“Bling Empire” is the latest reality TV sensation — and it has generated buzz about its stars’ pocketbooks.
The Netflix series, which came out mid-January and is now streaming, is essentially a real-life version of the best-selling book (and movie starring Henry Golding) “Crazy Rich Asians.” Hailing from “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” producer Jeff Jenkins, “Bling Empire” follows a group of uber-rich friends in Los Angeles who are all Asian.
There’s socialite and billionaire’s daughter Anna Shay; up-and-coming model Kevin Kreider; Singaporean billionaire’s son Kane Lim; Beverly Hills housewife Christine Chiu (who threw a million-dollar first birthday party for her son and claims her husband could be the descendant of Chinese emperors); DJ Kim Lee; hair colorist Guy Tang and more.
Here’s your guide to the “crazy rich” cast — and just where their wealth comes from.
Guy Tang: Just over $2 million
Guy Tang in Episode 3 “What’s in Anna’s Shower?” of “Bling Empire” Season 1.Netflix
The hairstylist, 39, who grew up in Oklahoma and has a Chinese father and a Vietnamese mother, reportedly has a net worth of just over $2 million — which is low compared to his “Bling” castmates. The bulk of his fortune comes from revenue he’s drawn in from his YouTube channel and from his hair product line called Mydentity.
Kevin Kreider: Around $19 million
Kevin Kreider in Episode 1 “Necklacegate 90210” of “Bling Empire” Season 1.Netflix
The model, 37, who was adopted from Korea by a white family in Pennsylvania, reportedly has a net worth of $19 million — although Kreider himself later denied that to Eonline.com, and declined to share his real net worth. Regardless, his wealth comes from various gigs in the often-lucrative wellness industry. He’s been a personal fitness coach, he’s the CEO of Taejin Entertainment LLC, and he’s a motivational speaker for Beyond Muscle.
Kane Lim: Around $20 million
Kane Lim in Episode 4 “Beverly Hills Heartbreak” of “Bling Empire” Season 1.Netflix
Born to Singaporean billionaires, Lim, 30 got his fortune from a mix of family money and his own entrepreneurial pursuits. His exact net worth is reportedly around $20 million. His parents’ business is a mix of real estate, including malls and commercial buildings in Thailand and Singapore, as well as shipping. Meanwhile, his own business is in real estate investment and fashion brand development for Leighton&Kane. His shoe collection is reportedly worth $300,000, according to Women’s Wear Daily.
Christine Chiu: About $50 million
Christine Chiu in Episode 5 “Private Lies” of “Bling Empire” Season 1.Netflix
Chiu, 38, is the wife of celeb plastic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Chiu. Of Taiwanese descent, her net worth, combined with her husband, is reportedly in the neighborhood of $50 million, and she’ll regularly shell out $100,000 for a dress. She and her husband are the founders of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery and the Anti-Aging Institute of Regenerative Medicine in Beverly Hills. They also rub elbows with the British royal family. In 2019, they opened a foundation with Prince Charles (the Prince’s Foundation Chiu Integrated Health Programme in Cumnock, Scotland). On the show, she has said that if dynasties were still given weight in China, her husband would be the son of the emperor.
Kelly Mi Li: $5 million
Andrew and Kelly Mi Li in Episode 3 “What’s in Anna’s Shower?” of “Bling Empire” Season 1. Netflix
Mi Li, 35, is of Chinese descent and is reportedly a self-made millionaire worth $5 million. She started as a managing partner at talent management company East West Artists, founded Organic Media Group, and is an investor in startups such as popular petition site Change.org. She’s also moved into TV production and is one of the producers of “Bling Empire.”
Kim Lee: $10 million
Kim Lee in Episode 4 “Beverly Hills Heartbreak” of “Bling Empire” Season 1.Netflix
Lee, 31, who’s half of DJ duo KimKat, is of French-Vietnamese descent and reportedly has a net worth of $10 million. Her money comes from a variety of high-profile gigs she’s had. She’s been a model featured in the likes of Vanity Fair and Maxim, and has appeared in music videos for Kanye West and the Far East Movement. As a DJ, she did a residency in Las Vegas, and she’s appeared in “Entourage” and “The Hangover Part II.”
(L-R) Anna Shay and Christine Chiu in Episode 1 “Necklacegate 90210” of “Bling Empire” Season 1.Netflix
Shay, 60, is half-Japanese, half-Russian and lives in a $16 million mansion in Beverly Hills that might be haunted. Where’d she get the money? She was born into it. Her exact net worth is unknown but she’s the daughter of Japanese pearl exporter Ai-San Say and American defense company founder Edward Shay. When she and her brother sold their late father’s company (Pacific Architects and Engineers) in 2006, it went for $1.2 billion, according to Newsweek.
Jaime Xie: $50 million
Xie, 23, is the daughter of a cybersecurity entrepreneur and the founder of Fortinet. The fashion influencer and former equestrian champion is reportedly worth $50 million while the wealth of her her father, Ken Xie, is reportedly estimated to be in the neighborhood of $3.9 billion.