15 Highest Earning Reality TV Stars and Where They Are Now
By Margaux Pangilinan
They made it big by taking TV audiences into their journeys caught on camera.
These reality TV stars have started from the bottom, and now they are currently at the peak of their careers even to this day.
Read on as we give you the rundown of the 15 highest-earning reality TV stars and where they are now.
15. Simon Cowell
Net Worth: $95 million
Love him or hate him, Simon Cowell has been a judge of some popular top-rating reality television talent searches like American Idol and America’s Got Talent. For someone who is critical with his comments to each contestant, it’s inevitable that he gets paid a lot of money to do what he does best.
14. Ellen DeGeneres
Net Worth: $75 million
Ellen DeGeneres is without a doubt one of the most popular talk show hosts in the world. She stars in her own talk show, and its long-running episodes on air still make her one of the most highly-paid personalities on television!
13. Ryan Seacrest
Net Worth: $55 million
If you’ve been following American Idol, then you definitely know Ryan Seacrest. As being one of the hosts of one of America’s most popular and long-running reality singing competitions, it’s expected that he gets a huge paycheck. Aside from being an American Idol host, he is also a co-host for ABC’s Live With Kelly show.
12. Kim Kardashian
Net Worth: $51 million
Kim Kardashian (married name Kim Kardashian West) is one of America’s most well-known socialites, media icons, models, actresses, and businesswomen. Believe it or not, she got herself into instant fame when she was a friend of celebrity Paris Hilton.
Her popularity went into its peak when she and her family starred in the popular reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which has been airing on the E! channel from 2007 to present. The said reality series had also branched into other spin-off series like Kourtney and Kim Take Miami from 2009 to 2013 and Kourtney and Kim Take New York from 2011 to 2012.
Her online and social media presence is huge, with millions of followers on Twitter and Instagram alone. She even has her own products tied to her own name, too. That’s how big she is!
11. Matt Lauer
Net Worth: $25 million
Matt Lauer is the host of The Today Show and his salary for being a morning show host has also got him huge paychecks. Aside from being a show of Today, he was also a host of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1998 until 2017. His contract with NBC was terminated in November 2017 after the network received a complaint about Lauer showing inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
10. Kylie Jenner
Net Worth: $18 million
Like Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner is a star of the family reality TV show Keeping Up with The Kardashians. She is the founder and owner of her own cosmetic line and company Kylie Cosmetics. She also has her own clothing line Kendall and Kylie, which is a collaboration with the clothing brand PacSun.
9. Kendall Jenner
Net Worth: $17 million
Kendall Jenner is another star from the reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, in which her fame catches up with her other family members like Kylie and Kim. She usually gets her deals from doing promotions from high-paying endorsements like Topshop, Estee’ Lauder, and Calvin Klien.
8. Khloe Kardashian
Net Worth: $15 million
Another Keeping Up With The Kardashians star that also made it big is none other than Khloe Kardashian. She is the youngest among her sisters, but she manages to get millions due to her social media endorsements. She also has other business ventures like her sisters, and believe it or not, she also has her own book.
7. Pat Sajak
Net Worth: $15 million
35 years ago, Sajak was a household name due to being the host of Wheel of Fortune. He is one popular example that even in the game shows, you can earn big, as long as you know how to keep the audience on the edges of their seats and entertained. He is still the host of the game show even to this day.
6. Blake Shelton
Net Worth: $13 million
Country crooner Black Shelton is known for being one of the judges and coaches of the singing reality show The Voice. He has been in the show since the beginning, and his team has won for six seasons. He and Miranda Leigh Lambert announced their divorce in 2015.
5. Kris Jenner
Net Worth: $11.5 million
A mom and also a star of Keeping Up With The Kardashians is the famous “momager” Kris Jenner. The popularity status of her kids also got her to get some millions too. After all, she deserves some love too for being a mom and a manager.
4. Kourtney Kardashian
Net Worth: $10 million
She also stars in Keeping Up With The Kardashians and is the lowest-paid among her sisters. Regardless, she still makes her millions by some endorsement deals and from Kardashian Beauty, so more or less she is not left behind.
3. Alex Trebek
Net Worth: $10 million
Alex Trebek is a Candian-American TV personality who is famous for being the host of the popular game show Jeopardy. He has been the show’s host since the beginning. His popularity also paved the way for him to be host in other game shows like To Tell the Truth, Classic Concentration, Double Dare, and The Wizard of Odds.
2. Bethenny Frankel
Net Worth: $8.5 million
Bethenny Frankel got her fame for being one of the original stars in the reality television show The Real Housewives of New York City. Her business-savviness also paved the way for her to get more millions even after the show. She also starred in spin-off series Bethenny Ever After from 2010 to 2012, Bethenny from 2013 to 2014, and Bethenny & Fredrik in 2018.
1. Kandi Burruss
Net Worth: $1.8 million
Kandi Burruss is an American songwriter, actress, businesswoman, singer, and television personality. Her first big break being a member of the vocal group Xscape in 1992. She topped the charts and won a 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for writing the TLC song “No Scrubs.” She is currently starring in the reality show Real Housewives of Atlanta.
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