30. Kate Gosselin

Kate Gosselin’s (left) career in television began when she gave birth to sextuplets. Yes, you read that right — six children, all born the same day. Tack on the twins she birthed, too, and you’ve got Jon & Kate Plus 8!

Gosselin and her “can I speak to your manager” haircut first got on TV via Discovery Health.

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Kate and her clan were interesting enough for TLC to give them their own show. Although Jon (right) and Kate are no longer together, people can’t get enough of their drama.

Show: Jon & Kate Plus 8, Kate Plus 8, Kate Plus Date, The Apprentice, and more
Estimated net worth: $200,000

29. Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino

Mike Sorrentino, aka The Situation, first came into the public eye in a major way with his appearance on MTV’s Jersey Shore. It aired from 2009 to 2012, but The Situation’s reality career continued for years after that.

The “gym, tan, laundry” devotee appeared on Dancing with the Stars, a Comedy Central roast, and more.

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Sorrentino did a brief stint in prison for tax evasion. He successfully returned home and showed off his “rehabilitated abdominal muscles,” writes Amy Kuperinsky on NJ.com.

Show: Jersey Shore, Celebrity Big Brother, Dancing with the Stars, and more
Estimated net worth: $300,000

28. Tiffany ‘New York’ Pollard

Tiffany Pollard — also known by her nickname “New York” — first captivated audiences on Flavor of Love. This VH1 reality show was a Bachelor-like show, starring Public Enemy hype man Flavor Flav.

Flavor Flav gave her the nickname, but it was Pollard that took her 15 minutes of fame and turned it into her own shows.

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For instance, the drama-filled, Bachelorette-style I Love New York.

Now with her new show Brunch with Tiffany, Pollard has become older and wiser but is still the “HBIC,” Alex Zaragoza writes in Vice.

Show: Flavor of Love, I Love New York, New York Goes to Hollywood, and more
Estimated net worth: $500,000

27. Rob ‘Boston Rob’ Mariano

When it comes to the stranded-on-an-island game show, Survivor, Boston Rob is a master of the game.

“I am proficient in the three main aspects of the game: the social component, the physical component, and the strategic/psychological component,” says Mariano in his CBS bio.

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Because Mariano is good at Survivor, he’s earned the moniker “Idol,” and became a mentor to other Survivor contestants.

The man loves Survivor so much that he proposed to his girlfriend Amber on the show.

Show: Survivor, The Amazing Race, Around the World in 80 Ways, and more
Estimated net worth: $1.3 million

26. Danielle Colby-Cushman

Collector of history, Danielle Colby-Cushman came to prominence with her appearances on American Pickers on the History channel.

She’s a multifaceted reality show star, too — not only does she oversee the store on the show (Antique Archaeology), she’s a burlesque dancer, artist, mother, filmmaker, and activist.

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Colby-Cushman is committed to women’s history, burlesque, tattoos, entomology, and all things vintage, writes Juliet Kahn in Looper.

Unfortunately, fame has had its drawbacks for Colby-Cushman — her first marriage was split due to fame, the same Looper article indicates.

Show: American Pickers
Estimated net worth: $1.5 million

25. Flavor Flav

Born William Jonathan Drayton Jr., Flavor Flav first became famous by being the eccentric hype man to rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy.

Then, Flavor Flav got back in the public eye in a big way with the wacky dating show, Flavor of Love.

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Younger audiences became familiar with Flavor Flav’s iconic accessories, i.e., the huge clock he wears around his neck (originally a joke, but became serious) and the Viking hat he often wears.

Show: Flavor of Love, The Surreal Life, Strange Love
Estimated net worth: $3 million

24. Kristin Cavallari

Before she was a California girl on the cast of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, she was a Colorado girl, and then an Illinois girl.

With her Valley girl accent, Kristin Cavallari (right) fit right in alongside the Laguna Beach cast.

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The starlet went on to star in reality show The Hills, danced on Dancing with the Stars, and then got her very own show, Very Cavallari, in 2018.

