The Richest Reality TV Stars From Kim Kardashian to Lisa Vanderpump

Spencer Cain
The Richest Reality TV Stars From Kim Kardashian to Lisa Vanderpump
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In the age of social media and constant technological innovation, there are plenty of ways to get rich. You no longer have to spend years in school to be a lawyer, doctor, or investment banker. These days, you can invent an app in your high school classroom and sell it for millions of dollars. Another popular way people are chasing dollars (not to mention fame) these days is by appearing on reality TV.
As has been proven by shows like Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise, some people with extraordinary means love to flaunt their wealth. Of course, many play up their financial situation for the cameras in order to appear to be a more desirable cast member—and ultimately end up overextending themselves and ending up bankrupt.
But some are actually as rich as they say they are. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the 10 richest reality TV stars from Kim Kardashian to Lisa Vanderpump. Some of stars that made the cut are more unexpected.
Click through the slideshow above and let us know—did any of these surprise you?

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Kim Kardashian

Estimated Net Worth: $40 million

Sometimes, we forget that Kim Kardashian is a reality TV star. After all, she's one of the most famous faces today. But let's not forget what pays most of her bills: Her reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and its various spinoffs. Of course, her many endorsement deals and super rich baby daddy Kanye West (he's worth around $100 million) don't hurt.

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Bethenny Frankel

Estimated Net Worth: Over $55 million

Bethenny Frankel is a serious "Real Housewives" success story. She started the show dead broke, and then honed in on developing her line of Skinnygirl products. Lucky for her, her hard work paid off and she sold the brand for a hefty profit. Although the exact number has never been revealed, it has been heavily debated about in the media, and experts believe the value of the deal netted Frankel around $55 million. Needless to say, she left that meeting with some pretty hefty pocket change, and considering that Frankel has a stake in the future profits of Skinnygirl, the money has been roling in since the deal happened in 2011.

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Lisa Vanderpump

Estimated Net Worth: $65 million

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump is known for her lavish lifestyle, and unlike many of her fellow reality starlets, she actually has the capital to back it up. Her and her husband Ken Todd have owned over 26 restaurants in the UK and US.  

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Kandi Burruss

Estimated Net Worth: $35 million

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kandi Burruss first gained fame as a part of 1990s girl group Xscape, but since then she's made millions from her songwriting, including smash hits like TLC's "No Scrubs" and Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills." Since appearing on this Bravo reality show, she's focusing on other products—like her vibrator line, Bedroom Kandi. Seriously. We may giggle, but she's laughing all the way to the bank. 

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Shaunie O'Neal

Estimated Net Worth: $35 million

Thanks to her divorce from legendary NBA baller Shaquille O'Neal (who's worth $250 million) and her show "Basketball Wives" (she's the star and creator), Shaunie O'Neal is worth a cool $35 million. Shaq allegedly pays her $20,000 a month in spousal and child support. 

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Lea Black

Estimated Net Worth: $65 million

Lea Black isn't self-made whatsoever, but that doesn't mean she isn't filthy rich. The "Real Housewives of Miami" cast member and socialite is married to famed defense attorney Roy Black, best known for successfully getting William Kennedy Smith acquitted during a 1991 rape trial. 

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Khloé Kardashian

Estimated Net Worth: $11 million

Although Kim is clearly the richest of the Kardashian clan, Khloé isn't far behind. Her personal net worth doesn't reflect the net worth of her husband, NBA star Lamar Odom, who has a $56 million fortune. Khloé clearly has no problem spending her fortune on colored Birkin bags and Louboutins. 

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Pauly D 

Estimated Net Worth: $15 million

The "Jersey Shore" cast have all done very well for themselves. Thanks to his flourishing career as a DJ, Pauly D is worth $15 million. Needless to say, he'll never be in danger of not being able to afford hairspray. 

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Dina Eastwood

Estimated Net Worth: $20 million

Dina Eastwood, the star of E! reality show "Mrs. Eastwood & Company," is worth $20 million. She acquired her wealth from her TV reporting career and her speculated prenup with her spouse. Naturally, her superstar hubby Clint Eastwood is worth way more: $375 million. They spend the money on lavish homes, like their waterfront pad in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. 

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NeNe Leakes

Estimated Net Worth: $6.5 million

Linnethia "NeNe" Leakes famously proclaimed, "I'm very rich, bitch!" on her hit Bravo show "Real Housewives of Atlanta." And as it turns out, she is! NeNe is the highest paid cast member of the "Real Housewives" franchise, making $1 million (including a hefty bonus) per season. She's also seriously expanded her empire, appearing on Ryan Murphy's shows "Glee" and "The New Normal" as a regular cast member. With a "Real Housewives" spin-off show called "I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding" premiering on Bravo on September 19, it's clear she's just getting started! 

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