Reality television series are gaining rampant popularity and among them, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is hands down one of the most popular ones in the lot. Among all the stars, Crystal Kung Minkoff deserves a special mention.
Crystal is reportedly the first Asian-American individual on the show. Besides being a successful actress, Crystal is also a businesswoman and is the co-founder of the popular beverage establishment, Real Coco. With the way Crystal has diversified her income, it isn’t surprising that she has an estimated valuation of $30 million.
This article will explore more about Crystal Kung Minkoff, her early life and personal life, her career, and her net worth.
Crystal was born in Harbor City, California on June 23, 1983. She was raised alongside one of her siblings, Jeffrey. Born to Homer Kung and Stephanie Holappa, being born into an immigrant family instilled a lot of resilience within her.
Despite the level of fame that Crystal has acquired with her acting career and her entrepreneurial journey, it is quite disappointing that there isn’t a lot of information available about Crystal’s early life.
Coming to Crystal’s education, Crystal has quite a few different degrees under her belt. She primarily majored in history and biology at UCI. However, that wasn’t the end of her learning curve. Crystal later acquired a degree in culinary arts from Los Angeles.
Not many know this but while Crystal was working on her academic career and explored different avenues, her brother relocated to China and where he became a celebrity in the country. Despite being so academically driven, Crystal wanted to venture into acting quite early on.
Crystal has been married since 2007 to Rob Minkoff. If you aren’t aware of who that is, Rob Minkoff is known for directing the movie, The Lion King. The couple are happily married and are parents to two children, Max and Zoe.
Although not many know this but Crystal’s career didn’t take off as an actor immediately. Instead, she worked as an Assistant Director for a variety of media projects to gain a better understanding of the entertainment industry.
However, it wasn’t until 2008 that Crystal gained the recognition that she worked towards after producing the movie, Forbidden Kingdom. She didn’t engage herself in any popular projects after that until 2011.
In 2011, Crystal landed a role as an Assistant Director in the movie, “Flypaper.” It was a famous comedy-crime movie with a pretty unique plotline. During that period, she also engaged in a variety of side hustles.
Besides acting and the entertainment industry, Crystal later ventured into the entrepreneurship journey by co-founding Real Coco with her brother, Jeffrey, in 2012. The company sells organic coconut beverages and has gained quite a lot of fame. They sell via a variety of platforms like Amazon and their website too.
With the initial round of success, Crystal later ventured into the field of reality television, appearing in the Season 11 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Being the first Asian-American on the show, she brought the level of representation that she always envisioned to witness growing up.
One of her episodes where she engaged in a feud with Sutton Stracke also created a buzz in the online realm of things. The controversy was mainly due to racial stereotyping.
Crystal Minkoff has an estimated net worth of around $30 million. The majority of her income is from her acting credits and her entrepreneurial journey. The brand has sold over 10 million beverage bottles, bringing a lot of income for herself.