Show: The Hills, The Hills: New Beginnings, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, and more
Estimated net worth: $3.5 million

23. Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi

After appearing on the drama-filled show Jersey Shore, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi became an iconic star. Although a short 4-foot-8-inch lady, her big hair and personality made her unforgettable.

Upon her entrance into the Shore house, Snooki was on a mission to partaaaaay, and party she did.

Instagram via @snooki

However, Snooki has now traded reality TV for motherhood.

She said on Today: “I don’t have a lot of help (with the kids) when we’re filming and it gives me a lot of anxiety.”

Show: Jersey Shore, Snooki & JWoww, Snooki & JWoww: Moms with Attitude, and more
Estimated net worth: $4 million

22. Rick Harrison

He’s best known for running the Las Vegas-based Gold & Silver Pawn Shop that appears on the History Channel show, Pawn Stars. Customers bring in their vintage finds to Gold & Silver, where Harrison estimates their value.

Harrison used to run the shop with his dad, Richard “The Old Man” Harrison, until his father’s passing.

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“I think about him every day,” Harrison told Fox News of his father. “Most people, when they turn 18, they go off to school, get a job and move out. I worked with my father from the time I was a kid.”

Show: Pawn Stars
Estimated net worth: $8 million

21. Parker Schnabel

One of the stars of the Gold Rush reality shows on Discovery, Parker Schnabel grew up with “gold fever,” reads his bio on Discovery’s website. The Haines, Alaska, native began learning the trade at his grandpa’s mine, Big Nugget.

He loves gold mining so much that he skipped college to open up his own mine.

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It’s not surprising that Schnabel’s net worth is $8 million — he’s got a gift for mining, having found an impressive 1029 oz. of gold in his rookie season.

Show: Gold Rush: Alaska, Gold Rush: The Dirt, Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail, and more
Estimated net worth: $8 million

20. Kelly Osbourne

Osbourne’s best known for being the daughter of British heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne. She might have gotten a leg up in the entertainment industry from Ozzy, but she’s become known for her work in her own right.

We first saw Kelly on the MTV reality show that documented her family, The Osbournes.

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Kelly battled addiction, but got clean and began appearing regularly on television. We saw her prance across the stage on Dancing with the Stars, critique outfits on Fashion Police, and more.

Show: The Osbournes, Dancing with the Stars, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! and more
Estimated net worth: $15 million

19. Bret Michaels

You might know him as the lead singer of successful glam metal band Poison, but a lot of Millennials learned about Bret Michaels on his reality show, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels.

Like Flavor of Love, Rock of Love was a dating show starring Michaels.

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Rock of Love has since ended, but you’ll see Michaels back on the road with his band Poison. Also in the tour package: Joan Jett, Mötley Crüe, and Def Leppard.

Show: Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, The Apprentice, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, and more
Estimated net worth: $18 million

18. Willie Robertson

Fans might recognize this bearded reality star from the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty. As the CEO of outdoorsy company Duck Commander, he’s expanded the business from his living room to a multimillion-dollar enterprise.

He might not look rich with his hillbilly fashion sense, but we guarantee his net worth will make your jaw drop …

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The Robertson patriarch has an estimated net worth of a whopping $20 million. Willie is truly a “remarkable example of entrepreneurship and dedication built on hard work, faith, and family,” reads the bio on his website.

Show: Duck Dynasty, Going Si-ral, Duck Commander, and more
Estimated net worth: $20 million

17. Hulk Hogan

Before becoming the Hulkster, Terry Gene Bollea started his wrestling career in 1977. Eventually adopting the ring name “Hulk Hogan,” Hogan gained worldwide notoriety for his work in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE).

He branched off from WWE to do music (unfortunately), business ventures, acting, and his reality show Hogan Knows Best.

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Hogan’s daughter, Brooke, made appearances on Hogan Knows Best. She became a reality star in her own right with Brooke Knows Best. Like father, like daughter, I guess?

Show: Hogan Knows Best, American Gladiators, Brooke Knows Best, and more
Estimated net worth: $25 million

16. Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad first appeared in the limelight on Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. She continued her reality TV career by graduating to The Hills, Laguna Beach’s sequel.

