Bling Empire

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Bling Empire
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GenreReality television
  • Anna Shay
  • Cherie Chan
  • Christine Chiu
  • Kevin Kreider
  • Kim Lee
  • Kane Lim
  • Kelly Mi Li
  • Jaime Xie
  • Mimi Morris[1]
  • Dorothy Wang[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes26
Executive producers
  • Jeff Jenkins
  • Brandon Panaligan
  • Ross Weintraub
  • Elise Chung
  • Ben Eisele
  • Kelly Mi Li
  • Christine Chiu
Running time28–47 minutes
Production companyJeff Jenkins Productions
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseJanuary 15, 2021 (2021-01-15) –
present (present)
RelatedBling Empire: New York

Bling Empire is an American reality television series released on Netflix on January 15, 2021. The series focuses on the lives of wealthy, materialistic East and Southeast Asian Americans, socialites based in the Los Angeles area,[2] described as real-life Crazy Rich Asians.[3][4] It is the first American reality television series in which the main cast are all of East and Southeast Asian descent.[5] On March 10, 2021, Netflix renewed the series for a second season which premiered on May 13, 2022.[6][1] The third season premiered on October 5, 2022.[7] The sister Netflix series, Bling Empire: New York, launched in January 2023.[8][9]


  • Kevin Taejin Kreider – Male model born in South Korea but adopted and raised in Philadelphia. Kreider narrates the series for the audience.[10]
  • Kane Lim – Real estate developer and investor from Singapore with family interests in real estate, shipping, oil and tankers[11]
  • Christine Chiu – Philanthropist, couture collector, and co-founder of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery inc.[12] In 2021, she competed in the thirtieth season of Dancing with the Stars.[13] She was paired with Pasha Pashkov, they finished in fourteenth place after being eliminated in week 3.
  • Gabriel Chiu – Plastic surgeon and husband of Christine Chiu, and said to be a 24th direct descendant of the Song emperor.[14]
  • Kelly Mi Li – Self-made entrepreneur and film producer born in China, who dated actor Andrew Gray in season 1[15]
  • Anna Shay – Part-Japanese, part-Russian socialite whose fortune comes from selling her father's company Pacific Architects and Engineers[16]
  • Cherie Chan – Denim heiress and former singer[17]
  • Jessey Lee – Family business is in furniture
  • Kim Lee – DJ and former model, raised by her Vietnamese mother, but searches for her father in season 1[18]
  • Andrew Gray – Kelly's boyfriend. Andrew is a model and an actor, who was best known for playing the Red Ranger in the 2013 show Power Rangers Megaforce.
  • Jaime Xie – Fashion influencer and model. She is the eldest daughter of Chinese-American tech businessman Ken Xie[19]
  • Guy Tang – Hairdresser and singer-songwriter
  • Mimi Morris (season 2)[1]
  • Dorothy Wang (season 2) – Youngest daughter of controversial Chinese-American businessman and slumlord billionaire Roger Wang[1]


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
18January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
28May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
310October 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)

Season 1 (2021)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal release date
11"Necklacegate 90210"January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
22"Tale of Two Trusts"January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
33"What's in Anna's Shower?"January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
44"Beverly Hills Heartbreak"January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
55"Private Lies"January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
66"The Other Side"January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
77"Kevin and Kane Take Charleston"January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
88"Will You Marry Me?"January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)

Season 2 (2022)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal release date
91"Diamonds And Deception"May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
102"Rumor Has It"May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
113"Adieu ma Chérie"May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
124"No Friend Zone"May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
135"From Glowup to Blowup"May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
146"Royalty Over Loyalty"May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
157"The Truth Hurts"May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
168"Battle Royale"May 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)

Season 3 (2022)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal release date
171"Blast From the Past"October 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)
182"Gossip Guy"October 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)
193"Envy, Intrigue, and Escapes"October 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)
204"Making Up in Malibu"October 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)
215"There's Something About Janice"October 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)
226"Achy Reiki Heart"October 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)
237"Crash and Burn"October 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)
248"The Truth About Kim"October 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)
259"Kevin in Paris"October 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)
2610"The One That Got Away"October 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)


For the first season, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 90% based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Bling Empire may be another celebration of lavish wealth, but the focus on an Asian American cast gives this reality program an intriguing layer of cultural celebration."[20]

Diane Gordon of TV Guide thought the television series was more than the "grotesque opulence" that it depicted, with compelling characters among the cast, some of whom were exploring their identity.[21] Eilidh Hargreaves of The Telegraph found the "epic rivalries", "ridiculous" problems, wild whims, "self-serving" philosophy of the main characters to be compulsive viewing and "deliciously odious to observe".[22]


