Best-known for appearing as one of the titular Real Housewives of Melbourne, Lydia Schiavello is both a socialite and an activist, but her fame doesn’t stop there. She is a hostess, cook, interior decorator, skier and mother of six children and stepchildren.
Lydia Schiavello (age 47 in 2018), is also known on the show and in popular culture as a dog lover. She had a giant portrait made of her beloved Italian greyhound Figaro, who is known for his own brand of fashion sense.
Lydia Schiavello: Biography and Career
A native of Australia, Lydia was born on October 23, 1970 (that’s when she throws her lavish birthday parties) to Tony and Lina Schiavello, Italian immigrants and furniture makers by occupation who moved to Australia in 1950’s.
Schiavello spent a decade living over the Queens Arms Hotel with her parents and a few other family members.
Lydia later graduated from RMIT University with a degree in interior design (2011-2014). Her education includes Melbourne university (Language, Italian Studies; 2001 – 2004); Presentation College Windsor (1978 – 1985).
She has a home in Malvern and a holiday home in Thredbo. She used her design skills to renovate the interior of her home.
Aside from appearing on The Real Housewives of Melbourne since 2013, Schiavello is known for being a self-proclaimed foodie. She learned many of her traditional Italian cooking techniques from her mother, Lina, and the meals she crafts for her family each Sunday night are very popular.
Since 2016, she works as an ambassador for Quintessentially Lifestyle; company’s services include: Concierge, Lifestyle Management, Restaurant reservations, VIP Access, Travel, Personal Shopping, Food and Wine, Day-to-day errands, Emergency requests, Unique experiences, Dedicated assistance 24/7/365.
It’s hard to talk about Lydia Schiavello without mentioning the Shane Warne Foundation, for which the stylish reality TV star formerly served as an ambassador. The foundation was a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 by its namesake, Shane Warne, an Australian cricketer. Schiavello helped with a variety of fundraising events for the foundation, using her connections to raise money to help ill kids in Australia. While the foundation has since closed and distributed its funds accordingly, it was a passion of Schiavello while she was an ambassador.
RHOM star Schiavello has also done philanthropic work with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, affiliated with the Royal Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne. The institute focuses on cellular biology, genetics, clinical sciences, infection and immunity, data science nd population health. It was established when media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
In October of 2017, it was announced that Schiavello’s latest venture would take her into another sector in the world of food. She is the new spokeswoman for the party pie brand Patties Bites.
Aside from The Real Housewives of Melbourne and her work as the spokeswoman for Patties Bites, Schiavello’s most public-facing work is done on her blog. The site is simply titled “Lydia Schiavello: The World of Food & Fashion,” and the posts she shares provide insight into her very glamorous life.
Recent blog posts made by Schiavello range from episode recaps of The Real Housewives of Melbourne to recipes and more. She touts the blog as a curated space that she has created to share her world with the world at large.
She also has a classes section available on the blog, which allows interested patrons to RVSP and attend classes in-person. Titled “Cooking with Lydia,” the class brings people into her home to create three different main dishes with cocktails included. The class lasts more than three hours, allowing guests to enjoy the Italian hospitality and learn more about Lydia’s heritage at hand.
Each guest takes home pots and pans, produce, personalized notes and recipes.
The site also includes a shop featuring cutting boards made of two different kinds of wood.
Lydia Schiavello Family
Husband: Schiavello is married to famed architect Andrew Norbury, of the architecture firm Metier3. First established in 1985, Metier3 has overseen many visible projects in several different fields, including industry, residential, hospitality, retail, data centers, as well as in the public and education sectors. Norbury became known to the media and to the world when Schiavello began appearing on The Real Housewives of Melbourne.
Some reports have stated that Schiavello and her husband have seen their share of drama because of her public persona and consequential lack of privacy.
Son Lorenzo: the youngest of Lydia’s three biological children to first husband, construction kingpin Peter Schiavello.
Daughter Monique: Lydia’s biological child to first husband, Peter Schiavello.
Son Anton: Lydia’s biological child to first husband, Peter Schiavello. In 2015, Anton Schiavello had his wedding in Florence, Italy.
Step-son Sam: from her marriage to Andrew Norbury. Lydia has two other step-children from her marriage to Andrew Norbury.
Lydia Schiavello’s son death: in 2015, the mother-of-six opened up about the death of her first child back in 1991. When she was 21, she lost a little boy – he died in her arms.
Lydia and her family live in Malvern and love it for its parks and proximity to Armadale and Toorak.
Lydia Schiavello’s net worth is estimated at $50 million, potentially the highest net worth of any cast member on the show. Much of the money comes from Norbury and his architecture business.
Lydias new house in Malvern, new Porsche, lolevy Paspaley wedding ring and other expensive jewellery all add up to her impressive wealth.