Conrad couldn’t see herself taking part in any more reality TV, and took her career in a different direction.

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After reality TV, Conrad began a career in fashion and publishing. She wrote a successful book series and has done a lot of designing, notably a swim line for Kohl’s.

Show: The Hills, The Hills: New Beginnings, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, and more
Estimated net worth: $40 million

15. Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian might not have had a famous tape of her released like her younger sister, Kim, but she’s an iconic reality star in her own right.

Viewers learned about Kourtney and her eccentric boyfriend, Scott Disick, on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Instagram via @kourtneykardash

Before “Kardashian” became a household name, Kourtney studied theater at Southern Methodist University and the University of Arizona and opened a clothing store with her mom, Kris Jenner, called Smooch.

Show: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Rob & Chyna, Kourtney & Khloé Take the Hamptons, and more
Estimated net worth: $45 million

14. Kelly Clarkson

Just because tragic things happen in your life doesn’t mean you can’t become successful. Such is true for the winner of the first season of American Idol, Kelly Clarkson.

Clarkson began writing “Because of You” at age 16, inspired by her parents’ divorce and her dad abandoning her at a young age.

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Four years later, she won American Idol. Her debut single hit No. 60 on the top 100, before quickly ascending to No. 1 in the coming weeks. The rest is history!

Show: American Idol, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, and more
Estimated net worth: $45 million

13. Carole Radziwill

The Real Housewives of New York (RHONY) star Carole Radziwill is an accomplished journalist and author with a long and rewarding career. She started out interning at ABC News, which led to gigs working in Peter Jennings’ documentary unit, Primetime Live, reporting from Cambodia, India, the Gulf War, and more.

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How does a journalist get to a $50 million net worth? Bustle writes she’s related to royalty in addition to income from her books (she sold 50,000 of them in 2014), and income from RHONY.

Show: The Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny & Fredrik, Hollywood Medium, and more
Estimated net worth: $50 million

12. Lea Black

Like most of the Housewives, Lea Black isn’t a housewife in the traditional sense. She doesn’t stay at home and take care of the house while her husband is at work. Instead, she’s made a career — and money — in beauty and reality TV.

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Black created Lea Black Beauty after 20 years in the beauty industry, as well as non-beauty brands and events. There’s After Five crystal handbags and The Blacks’ Annual Gala, which raises money for troubled teens.

Show: The Real Housewives of Miami, Flipping Out, Bethenny, and more
Estimated net worth: $65 million

11. Lisa Vanderpump

Lisa Vanderpump of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH) is the wealthiest Housewife in the entire series, according to several reports. Money.com describes her as such: “(She’s) seemed indomitable over all eight seasons of the Beverly Hills show.”

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Originally from London, Vanderpump made her millions partly from her work in designing restaurants, homes, yachts, and bars. She and husband Ken Todd own several restaurants — Villa Blanca, SUR, and PUMP.

Show: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules, Hollywood Medium, and more
Estimated net worth: $75 million

10. Tyra Banks

Model Tyra Banks is known for her work in the fashion industry and reality show, America’s Next Top Model (ANTM). Notably, she was the first black woman to be featured on the cover of Playboy magazine.

She’s often hailed as an inspiration, but is reported to have exploited ANTM contestants.

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Former ANTM contestant Angelea Preston told Vice: “Tyra exploits women, period … Once she gets out what she wants from you, then you’re done to her. You’re nothing.”

Show: America’s Next Top Model, Germany’s Next Topmodel, Australia’s Next Top Model, and more
Estimated net worth: $90 million

9. Kris Jenner

Kris Jenner is best known as “momager” of the Kardashian and Jenner clan, first appearing on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Her first husband, Robert Kardashian, was a friend of the infamous O.J. Simpson and a part of his legal team. Robert left Kris a widow, and then she married Olympian Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner.

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With Jenner’s parlaying of her daughter Kim’s scandal into a reality show, Jenner bumped her net worth up to an estimated $90 million.

Way to make lemonade out of lemons!

Show: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Rob & Chyna, and more
Estimated net worth: $90 million

8. Caitlyn Jenner

Before she was Caitlyn Jenner, she was known as Bruce Jenner. Jenner made headlines as a high-profile transgender woman making her transition so public.

