How rich is Clinton Kelly of TLC’s What Not to Wear?

Name: Clinton Kelly
Born: February 22, 1969
Occupation: Fashion Consultant, media personality, writer

Clinton Kelly, Photo: Gharbison
Clinton Kelly, Photo: Gharbison

Born in Panama City, Panama, Clinton Kelly actually grew up on Long Island in New York. Clinton’s initial aspirations had nothing to do with fashion. He graduated from Boston College with a degree in communications and then went on to pursue his master’s degree in the field of journalism. He spent the early part of his career working as a freelance writer and editor for New York publications like Mademoiselle and Marie Claire.

While working as an editor for Daily News Record, Kelly was approached by the producers from What Not to Wear, TLC’s hit fashion show. He and co-star Stacy London have appeared in more than 250 stellar episodes, and fans will surely miss the duo when the series finale hits television screens across America at the end of this next season. Kelly is also a co-host of the popular talk show The Chew.

Thanks to their television success and past writing and journalism experience, Clinton Kelly and Stacy London were able to co-author a book in 2005. Kelly went on to write two additional books, in 2008 and 2010. He still contributes to The Chicago Tribute on a weekly basis and launched his own QVC clothing line back in 2008. He’s made physical appearances on shows like The Tyra Banks Show and The CBS Early Show. He’s been the subject of a myriad of written interviews and takes on private fashion clients as well.

Clinton Kelly’s private life is relatively quiet. Kelly, who is openly gay, bases his fashion advice on sound practice and choice and has avoided the stereotypical “gay fashion” label. In 2009, he married Damon Bayles and they currently live in Connecticut. Clinton Kelly is currently estimated to have a net worth of $2 million.

So how much is $2 million really?

When QVC launched Kelly’s Extended Tab 5 Trousers, the new product sold out in a mere 7 seconds. They’re no longer listed on QVC, but based on reviews they were in pretty high demand. He could have stocked his closet with about 40,000 pairs!

His self-proclaimed fashion splurge item is a nice cashmere sweater. Ranging anywhere from $60 to a few hundred each, he could certainly stock up for the winter – probably with enough left to spare on a pair of cheap sunglasses, too!


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