The reason behind the show being in the headlines at a dizzying rate in its eleventh season has a lot to do with Tom, and the cheating scandal that saw him coupled up with co-star Rachel Leviss — while he was living with Ariana Madix.
Although it's rumored that Tom is (or should be) leaving the show that made him famous, the Scandoval featured player has already amassed a decent net worth given his TV exposure and other pursuits.
Read on to find out how much Tom is worth.
Tom Sandoval's net worth doesn't touch Lisa Vanderpump's — but he's still rich.
Vanderpump Rules matriarch Lisa Vanderpump is said to be worth a jaw-dropping $90 million.
Tom Sandoval can't touch that — but he isn't exactly hurting for money either. While Tom used to simply mix drinks at Lisa's L.A. restaurants, he now gets paid a rumored $25,000 per episode of the show (some insiders say it's as much as $30,000), and no longer works as a server at SUR.
Reality Star and Bar Co-Owner
Net worth: $4 million
Tom Sandoval is an American reality star known for being an original cast member on Vanderpump Rules. He also co-owns the L.A. bars TomTom and Schwartz & Sandy's.
- Birthdate: July 7, 1983
- Birthplace: St. Louis, Mo.
- Birth name: Tom Sandoval
- Father: Anthony Sandoval
- Mother: Teri Sandoval
- Education: Hazelwood West High School
Tom Sandoval's net worth may have taken a hit after he split from Ariana Madix.
Tom is the first person to admit his life has changed since becoming a household name. “It starts as club appearances, and suddenly you’re paid to post on social. A lot changes," he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2020.
But Tom's financial situation is believed to have shifted again after it was revealed that he cheated on Ariana, with whom he still shares a home. The now-exes purchased the home in 2019.
As a rep told People in March 2024 about the $2 million property, "They own the house together, and what happens next with the property will take time to sort out. This isn't something that's going to be decided in a weekend."
Ariana has since requested that they sell the L.A. home and split the profits, though Tom denied the move, per court documents obtained by People.
Perhaps it is because it has been well publicized that Tom used their home as collateral when taking out a loan to open a second bar — more on that in a moment.
First, Ariana claimed in 2021 that this fact wouldn't affect her — and Lisa had some thoughts.
“I’m not sure that Ariana quite understands the concept of putting your house up as collateral,” the businesswoman opined. “If they default on their loan, then the bank never goes and takes half the house back. It’s like, ‘Ariana, you stay in bed. We only want Tom’s half.’ It doesn’t work like that.”
Tom Sandoval is involved in other money-making ventures.
In addition to being an original cast member of Vanderpump Rules, the Missouri native is the frontman of the band aptly named Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras. Tom also counts some acting credits to his name.
He also opened a second watering hole with the other Tom, Schwartz & Sandy's, in November 2022.
The bar has received mixed reviews, to put things kindly.
But given all of the press Tom is receiving as of 2024, we're betting this spot is buzzy enough to generate an income for the reality star that at least keeps him from having to tend bar like he did in the old days.
The lawsuit Rachel Leviss filed against Tom Sandoval in 2024 could knock his net worth down a bit.
#Scandoval may be responsible for giving Tom a boost in popularity, not to mention help raise Vanderpump Rules ratings, but the situation in its entirety is also likely to cost him a pretty penny in court fees. On Feb. 29, 2024, Rachel Leviss filed suit against Tom and Ariana in Los Angeles, accusing one or both parties of eavesdropping, revenge porn, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to court documents published online by Deadline.
In the lawsuit, Leviss alleges she "was a victim of the predatory and dishonest behavior of an older man, who recorded sexually explicit videos of her without her knowledge or consent." Rachel is claiming that Tom's phone allegedly fell into the crowd while he was performing with his band, and an attendee gave it to Ariana. After going through his unlocked phone, Ariana discovered sexually explicit videos of Rachel, which were allegedly recorded around February 2023 without her consent.
The lawsuit states that "Madix obtained at least two illicit videos of Leviss and distributed them and/or showed them to others without Leviss’s knowledge or consent." As Scandoval continued to unfold, Rachel's mental health took a major hit, requiring her to undergo "months-long in-patient treatment at a mental health facility," and she eventually departed the show, the lawsuit claims.
The court documents also reveal that Tom was given certain privileges, including editing rights over the scene where he offered a "reluctant admission and a sheepish apology" to Rachel for recording her. Apparently, Tom opted to have the scene cut from the show as he worried it would “paint him in a negative light."
It's not yet clear how much Rachel is seeking from both parties but it will likely cost Tom in legal fees if he plans of defending himself.