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On the January 15 episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, some of the ladies were surprised to learn that Jackie Goldschneider may have a lot more money than any of them realized. The 'Wives were tipped off when they learned that Jackie's mom paid $15,000 to buy an engagement ring from Jackie's former boyfriend, so he wouldn't propose to her. Jennifer Aydin also made a big discovery when she researched Jackie's Hamptons home and found that the home rents for $50,000 a month. And in the preview for next week, we see that Jackie shares, "I have family money."
So where does this "family money" come from? Jackie explained the backstory in an interview with The Daily Dish podcast, which will go live next Thursday, January 23.
"My parents both came from absolutely nothing," Jackie revealed. "My father grew up in the projects in Brooklyn and my mother grew up in Israel and came over here at 13 years old. She didn't speak any English; her parents had not a penny. They moved in with relatives in Brooklyn and my mom ended up graduating valedictorian of her high school. She went to Brooklyn College and she started a computer software consulting firm when she was in her late 20s, early 30s, and she ended up writing a lot of the software that huge companies were using... I love looking at her college yearbook because she was the only woman in the entire economies chapter of the yearbook."
As for how Jackie's mother parlayed her career success into monetary wealth, Jackie explained, "My parents were very smart about it. My father also did very well for himself and everything that they made together, they started investing. They invested in stocks, they invested in real estate, and they really did amazingly well for themselves."
Jackie shared that because of her background, it was understood any future husband would be signing a prenup, which she ended up having Evan Goldschneider do, although he also came from "some money too" and has a successful career.
"By the time my parents really started making money, I was already... almost 13 years old. I grew up in a little house in Staten Island. I was a scruffy kid; I didn't really have any money... So the way I am, money to me is not what makes you an impressive person or an admirable person, so it's not something that you brag about. And I buy things; I do spend money but I just don't flash it all over Instagram, because I find it tacky," she said.
And while Jackie definitely has family money, she shares she and Evan do not live off of it and they don't touch it at all. She shares that when she has received money from her trust fund, she's taken it and invested in real estate, which includes her Hamptons home as well as properties in Manhattan. In fact, the former attorney also runs a "small real estate management company."
Jackie also addresses Jennifer's reaction to finding out that Jackie is wealthy in next week's podcast, and you don't want to miss what she has to say. (Here's a preview: "She now views me as, oh my God, what's wrong with her? Why isn't she spending this money? Which is a total misconception because I spend the money; I just don't show it off. If you look in my closet, you'll see probably double the amount of Chanel bags that Jennifer has, but I would never put that on Instagram because it's tacky.")
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