When it comes to the business of reality TV none else does it better than the famous Kardashian-Jenner Klan. Their E! Reality Show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” have been churning out big bucks since its premiere on October 14, 2007 and have also spawned numerous spin-offs. With 12 seasons and counting, KUWTK is the longest running reality show in America’s history. Little wonder why the family members are the highest paid in the business.
Besides the paycheck they earn from the show, which is paid “per episode”, the family members have each branched out to their own sphere of business, capitalizing on their mammoth social media following. Each of the sisters earn top dollar by shilling for top brands across their social media platforms. Kim, for instance counts 165.6 million followers among her loyal fan base. The influence this family has on the younger generation is simply incredible. The all-female list of 7 as originally compiled by Forbes, sees the famous family take all but one spot snapped by Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel.
As emphasized by Forbes, the list only focused on stars featuring on unscripted reality shows about their personal lives excluding reality game shows, therefore, making reality game show judges ineligible for a berth. Also, a cut off margin of $8.5 million was set which made lower-earning K-J Klan members like Cait, Rob and wife Blac Chyna ineligible. The entire 7 stars on the list made a combined $131 million pretax between 1 June 2015 and June 1 2016 with the Kard-Jens taking $122.5 million. Without further ado, here is the list of America’s highest paid reality TV stars 2016 beginning from the least earner.
7. Bethenny Frankel
Earnings: $8.5 million
Frankel is the only Real Housewife cast to make the list so apparently, she is the highest paid woman on the franchise. She receives about $40,000 per episode as one of the original cast on the Bravo show. However, accounting for a greater part of her earnings is her Skinnygirl cocktail company which she sold to Beam Global of Fortune Brands Inc. for around $100 million. The deal made 5 years ago entitles Frankel to millions worth of incentives, depending on the success of the brand. Still under the Skinnygirl brand, Frankel has signed licensing deals with a number of other products from Kitchen appliances to shapewears.
6. Kourtney Kardashian
Earnings: $10 million
Kourtney like her sisters banks from social media sponsored post which pay over $200,000 each, except that her’s is fewer compared to her sister’s. Her endorsement partners include skin care products Manuka Doctor. She also earns from the family’s Kardashian Beauty products.
5. Kris Jenner
Earnings: $11.5 million
Momager Kris Jenner does not only earn from her own role on the family show but is entitled to a percentage cut from her children’s paycheck for helping them land sweet deals…
4. Khloe Kardashian
Earnings: $15 million
Outside her KUWTK paycheck, Khloe earned big from her newly launched denim line called “Good American”. The line debuted online and in selected Nordstrom stores in October 2016, retailing from $159 to $215 a pair. Khloe looks to expand the brand to include bodysuits, sweatshirts and tees. Khloe also earned from the sales of her book “Strong Looks Better Naked”. And of course over a handful of social media sponsored posts.