Kim Kardashian may endure slings and arrows for her tacky endeavors, but she made up for it with an estimated $6 million in income last year — the highest of all reality stars.
Lauren Conrad, Bethenny Frankel, Audrina Patridge, Kate Gosselin, The Situation, Pauly D and Kendra Wilkinson rounded out the top ten, according to estimates by the Daily Beast.
That’s a fraction of the earnings of an A-list movie star, but not bad for someone who has no discernible talent or job skill, and who only became famous after making a sex tape.
Kings & Queens of Reality Television
1. Kim Kardashian: $6m
2. Lauren Conrad: $5m
3. Bethenny Frankel: $4m
4. Audrina Patridge: $3.5m
5. Kate Gosselin: $3.5m
6. Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino: $3m
7. Khloe Kardashian: $2.5m
8. Kourtney Kardashian: $2.5m
9. DJ Pauly D: $2m
10. Kendra Wilkinson: $2m
Sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, who road the coatails of Kim’s sex tape fame, also pulled down around $2.5 million each from various reality shows and product endorsements. It’s unknown if Kim gets a cut of their cash.
Along with her E! show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and various spin-offs, Kim endorses a range of products, from Quick Trim diet cleanse, to Kotex tampons, Skechers sneakers and until recently a high fee credit card.
Kim and her sisiters, however, were forced to give up a MasterCard-branded “Kardashian Kard” after widespread complaints that the card’s fees were exploitive.
She also earn up to $75,000 for an appearance, and apparently no offer is refused. She recently opened a toilet facility in New York’s Times Square.
Kim also cashes in on her two million plus Twitter followers, by promoting products to her fans for a fee. She does not disclose the commercial tie-in to her Tweets.
The busty star was one of several celebrities who declared their “digital death” by swearing off Twitter to raise money for charity.
Alicia Keys charity Keep A Child Alive campaign hit the $1 million mark last night bringing Kim, Lady Gaga, Ryan Seacrest and other stars back to digital life.
Kim tweeted: ‘I am back from the dead! Thank you all so much for your donations and contributions! I have missed u all so much!!!’
Marketing and promotion companies please take note. Kim is open for business.