Who is Vika Abbyaeva from 'Bling Empire: New York'?

Vika Abbyaeva and Richard Chang seem inseparable, but let's get to know her without her other half

Vika Abbyaeva attends Netflix hosts Bling Empire: New York Launch Event at House Of Red Pearl on January 18, 2023 in New York City
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Vika Abbyaeva might be responsible for one of the most shocking moments on Bling Empire: New York, but she's arguably the most elusive face on the new show.

The Netflix series premiered on Friday, January 20, to satiate our appetites for luxury and opulence—try to guess the Bling Empire: New York cast net worth—but the 27-year-tends to remain out of the spotlight in comparison to the rest of the Bling Empire: New York cast.

She's Richard Chang's other half, but who is Vika Abbyaeva, exactly? Let's get to know the reality TV newbie. 

Who is Vika Abbyaeva from 'Bling Empire: New York'?

The 26-year-old New Yorker originally hails from Russia, and it's believed she's involved in the modeling industry, though she's relatively tight-lipped about her career on social media. (But we do catch a few headshots here and there.)

By scanning her feed, it's clear Abbyaeva has a love of travel, as she's photographed all over the US—from New York, obviously, to Beverly Hills and Washington, D.C.—and abroad in Italy, Spain and the Dominican Republic. 

Vika Abbyaeva and Richard Chang's relationship:

On the Bling Empire spinoff, we're introduced to Richard Chang, a former Calvin Klein merchandise planner currently working in the wellness industry. Though he's had a handle on his career, his love life was a lot more complicated...until Vika came into the picture. 

After countless bad dates, Richard believes he met the one a year into their relationship. Their 11-year age gap seemed to be a main focus of their union (though Stephen and Deborah Hung have 23 years between them), but that has not deterred them...until Richard decided to pop the question. 

Mid-proposal, Vika interrupts her boyfriend, saying: "If you are going where I think you are going, I have to stop you. Okay?"

She felt that things were being rushed and wanted to take time to grow their relationship. With such an astounding moment, people have asked "Are Richard and Vika still together?" and the answer is yes. The two are going strong, but have yet to solidify their union for life. 

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What is Vika Abbyaeva's nationality?

Although Bling Empire focuses on groups of wealthy Asians, Vika Abbyaeva is half-Kalmyk and half-Russian.

Vika Abbyaeva age: how old is she?

Born on June 12, 1995, Vika is currently 27 years old—and a Gemini. 

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Vika Abbyaeva Instagram: what's her handle?

Catch Vika (and Richard's) adventures on Instagram at @vika.abby (opens in new tab), where she has more than 12,600 followers. There, you'll see peeks into their romantic getaways everywhere from Capri, Italy, to Cabo, Mexico. 

What is Vika Abbyaeva's net worth?

Richard refers to his girlfriend as his "bling adjacent," meaning that the two are on the lower end of the monetary spectrum in comparison to other Bling Empire: New York cast members. Vika Abbyaeva is reportedly worth over $1 million and Richard's net worth is estimated to be around $3 million. 

Vika 'Bling Empire: New York' drama

In the show, we see Richard and Vika at odds over the friend group (Dorothy Wang, Tina Leung, etc.) and Vika's involvement with them. Richard had expressed his concerns about Vika spending time with them alone, particularly on a Bahamas getaway, which caused tension and some nasty behavior on Richard's part. 

Though the tension has sucked readers in, there appears to be more disappointment now that the series has aired. On the show, we witness Richard's charity event for pancreatic cancer, which was in honor of his mother's battle. The event raised nearly $60,000, but according to Vika, the show focused on "petty" arguments between cast members rather than the main purpose of the event, something she revealed on Instagram on Monday, January 23. She even posted an image of her cat squinting with the caption "Us watching BLING EMPIRE New York." Yikes! 

Things might be off to a shaky start for Vika and Richard, but perhaps we'll see how things play out in Bling Empire: New York season 2?

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See Vika Abbyaeva on Bling Empire: New York, now streaming on Netflix. 

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

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