Monday, December 6, 2010

Lauren Conrad & Audrina Patridge Top the List of 'Highest Paid Reality Stars'

Being a reality star paid so well. From the Kardashian sisters' $11 million haul to The Situation's $3 million payday, The Daily Beast tallies the top earners in reality television. Lauren Conrad earned the #2 spot and Audrina Patridge hit at #4.

Lauren Conrad: Estimated 2010 earnings: $5 million

"LC" first engrossed a legion of teenagers in 2004 as one of the high-school crew cast in Laguna Beach. She left the beach for L.A. and the cameras followed. Though The Hills capped its last season without her, a show devoted solely to her and her fashion career pursuits is in the works. Her trilogy of young adult books, the most recent of which, Sugar and Spice, was released in October, have sold more than 1 million copies in hardback alone, according to Nielsen BookScan, and her style guide Lauren Conrad Style has sold more than 40,000 copies since its October release. But her biggest business coup is her line for Kohl's, which sold faster than the retailer expected, prompting the national chain to rush the line into all stores a season before planned.

Audrina Patridge: Estimated 2010 earnings: $3.5 million

The 25-year-old got her big break by playing the brunette sidekick to Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag on MTV's The Hills in 2006. While LC left and Montag morphed into a Barbie doppelganger, Patridge built her own following. She inked a deal with reality-television super-producer Mark Burnett that will air next year on VH1and is the host of the Internet network Her face has endorsed Carl's Jr, an honor she shares with Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, and is shilling for Bongo jeans.

Here is the complete list:
1. Kim Kardashian: Estimated 2010 earnings: $6 million
2. Lauren Conrad: Estimated 2010 earnings: $5 million
3. Bethenny Frankel: Estimated 2010 earnings: $4 million
4. Audrina Patridge: Estimated 2010 earnings: $3.5 million
5. Kate Gosselin: Estimated 2010 earnings: $3.5 million
6. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino: Estimated 2010 earnings: $3 million
7. Khloe Kardashian: Estimated 2010 earnings: $2.5 million
8. Kourtney Kardashian: Estimated 2010 earnings: $2.5 million
9. DJ Pauly D: Estimated 2010 earnings: $2 million
10. Kendra Wilkinson: Estimated 2010 earnings: $2 million
credit - The Daily Beast
~Kelli at Hills Freak

1 comment:

  1. Wow. $3.5 million for mostly blank stares. It really bothered me when the cast used to send tweets complaining about having to go to "work". It's like they have no idea what real work is like. Not 15 hours a week and getting millions of dollars. How could anyone complain?

    And the God, I've never seen such money whores.