Siggy Flicker is one of the new ladies joining the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and from the looks of it she might be a perfect addition. She even has reality TV experience, making her more prepared than a lot of other Housewives have been. And, like many other Housewives, Siggy is not actually a housewife. Though she loves looking after her kids, Siggy has had a successful career as a matchmaker. She's bound to be up there in the higher echelons of wealth to land a spot on this show, but what is Siggy Flicker's net worth, exactly?
Though Siggy has forged an unusual career path, her dollars are no less green than anyone else's. Her net worth is estimated at $5 million, which is a sum of money I'd happily accept into my bank account. Her money has been accrued through various means related to her matchmaking career, though her funds have also been buoyed by her marriages. It wasn't always like that, however; she has referred to herself as being "the poorest girl in town" when growing up, working as a TGI Friday's waitress to put herself through college. Siggy has come a long way.
After graduating from Monmouth University in 1990, Siggy married Mark Flicker, who was already well-off thanks to his job in finances as President of Majestic Mortgage. While they were together Siggy worked as a life coach and a selection coordinator for a home builder. One site about coaching claims that life coaches can earn anywhere from $100 to $600 an hour, which would mean Siggy was earning a nice paycheck even if she only had a few clients. A selection coordinator would help someone work with a building company to make decisions and place orders, earning around $31k to $34k a year.
After an amicable divorce from Mark, Siggy married successful car dealer Michael Campanella, a change in her life that also led her to her new career. While Michael obviously adds to the familial wealth (an article on Motor Trend reports that a car salesman can earn a little over $36k a year, though this is just a general average), Siggy was also starting to build her own career. She took her first matchmaking job at a company called Model Quality Introductions before moving on to a column in Marie Claire and eventually transitioning to television on VH1's Why Am I Still Single?, which followed her attempts to match clients up. She's also written a book, Write Your Own Fairy Tale: The New Rules of Dating and Relationships.
In an article for CNN Money, another matchmaker named Maureen Chatfield gave a rundown of just how pricey a matchmaker's services can be, especially when they have high-profile clients whose comfort is paramount. Handling a client like that could involve flying to meet them wherever they are, handling media and placing ads, and interviewing potential partners. Chatfield would charge $600 for someone to be included in her database as a potential partner, with contracts for clients running into the thousands. Chatworth charged $3k for a year-long contract and $30 for a two-year "premium" contract with all the bells and whistles. Another matchmaking company cited, Kelleher & Associates, charged even more. And this was in 2005, so numbers could fluctuate now.
Matchmaking fees, television appearance fees (in addition to her own show, Siggy has appeared on numerous talk shows), and the money earned from book sales has netted Siggy an impressive bank account. She'll fit right in on the Real Housewives.