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Kim Kardashian tops Forbes’ list of top-earning reality stars

Kim Kardashian tops Forbes first list of highest

Kim Kardashian tops Forbes first list of highest paid reality stars. Credit: AP / Chris Pizzello

As might be expected, Kim Kardashian has topped Forbes magazine’s inaugural list of the highest paid reality-TV stars, with her family filling six of its seven entries.

The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star, 30, primarily harnessed the power of social media, with roughly 40 percent of her estimated $51 million from the year ending June 2016 coming from her mobile game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, plus income generated by her Instagram endorsements and from two apps, the magazine reported.

In second place was the youngest member of the Kardashian clan, Kim’s half-sister Kylie Jenner. The 19-year-old earned an estimated $18 million from the show as well as from her own app, her Kylie Cosmetics line, her product endorsements and her and older sister Kendall’s’s Kendall & Kylie game.

That game also accounted for some of the estimated $17 million that Kendall Jenner, 21, made during the period. Already on the Forbes list of highest-paid models, she endorses brands including Estée Lauder and Calvin Klein.

Khloé Kardashian, 32, came in fourth, with $15 million earned from her social-media endorsements, her Good American jeans line, her book “Strong Looks Better Naked” and even her short-lived “Kocktails with Khloe” TV show. Mom Kris Jenner, 61, who serves as the brood’s manager, collected an estimated $11.5 million in management fees and her reality-show salary to reach No. 5, while eldest child Kourtney Kardashian fell in just behind her with $10 million from the show and some social-media endorsements.

All told, the members of the Kardashian-Jenner family together earned $122.5 million. (That’s not including the earnings of Caitlyn Jenner, Rob Kardashian or Blac Chyna, who earned too little to make the seventh-place $8.5 million cut off.)

Breaking the family stranglehold at No. 7 is “The Real Housewives of New York City” cast-member Bethenny Frankel, 46, with $8.5 million earned from that program along with royalties from the Skinnygirl liquor line she sold in 2011 and from licensing that brand name to products including granola bars, shapewear and kitchen appliances, Forbes said.

The list’s figures are derived from pretax earnings from the TV shows, endorsements, appearances and business ventures including apps and other retail products. Stars and judges from competition reality shows were not considered, nor were shows based on pre-existing professional reputations or stardom.


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