Ratchet And Rich: 10 Reality Stars Who’ve Gotten Wealthy Off Of Their Outrageous Behavior

November 20, 2012  |  
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It’s no secret that reality television has taken over. Everyone from the girlfriends of basketball stars to rappers and fashion stylists have all had shows that have peaked our interest. But none have stood out more than the punch-throwing, weave-pulling, over-the-top characters whose extreme antics have kept us both shaking our heads and coming back for more. Take a look at these 10 reality stars who’ve made some serious dough just from being rachet.

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Nicole Elizabeth “Snooki” Polizzi

One of the highest paid reality stars in the history of television, “Jersey Shore’s” short party girl with the big hair has morphed into one of pop cultures most talked about celebs. Not only was she bringing in a few racks as a member of the Shore’s cast, but little Miss Snookums has her own perfume, three novels, and keeps the dough rolling in with guest appearances on TV shows and red carpet events.

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NeNe Leakes

She’s loud, belligerent and won’t hesitate to jump in your face. But all her hoopla and off-the-wall craziness has reportedly earned NeNe a few millions. Her role on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” created more opportunities—like writing her very own novel, earning a spot on season four of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” a reoccurring role on season three of “Glee” and a star role in NBC’s new comedy “The New Normal.” Damn! Maybe I need to snatch me a few wigs and choke a chick out for that Leakes money, honey.

Tiffany “New York” Pollard

As the crazy, controlling, over-dramatic contestant on seasons one and two of “Flavor of Love,” New York gained thousands of fans, and even more enemies. All of that attention turned into fame that she was able to turn into cold hard cash. She got her own show (a few of them) and b***h-slapped her way to a few films and plays. Guess all that extra-ness really paid off—literally.


Evelyn Lozada

She’s author to one of the most talked about novels of this year and reportedly signing huge endorsement deals with a couple of fitness companies, but it all started with bottle-throwing, table-jumping and a few non-motherf***ing factors (which was a phrase that she was able to turn into a money-making slogan). Looks like all of the trash talk and drink-pouring served well for one of “Basketball Wives” biggest stars.

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Kim Zolciak

She may have been sitting pretty prior to her involvement in “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” but the show definitely put the hilarious wig-wearing diva into a whole new category. Besides the hefty payments she received from her four seasons on the show, Kim was able to turn fame into profit with a wig line, her club hit “Tardy for the Party,” and could be possibly getting her own series on Bravo.

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Omarosa Manigault

Although she was a successful political consultant prior to fame, it was Omarosa’s over-the-top character on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” that brought her huge success. She’s since had roles in a plethora of other reality shows, including her own, “The Ultimate Merger,” which aired on TV One in 2010.


Tanisha Thomas

Anybody who’s ever watched season two of the “Bad Girls Club” remembers Tanisha’s psychotic outbursts, black-outs and threats to “pop-off!” As pathetic as it was, that same behavior kept us tuning in and for her, so the checks kept rolling in. She starred in a few other reality shows, became host of “Bad Girls Club” season eight and nine reunion and scored her own reality series, “Tanisha Gets Married: Bad Girls Need Love Too.” She’s also host of the Oxygen show, “Love Games.” Can you say cha-ching?

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Kim Kardashian

It was her sex tape that garnered worldwide attention, but her reality show that kept her relevant. Although not as ratchet as some of the other names on this list, we can’t say that Kim’s behavior on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is very role-modelish either, but it has transformed her into an international superstar who not only got rich, but put her whole family on as well.

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Tamar Braxton

Whew! Where do I start? Tamar, Tamar…funny as hell, but we all know honey boo-boo is beyond extra! That didn’t stop miss dot com from getting her own show. And it sure as hell didn’t stop her from becoming a prized reality star who’s hosting events and making special guest appearances on award shows. She may be rachet, but at least she’s paid.

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Tami Roman

A member of “The Real World Los Angeles” back in 1993, it wasn’t until Tami joined the cast of “Basketball Wives” that the real rachetness came out. Her days of kicking off her shoes, name-calling and popping people has led to gig-hosting, magazine, TV appearances and endorsement deals. Not bad for someone with a temper that has caused some of the saddest but funniest moments in the history of reality TV.

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  • gmarie

    Overuse of the term “ratchet”? I’m trying to figure out where Omarosa fits in with this crowd. She’s strong and assertive (some may say even bitchy) but she is far from being ratchet.

  • Ms. Bee

    Nothing hilarious about Kim Ballzack.

  • scandalous7

    hold the hell up!, New York is unrecognisable in that pic! Minimal make-up, “natural looking” hair, a turtle neck and she looks gorgeous. But she still ratchet

  • Define rich….

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  • ms. lisa

    it is so unfair that none of these women,besides tamar, have a true talent. this shows little girls now days that all u need to become rich in this world is to be somewhat attractive, exploit your bodys, and act as classless as possible.

  • Vic

    “Ratchet-A diva, mostly from urban cities and ghettos, that has reason to believe she is every mans eye candy. Unfortunately, she’s wrong.”

    So can we please stop using this term because it is obviously anti-black.

    • Kay

      But snooki is Chilean, Evelyn is Hispanic, and Kim is white though….

      • Vic

        Snooki and Evelyn are both non white people , while it is still currently up in the air if Kim is white ( has anyone actually heard her classify herself as such?). The rest are black.

        The point is the term “ratchet” is non constructive. This isn’t media take out

        • Kay

          She shouldn’t have to come out and say she is ______ mixed with ____ an her great grandfathers aunt was ____. The point that I was trying to make is ratchet isnt nowhere near as bad as many of the terms used on a daily basis. We can’t say ratchet but n I g g a is said on a daily basis and people are said to have ” black or white cards”? Get up on your high horse about that. Non.- constructive?? But you gettin on black women articles sites everyday and bitcccthhing and moaning about white people and how they have done you soooo wrong is? Lol k

  • IllyPhilly

    Damn, this is why I watch so many reruns.

  • cleojones

    Hoes be winning..