Reality television isn’t the same as it was 20 years ago. Many people that have walked off reality shows to become stars of their own with endorsement deals, a legion of fans, and a plethora of cash. Some celebrities that already came from fame in their respective field try to expose their brand to a wider audience with their reality show stints. With so many popular reality stars out there, it’s hard to tell who’s actually making a legit living. We take a look at 12 reality stars that have made it big when it comes to their bank account.
#12 Snooki – $4 million
“Jersey Shore” star Nicole Elizabeth “Snooki” LaValle has been quite busy since the popular MTV reality show ended in 2012. Aside from appearing in her own reality show with “Jersey Shore” co-star Jennifer Farley “Snooki & Jwoww,” the New Jersey resident turn to wrestling for a moment with appearances on “WWE Raw” and “Wrestlemania 27.” She has two children with her husband Jionni LaValle. She has made over $4 million from her two MTV shows.
#11 NeNe Leakes – $12 million
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes stepped out of the reality TV world and made acting appearances in “Glee” and “The New Normal.” In 2014, she put on her dancing shoes and competed in “Dancing with the Stars,” which found her finishing in seventh place with her partner Tony Dovolani. From her seven seasons on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” she has made $12 million.
#10 Willie Robertson – $20 million
“Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson, who is also known as “Boss Hog,” managed to turn his duck call business into a national business with the popular reality show. The CEO of Duck Commander has made guest appearances on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” “Last Man Standing,” and “God’s Not Dead.” The Louisiana native is estimated to be worth over $20 million.
#9 Susan Boyle – $23 million
Susan Boyle became an overnight sensation on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009, and she has since become one of the biggest singers in the U.K. with a net worth of $35 million. Her 2009 debut album I Dreamed a Dream would debut at number one on the U.S. and U.K. album charts, and it would go on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. Overall, her six studio albums would sell over 23 million copies worldwide.
#8 Blake Shelton – $60 million
Aside from being a judge on the highly popular singing competition “The Voice,” Blake Shelton is also one of the biggest country artists in the world with 10 million albums sold worldwide and consistent sold out shows. With a salary of $6 million per year on “The Voice,” the Oklahoma native has earned over $60 million. Annually, he makes around $30 million per year.