From music shows to house guests, reality TV covers the whole gamut of interests and has the power to entice and excite us. Whether you love it or hate it, we bet you’ll be curious to know how much reality stars are actually worth!
Simon Cowell – $550 Million
Whether you love or hate him, Simon Cowell is one of the most recognizable faces of reality TV. The popular British-born judge of American Idol is also the highest paid celebrity judge on television. His salary comes in in about $95 million per annum. Popular in the USA as well as the UK, Cowell is the man behind The X Factor and America’s Got Talent too. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of 100 most powerful people in British culture.
Howard Stern – $500 Million
This out-spoken and, at times, crass radio host is one of the most popular personalities in the world. Howard Stern has been producing radio on Sirius XM Radio since 2006 but first gained popularity back in 1986. Today his net worth is estimated to be around $500 million. Not too shabby, if you ask us! Stern self proclaimed himself as “King of All Media” in 1992 due to his success outside of the world of radio. He has released two books and performed on the soundtrack for a movie based on his life.
Jennifer Lopez – $300 Million
This gorgeous Latina star never seems to slow down and it shows in her bank account! Lopez has conquered the music and television world, has been a judge on American Idol and also apparently has a new reality show in the works. fashion, music, film, and television keep her busy and keep her fans totally in love. Today, her net worth is an estimated $3oo million and her annual salary is somewhere around $20 to $30 million. Forbes has ranked her as one of the most powerful women in the world.
Judith Sheindlin – $200 Million
Judy is an actual retired Manhattan family court judge who made the switch to reality TV star. Using a mock courtroom setting, she broadcasts rulings and adjudicates small claims cases. Her annual salary is an estimated $45 million and her net worth is about $200 million. Her show won the Day Time Emmy award in 2013, and was nominated several times since. The reality based court room drama revised a genre that had died with the two shows that proceeded her, The People’s Court and Jones & Jury.
Tyra Banks – $90 Million
Before she became a popular reality star, Banks was an A-list model. Her successful modeling career has included the likes of GQ, Sports Illustrated, and Victoria Secret. Tyra created and began hosting the reality show America’s Next Top Model in 2003 until it’s cancellation in 2015. The wildly popular show brought her a salary of $18 million per year. Her net worth overall is estimated at $90 million, as a result of her combined efforts on TV and running a successful marketing company.
Adam Levine -$60 Million
Adam Levine is the famous lead singer for the band Maroon 5, but in recent years he has also been a judge on the popular music reality show The Voice. Adam is set to star in his own reality show called Songland. His net worth is apparently about $60 million and continuously growing. Levine is not only a singer songwriter but he is also an entrepreneur. He launched his own fragrance line in 2013 and owns his own record label, 222 Records.
Jacob Hoggard – $1.5 Million
Jacob Hoggard was the Canadian Idol runner-up and is considered one of the most popular reality stars in Canada. After his success on the show he founded his own band, Hedley, in 2004. His net worth is an estimated $1.5 million. Hoggard was the host for the 2015 Canadian Music Awards, The Juno’s, and proved his presence in front of the camera hasn’t faded. Jacob married his high school sweetheart in 2005 but sadly the pair divorced just four years later.
Salman Khan – $200 Million
You might not know who Salman Khan is, but we totally think you should! In Bollywood, this star is ranked at the top of the top and his net worth is reportedly a cool $200 million. His resume credits him as a singer, actor, producer and philanthropist. He gets approximately $1.2 million for every episode of the Bigg Boss, a show similar to Big Brother. Salman Khan is heavily involved in the production of Bigg Boss and has hosted several seasons.
Shilpa Shetty – $14 Million
Shilpa Shetty is an Indian film actress, TV producer, fashion model and the winner of the British version of Celebrity Big Brother. She is known as one of India’s highest profile celebrities and has been nominated for numerous awards. Thanks to her insane popularity she is also a sought after actress for product endorsement. She worked along side Salman Khan and served as a celebrity host for Bigg Boss 2 in 2008. Her net worth is approximately $14 million.
