She’s not only beautiful and extremely successful, but she carries herself with both sass and self-respect. Lisa Vanderpump is the owner and operator of several California restaurants including Pump, Villa Blanca, and, of course, SUR – the location of the hit Bravo series “Vanderpump Rules.” When Lisa isn’t busy raising money for pups in need or buckling down on her mischievous wait staff, she can be seen on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
So what makes this entrepreneurial diva so to watch? Let’s take a look!
She’s Business Savvy
Lisa Vanderpump doesn’t just throw her money at her restaurants and walk away. She is heavily involved in the operation of all of her locations. She owns SUR jointly with her husband and another power couple – Guillermo Zapata and his wife Nathalie. SUR was completely designed by Vanderpump, along with the newly added SUR Lounge next door. Pump has been named as Los Angeles’ sexiest restaurant and it’s no wonder why. Vanderpump created a space reminiscent of Tuscany. With 100 year old olive trees set among lanterns and twinkling candles.
Located in Beverly Hills, Villa Blanca offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu and provides guests a chic and casual atmosphere for both lunch and dinner. As if Lisa isn’t busy enough running these world class restaurants, this powerhouse owns 10 bars and restaurants in London, as well. It’s clear that this business woman knows a thing or two about quality food, informed investments, marketing funnels, and interior design. These elements combined with her passion and work ethic have resulted in her overwhelming success and popularity.
She’s Strong Willed
As elegant and lovely as Lisa Vanderpump appears, she doesn’t mess around nor does she take anyone’s BS. None of us wanted to be in Stassi Schroeder’s shoes the day she sat down with Lisa to attempt an apology during season 4 of Vanderpump Rules. After borrowing money from Vanderpump to pay off an ex-boyfriend who publicly released a sex tape video, Schroeder referred to Vanderpump as an “old lady” and the SUR staff as “drug addicts.” She came to SUR that day to apologize and repay Lisa, who took the packback as the ultimate insult. We all wanted to slide under the table for Schroeder, who just couldn’t seem to keep her mouth shut.
Schroeder isn’t the only fish that Lisa fried during the duration of the show. Vanderpump fired Kristen Doute on more than one occasion, along with her DJ alcoholic boyfriend James Kennedy. The moral of the story is – if you plan to work for Lisa Vanderpump, you better bring your A-game!
She’s a Devoted Wife and Mother
We can’t get enough of Lisa and her husband, Ken Todd. Married for 35 years, the British pair has two children – Pandora, 31 and Max, 26. It’s interesting to note that Lisa and Ken were married just six weeks after meeting, despite their 15 year age difference. Lisa was 21 at the time and Ken was 36. But clearly whatever drew the pair together was nothing short of true love. And Lisa isn’t shy about professing that love to her children either, purchasing Pandora a home for her 30th birthday and helping her adopted son, Max, find his biological mother. That’s real love! To heal their empty nest syndrome the couple owns several dogs that they dote on constantly, including Giggy (Gigolo), Lollipop, Pikachu, and Buki. Vanderpump also has 8 swans, 7 turtles, and a handful of horses.
She Loves Charity
Vanderpump’s estimated net worth is over $65 million. She is a self-made millionaire and works hard for her money. She is also extremely generous with her fortune. Among her countless efforts, Vanderpump is a huge supporter of Keep Memory Alive – founded in the 1990’s by a Nevada businessman. This organization raises funds to help treat a variety of memory disorders including Alzheimer’s, as well as ALS, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s disease. Vanderpump is involved with countless other charities including the Give Back to Hollywood Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and Family Equality Council, just to name a few.
It’s no surprise that this animal lover founded the Vanderpump Dog Foundation, with husband Ken. The charity was founded in 2016 and is a rescue organization striving to create a better world for dogs internationally. This amazing organization works to end dog abuse and the inhumane treatment of dogs. Who doesn’t love a successful star that gives back?
From her elegant wardrobe to her British accent, Lisa Vanderpump is the epitome of style and class. Whether she’s battling the other vixens on RHOBH or going toe-to-toe with Jax Taylor and other smart-mouth employees, it’s rare to see Vanderpump raising her voice or a fist (which can’t be said for many others seen on these reality shows). Lisa is not only extremely intelligent but she’s also very well-spoken. She tells people what’s on her mind without apology. But somehow, it doesn’t come off as rude. Must be the accent. She also prides herself in not trash talking behind people’s backs. If she has a problem with you, you’ll know it. Whether or not you like Vanderpump, you have to respect her honesty.
And how can we discuss Lisa Vanderpump without mentioning her amazing and vast wardrobe? We saw the boys of Vanderpump Rules raid her walk-in closets during season 5 while looking for drag queen outfits in preparation for Tom Schwartz’s bachelor party. Vanderpump’s closets are filled with countless pink pieces (her favorite color), Ralph Lauren designs, McQueen, and Chagoury. Lisa is almost never seen without elaborate jewelry, perfectly quaffed hair, and lip gloss.
The Whole Package
Brains, beauty, and class – Lisa Vanderpump truly does have it all. She may be all business when she’s running her restaurants but she’s still open and available to her staff. Some view her as a motherly figure, but it’s important to remember not to mess with big mama! She’s both smart and generous with her money. Her beautiful home, wardrobe, and family are all a testament to her drive and determination. We can all learn a thing or two from his real housewife.