Kelly Rowland, Cee-Lo Green, NeNe Leakes Are Coined Up! Reality Show Stars With The Fattest Paychecks
Many question how authentic these so-called “reality” TV shows are. But one thing is for certain: the money sure is real! The most coined-up reality superstar, according to Business Insider, reeled in $95 million!
Cee-Lo Green, the musician behind the hit song Forget You, is highest-paid African American on the list after serving as the fancy-dressed judge on The Voice. For offering a piece of sound advice and critiques, Mr. Green pulled in $6 million for season three.
Kelly Rowland is the second highest-paid person of color on the list. She started off with a $750,000 salary during season one of X-Factor U.K. in 2011. But her native continent was a bit more generous. The Dirty Laundry singer reportedly pulled in $1 million for her stint on X-Factor U.S.
NeNe Leakes, unsurprisingly, also stood tall among the highest-paid superstars. She reeled in $1 million plus bonuses. “Not only am I rich from doing some of things I’ve been able to do, but I’m rich in spirit. I’m rich in health. I’m rich in every way possible,” The Real Housewives of Atlanta star once said.
Leakes isn’t the only Real Housewives star to make the list. In fact, nearly half (43 percent) of the reality stars on the list come from the Real Housewives franchise. You’ve got Teresa Guidice making half of what Leakes makes with $650,000 — and is also facing some serious fraud charges with the law.
Melissa Gorga (Real Housewives of New Jersey) and Tamra Barney (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) each pulled in $350,000.
Though Real Housewives of Atlanta is the most lucrative of the series, Cynthia Bailey and Phaedra Parks grabbed some of the lowest numbers with $300,000 each. Because of her spin-off — Bravo’s The Kandi Factory — and her bedroom toy line, Kandi Burruss made a tad more at $450,000.
The highest-paid member on the list, surpassing Kim Kardashian’s $10 million, is Simon Cowell with a whopping $95 million. The lowest paid was Snooki. She was once crowned the richest reality star for her antics on Jersey Shore. Now she’s earned a measly (measly!) $200,000 for Dancing With the Stars.