Willie Robertson – $20 Million
Willie Jess Robertson is an American TV personality and businessman who has made his money just doing what he likes best! Robertson is the brains behind Duck Commander and the star of his own show Duck Dynasty. Robertson’s father, Phil Robertson, was the one who started the duck-call business years ago and passed it on to Willie, who created a multi million dollar empire. Robertson grew up duck hunting and spent a considerable amount of time helping his father run the family business.
Kim Kardashian – $150 Million
If you don’t know who Kim Kardashian is, you must have been living under a rock for the last five years! Kim is basically the queen of reality television and has made her fortune off of branding herself. Her whole family is a part of the reality game and Kim was the one to get the ball rolling. Today she is worth an estimated $150 million. Kim is married to rapper Kanye West and the couple have two adorable children together.
Nicole LaValle – $4 Million
Nicole LaValle is better known as Snooki, the tough talking cookie from the Jersey Shore. Nicole rose to fame on the reality TV show Jersey Shore, which might be one of the most contentious series on TV in the past decade. Despite Snooki’s annoying behavior, she became the most successful member of the Shore’s cast. After debuting on the show in 2009, LaValle appeared on numerous talk shows including The View and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Gordon Ramsay – $160 Million
Don’t get on this fiery chef’s bad side or you’ll earn more than your fair share of scolding! This British chef and TV personality is one of the most popular TV hosts in the world. Ramsay has been awarded a total of 15 Michelin star due to the incredible success of his restaurants. Ramsay has been involved in over 16 TV programs over the course of his career. His net worth is an estimated $160 million. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2006.
Keith Urban – $75 Million
This New-Zealand-Australian country singer is worth around $75 million. Before he was a reality TV star he was just a country boy making big bucks off of his charming personality and beautiful voice. His role on American Idol for the past couple of seasons has definitely helped him boost his public image after an open struggle with addiction. Urban has released a total of nine studio albums and charted 37 singles on the US Hot Country Songs. Keith is married to actress Nicole Kidman.
Blake Shelton – $10 Million
Another Country singer turned reality star, Blake Shelton has taken the world by storm in recent years. According to Forbes, Shelton was the third highest paid country star of 2014, behind Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts. His net worth is approximately $10 million and counting. His participation on the series The Voice has done more for him than just help his career, his personal life has changed drastically as a result as well. Shelton is romantically linked to fellow judge and singer, Gwen Stefani.
Pharrell Williams – $80 Million
Who doesn’t love Pharrell Williams? This American songwriter and rapper is always ahead of the trends when it comes to hip-hop and rap. Pharrell is another judge from The Voice and it has helped him to amass a net worth of around $80 million. His album Girl was released in 2014 and the single Happy became a hit around the world. Pharrell has a total of 10 Grammy awards to his name and is also a two-time Academy Award nominee. Like most stars today he is also an entrepreneur and involved in the fashion industry.
Bethenny Frankel – $25 Million
Bethenny Frankel is the founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails and has written a total of four self help books. In addition to hosting her own talk show, Bethenny, she has appeared on other television programs. Frankel was a contestant on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, as well as a member of the Real Housewives of New York City cast. Frankel’s had some personal set backs and after having to pay divorce court fees, child support, and spousal support, she is currently worth around $25 million.
Kourtney Kardashian -$20.4 Million
Kourtney Kardashian is a vocal and highly visible part of the Kardashian clan. She has done pretty well for herself ,thanks in part to her famous name, but we can’t deny her keen business sense. She currently has a net worth of a reported $20.4 million, not too bad! In cooperation with two of her sisters she launched several clothing collections and fragrances and a book titled Kardashian Konfiedntial in 2010. Kourtney has starred in four different reality shows centered around her family.
Khloe Kardashian – $20 Million
Another member of the Kardashian reality empire, Khloe joins her sisters in the list and is reportedly worth an impressive $20 million. Khloe is heavily involved in the business aspects of the family empire and has also had perhaps the most impressive makeover of the Kardashian sisters. In 2009, Khloe was a participant on the second season of The Celebrity Apprentice and finished 10th out of 16 contestants. Her recent book, Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian was a huge success and inspirational.