In October 2022, Netflix announced a New York City-set spin-off series Bling Empire: New York. It stars Dorothy Wang, who was a cast member in season 2 of the original series.[23][24] The spin-off was released on January 20, 2023.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Trainor, Daniel (April 15, 2022). "Meet Bling Empire's 2 New Cast Members For Season 2". E! Online. Retrieved May 10, 2022.
  2. ^ Shenton, Zoe (January 21, 2021). "The net worth of the Bling Empire cast is going to blow your mind". Cosmopolitan.
  3. ^ Leong, Zue Wei (January 26, 2021). ""Bling Empire"'s Top 5 Most Outrageous Moments". Tatler Asia.
  4. ^ Thomas, Carla (January 7, 2021). "Missing Crazy Rich Asians? Watch Netflix's new reality show Bling Empire, following billionaire heiress Jaime Xie, fashionista Christine Chiu and more of LA's ultra-rich". South China Morning Post.
  5. ^ Adegoke, Yomi (January 21, 2021). "Bling Empire: the super-rich reality show that makes Selling Sunset look cheap". The Guardian.
  6. ^ White, Peter (March 10, 2021). "'Selling Sunset' & 'Bling Empire' Renewed At Netflix, Plus New Reality Shows From Adam DiVello & Jeff Jenkins". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  7. ^ Walsh, Charlotte (September 7, 2022). "Bling Empire Season 3 Officially Has a Premiere Date". E! Online. Retrieved September 18, 2022.
  8. ^ Vanessa Wong (January 20, 2023). ""Bling Empire: New York Thinks Social Striving Is Tacky". BuzzFeed. Retrieved January 21, 2023.
  9. ^ Jessica Cullen (January 20, 2023). "Bling Empire: New York season 2's expected release date, cast and more". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved January 21, 2023.
  10. ^ Jones, Marcus (January 15, 2021). "Bling Empire star Kevin Kreider can't wait to prove people wrong for calling the show 'tone deaf'". Entertainment Weekly.
  11. ^ "'Bling Empire' on Netflix: everything we know about Singaporean cast member Kane Lim". NME. January 22, 2021.
  12. ^ "Inside the Competitive Sport of Haute Couture". Harper's Bazaar. October 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "Everything you need to know about Christine Chiu on Dancing With The Stars". The Independent. 2021-10-18. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  14. ^ Witter, Brad (January 21, 2021). "Christine's Husband Dr. Gabriel Chiu From 'Bling Empire Started Out As Her Employee". Bustle.
  15. ^ Pyne, Irene (January 22, 2021). "Is Bling Empire's Andrew Gray still dating Kelly Mi Li? 5 things to know about the controversial Netflix reality star, model and Red Power Ranger (yes, really)". South China Morning Post.
  16. ^ Foussianes, Chloe (January 23, 2021). "Bling Empire's Anna Shay Has Arrived. It's About Time". Town & Country.
  17. ^ Lam, Doris; Soriano, Jianne (January 18, 2021). "Meet The Cast of "Bling Empire", Netflix's New Reality Show On LA's Wealthy Asians". Tatler.
  18. ^ Pham, Jason (January 22, 2021). "Does Kim From 'Bling Empire' Find Her Dad? It's Not the Happy Ending She Hoped For". Yahoo! Life.
  19. ^ Daswani, Kavita (February 24, 2020). "From horses to haute couture, billionaire's daughter Jaime Xie is a fashion influencer in the making". South China Morning Post.
  20. ^ "Bling Empire: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  21. ^ Gordon, Diane (January 15, 2021). "Bling Empire Review: So Much More Than a Crazy Rich Asians Knockoff". TV Guide.
  22. ^ Hargreaves, Eilidh (20 January 2021). "Bling Empire shows the extravagances of LA's 'Crazy Rich Asians' – and I can't stop watching it". The Telegraph.
  23. ^ White, Peter (October 4, 2022). "Netflix Confirms 'Bling Empire' Spinoff Set In New York". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2022.
  24. ^ De Pacina, Michelle (October 5, 2022). "Netflix announces 'Bling Empire: New York' spin-off". NextShark.
  25. ^ Trainor, Daniel (December 13, 2022). "Bling Empire: New York Has a Premiere Date & a Hilarious New Sneak Peek Starring Dorothy Wang". E! Online. Retrieved December 13, 2022.

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