Stars of popular shows like ‘Gossip Girl’ seem to live in luxury, but the reality can be different. Kelly Rutherford, known for her role as Lily van der Woodsen in the series, has faced a financial struggle over the past decade. As we head towards the end of 2023, questions linger about her current financial status.
Rutherford’s Financial Difficulties
In 2013, Rutherford filed for bankruptcy. Her issues were not limited to finances alone; they extended to a highly publicized custody battle with her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch. This legal battle not only strained her finances but also pushed her to make living arrangements and be able to maintain a presence in her children’s lives.
As a result, Rutherford’s life crisscrossed the Atlantic, as her children resided in Monaco. Despite having residences and financial connections in both New York and Los Angeles, the actress struggled to manage the cost of frequent trips to Europe, which were necessary to maintain her relationship with her children.
By 2015, Rutherford was forced to reduce the visits to her children due to the costs. According to Page Six, she revealed that she once traveled to Europe every three weeks to be with her children, and this was a change from her previous 70 trips to Monaco since 2013.
The need to be near her children led the actress to relocate to New York, yet she kept her connections to Los Angeles, including banking and tax filings. Rutherford has kept her financial presence in California, filing tax returns there as well as in New York.
Kelly Rutherford’s Net Worth In 2023
After her bankruptcy filing in May 2013, the actress revealed that she was still attempting to recover financially.
With her career having taken a backseat due to her custody battle and personal choices made for the sake of her family, it’s clear that Rutherford’s net worth has been impacted. As per Celebrity Net Worth, the actress’ current net worth stands at $1 million.