IT’s not always easy to live in the fishbowl of a reality TV show. Painful family secrets and other dirty laundry are exposed, and the bashing on social media sites can be brutal – but the money is good, really good.
Former stripper NeNe Leakes’ catch phrase is: “I’m very rich, b*tch!” And she’s not lying! With a net worth estimated at $4.5 million, the 45-year-old “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star is reportedly the highest-paid housewife in the series franchise.
Kim Kardashian, 32, and her family became household names in 2007 with the launch of their reality show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” Between that and the various spinoff shows and other projects, Kim is now reportedly worth a cool $40 million.
Here’s how a few others stack up: Table-flipping diva Teresa Giudice, 40, from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is reportedly worth $11 million; Faye Resnick, 55, who became famous as the best friend of O.J. Simpson’s murdered ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and now appears on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” has banked $3.5 million; and former child star Kyle Richards, 44, who’s also on “RHBH,” is worth $20 million.
A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” guys, the Robertson family, began their business making duck calls in their dilapidated family shed in Louisiana. And while the “Duck Commander” business has been going strong for years, the show has caused sales to skyrocket – and they’re now worth a total of $32 million!
Others who’ve found it pays to be real are Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” Patti Stanger, 51, who’s worth $4.5 million, and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay of FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares” fame, who’s cooked up a $50 million fortune.