The Daily Beast compiled a 2010 list of the top 10 highest paid reality tv stars. Assumingly, the Kardashians made the cut and a couple Jersey Shore housemates. Surprisingly, Kate Gosselin, a housewife and two stars from The Hills made the top five.
10. Kendra Wilkinson – Estimated earnings: $2 million
Kendra is no stranger to E! having made a name for herself as one of Hugh Hefner’s Girls Next Door, and then starring in her own reality television show Kendra. She’s married to Minnesota Viking’s Hank Baskett and together they have one child. She’s sold 79,000 copies of her autobiography “Sliding Into Home.” Kendra has also reportedly been paid $680,000 for best-selling adult DVD Kendra Exposed.
9. DJ Pauly D – Estimated earnings: $2 million
Pauly D has been spinning for clubs and parties before he became famous on MTV’s Jersery Shore. Now because of the show’s extreme popularity, he’s raised his rates – up to $40,000 a gig. He DJs six nights a week. That means he has one day off for GTL. (bad joke?)
8. Kourtney Kardashian – Estimated earnings: $2.5 million
As reality TV star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khloe and Kourtney Take Miami and Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney’s established quite a name for herself, especially being infamous for dating Scott Disick. The eldest Kardashian sister co-owns the boutique Dash in major cities and at one point owned baby boutique Smooch, which has unfortunately closed due to the economy. The latter fact about Smooth is not accurate.
7. Khloe Kardashian – Estimated earnings: $2.5 million
Another Kardashian sister still makes the list for highest earning reality TV stars. Khloe, married to L.A. Lakers basketball player Lamar Odom, is a regular in the collective E! Kardashian shows. Khloe co-owns with her sisters the Calabasas, New York and Miami boutique Dash and just recently opened Vegas’ Kardashian Khaos. She also promotes the skin care company PerfectSkin. Other deals that Khloe’s cashing in on are sponsored tweets, her book advancement, her radio talk show, Beach Bunny Swimwear and Quick Trim endorsements and attaching her famous name to a Bebe clothing line.
6. Mike Sorrentino – Estimated earnings: $3 million
Jersey Shore’s The Situation is the highest paid castmate and a successful entrepreneur. His appearance fees range from $15,000-$50,000 (what that must do to a person’s ego!) He’s released a self-help book (how to avoid “grenades”) and was reportedly offered a well-paying advancement for an autobiography. Mike also rakes in the dough with his new cologne, work out DVDs, nutrition endorsements, and co-ownership of protein vodka Devotion. His ads and iPhone app also provided him with some extra spending money.
5. Kate Gosselin - Estimated earnings: $3.5 million
The tabloid mom infamous for her divorce with Jon Gosselin and parenting stars as the solo matriarch on TLC’s Kate Plus 8, bringing in $250,000 per episode. Kate who also competed on Dancing with the Stars has highly lucrative book deals: “Multiple Blessings,” “Eight Little Faces,” “I Just Want You to Know: Letters to My Kids on Love, Faith, and Family” and “Love Is in the Mix,” which will hit shelves January 2011. (Perfect! That’s my birthday month!)
4. Audrina Patridge – Estimated “you don’t want to know” earnings: $3.5 million
3. Bethenny Frankel – Estimated earnings: $4 million
Bethenny with two “N’s” first built her relationship with the cameras as a housewife on Bravo’s Housewives of New York, which she branched out from to star in her own shows Bethenny Getting Married, 2011′s Bethenny Ever After and the highly-anticipated Why my first name has a double N in it. In addition to appearing on camera, her highest earning endeavors are her best-selling books that promote being skinny and how-to be skinny and look at me – I’m skinny and we get it – you’re skinny. “A Place of Yes” will join the ranks of her other two successful books “The SkinnyGirl Dish” and “Naturally Thin.”
2. Lauren Conrad – Estimated earnings: $5 million
Lauren obviously owes her huge financial success to Laguna Beach, Steeee-pheeeeen, Lisa Love of Teen Vogue and of course Justin Wahler from Celebrity Rehab. Is it Justin? Or Jason? Besides starring in MTV’s The Hills, Lauren’s sold best-selling books, which include “L.A. Candy,” “Sweet Little Lies,” ”Sugar and Spice” and the style guide “Lauren Conrad Style.” Recently though, her fashion line for Kohl’s has taken off faster than expected, which has turned Lauren’s eyeballs into Ke$ha dollar signs.
1. Surprise, surprise Kim Kardashian – Estimated earnings: $6 million
How does Kim make so much money? Do you live under a rock?