Who Are The Highest-Paid Reality TV Stars of 2010?

by | December 7, 2010 at 4:37 PM | TV News

Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

You love reality stars just they way they are (awww)—and they’re taking that love all the way to the bank. From books to clothing lines to margaritas to cupcake mix—they’re ridiculously creatively expanding their resumes at warp speed so their 15 minutes under the spotlight can turn into 20! (It’s no surprise how many of them have ‘Dancing With the Stars’ in common.)

Here are your top 10 highest-paid reality stars, according to The Daily Beast:

1. Kim Kardashian (‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’ ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ [upcoming] ‘Kim & Kourtney Take New York’)
Estimated worth: $6 million
Extracurricular ways she’s cashing in: Various tween credit card schemes, several retail clothing lines, a skincare line, Skechers Shape-ups, Quick Trim weight loss supplements, cupcake mix, Kotex, public appearances (reportedly charging up to $75K), and her newest venture—co-authoring Kardashian Konfidential.

2. Lauren Conrad (‘Laguna Beach,’ ‘The Hills’)
Estimated worth: $5 million
Extracurricular ways she’s cashing in: Author of young adult books and a fashion guide, clothing line for Kohl’s.

3. Bethenny Frankel (‘Real Housewives of New York,’ ‘Bethenny Getting Married,’ ‘Skating With the Stars,’ [upcoming] ‘Bethenny Ever After’)
Estimated worth: $4 million
Extracurricular ways she’s cashing in: NY Times Best Selling Author of two “skinny” diet books, Skinnygirl margarita mix, and coming out soon: a Skinnygirl lemonade-iced tea and an advice book called A Place of Yes.

4. Audrina Patridge (‘The Hills,’ ‘Dancing With the Stars’)
Estimated worth: $3.5 million
Extracurricular ways she’s cashing in: Working on a VH1 reality show with TV producer Mark Burnett, host of Internet network Yobi.tv, endorses Carl’s Jr. and Bongo Jeans.

5. Kate Gosselin (‘Kate Plus 8,’ ‘Dancing With the Stars’)
Estimated worth: $3.5 million
Extracurricular ways she’s cashing in: Author of three family-oriented books, speaking engagements, and coming out this January: another book called Love Is in the Mix.

6. Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino (‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘Dancing With the Stars’)
Estimated worth: $3 million
Extracurricular ways he’s cashing in: Public appearances (reportedly charging up to $50K), author of Here’s the Situation, fitness DVDs, endorses nutritional supplements and big name companies like Reebok and Vitamin Water, released a rap song, and a best-selling ‘GTL’ iPhone app.

7. Khloe Kardashian (‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’ ‘Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami’)
Estimated worth: $2.5 million
Extracurricular ways she’s cashing in: Co-owner of a high-end retail chain, a skincare line called PerfectSkin, endorses Bebe and Quick Trim diet products, public appearances, radio talk show, magazine exclusives, sponsored tweets, co-author of Kardashian Konfidential.

8. Kourtney Kardashian (‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’ ‘Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami,’ [upcoming] ‘Kim & Kourtney Take New York’)
Estimated worth: $2.5 million
Extracurricular ways she’s cashing in: Involved in various endorsements with sisters Kim and Khloe, recently managed Smooch, a baby boutique, co-author of Kardashian Konfidential.

9. DJ Pauly D (‘Jersey Shore’)
Estimated worth: $2 million
Extracurricular ways he’s cashing in: Spokesperson for Baskin Robbins, spinning records (reportedly charging up to $40K per party).

10. Kendra Wilkinson (‘Kendra’)
Estimated worth: $2 million
Extracurricular ways she’s cashing in: Author of autobiography Sliding Into Home, her pre-famous sex tape entitled Kendra Exposed (she was reportedly paid $680K plus change), a cover on Playboy this month.

How do you feel about how these reality TV stars are raking in the dough? Smart business moves or kinda embarrassing?