There are several personalities who’ve made the most of the recent upsurge of interest in television. These people regularly make their presence known in several Reality TV series and get paid serious money to do so. Here’s a list of some of the richest reality TV stars in the world.
Howard Stern has a net worth of $500 million. The man initially made a name for himself as a radio host before making a successful crossover to reality TV shows. The man served as a judge on the immensely popular TV show America’s Got Talent. His salary for season 9 of the show was estimated to be $15 million.
Anyone who has switched the TV on in the last decade is certainly familiar with this man. Simon Cowell is the man and he has a net worth of $425 million. He attains revenues mainly through the music and the television industry. The man has been a judge in several reality TV programs such as The X Factor, American Idol, and Britain’s Got Talent where his no-nonsense attitude, wise cracks and terrible insults have made him infamous.
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Although Jennifer Lopez has amassed most of her $250 million fortune as a music artist, the salary she receives as a Judge in American Idol cannot be overlooked. She was ostensibly paid a handsome salary of $20 million for the 13th season of American Idol. Jennifer Lopez can be termed a successful singer, actress, dancer, television personality and fashion designer. Most recently, she lent her vocals to the official song of World Cup 2014, We are one (Ole Ola).
Ryan Seacrest has a net worth of $125 million. He is a popular television host and a radio personality. Ryan’s rise to the top has been remarkable and most of his fortune is derived from his role as the host of American Idol, the American Top 40 radio countdown and E News. Besides that, the man is also the brains behind the extremely popular TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians, where he serves as a producer. His popularity has seen him tie up endorsement deals with the likes of Bing, Coca-Cola etc.
Judith Susan Sheindlin, popularly known as Judge Judy, allegedly earns a staggering $47 million annually for her TV show, Judge Judy. Judith dons the hat of a lawyer, judge, television personality and author. Judith practiced law and served as a judge in criminal court for several years; she passed the bar exam in 1965 and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the New York Law School.
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Christina Aguilera has a net worth of $100 million. The singer has certainly benefited immensely from the popular TV show The Voice where she lends her expertise as a judge. After taking a break for the 4th season of voice, the diva is back for the next season. She was reportedly lured in by the producers with a fat paycheck of $12.5 million.
Kim Kardashian hogs the limelight every where she goes. The socialite has a net worth of $40 million and initially gained prominence with the release of her sex tape in 2007. Kim has moved on to better things in life. Through the reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kim reportedly earns $18 million a year. How many people can command that sort of salary?
Like Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine has stacked up a lucrative deal with The Voice. He is known to earn around $10 million to serve as a judge/mentor in the popular TV show. The Maroon 5 front man has an astounding net worth of $35 million.
Harry Connick Jr is one of the latest additions to the judging panel of American Idol. The singer, actor, composer has a net worth of $35 million. He was already playing the piano at age 3. His albums have sold an estimated 25 million copies all over the world. The Jazz musician also has 3 Grammy awards to his name. This man certainly has the credentials to judge in the popular TV show American Idol.
Keith Urban has a net worth of $35 million. He is recognized globally as a singer. The Country artist hails from down under and is married to one of the most famous actresses Australia has ever produced, Nicole Kidman. He serves as a judge in the reality TV show American Idol.