Valerie Bertinelli’s Net Worth: Her Big Life as Van Halen’s Ex

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You may know her as the adolescent Barbara Cooper Royer on One Day at a Time, Gloria on Touched by an Angel, or Melanie Moretti on Hot in Cleveland. For music lovers, you probably know Bertinelli best as the woman who stole Eddie Van Halen’s heart for more than 25 years.

Either way, the actress has made quite a name for herself, and her growing wealth naturally matches.

So, who is Valerie Bertinelli, and what is Valerie Bertinelli’s net worth? Find out that and more below.

Valerie Bertinelli’s Net Worth

As of 2023, Valerie Bertinelli’s net worth is sitting pretty at around $20 million. 

How Much Money Does Valerie Bertinelli Make a Year?

Valerie Bertinelli has the kind of salary many probably wish they had. She has an annual income of approximately $3.23 million. Talk about raking in the dollars and cents to ensure life is sweet. 

How Did Valerie Bertinelli Get Rich?

Valerie Bertinelli’s riches are thanks to her numerous acting roles, which have even turned into two Golden Globe Awards, as well as her authoring efforts of several books and hosting cooking shows.

While she worked as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, she added to her riches with a paycheck of $1 million per year.

Did Valerie Bertinelli inherit money from Eddie Van Halen? The answer is unclear, but many have speculated that she was one of three people to inherit money from the late musician.

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Valerie Bertinelli’s House

Last we knew, Valerie Bertinelli owned a Hollywood Hills estate, which she put on the market in Aug. 2022, listing it for $2.5 million. She was seeking a massive profit, considering she originally bought the property for $1.92 million.

The ranch-style house is a 2,500 square feet beauty overlooking the San Fernando Valley.

How Did Valerie Bertinelli Become Famous?

Valerie Bertinelli found fame in her adolescent years, portraying Barbara Cooper Royer on the famed sitcom One Day at a Time for nine long years (1975-1984).

She starred alongside Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, and Pat Harrington, Jr., throughout the show’s run.

In 2005, Bertinelli reunited with the cast for a One Day at a Time Reunion Special, during which the cast watched some of the most memorable clips from the classic sitcom and talked about some behind-the-scenes secrets.

She was so memorable on the show that she earned two Golden Globe Awards two years in a row (1981-1982) as the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television.  

Valerie Bertinelli’s Career

With the success of One Day at a Time to catapult off of, Bertinelli did her best to make the transition from being an adolescent actor to an adult in Hollywood.

Her first few attempts only earned her minor recognition as she starred in some made-for-television movies and made some guest appearances.

It seemed as though she would find success again when she was cast in two separate sitcoms in the 1990s – Sydney, alongside Matthew Perry and Craig Bierko, and Café Americain – both of which were short-lived.

Finally, in 2001, she made her breakthrough as an adult actor when she was cast as Gloria in the hit show Touched by An Angel for its final two seasons.

Nine years later, she was cast as Melanie Moretti in the hit TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, which she starred in alongside Betty White, Wendi Malick, and Jane Leeves from 2010-2015.

The role earned her a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Alongside her acting endeavors, Bertinelli gained recognition for her work as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig and for her many autobiographies and memoirs, including Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back (2008), Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life Without Opening the Fridge (2009), and Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today (2022).

Bertinelli also found success in partnership with the Food Network, hosting two different cooking shows beginning in 2015 – Valerie’s Home Cooking and Kids Baking Championship with Duff Goldman, a cake artist.

By 2019, she was hosting two more shows with the network, including Family Food Showdown and Family Restaurant Rivals.

She resigned her deal with Food Network in December 2021, so she’ll still be coming into fans’ homes to help them make meals the whole family will love for many years to come.

Fans of her acting will be happy to know she’ll return to the small screen soon, starring alongside Demi Lovato for the NBC comedy, Hungry. The announcement was made in June 2021, although no further updates have been given.

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When Was Valerie Bertinelli Born?

Valerie Bertinelli’s birthdate is Apr. 23, 1960.

Valerie Bertinelli’s Zodiac sign is Taurus, which means she loves stability, values honesty, and isn’t afraid of hard work. Based on her career, that may be why she’s been able to find so much success.

How Tall is Valerie Bertinelli?

Those high heels are an illusion. Valerie Bertinelli’s height is 5 feet, 4 inches.

How Much Does Valerie Bertinelli Weigh?

Valerie Bertinelli’s weight has been a big topic of discussion over the years.

Right now, she weighs approximately 147 pounds and has admitted to weighing upwards of 172 pounds.

During her strive to get in shape, she became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig in 2007, appearing in several commercials for the healthy eating company. She kept that job until 2014.

Is Valerie Bertinelli back in the gym? Even though part of her new healthy lifestyle includes the gym, when her weight increased slightly, people began to question things, to which she responded, “I still like to eat – and I’m going to eat!”

