10 Richest Reality Stars

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Hollywood Rich List
How much do these celebs make - and how are they spending it?
A career in reality TV isn’t as bad as it used to be.

Just ask anyone from The Real Housewives franchise, or the party animals of Jersey Shore.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and some of her MTV pals were treated to a big raise, making as much as $150,000 per episode during Jersey Shore’s final season. And that doesn’t include Snooki’s new spinoff with her BFF JenniJWoww” Farley, now in its second season.

Being a judge on American Idol or The X Factor pays off too.

While Simon Cowell’s $90 million in earnings (reported by Forbes in May 2012) comes from a variety of roles — and different continents — his heart and soul is in reality TV.

Ryan Seacrest, whose production company is responsible for Keeping Up With the Kardashians, its spinoffs and the new series Shahs of Sunset, is still getting a fat paycheck from his American Idol family.

As the second highest paid female on the small screen, behind Sofia Vergara, Kim Kardashian is one of the most powerful celebrities at $18 million in earnings, with a only a fraction coming in from her reality shows. (Kourtney & Kim Take Miami premiered in January).

The 32-year-old is also a hard working businesswoman, with Kardashian Kollection and DASH, the clothing line and store, respectively, she manages with her sisters Kourtney and Khloe.

Check out the gallery, above, for more on the hottest reality stars and the dough they’re rolling in. Are you surprised by how much some of these celebrities earn? Who do you think should make more? Less? Weigh in below.