has also enjoyed success as a dance/club singer. But, she is probably best recognized for her role on Bravo’s hit show.
Erika Jayne Early Life
Erika Chahoy grew up in the Atlanta area. She left for New York at age 18 to pursue a career in show business. She appeared on a few different television episodes as a guest star in the mid-1990s. Ultimately, she arrived in Los Angeles. In the late 1990s, while she was still known by her birth name, Erika Chahoy, Erika started working at Chasen’s, a bar and restaurant in Beverly Hills. One of the restaurant’s partners was a lawyer called Tom Girardi.
Tom Girardi became wealthy as a co-founder of Girardi & Keese, a litigation firm in downtown Los Angeles that focuses on consumer malpractice cases. In 1970, Girardi made history as the first attorney in California to secure a settlement of more than $1 million in a medical negligence lawsuit.
Throughout the next few decades, Tom would go on to win billions in judgments against such corporations as Lockheed Corp, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. In addition, Girardi challenged Hollywood’s Big Seven studios. The movie Erin Brockovich was based on his successful lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric, which resulted in a $333 million settlement for 650 residents of Hinkley, California.
Erika Jayne Personal Life
In the late 1990s, Erika and Tom started dating. She was in her twenties, and he was in his sixties at the time. The Los Angeles Country Club was the setting for Erika and Tom’s wedding in 2000. Tom was in the midst of a property dispute with his ex-wife when he wed his new bride.
Tom’s monthly income was $263,000 at the time of his divorce from wife number one, as evidenced by court documents. Erika and Tom allegedly did not sign a prenuptial agreement. After 21 years of marriage, Tom and Erika made the decision to divorce in November 2020.
Career in Music
Around the year 2007, Erika made the decision to launch a music career. The song “Roller Coaster” was released in 2007. U.S. Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Playlist now features the tune at the top spot. In August 2009, she released her first full-length album, named Pretty Mess.
Tom provided Erika with the best possible tools for her music career. Tom and Erika have brought in Michael Jackson’s choreographer, RuPaul’s costume designer, and songwriter/producer Andreas Carlsson, who has worked with Stevie Nicks, the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Madonna, among many others.
Amazingly, nine of Erika’s singles went straight to the top of the US Billboard Dance Chart. Many movies, including “The Watch,” have used her music. “The Neighbor” and “Toddlers and Tiaras” are two examples. Erika went on a tour of Asia and gained a tiny but dedicated fan base.