When she identified as Bruce, she first came into the public eye as an Olympian. Later, she married Kris Jenner and often appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Instagram via @caitlynjenner

Jenner later appeared in her own documentary series and took on some acting gigs in shows and movies like Transparent, The Hungover Games, Jack and Jill, and more.

Show: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, The Apprentice, and more
Estimated net worth: $100 million

7. Ozzy Osbourne

To younger audiences that AREN’T metalheads, Ozzy Osbourne is most well known for his reality show on MTV, The Osbournes. His eccentric personality was wanted on other reality shows like Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour, America’s Got Talent, and more.

Osbourne first came to prominence as the lead singer of heavy metal band, Black Sabbath.

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Sabbath was influential to metal and rock music in general, and the band has often been labeled a pioneer of the heavy metal genre.

Osbourne later had solo efforts outside of Black Sabbath that were equally well received.

Show: The Osbournes, Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour, America’s Got Talent, and more
Estimated net worth: $220 million

6. Gordon Ramsay

British chef Gordon Ramsay is known for being the easily enraged host on Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares — a reality series that features the chef turning failing restaurants around — and a multimillionaire.

His sassy personality has spurred other reality shows, like MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen, two cooking competition shows.

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Before Ramsay had a $220 million net worth, he had a troubled youth. His father was often violent and Ramsay was once imprisoned for possession as a juvenile.

Show: Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef Junior, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, and more
Estimated net worth: $220 million

5. Paris Hilton

Hilton and her BFF Nicole Richie really came into the limelight when they started their show, The Simple Life. However, Hilton already had a crazy net worth before the reality TV career.

Paris Hilton is one of the world’s most familiar heiresses — an heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune — and one of the most recognizable Hollywood it-girls.

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Hilton is also a businesswoman with her own empire of merchandise, several perfume lines under her belt, and the owner of Paris Hilton stores to house her creations.

Show: The Simple Life, Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, Paradise Hotel, and more
Estimated net worth: $300 million

4. Jamie Oliver

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is best known for hosting his series The Naked Chef and for his many, many cookbooks. Oliver is the author of over a dozen cookbooks, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

He’s one of the best-selling British authors of all time, along with Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling.

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Back in 2012, it was thought that Oliver might possibly be the richest chef in the world.

Before gaining a $300 million net worth, Oliver had humble beginnings. He learned the trade in his parents’ restaurant as a child.

Show: Food Revolution, Jamie’s Dream School, Iron Chef America: The Series, and more
Estimated net worth: $300 million

3. Kim Kardashian West

Whether you love her or hate her, Kardashian has a knack for making money from nothing.

She first gained public attention as a friend and assistant to Paris Hilton in The Simple Life. Then it was a leaked naughty tape of Kardashian that really threw her into the limelight.

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Her hardworking “momager,” Kris Jenner, was able to parlay the scandal into a reality show pitch and Keeping Up with the Kardashians was born. The rest is history!

Show: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, Rob & Chyna, and more
Estimated net worth: $350 million

2. Simon Cowell

British TV presenter Simon Cowell is known for being a harsh critic on talent competition series such as Pop Idol, The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, American Idol, and America’s Got Talent.

Besides his TV spots, Cowell is the founder and chief executive of British entertainment company, Syco.

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Before Cowell’s net worth was a whopping $600 million, the reality star started his career in the mail room of EMI Music Publishing. (Hey, we all gotta start somewhere, right?)

Show: American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, and more
Estimated net worth: $600 million

1. Kylie Jenner

Being part of the Kardashian clan no doubt contributed to Jenner’s net worth, but her beauty line is what really blew it up.

Jenner launched Kylie Cosmetics in 2015, selling lip kits at pop-up events. A couple years later, Jenner’s lip kits sold $54.5 million in their first six weeks at Ulta.

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Forbes named the 21-year-old Jenner their youngest self-made billionaire of all time. However, many others have wondered just how self-made Jenner really is …

Show: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, and more
Estimated net worth: $1 billion

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