Kendall Jenner -$12 Million
Kendall Jenner’s net worth of $12 million shouldn’t surprise anyone. At only 21 years old, she is well on her way to mogul status. After becoming a reality series icon and a Victoria Secret model, Kendall continues to add major fashion labels to her portfolio. Kendall is a brand ambassador for Estee Lauder and debuted at No.16 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of top earning models. Kendall is, of course, part of the famous Kardashian family, which doesn’t hurt her earning potential, obviously.
Kylie Jenner – $9.9 Million
Following in her famous sister’s footsteps, Kylie Jenner joins the ranks of Reality TV royalty. Her suspected net-worth comes in around $9.9 million. Kylie has come under fire from media outlets regarding the drastic changes in her physical appearance in the past few years. In addition to this, her very public dispute with singer Kylie Minogue over the branding of their shared name also made headlines. Her penchant for drama has helped make her famous as she is one of the top 10 most followed celebrities on Instagram!
Caitlyn Jenner – $100 Million
Born William Bruce Jenner, and now known as Caitlyn Jenner, Caitlyn is one of the most highly visible transgender individuals in the world. Caitlyn was once married to Kris Jenner and regularly appeared on the family reality show, Keeping up with the Kardashians. Today, Caitlyn has her own TV series, I Am Cait, which focuses on her gender transition and daily life. From athlete to reality TV star, Caitlyn is currently worth around $100 million.
Louisa Johnson – $7.4 Million
At only 19 years old, Louisa is one of the youngest stars on our list. After her amazing win on the British series X Factor UK, Johnson has made headway in her career. Currently, she is worth around $7.4 million but that number is expected to rise. She was recently featured on the number one track “Tears” for the band Clean Bandit. Louisa was mentored by singer Rita Ora thanks to public vote and the pair got along famously!
Leona Lewis – $24 Million
This fantastic British singer and songwriter once studied music at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Her big break came after winning the third season of the British X factor in 2006. Leona is currently considered to be one of the wealthiest singers in the United Kingdom and one of the most popular. She is worth an estimated $24 million thanks to record sales and live performances. In 2016, Leona made her Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats.
James Arthur – $5 Million
James Arthur is a British singer and songwriter who won the ninth series of The X Factor and released his debut single Impossible shortly after. His single debuted at number one in its first week! He is currently worth an estimated $5 million but will probably only grow his bank account in the years to come. Like a true reality star, James faced some controversy after becoming famous. After releasing his debut studio album, iTunes was forced to offer refunds for purchasers after some bad behavior on Arthur’s part.
Sam Bailey – $1 Million
Another talented X Factor alum, Sam Bailey is an English singer and songwriter who became famous after winning in the 10th season of the series. The X Factor in 2013 was a hot year! Bailey was the first X Factor contestant in three years to gain the number one Christmas spot. After her success on the reality show, Bailey was cast as Mamma Morton in the UK tour of the musical Chicago. At 39 years old, this pop soul singer still has a bright future in show biz ahead of her!
Mama June – $1 Million
Mama June Shannon is a very popular reality television star. After her appearance on the reality show Honey Boo Boo, she is now worth an estimated $1 million! Prior to Honey Boo Boo, Shannon was featured on the TLC series, Toddlers and Tiaras. After coming into some money, Mama June has undergone a fantastic weight loss transformation. She has so far lost a remarkable 141 pounds thanks in part to weight loss surgery and a personal trainer. Mama June has four daughters who have also been featured on TV.
Lauren Conrad – $25 Million
Lauren Conrad is a woman of endless talents and oh-so pretty, too. After starting off her career with her role on the series Laguna Beach, she moved on to The Hills and a bigger paycheck! Her TV exposure helped her become one of the most popular fashionistas on the internet today, so it’s no wonder that she is worth $25 million. Conrad added author to her resume not long ago with the trilogy L.A. Candy and the spin-off series The Fame Game.