You go, girl!

Where is Valerie Bertinelli From?

Valerie Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware, but she spent her life living all over the country thanks to her father’s job as a General Motors executive.

She’s lived everywhere, from Claymont, Delaware, and Clarkston, Michigan, all the way to Shreveport, Louisiana, Oklahoma City, and even the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, California.

Thanks to the latter, Bertinelli eventually became an actress, studying at the Tamy Lynn School of Artists and eventually graduating from the Granada Hills Charter High School.

Valerie Bertinelli’s Parents and Family

Valerie Bertinelli is the only daughter of Nancy Carvin and Andrew Bertinelli.

Valerie Bertinelli’s mother passed away on June 18, 2019, just a day before her 65th wedding anniversary. Her death came three years after her beloved husband.

Bertinelli has four brothers: David, Patrick, Drew, and Mark. The latter passed away at only 17 months after an accidental poisoning. This all happened before Valerie was born.

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Valerie Bertinelli’s Ethnicity

Thanks to her parents, Valerie Bertinelli is of Italian and English descent, thanks to her father and mother, respectively.

Her English ancestry goes all the way back to royalty, it seems, too. When she appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? in 2014, it was revealed that her mother’s family were descendants of King Edward I of England.

Who Was Valerie Bertinelli Married To?

Although she has a respectable career of her own, Valerie Bertinelli became known amongst a whole new generation of fans when she married the late great musician and songwriter Eddie Van Halen on Apr. 11, 1981.

The pair met just eight months earlier during a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana.

However, after 20 years of marriage, the beloved couple separated in 2001 and officially divorced six years later, on Dec. 20, 2007.

When she released her autobiography, Losing It, in 2008. During it, she admitted to there being infidelity on both their parts and tension due to Van Halen’s addiction to cocaine and his refusal to stop smoking even after his diagnosis of oral cancer.

Both Bertinelli and Van Halen remained friends after their divorce, however, and the former is even one of the answers to the question of “who was at Eddie Van Halen’s bedside when he died in 2020.”

What did Eddie Van Halen say to Valerie Bertinelli before he died? Despite their divorce, the affection remained as he simply told her, “I love you.”

Many have wondered if that was reciprocated. Did Valerie Bertinelli always love Eddie Van Halen? Rest assured, yes, she did.

She once said, “The love we have always had for each other proved stronger and more resilient than anything else. We chose to remain friends and family.”

Amidst his battle with cancer, how does Valerie Bertinelli feel about Eddie Van Halen’s dying? While sad, obviously, she spoke out, noting she was “grateful” to be able to be with him in his last moments.

“Forty years ago, my life changed forever when I met you. You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang,” she wrote on Instagram shortly after his death. “Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin. I’m so grateful Wolfie, and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life, my love.”

Following her divorce from Van Halen, Bertinelli became engaged to financial planner Tom Vitale in May 2010, whom she started dating in 2004.

The pair married on Jan. 1, 2011, in Malibu, California. Ten years later, the actress filed for legal separation on Nov. 24, 2021, and the divorce became final one year later, on Nov. 22, 2022.

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Valerie Bertinelli’s Children

Valerie Bertinelli’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, was born on Mar. 16, 1991, and is her only child, although, during her marriage to Tom Vitale, she was stepmother to his four children.

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Related: Wolfgang Van Halen: The Huge Career of Eddie Van Halen’s Son

Valerie Bertinelli’s Tattoos

Valerie Bertinelli may look like that innocent face that wouldn’t be into permanent ink, but she proved otherwise in June 2015 when she posted a photo matching tattoos with her son on Instagram.

“Mother and son tattoos. #familycrest,” she wrote alongside a photo of the tattoos on their wrists.

Photos have also shown that she also sports a small “W” tattoo above her left ankle in honor of her son Wolfgang.

There’s no doubt she loves her son.

Valerie Bertinelli’s Awards and Recognitions

Along with her Golden Globes for One Day at a Time, Bertinelli has also taken home a TV Land Award as the “Lady You Love to Watch Fight for Her Life in a Movie of the Week” and two Daytime Emmy Awards for her cooking show, Valerie’s Home Cooking, taking home the award for Outstanding Culinary Program and Outstanding Culinary Host in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Along with her wins, she’s also received even more nominations, proving she’s just as “Hot in Cleveland” now as she was from the very beginning.

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Written by Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth in 2015. She has worked in journalism since 2015, beginning as production assistant and eventual head staff writer of the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently, she is a multimedia journalist with the Diocese of Nashville's Office of Media and Evangelization where she writes, does photography, and edits for several types of content, including the Tennessee Register, Catholic Awakenings, and She has also worked as a freelance journalist with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas's newspaper, The Leaven, since 2016.
In her spare time, Peterson enjoys reading, spending time with her pup, Sadie Lynn, singing and songwriting.


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