Most of the names on this list may not have been of any relevance for quite some time, or really ever at all, but their bank accounts would certainly beg to differ. These Z-list Celebrities, some talentless and attention seeking, and others just plain hard working but relatively unknown, have more fortune than they do fame. This list could very well cast the next season of “Dancing With The Stars,” albeit an all-star season, as many of the individuals have already made appearances on the Z-list befitting show. Despite not being among the league of extraordinary superstars, many of them have accumulated wealth that rivals some of the biggest names in their respective fields. What they lack in popularity however, they more than account for in serious cash flow. Some of them may have laughable reputations, and a less than impressive body of work, but rest assured; they are the ones who laugh much harder, and all the way to the bank!
9) Nene Leakes – $10 million
Outspoken and rambunctious reality TV star, Nene Leakes gained national recognition through the hit reality series, “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” As the highest paid housewife of the entire Housewives franchise, Nene makes a reported $1 million per season and is worth an impressive $9 million. Mainly earned from various television appearances as herself such as: RHOA, Celebrity apprentice, Dancing With The Stars and other reality star friendly shows.
8) Nick Lachey – $20 million
Former 98 degrees boy band member, Nick Lachey hasn’t had a hit song since 2000. However, in spite of not having released a notable hit in well over a decade, the musician is worth an estimated $20 million, much of which was accumulated through television hosting gigs, acting and song writing. 98 degrees reportedly reunited back in 2012 after a 9 year hiatus, and are apparently still active, though you’d never know it if you kept up with current music.
7) Dj Pauly D $ – 21 million
34-year old Pauly D of “Jersey Shore,” fame is worth an impressive $21 million, mostly earned from his surprisingly lucrative career as a Disc Jockey. The reality TV star was paid a reported $150,000 per episode while filming “Jersey Shore”. Since the shows cancellation, the DJ has kept himself busy, signing a 3-album contract with hip hop giant 50 cent’s record label, G-Unit Records. As well as making numerous appearances on talk shows and filming various reality TV projects.
6) Alex Borstein – $24 million
Former MADtv cast member, Alex Borstein is worth an estimated $24 million. The comedic actress is most notable as Lois Griffin on the controversial hit cartoon series, Family Guy. According to HollywoodReporter.com, Borstein and her fellow voice cast-members recently negotiated a salary between $175,000-$225,000 per episode. Bornstein’s source of wealth includes: acting, screen-writing and producing.
5) Jerry Springer – $75 million
Jerry Springer is the host of the long-time running Jerry Springer Show, a controversial talk show that features wild guests in crazy over-the-top segments. The talk show host is worth an estimated $75 million. It’s difficult to believe that a talk show with wildly inappropriate shenanigans began its first season as a serious themed political commentary program; but switched to the former theme for the sake of ratings. Which quickly proved, a mission undoubtedly accomplished.
4) Michael Buffer – $120 million
Failed actor Michael Buffer stumbled across his immensely profitable career, as a boxing announcer in 1982, when he was unable to land acting gigs. Shortly afterwards, he coined the famous catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” which he eventually procured a licensing deal for, with gaming company Midway, worth $100 million. As of 2014, Buffer has earned $400 million for licensing his copy written trademark. His success as an established boxing announcer ironically opened acting doors and he’s since appeared in 20+ films and television shows; mainly playing roles as a sports announcer or himself. Buffer is worth a remarkable $120 million, just as much, and in a lot of cases, even more than most A-list actors.
3) Judge Judith Sheindlin – $150 million
Worth an estimated $110 million, day time TV judge and Queen of Mean Judith Sheindlin, reportedly makes an annual $45 million a year. In 1996, Sheindlin transitioned from a Family Court Judge, to a television Judge. On air since 1996, Judge Judy is one of the pioneer court-room television programs. The long time running series is the most successful of them all, making Sheindlin the highest earning of all daytime TV judges, at a reported $123,000 per episode. In the real world’s justice system, it is actually illegal for a magistrate to treat litigants in the unnecessarily abrasive manner that Sheindlin does. And in the real world’s justice system, where ratings don’t matter, she could be removed from the bench.
2) Junior Bridgeman – $240 million
Former NBA Star, Junior Bridgman has one of the most inspiring stories to come out of the NBA. He played for the Milwaukee Bucks and LA clippers during his 12 year career. During his basketball days, Bridgeman was only paid an annual $350,000 in comparison to the multi-million deals that are acquired by today’s basketball stars. While a high percentage of retired athletes eventually go broke from a lack of steady income, and squandering away all of their fortune, Junior Bridgeman completely went against the odds by building a $400 million fast food empire, following his retirement from the NBA. Today, he’s worth an astounding $240 million and is the 2nd largest owner of Wendy’s franchises in America.
1) Howard Stern $500 million
Worth an astonishing $500 million, Howard Stern is the highest earning non-superstar on the list. The candid television and radio personality earns a reported $95 million a year from his television show alone. Stern signed a 5-year contract with Sirius XM radio worth $400 million, back in 2010. Other sources of his wealth include his position as a Judge on America’s Got Talent, his best-selling book, Private Parts and remunerative stock investments.