It's so hard to say goodbye -- especially when millions of dollars hang in the balance.
As Bethenny Frankel and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, cope with the emotional fallout of their imminent divorce, they're also dealing with the financial issue of who gets what when they go their separate ways.
The former "Real Housewives" standout, 42, has a lot to lose, thanks to her four New York Times best-selling books, daytime talk show and ever-growing Skinnygirl empire, whose margarita line she sold in 2011 for an estimated $100 million. In fact, Forbes gauges that Frankel netted some $55 million from mid-2010 to mid-2011 alone.
Fortunately, as the Jan. 7 issue of Us Weekly reveals, the mogul and her pharmaceutical sales exec almost-ex have a prenup in place that will determine how their marital assets are divvied up in the divorce.
Among those assets: The "Bethenny Ever After" star's healthy lifestyle company, Skinnygirl, which includes workout DVDs; a Macy's shapewear line; snacks and cocktails. She and Hoppy also own a $5 million, four-bedroom apartment in New York, in the same building as Jay-Z and Beyonce's swanky pad. (A pal told Us that Frankel and her daughter, Bryn, 2, will likely remain in the lavish digs.)
Sources say that the split is amicable and that the newly single author's booming business is protected -- but her heart is another story.
"They're both devastated,"a friend told Us about the couple, who met in 2008 and got engaged less than a year later. And although the pair butted heads -- over Frankel's staggering financial success and Hoppy's close-knit family, among other things --"they really tried," the pal said. "They grew apart. She is very upset."
Indeed, the talk show host expressed her disappointment after breaking the news in December. "I am heartbroken. I am sad," she tweeted. "We will work through this as a family."
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