Kristin Cavallari – $3.5 Million
Kristin Cavallari is an American TV personality, fashion designer and actress. Cavallari came to prominence after being cast in the show Laguna Beach as a teenager. She moved to L.A. with hopes of pursuing her acting career but was only able to land small and insignificant parts. Kristin is now married to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and the mother to three children. Cavallari has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million. Cavallari was recently in the news for her refusal to vaccinate her children due to fears of potential connections to autism.
Audrina Patridge – $5 Million
Patridge is an American TV personality, presenter and actress. Her star rose only after she was cast in the series The Hills alongside her friends Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag. She has a net worth of approximately $5 million. Audrina was also featured on the 11th season of Dancing With The Stars and finished at seventh place. She tried producing her own reality series, Audrina, which would have documented her life and those of her close friends. It was cancelled soon after.
Heidi Montag – $100k
This American television personality, singer and fashion designer was once Lauren Conrad’s BFF on the reality TV series The Hills. Although she may have lost her friend, she did find the love of her life and now husband, Spencer Pratt. During the show’s production, she also briefly attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Her career went downhill after the show wrapped, and she is currently worth a mere $100,000. Montag has acquired a reputation for appearing on reality TV shows and has appeared on at least four.
Whitney Port – $3.5 Million
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Whitney is a true California girl. Port is known for her roles on the reality shows The Hills and Laguna Beach. During the series production, she held positions with fashion magazine Teen Vogue and People’s Revolution. Whitney then moved to New York city and was employed by designer Diane von Furstenberg which led to a spin off TV series, The City, that documented her new and exciting life in the Big Apple.
Spencer Pratt – $500k
Spencer Pratt is a 33-year-old reality TV star prince! Pratt dated cast mate Heidi Montag during the filming of the series The Hills. Their relationship led to drama between Montag and friend Lauren Conrad which eventually led to the end of their friendship. Pratt has a net worth of only $500,000 despite having appeared on several reality shows. His very first reality show was The Princes of Malibu, alongside friend Brody Jenner, where he acted in the role of his manager and publicist.
Kris Jenner – $100 Million
This female power house is the mama who runs the Kardashian clan. Of course, we also all know her as the famous ex-wife to Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn. Despite her many business ventures, reality TV shows and guest appearances, Kris has a net worth of only $100 million. For some reason, we thought it would be higher. Kris runs her own production company based out of Los Angles called Jenner Communications. She acts as the business manager for her daughter Kim and is heavily involved in the lives of her other children.
Abby Lee Miller – $2 Million
Abby Lee Miller is a well known American dance teacher, choreographer and director of her own production company. Reign Dance Productions is responsible for shaping the careers of several prominent performers today. Abby is well known as the dance teacher that helped Maddie Ziegler, the famous dancer from Sia’s videos, rise to fame. Her TV series, Dance Moms, follows the practice sessions and performances of several young students at the Abby Lee Dance Company. She is currently worth $2 million.
Maddie Ziegler – $2 Million
Born in 2002, Maddie Ziegler is one of the youngest people on our list. She is an American dancer, actress and model, who achieved world wide recognition early on for her amazing performance skills. She first appeared on the reality program Dance Moms at the age of 8, where her amazing talents separated her from other participants and drew the attention of music star Sia. Maddie performed in five music videos for the singer and has since been seen on magazine covers and countless feature articles. Her current net worth sits at around $2 million.
Kelly Clarkson – $28 Million
Clarkson is a singer/songwriter who rose to fame in 2002 after winning the first ever season of American Idol. Clarkson signed with RCA records and released her debut single, “A Moment Like This” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 and quickly became the best selling single of 2002. Clarkson has had several changes in her public image over the years and transitioned from rocker chick to country star and back to pop idol. Her current net worth is sits at an estimated $28 million thanks to record sales and numerous performances.
