Who is Ramona Rizzo?
Ramona Rizzo was born on the 8th March 1970, in New York City, USA, of half-Italian decent, and is a reality television personality, who is probably best recognized for being one of the main casts in the reality TV show called “Mob Wives”, which was aired on the VH1 channel. She is also known as an actress, as well as for her perhaps inadvertent association with organized crime.
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Early Life and Childhood
Ramona was raised by her father, Johnny Rizzo, and her mother, Lyla Ruggiero; her grandfather was Benjamin Ruggiero, a well-known mobster. Thus, she had a rough childhood as her family was associated with the mafia, and always had problems with the law. She went to the very expensive private Richmondtown Preparatory School, along with her friend Karen Gravano, subsequently a famous television personality. At that time, Ramona became attracted to bad guys, which led to her very often getting in serious troubles with the law.
MarriageWhile Ramona was attending her preparatory school, she met a man of Arab decent, and soon upon matriculating she married him. They moved to Jordan and had four children, however, her husband turned out to be a part of the mob with connections in the Middle East, so she decided to divorce him, with which she had a lot of trouble, eventually escaping with her children from Jordan after she had been stuck there for two years, and managed to return to the US. However, she had to face with two criminal cases against her, due to her marriage to a mobster.
— RaMona Rizzo (@RamonaRizzoVh1) February 17, 2015
Rise to Fame and “Mob Wives”
Right after returning home, she reunited with her childhood friend, Karen Gravano, who listened to her story and realized that it would be a great opportunity if Ramona appeared as one of the main cast in the reality television show “Mob Wives”. The show was aired on the VH1 channel, and earned her enormous popularity, adding a considerable amount to her net worth.
Other Reality TV Shows
A number of other reality TV shows’ producers noticed Ramona, which resulted in her appearing several popular TV shows at the time, including “Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show” (2012), which was followed by the TV show “Big Morning Buzz Live” in the same year. In the following year, she was a guest in the TV show entitled “Home & Family”, with all of these appearances increasing her popularity.
Apart from her career as a reality TV star, Ramona has also tried herself as an actress. She made her debut appearance in the role of Bella in the short film “Los Belos” in 2012, and her first major role came three years later, when she was chosen to portray Julie in the film “Touched”, directed by Terrance Tykeem. Most recently, she featured as Rita in the film entitled “Paulie & Jake” in 2017, increasing further her wealth.
Ramona Rizzo Net Worth
Her professional career really only started in 2012, when she became involved in the entertainment industry as a reality television star. Moreover, she also became active as an actress, who has appeared in several film titles. So, if you have ever wondered how rich Ramona Rizzo is, we can say that in mid-2018 the total size of her wealth is estimated to be over $150,000, according to authoritative sources.
Personal Life and Social Media Presence
Regarding her personal life, after divorcing her mob-related husband and moving back to the US, she met Joseph ‘Joe Boy’ Sclafani, to whom she became engaged, however, their wedding plans were canceled as Joe Boy was arrested for dealing cocaine, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
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She is currently single and dedicated to her children.
Ramona is known as the granddaughter of Benjamin Ruggiero, better known by his nickname Lefty Two Guns, who was one of the soldiers in the Bonnano crime family, one of the most dangerous mob groups in the world. He allegedly killed more than 26 people. Furthermore, Benjamin was also known for being the friend of FBI undercover agent Joseph ‘Donnie Brasco’ Pistone, so he was portrayed by Al Pacino in the film “Donnie Brasco” (1997).