Kim Kardashian rakes in the dough; tops list of reality-TV millionaires

kim-kardashianImage Credit: George Pimentel/Getty ImagesKim Kardashian earned an estimated $6 million this year, topping the list of high-earning reality stars compiled by The Daily Beast. Excuse me while I go die 1,000 deaths. She topped Lauren Conrad ($5 million), Bethenny Frankel ($4 million), Audrina Patridge ($3.5 million), Kate Gosselin ($3.5 million), The Situation ($3 million), Khloé Kardashian ($2.5 million) and Kourtney Kardashian ($2.5 million), Pauly D ($2 million), and Kendra Wilkinson ($2 million).

That’s four stars from E!, four from MTV, one from Bravo, and one from TLC — and I’m sort of surprised that of the top 10 reality earners, 8 are female. Perhaps male stars are less likely to have fragrances, clothing lines, spin-offs, and diet-product endorsement deals? All but two top-earners have books, too, so get thee to a literary (well, “literary”) agent, Pauly D and Audrina! The list only includes celebs whose shows aired in 2010, and whose rise to fame came from their reality roots — so it doesn’t include, say, Donald Trump, who presumably would trump even a Kardashian.

I’m surprised not to see the ubiquitous Snooki on this list. Who surprises you, PopWatchers? Did you expect the Duggars to be raking it in?

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  • JAM

    You know, if she’s making this kind of money then she should just doante money to the charity she stopped tweeting to raise money for and just stop tweeting alltogether. It would be nice if EW started actually reporting on ENTERTAINMENT again instead of reality fame whores like KK

    • successful

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  • Satan

    Sadly, all the money in the world cannot buy class.

    • ABC

      Too true. Just ask the Countess.

    • Whatever happened to class? Class.

      But it can buy Klass (with a ‘K’), which is just as good for these types.

      • Young $inatra

        Hahahahaha..Thats so funny!:) I’m gonna start using that..klass with a ‘k’.

  • timbo

    I guess anyone can be a celebrity now a days…Talent not needed.

    • GimplyGump ☺

      You’re just learniung that? Has Paris Hilton taught you nothing?! :-D j/k

  • ZurichHottie

    Although I do find Kim to be one of the most beautiful women on Earth, I would much rather watch Snooki shop at a drag-queen shop while killing her liver with Vodka.

    • etm

      I agree with you about Kim – I think she’s gorgeous, but I can’t stand Snooki. She is a repulsive little bowling ball.

  • Mike

    Disgusting…with so many people suffering economically that classless whores like this pig and her sisters earn ridiculous money for being…well…classless whores. What is wrong with our culture and the people who support these types of trash? Yes…Paris…you are included in that list.

    • Melissa

      TOTALLY agree with you Mike.

  • Kim

    Where is Heidi Montag? She is the true star.

  • Lisa Simpson

    This whole thing surprises me. Millions to be a talentless reality star? Really?

  • Jenn

    I don’t think that everyone on the list is talentless. I like Bethenny, and she was a chef before she did Real Housewives. She just used the shows to get her name out there and build her brand.

  • Mac

    I would like to thank Ryan Seacrest for elevating this sk@nk and her family to undeserved heights. And to think, it all started with a porn tape…

  • el chango

    What’s her talent? Please tell me? She had sex on tape and did Playboy. That’s talent?

  • $3 Million Per Cheek

    Pretty impressive for a woman with no discernible talent. That’s what I call utilizing one’s assets.

  • Dave Jones

    So her claim to fame is a sex tape and her daddy helped defend OJ. What ever happened to genuine talent and working your way to the top. Just like Paris Hilton this gives your girls the idea that the way to succeed is to spread the legs. No wonder the world hates us. LOL

  • Jed

    This is yet another typical douchebag and media whore who just wnts pub for herself and her idiotic family. Wishing she would just go away and call it a day.

  • jpatm

    america the shameful- we honor mediocre-selfish- narcissistic- individuals….

  • annon

    hope I don’t get too much flack for this but why do you always see the Kardasian’s dating black men? guess they are’t classy enough for a good white man. sorry still have a prob with mix dating shoved down my throat by hollyweird. A black man once told me that it was considered a status symbol to date or marry a white woman. but what’s her excuse?

    • KarlHall


      OK, where do Asian-American men fit in that. I want to know cos I’m of that race, annon.

    • Buffy Freak

      It never ceases to amaze me the stupid things people will say in a public forum. You think the reason the Kardashians dtae black men is because they aren’t classy enough for a good white man? And how exactly is Hollywood shoving interracial dating down your throat? Yours has to be the dumbest comment I’ve ever read here on EW and that is saying alot.

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