Trent Harmon – $500k
From first Idol winner to the last, they both make our list! Trent Harmon gained national attention after winning the final season and 15th season of American Idol. His current net worth is a reported $500,000 but is expected to only rise thanks to his killer stage presence. Harmon stole the judges hearts after they heard his amazing rendition of a classic rhythm and blues song during the audition phase of the competition. Trent suffered from Mono for a week during the competition but still managed to rehearse and perfect his performance, albeit in seclusion away from other contestants.
Jillian Michaels – $14 Million
Jillian Michaels is a personal trainer and businesswoman that proves time and time again the power of self dedication. She is known for being one of the strictest trainers on the reality weight loss program The Biggest Loser. Her current net worth is reportedly $14 million. Apart from The Biggest Loser, Michaels has appeared on the talk show The Doctors and in 2016 she premiered her own reality show, Just Jillian on E!. Michaels is engaged to her partner Heidi Rhoades and is the mother to two adorable children.
Richard Hatch – $200,000
Richard won the first series of the infamous reality tv show Survivor and won the coveted $1 million prize money. Richard clearly enjoyed the show as he also appeared on the all-star version. He also appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2011. However, it hasn’t been all plane sailing for Richard – he was caught evading tax and spent a number of months behind bars. He was also named one of the ’60 Nastiest Villains of All Time’.
Johnny Fairplay – $500,000
Fairplay is best known for appearing on Survivor in which he placed third. He famously claimed on the show that his grandmother had died, but it was an outright life. He also appeared on various other reality TV Shows including America’s Next Top Model and Celebrity Fear Factor and it seems that it has paid off – Fairplay has accumulated a net worth of around $500,000. Fairplay also has a passion for wrestling in which he also competes.
Danielle Bregoli- $160,000
Danielle Bregoli might not be a name you recognize but you’d be hard pressed not to know her catch phrase, “Cashme outside, howabowdah?” This unlikely reality star found her fame after an episode of Dr. Phil on which she argued with her mother and audience members incessantly. In the weeks that followed her appearance on the show, production companies sought her out with potential reality TV show ideas. Rumor has it that she commands $40,000 for every appearance she makes and at that rate her net worth is projected to reach $1 million easily this year.
Duggar Family – $3.5 Million
It’s hard to believe that the Duggar’s shot to fame over 13 years ago on the TLC show 14 Kids And Counting. Since then Jim and Michelle Duggar have gone on to have 5 more children. The family were rocked with scandal in 2015 when Josh Duggar, the oldest son of the family admitted to acting inappropriately around his sisters. Subsequently, the show was suspended, however Jill and Jessa went onto star in their own spin off show Counting On.
Ryan Seacrest – $55 Million
Seacrest is not only a popular radio personality and TV host, he is also an incredible popular producer. This handsome star is probably one of the busiest people in showbiz, and was the resident host on American Idol. His net worth is estimated to sit somewhere around $55 million. Ryan Seacrest never seems to slow down or to age, and at 42 he’s still dazzling fans with his pearly whites and upbeat personality. Ryan had a two year relationship with reality star and dancer Julianne Hough and we’re sad it didn’t work out.
Kody Brown – $800,000
Kody Brown is infamous for having four wives and starring on the hit show Sister Wives. The show documents Kody’s new marriage to Robin, as well as his existing ones with Meri, Janelle and Christine. Altogether the family consists of 17 children who all have their own opinion on their parents less than conventional lifestyle. Although the family were hit with bankruptcy not long ago, they still have an estimated net worth of $800,000. They are paid a whopping $50,000 per episode, and also sell jewelry online.
‘Octomom’ Nadya Suleman – $1 Million
She first gained her fame when she gave birth t0 octuplets. The Suleman octuplets are only the second full set of octuplets to be born alive in the United States, and this story made headlines across the country and even the world. She received a lot of backlash from the public for a string of controversial choices to make money. Her net worth currently stands at $1M.
Giada De Laurentiis – $20 Million
Giada can cook up a storm, as well as her bank account. This Italian-born American chef is the host of Food Network’s Giada at Home. She’s become a celebrity house-hold name and opened her own restaurant on the Las Vegas strip called simply called “Giada”.