Bethenny Frankel on Making Mistakes, Her Trademark Candor and the Value of Real Housewives

Frankel opened up about developing her multimillion-dollar business at Brandweek: Challenger Brands

Frankel said she's had an entrepreneurial spirit for almost as long as she can remember. Sean T. Smith for Adweek

Bethenny Frankel has come a long way since her first season of The Real Housewives of New York in 2008—specifically, from reality star to full-blown business mogul with a multimillion-dollar food and beverage empire, Skinnygirl, to her name. On Wednesday at Brandweek: Challenger Brands in New York, Frankel opened up about how she grew her business, the mistakes she’s learned from and her feelings about RHONY’s role in her fame.

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