The 20 Richest Reality TV Stars In The World

By on June 1, 2019 in ArticlesEntertainment

Over the last roughly two decades, reality TV has dominated the entertainment landscape. From Laguna Hills, to Keeping Up With The Kardashians, to Dancing With The Stars, to The Real Housewives of everywhere and beyond, these reality-based shows show no signs of slowing down. Over the years they've also made tidy fortunes for the people on the most popular of them. We all know the Kardashian/Jenner clan is crazy wealthy, but did you know that the Laguna Hills girls have also cashed in big time on their reality show fame?

Let's take a look at the 20 richest Reality TV Stars in the world.

20. Kristin Cavallari

Net Worth: $3.5 million

Reality Show: Laguna Beach, The Hills, Dancing With The Stars, Very Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari has been on reality TV since she was in high school in Laguna Beach, California. Now the 32-year-old mother of three is married to retired pro football player Jay Cutler and living in Nashville where she documents her family's life on the show Very Cavallari.

19. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi LaValle

Net Worth: $4 million

Reality Show: Jersey Shore and its spinoffs

Snooki has come a long way since Jersey Shore first hit the airwaves in 2009. The now 31-year-old is a married mother of two who tends to be the voice of reason amongst her former beach house roommates.

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16. (tie) Whitney Port

Net Worth: $5 million

Reality Show: Laguna Beach, The Hills, and The City

Whitney Port is one of the wealthiest of the teens who shot to fame on Laguna Beach and The Hills. She is now a fashion designer, a journey first documented on The City.

16.(tie) Audrina Patridge

Net Worth: $5 million

Reality Show: The Hills, Dancing With The Stars, and Audrina

Audrina Patridge hasn't done too bad for herself. After making $100,000 per episode for The Hills, she appeared on Dancing With The Stars and finished in seventh place. Then she had her own short lived reality show.

16. (tie) Emily Maynard

Net Worth: $5 million

Reality Show: The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

We first got to know Emily Maynard on season 15 of The Bachelor where she won the heart of Brad Womack. Their relationship didn't last much past filming. She was tapped to be The Bachelorette, but that didn't work either. Now she's married to Tyler Johnson and has four children.

15. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Net Worth: $7 million ($3.5 million each)

Reality Show: 19 Kids And Counting

Who knew that having 19 kids could be so lucrative? Well, I suppose when TLC comes calling it is. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar each made between $25,000 and $40,000 for each episode of 19 Kids And Counting. Before TLC knocked on their door, the deeply religious family sold used cars.

14. Golnesa Gharachedaghi

Net Worth: $12 million

Reality Show: Shahs of Sunset

The Shahs of Sunset star was already wealthy before the Bravo series debuted. Her father Mahmoud is a successful Los Angeles architect. She is also an entrepreneur – she and her sister Leila created a line of hair extensions.

13. NeNe Leakes

Net Worth: $14 million

Reality Show: The Real Housewives of Atlanta

NeNe Leakes is one of just three Real Housewives to make the list of richest reality TV stars. She reportedly makes about $1 million for each season of RHOA. She also has a collection she sells on the Home Shopping Network and has branched out into acting on television (NBC's The New Normal) and Broadway (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella).

12. Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio

Net Worth: $20 million

Reality Show: Jersey Shore and spinoffs

DJ Pauly D and his frosted tips shot to fame on MTV's Jersey Shore. He's also a working DJ that worked the pool at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. He is currently appearing on Double Shot At Love With Pauly D and Vinny.

10. (tie) Bethenny Frankel

Net Worth: $25 million

Reality Show: Real Housewives of New York City and The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Bethenny Frankel has parlayed her reality show fame into the Skinnygirl Cocktails empire. She's also written four self-help books and is a frequent guest on talk shows.

10. (tie) Lauren Conrad

Net Worth: $25 million

Reality Show: Laguna Beach and The Hills

Lauren Conrad starred in two reality shows before writing a series of very entertaining novels. She is also the owner of her own clothing line.

9. Shaunie O'Neal

Net Worth: $35 million

Reality Show: Basketball Wives

Shaunie O'Neal is Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife. She was an executive producer and star of Basketball Wives on VH1. Her money comes from that and her divorce settlement, which was one of the most expensive divorces in history.

8. Kendall Jenner

Net Worth: $40 million

Reality Show: Keeping Up With The Kardashians and related spinoffs

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians series has made the Kardashian/Jenner family very, very, wealthy. Her salary for KUWTK plus the money she makes modeling made her the highest paid model of the year.

7. Kourtney Kardashian

Net Worth: $45 million

Reality Show: Keeping Up With The Kardashians and related spinoffs

Fun fact, did you know that eldest Kardashian sister Kourtney was the first in the family to be on a reality show? She starred in 2004's Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive.

5. (tie) Khloe Kardashian

Net Worth: $50 million

Reality Show: Keeping Up With The Kardashians and related spinoffs

Khloe augments her KUWTK money with her denim line – which brought in $1 million a day at one point – and her sponsored Instagram ads that make $250,000 per post. Her 2015 book, Strong Looks Better Naked, was a New York Times bestseller.

5. (tie) Andrew Firestone

Net Worth: $50 million

Reality Show: The Bachelor

We've never been quite sure what Andrew Firestone's motive for being The Bachelor was. He is the heir to the Firestone Tire and Rubber fortune. He was on the third season of The Bachelor and proposed to Jen Schefft. When the cameras stopped rolling, their relationship ended. In 2008, he married actress and model Ivana Bozilovic. They have three children.

4. Lisa Vanderpump

Net Worth: $75 million

Reality Show: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and related spinoffs

Lisa Vanderpump is the richest of all of the Real Housewives. Not only does she bring home $500,000 per season, but she and her husband are successful Los Angeles restauranteurs.

3. Kris Jenner

Net Worth: $90 million

Reality Show: Keeping Up With The Kardashians. and related spinoffs

Momager Kris not doesn't just make money from KUWTK and its spinoffs. She takes. 10% cut of all the family deals.

2. Kylie Jenner

Net Worth: $300 million

Reality Show: Keeping Up With The Kardashians and related spinoffs

Despite Kylie and Forbes insisting that she is a billionaire, we stand by our belief that she is far from that milestone. She rakes in the money from Kylie Cosmetics and has been on the family realty TV show since she was a little girl.

1. Kim Kardashian West

Net Worth: $350 million

Reality Show: Keeping Up With The Kardashians and related spinoffs

Kim Kardashian started the whole family empire with her famously leaked 2007 sex tape. She's now married to Kanye West, has her own cosmetics line, and made a bundle from her now shuttered mobile game. She is the richest Kardashian and richest reality TV star of them all!

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She has written for Los Angeles Magazine, Your Tango, Thinknum Media, and various airline magazines. Follow her on Facebook. Amy's favorite self-made billionaire is Sara Blakely.
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