Kendra Wilkinson (now Kendra Baskett) is an American Television personality, glamour model, author and businesswoman with an estimated net worth of $6 million.
Kendra Wilkinson Net Worth: How She Started
Kendra Leigh Wilkinson was born on June 12, 1985 in San Diego, California and raised in the suburb of Clairemont by her mom and grandmother. Kendra’s father Eric left the family when she was just 4 years old, and four years later when she turned 8, her parents who married on November 5, 1983 divorced. Kendra attended high school at Clairemont High School and was active in sporting activities particularly softball and played for the varsity team for six years. After graduating in 2003, she landed a job as an office administrative assistant while working part time as a model.
In 2004, photographer Kim Riley sent a photo of her via fax to playboy mansion owner Hugh Hefner. Hefner seeing the photo was attracted to her and invited her to the infamous mansion for his 78th birthday party. At the party, Kendra posed as one of the painted girls who walked around the mansion clad in nothing but paint. After the party, Hefner asked her to move into the mansion and Kendra who at the time shared a small apartment with an annoying roommate gladly moved in alongside her two dogs. But Kendra wasn’t the only one invited, other ladies Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt also moved in as Hefner’s girlfriends.
Kendra Wilkinson Net Worth: Fame With Reality TV
Together with the other two Playboy girlfriends, Kendra starred in E! reality TV show “The Girls Next Door” which focused on their relationship with Hefner as well as the numerous wild parties held in the mansion. AKA The Girls of the Playboy Mansion, the reality TV show premiered on August 7, 2005 to very favorable ratings and became an instant hot for E! The second season premiered to 1.6 million viewers breaking a three year old record set on E! by another reality TV show. The success of the show was succeeded by a nude pictorial of the playboy girlfriends on a November 2015 issue of the Playboy Magazine. The show ended in August 8, 2010 with a viewer rating of over 2.4 million.
The success of the series plunged Kendra and the other two playboy girlfriends into the limelight. Kendra began making cameo appearances in other TV shows including “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Entourage” and “Las Vegas”. Kendra in December 2005 became a regular blogger and columnist for the Philadelphia Eagles website. (Her mother Patti had been a cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles and then future husband also played for the football franchise). She and the girls also landed a cameo role in 2006 horror film “Scary Movie 4”.
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Kendra also appeared on music videos of top artists including Akon’s “Smack That” and Nickelback’s “Rockstar”. Kendra like the other playboy girlfriends broke up with Hefner in 2008 and in 2009, after Kendra met and fell in love with Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, Hank Baskett, she moved out of the playboy mansion and began her own eponymous reality TV show “Kendra”.
Kendra Wilkinson Net Worth: Continued Fame With “Kendra”
Despite the break up, Hefner and Kendra were in good terms and he even offered his mansion to be used for her wedding venue. The first season of her spin off show Kendra focused on her relationship with Baskett and plans for her wedding. The show premiered on E! on June 7, 2009 to 2.6 million viewers breaking the record formerly held by The Anna Nicole Show as the highest-rated debut for a reality show. US Weekly Magazine reportedly paid $120,000 to publish Kendra and Hank Baskett’s wedding photos. At the wedding, Kendra’s entire outfit was worth a total of $100,000.
Kendra continued to air on E! for 4 seasons and 45 episodes ending on November 20, 2011 as she parted ways with E!. However, that wasn’t the end of her reality TV career, Kendra began another show entitled “Kendra On Top” on WE tv. It debuted on June 5, 2012 to favorable ratings which continued throughout the entire season with a total viewership of over 7.5 million. Kendra On Top chronicles Kendra and Hank’s everyday life as couple and parents as well as their various business endeavors. In 2013, Kendra made $2 million from her show.
Kendra has appeared on other reality TV shows including; “Dancing with the Stars”, “Celebrity Wife Swap” and “I’m a “Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!”
Back in 2008, Kendra was paid $680,000 for a sex tape that was made between her and her high school boyfriend when she was 18 years old.