Fans of reality shows will undoubtedly know Dorinda Medley, a cast member on The Real Housewives of New York. Dorinda is not only an American television star but also an entrepreneur who is often described in many quarters as tough, beautiful and smart; this is largely because of her resilience in making it big as a businesswoman despite the setbacks she experienced on the way. Fans admire the fact that even after going through several tragic events including the death of her spouse, she went on to rouse herself up and kept creating business ventures that would cater for the high and mighty in society.
As a reality TV star, Dorinda is best known as part of The Real Housewives of New York, an American television series which airs on Bravo TV. Today, Dorinda continues to wow fans as an American socialite who is capable of impressing people with her dress sense.
Biography & Age
Dorinda Medley was born on the 13th of December, 1964 in Berkshires, a town in Massachusetts, US. Information regarding the identity of her parents and siblings is scarce online, however, she is believed to have a brother called John. Details of where she had her elementary or high school education are also not available however, it is on record that she attended the Franklin & Marshall College, a private residential liberal arts college which is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The reality star had always had eyes for fashion and so when she finished from college, she moved to the city of New York where she found work in the showrooms of Liz Claiborne, one of America’s most popular fashion designers. While at the showrooms, she gained enormous experience and lots of exposure in the fashion world and was inspired to gain success herself.
Dorinda made a lot of fortune in London when she founded DCL Cashmere. The business boomed and even attracted royalty to it. She has also worked as a real estate broker and now features on the very popular television show, Real Housewives Of New York.
Having had successful outings in all these endeavors, the reality TV star is expected to have made quite a considerable amount of wealth over the years. Dorinda’s current net worth has been pegged at $20 million.
Dorinda Medley: Husband and Daughter
While still working at the showrooms of Liz Claiborne, Dorinda met Ralph Lynch, a man who would later become her first husband. After meeting Ralph, she bonded very well with him and decided to move with him to London in order to begin raising a family and start a business. After moving to the city of London with Ralph, Dorinda set up her own cashmere company and named it ‘DCL Cashmere’. The Cashmere company became very successful and eventually attracted top names in society like Joan Collins – a popular British actress and Princess Diana – Princess of Wales.
As her business soared, Dorinda and Ralph welcomed a baby, a daughter they named Hannah Lynch. Combining her business with caring for her child, Dorinda found a lot of success as an entrepreneur. However, her marriage did not last forever. About a decade after she moved to London, she returned to the United States after she and her husband got divorced. Sources say she sold her company, DCL Cashmere, before moving back to the US.
When she returned to the USA with her daughter, Dorinda did not rest on her oars. She quickly moved into another line of business and became a real estate broker. While at her job, Dorinda met a man called Richard Medley who happened to be a former Washington power broker and respected speechwriter with whom she fell in love.
The couple began to date and finally got married in 2005 and together, they soon joined several fund-raising campaigns for many charitable causes. Their passion for these causes led them to working with notable personalities including Angelina Jolie, Desmond Tutu, Madeleine Albright, Brad Pitt, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. However, Dorinda’s happy adventure ended abruptly when her husband, Richard, died in 2011.
When her husband died, many expected Dorinda to curl up into her shell and just fade away. However, she stunned everyone and found the strength to move on from her misery to other things. She soon met and fell in love with John Mahdessian, the owner of Madame Paulette, a legendary couture restoration house in New York.
In 2015, Dorinda found enormous fame as a socialite when she joined The Real Housewives of New York City, a popular reality show. The show gained her a lot of fans who now follow her every move on her social media pages.
Dorinda is currently dating John Mahdessian; however, even though they are head-over-heels in love, there is no information on whether or not they will soon get married.