The latest hit series from Netflix, Bling Empire: New York, draws viewers into the mesmerizing world of the wealthy New York celebrities as they navigate their lives of luxury. Of course there’s plenty of great fashion, stunning real estate and cool parties to see.
But the show makes it very clear from the start that it’s about the journey of Dorothy Wang, who’s a newcomer in town.
Dorothy, who starred in the original bling empire in Los Angeles, brought the cameras with her when she moved to the Big Apple. At the start of the spinoff show, Dorothy hints that she’s “single and ready to mingle,” but that can’t last forever. In fact, by the end of the season, she’s dating a guy named Aristidis “Ari” Kourkoumelis. Of course people have *lots* of questions about their ship.
But before we get into all of that, there are a few fundamental questions that need to be addressed. Like who is Ari anyway and what is his net worth? (You know you’re curious…). Here’s the deal:
Ari is a pretty normal guy.
Dorothy’s new husband lives in New York and his family owns a vegetable market and juice bar, United Brothers Fruit Market, in Astoria, Queens.
Ari seems pretty close to his family – he actually met Dorothy while he was in the Bahamas on a birthday trip for his mom (cute!).
He also just seems like a nice guy. “He’s like a cute little angel,” Dorothy once said of Ari.
Ari is a lawyer.
But Ari is not just Attorney – According to his LinkedIn profile, he is a partner at Kourkoumelis & Fotopoulos PLLC in Queens County, New York. He started his own law practice in 2021 and previously worked at a small place known as the US Department of Commerce. Casual!
He grew up in Astoria, Queens.
Ari didn’t just take Dorothy on a date to Queens — he’s actually a local. In fact, he is a first-generation Orthodox Greek American who is reported to have been born and raised in Queens The cinemaholic.
He attended Columbia Law School and Adelphi University.
Ari comes from a fairly distinguished educational background. First off, he graduated magna cum laude from Adelphi University before going to New York Law School for his JD (where he also graduated magna cum laude).
He eventually received his LLM (Master of Law) degree from Columbia Law School, where he graduated with honors, according to Lawtally.com. Go, Ari!
Dorothy and Ari meet in the Bahamas.
As the show reveals, these two meet when Dorothy leaves for a group trip to the Bahamas. Dorothy and Nam Laks end up partying with Ari and some of his buddies and actually stay behind to spend more time with them when the rest of the group flies home.
When Dorothy returned to NYC, she reconnected with Ari and the two spent some time together. When the season ended, Dorothy said the two were still talking.
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Are Ari and Dorothy still together?
Dorothy spoke a few times on the show about not really knowing where things were going with Ari, noting that they never had a “status” conversation. She also had concerns about their different backgrounds.
However, it’s really hard to know if the two are still together. Ari has never appeared on Dorothy’s Instagram account and his account is set to private. So if they’re still a ~Thing~, they seem to be pretty reticent about keeping it.
What is Ari’s net worth?
Great question! Since Ari is so private, it’s hard to know for sure. However, Salary.com says the average New York City law firm partner makes between $219,926 and $318,202. While that probably doesn’t quite put Ari in the same league as the rest of the bling empire The cast’s net worth is definitely a nice chunk of change.
Tune in Bling Empire: New York on Netflix to watch Ari and Dorothy in real time. And stay tuned for more ship updates!
Korin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in men’s health, women’s health, self, glam and more. She has a master’s degree from American University, lives on the beach and hopes to one day own a teacup pig and a taco truck.