If you’re feeling the crunch of these tough economic times and looking for a way to supplement your income, allow us to suggest a career as a reality TV socialite. The hours are lousy, and the skyscrapping stilettos you’ll have to prance around in will likely result in a permanent case of hammertoe, but we’ve got a feeling you’re going to like the perks.
Just ask Kim Kardashian and her sisters Kourtney and Khloe.
The ubiquitous Kardashian sisters were among the top-earning reality TV stars in a new year-end list of rankings, The Daily Beast said Monday.
Kim led the list with over $6 million in reported earnings. The men’s mag pinup and star of E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians hawks products ranging from timepieces to tennis shoes, but interestingly enough, the bulk of Kim’s fortune is amassed from take of the Dash Boutiques, a trendy chain of designer retail stores with locations in Los Angeles, Miami, and now Manhattan. Kim owns the business with sibs Kourtney and Khloe. The sisters just released a new book, Kardashian Konfidential, that sold 13,000 copies in its first week of release. The girls even boast beauty endorsement deals with Sephora and Bebe.
Former Hiller Lauren Conrad followed in a close second place. The Laguna Beach alum earned an estimated $5 million in 2010. LC made bank by producing a successful clothing and accessories line for Kohl’s department stores and publishing two young adult books and a style guide. Lauren’s literary works have sold over a million copies.
Top 10 Top-Earning Reality TV Stars:
3.) Bethanny Frankel ($4 million)
4.) Audrina Patridge ($3.5 million)
5.) Kate Gosselin ($3.5 million)
6.) Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino
7.) Khloe Kardashian
8.) Kourtney Kardashian
9.) Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio
10.) Kendra Wilkinson