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Behind the drama, name-calling, fights, fans and haters, TV’s top reality stars are staying super busy raking in the big bucks with lucrative endorsements, product lines, guest appearances and other successful revenue streams. Hm, where would they be if they never agreed to sign those contracts and put their personal business out there for all of us to see? There are plenty of lessons to be learned from these five ladies who are killing it by building their brands, expanding their empires and making millions. My list is not just about the money, it’s about who is buzzing, capitalizing from their fame, and highly sought-after.
Here are The Top Reality Stars: From Mundane to Mogul
#5: Evelyn Lozada. This Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised Puertoriqueña of VH1 Basketball Wives fame is always on her hustle. Remember how the “Non Mother-&!^&#$ Factor” fight with Tami Roman turned into a T-shirt business? Now she has a make-up line and a book. All of this success from being a basketball wife, I mean ex-basketball /football wife? Fast forward to the glitz, the glam, the white Maserati and extravagant wedding from her baller, now ex-husband Chad Ochocinco aka Mr. Addicted to Twitter. Fast forward even more to television interviews and a two-part series on Iyanla Vanzant’s new show on OWN, Evelyn sure knows how to stay relevant and get those checks. Net Worth: $1.5 Million
#4: Tamar Braxton. Tamar has been called the cat woman, little Kim’s twin, gold digger and a muppet. Call her what you want but make sure you call her “PAID.” Tamar’s comical and boisterous personality is keeping her buzzing. She is not new to the scene having been in the music business for many years and coming from a family of singers, which includes her most popular big sis Toni Braxton. After much success with Braxton Family Values on WE, Tamar and her husband Vince got green-lighted for their own show Tamar & Vince, which is creating a bigger buzz for their brand, artists and overall celebrity status. Of course, if you are starring in a hit show you have to capitalize off of it RIGHT? Hence, Tamar’s new ratchet song “Get Your Life” is about to hit the airwaves, appearances, t-shirts…Tamar, we ain’t mad at you BOOM! Net Worth: $3 Million
# 3: Nene Leakes. This Real Housewives of Atlanta Star is never shy about speaking her mind. Being vocal has been a blessing for her and it is what makes her famous, frankly. Whether you think she is wrong or right, she stands up for what she believes in no matter what whether she’s confronting fellow housewife Kim Zolciak or having it out with Star Jones on Celebrity Apprentice. Her strong presence and over-the-top personality gets attention, and this has attracted numerous opportunities including roles on Glee and The New Normal, speaking engagements, a book and ventures like Miss Moscato and an affordable ready-to-wear fashion line debuting this fall. Nene has racked up a few million and we know this because after all she is “VERY RICH.” Net Worth: $4.5 Million
# 2: Kim Kardashian. As much as we all are tired of her, we all crave more. More scandal, more blow-ups, more men! This Armenian beauty didn’t make it to the number two spot on the Forbes 2012 Highest Paid Actresses on Television List by just batting her eyelashes. The savvy entrepreneur and Keeping Up With the Kardashians star knows that staying focused is essential to success. So when she receives harsh words from her critics, she doesn’t stop putting herself out there–gracing magazine covers, selling her signature fragrance and sharing what she’s up to with her more than 16 million and growing Twitter followers, who eat it up. And despite her quickie disastrous marriage to Chris what’s his face, she found true love in a more like-minded partner and fellow master marketer Kanye West. When it comes to cross-promotion, collaboration and generating publicity, “Kimye” is the ultimate partnership. Net Worth: $18 Million
# 1: Bethenny Frankel. Former star of the Real Housewives of New York is the poster girl for never settling no matter how good it seems. When she first appeared on the Bravo hit she was single and ready to mingle, and this desire for something more led to her finding a man, having a baby and launching the spin-off Bethenny Ever After. Now she’s doing her thing on her new daytime talk show, Bethenny. Outside of reality TV, writing books and being a natural chef, she is enjoying her fortune from growing her Skinnygirl portfolio of products, which now includes Skinnygirl Cocktails, Skinnygirl Daily Cleanse and Restore skincare and Skinnygirl On-the-Go Bars. She’s doing something right, landing herself the number four spot on the Forbes 2012 Top Paid Actresses on Television List with $12 million in total earnings. And while she doesn’t have the highest net worth, she still represents the complete package. Work it Bethenny! Net Worth: $12 Million
There you have it, my top 5…..Wait, hold up, stop the press…Although she didn’t make my list because she is not as “sought-after,” but certainly the coolest, you have to give credit where credit is due. That credit goes to my fellow Taurus Kandi Burruss, singer-songwriter, actress, record producer and television personality on the Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Kandi Factory on Bravo. Her money just may be longer than Kim and Bethenny… Hmmmm, what do you think? Net Worth: $35 Million
Ladies, get your money, cash those checks and keep doing what you do in true BOSS style. I personally hope to top this list with my business ventures and reality show in production, Power House. Geeez, getting a series deal is not easy. Check out a clip of the show and tell me which network you would like to see the show on.
Dr. Tiana Von Johnson
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