We all know movie stars make millions, live in mansions and drive luxury cars. And in today’s world, with our increasingly voyeuristic nature, reality stars have begun to do the same! Gone are the days when appearing on a reality show only offered 15 minutes of fame. With social media engulfing our daily lives, some reality stars have found ways to stay relevant online and hence turn their 15 minutes of fame into true lasting stardom.
Creating a presence on TV and social media comes with major perks. Statistics have shown that some reality stars earn up to one million dollars per social media sponsored post! Check out our run-down of the highest earners in the reality TV business just now.
10 Kris Jenner
She may not be the one appearing on magazine covers or launching her own make-up line, but she does make 10% every time one of her millionaire children makes a dollar. With 6 millionaire children, it's no surprise that Kris Jenner is in the top 10 richest reality stars of 2019.
Much like the rest of her family, Jenner rose to fame through the famous reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians. As of 2019, her net worth is estimated to be $60 million.
9 Lisa Vanderpump
A woman of many talents, Lisa Vanderpump is an actress, restaurateur, author and a huge reality TV star. She began acting on the big screen in the 1970s and went on to become a reality star in 2010, with the renowned TV show The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.
Since then, Lisa has appeared on other reality programs like the spin-off Vanderpump Rules and the hit series Dancing With The Stars. Together with her husband Ken Todd, Vanderpump owns 36 restaurants located in London and Los Angeles. As of 2019, her net worth is estimated at $75 million.
8 Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as William Bruce Jenner, first became a household name in America after wining a gold medal in the Summer Olympic decathlon in 1976. She then rose to prominence through the hit reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians on which she appeared until her separation from ex Kris Jenner in 2013.
After coming out as a transgender woman in 2015, Caitlyn scored her own reality show I Am Cait that ran for one season. As of 2019, her net worth is estimates at a $100 million.
7 Gordon Ramsay
The king of reality cooking competitions on TV, Gordon Ramsay is one of the 10 richest reality stars in 2019. He made his mark on shows such as Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef USA as the strict food critic but a brilliant cook with exceptional skills.
Apart from his reality show career, Ramsay owns exquisite restaurants around the world, many of which have earned Michelin stars. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated to be $190 million.
6 Paris Hilton
A descendent of Conrad Hilton, Paris Hilton was born into a life filled with luxury and allure. She grew up in the midst of Hollywood glamour and went on to showcase her desirable life alongside best friend Nicole Ritchie on her reality series, The Simple Life, which premiered in 2003 and went on to run for 5 seasons.
Paris has made appearances in many other Hollywood and silver screen projects while growing her own empire with a line of perfumes, clothes and her very own music album. As of 2019, her net worth is estimated to be $300 million.
5 Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West may as well be dubbed the ‘Queen of reality TV,’ with her success on Keeping Up With The Kardashians over the past decade. One of the most iconic reality shows to hit television, KUWTK has amazed fans and earned Kim a hefty fortune over the years.
Apart from starring in her own reality show, Kim Kardashian West makes her millions through various business ventures such as her own makeup line KKW Beauty, her mobile game Kim Kardashian Takes Hollywood and her clothing line for kids. As of 2019, her net worth is estimated to be $350 million.
4 Jamie Oliver
The name Jamie Oliver is synonymous with Italian cuisine in most countries. His famous pasta sauces, delicious pizzas and amazing culinary skills have made him one of the most iconic chefs of this century. He has restaurants in his name in many cities across the globe and has acquired partnerships with supermarkets to sell his sauces in most continents.
In 1999, Oliver starred in his own reality cooking show titled The Naked Chef. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated to be $400 million.
3 Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest is a veteran reality show host. Hosting kids' game shows at the beginning of his career, Seacrest went on to host the iconic American Idol from its inception in 2002 to its last episode in 2016.
The highest-paid host in the history of television, Seacrest began his own production company in 2006. He also serves as the executive producer to the hit reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated to be $410 million.
2 Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell is perhaps the most renowned judge in the world of reality shows across the globe. His mean attitude and snarky comments made him a household favourite as he stirred up drama for 9 seasons in the hit reality show American Idol, before moving on to judge The X Factor.
Cowell founded the British entertainment company Syco, signing big names like One Direction under the Syco music wing. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated to be $570 million.
1 Kylie Jenner
She may have made her fortune through her iconic Kylie Lip Kits, but much like her sisters, Kylie Jenner’s fame began on the hit reality series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Kylie also went on to star in her own spin-off series titled Life Of Kylie that ran for one season.
According to a 2018 Instagram Rich List collected by Hopper HQ, Jenner is the highest paid celebrity on social media, garnering one million dollars per Instagram post. As of 2019, her net worth is estimated at a whopping $1 billion!