The list examines pretax earnings from TV shows, plus endorsements, social media advertisements, books, appearances, apps, games, and any other ventures that earn them cash. To be eligible, celebrities must star in an unscripted show that aired during our scoring period. The show must follow their life, rather than a competition or game. Judges and hosts for programs such as The Voice or Top Chef were not included, nor were celebrities who launched shows based on their professional reputation (Gordon Ramsay, for example).
These reality stars all make relatively little from their shows, which instead function as advertising and branding opportunities. On-screen salaries hover in the low seven figures, but the bulk of the stars’ cash tends to come from endorsements, be it beauty products or liquors.
1.Kim Kardashian – $51 Millions
2. Kylie Jenner – $18 Millions
3. Kendall Jenner – $17 Millions
Rounding out the top four is Khloe Kardashian. Her Kocktails with Khloe show may have been cancelled, but Khloe’s earnings are on the rise thanks to new ventures such as Good American jeans, a book, and lots of social media endorsements (she posted over a dozen sponsored pictures on Instagram in our scoring period)
Last time Forbes crunched the numbers, in 2013, she earned an estimated $10 Millions
5. Kourtney Kardashian – $10 Millions
6. Bethenny Frankel – $8.5 Millions
The Kardashian clan fill six of seven spots on our all-female, first-ever ranking of America’s Top-Earning Reality Stars, who cumulatively earned $131 million. The Kardashian-Jenners alone accounted for a startling $122.5 million combined. That’s not including the paychecks of Caitlyn Jenner, Rob Kardashian or Blac Chyna, who earned too little to make the $8.5 million cut off.