Appearing on a reality TV series can result in some big bucks. Depending on the show, an appearance can lead to other high-profile gigs.
Former reality TV contestants have gone on to start businesses, pursue acting careers, and make a significant income from speaking and hosting engagements.
Here are some of the richest reality TV stars in America.
15. Emily Maynard
Net worth: $5 million
Emily Maynard appeared on season 15 of The Bachelor. Although she was chosen by Brad Womack, the relationship didn’t work out. Their hectic careers and the strain of conducting a long-distance relationship began to take its toll on the couple. In 2012, Maynard was chosen to be the star of The Bachelorette. She chose Jef Holm to be her husband, but that relationship didn’t work out either. In 2014, Maynard married her current husband, Tyler Johnson.
14. Farrah Abraham
Net worth: $6 million
Farrah Abraham is one of the richest of all the stars who have appeared on Teen Mom. The Squander estimates she has a net worth of $3 to $6 million. She began building her wealth from appearances on the shows Teen Mom, Couples Therapy, and Single AF. She also earns $12,000 for each adult video she posts to CamSoda. However, her participation in adult entertainment resulted in the termination of her MTV partnership.
13. Jim and Michelle Duggar
Net worth: $7 million ($3.5 million each)
One of the ways Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar make money is by giving speeches and holding seminars. According to The Celebrity Speakers Bureau the fee range for Jim Bob and Michelle is from $10,000 to $20,000, reports Fox News. This is down from $25,000 in 2015, during the show’s last year on the air. One of the couple’s recent speaking engagements was a seminar for Christian grandparents, which was part of The Heart of Grandparenting Conference.
Next: Despite family wealth, she chose to start a business.
12. Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi
Net worth: $12 million
Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi is best known for her appearance on Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset. This reality show features the lives of wealthy Iranian-Americans. Gharachedaghi was raised in a wealthy family. Her father, Mahmoud Gharachedaghi, is an architect and one of the principal executives at GA Architects and Planning, reports Celebrity Net Worth. Although money wasn’t an issue for Gharachedaghi, she added to her wealth through entrepreneurship. She and her sister Leila Gharache released a hair extension line called a line GG’s Extensions.
11. NeNe Leakes
Net worth: $14 million
NeNe Leakes’ claim to fame was her appearance on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Her appearances on the show resulted in a very nice payday. Leakes reportedly earns $1 million per season. In 2014, Leakes launched the Nene Leakes Collection for the Home Shopping Network.
Leakes also earns money from acting. She played Rocky Rhoades on NBC’s The New Normal. In addition, she appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing with the Stars. In 2014, she made her Broadway debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Next: She’s a member of one of the most famous reality TV families.
10. Kendall Jenner
Net worth: $18 million
Kendall Jenner built her wealth through a successful modeling career. In 2017, Forbes reported she was the highest paid model in the world, beating out supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Deals with Estée Lauder, La Perla, Adidas, and more led to $22 million in earnings that year. In 2015, Kendall earned roughly $10 million from Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
9. Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio
Net worth: $20 million
In 2012, Jersey Shore’s Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio landed the No. 7 spot on Forbes’ list of highest-earning DJs, raking in $11 million that year. DelVecchio also earned money as the DJ for Moon, Rain, and the Palms Pool at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, he makes money from his clothing line, Dirty Couture, and his line of tanning lotion, Pauly D Bronze Beats. He became the first cast member to get his own spin-off show, The Pauly D Project.
Next: She’s not only a reality TV star, but also executive produces her show.
8. Shaunie O’Neal
Net worth: $35 million
Shaunie O’Neal is the former wife of basketball player Shaquille O’Neal. Part of her wealth is from that marriage as well as from entrepreneurship. O’Neal made a name for herself when she became the executive producer and one of the stars of VH1’s Basketball Wives. The popular show stars celebrities such as Tami Roman, Evelyn Lozada, and Jackie Christie.
Next: Not many people can keep up with her family.
7. Kourtney Kardashian
Net worth: $35 million
Kourtney Kardashian has appeared in several Kardashian spinoff shows, including Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons, and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami. She also executive produced Dash Dolls, which is a reality series based in the Kardashians’ Dash boutique. In 2015, Kourtney earned roughly $10 million from Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Next: She has made a name for herself as an entrepreneur.
6. Khloe Kardashian
Net worth: $40 million
Khloe Kardashian makes money from her Good American clothing line, which she started in 2016. She also earns money from writing books. In 2015 she wrote a book titled Strong Looks Better Naked, which became a New York Times bestseller. Kardashian also earns money from her family’s hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In Touchreports she makes roughly $500,000 per episode.
Next: She’s on track to earn more than her family members.
5. Kylie Jenner
Net worth: $50 million
Kylie Jenner makes much of her earnings from her company Kylie Cosmetics. Her lip kits, which go for $29, sold out within less than 10 minutes of going on sale, reports Elle. Money Nation estimates Kylie made $8.7 million from her branded merchandise. Kylie Cosmetics is projected to be worth $1 billion by 2022, according to Women’s Wear Daily.
Next: She runs the show.
4. Kris Jenner
Net worth: $60 million
In 2015, Kris Jenner earned roughly $20 million from Keeping Up with the Kardashians, according to the Mirror. She is also a manager and publicist for all six of her children. Kardashian also earns money from the sale of her 2011 memoir, Kris Jenner… and All Things Kardashian. That same year, she and her daughters launched the Kardashian Kollection for Sears. The following year, Kris became an executive producer on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spinoffs. In addition, she launched her production company, Jenner Communications.
Next: He has a famous name.
3. Andrew Firestone
Net worth: $50 million
Andrew Firestone is the heir to the Firestone fortune. His great-grandfather is Harvey Firestone, founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Andrew appeared in season three of The Bachelor. He proposed to contestant Jen Schefft during the final rose ceremony. The couple never made it down the aisle, and they broke up a few months later. As of this writing, Firestone is married to actress Ivana Bozilović. The couple has three children together.
Next: She has several Los Angeles restaurants.
2. Lisa Vanderpump
Net worth: $75 million
Lisa Vanderpump is best known for her appearances on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She is reportedly the richest of all the current stars in the Real Housewives U.S. franchise. She and her husband, Ken Todd, run several restaurants, including Los-Angeles based SUR, Pump, and Villa Blanca. Vanderpump earns an estimated $500,000 per season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, reportsMoney.
Next: She’s No. 1.
1. Kim Kardashian
Net worth: $175 million
Some of Kim Kardashian’s earnings are from Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kardashian earns roughly $15 million from the show, according to the U.K.’s Mirror. In addition, she reportedly receives a $5 million bonus each time her husband, Kanye West, makes an appearance on the show. Kardashian also has a beauty line, clothing line, mobile app, and mobile game. Forbes reports her mobile game, “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” generated $71.8 million in revenue in 2015.