It pays to be yourself – especially if you’re the star of a reality show and your name is Kim Kardashian.
The Queen Bee of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” and shortly of the upcoming “Kourtney & Kim Take New York,” has taken the top spot on The Daily Beast’s “Highest Paid Reality TV Stars” list for 2010.
The voluptuous brunette, who has had endorsement deals with diet supplements, shape-forming sneakers and a line of goods for a cable shopping channel, raked in an estimated $6 million in 2010.
She may have left “The Hills” long before it turned into Speidi-ville, but Lauren Conrad is still a top draw. The blonde beauty, who got her start on “Laguna Beach,” took second on the list, netting around $5 million.
These days, former “Real Housewife” Bethenny Frankel may be “Skating with the Stars,” but she’s also raking in millions. According to The Daily Beast, the Skinnygirl will round the year out with around $4 million in earnings.
Audrina Patridge took fourth with an estimated $3.5 million for the year, and it was mother-of-eight, Kate Gosselin who landed the No. 5 spot. While her ex-husband Jon Gosselin may have fallen off the radar, Kate stayed in the spotlight – fox trotting this past spring to a mid-season placement on “Dancing with the Stars’” Season 10, fronting two TLC reality shows, and writing a host of books. Her paycheck for the year? A fat $3.5 million, according to the website.
“Jersey Shore’s” resident ab-man Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino took sixth with an estimated $3 million, Khloe Kardashian landed in seventh with $2.5 million, while sister Kourtney took eighth place with the same salary.
Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio, also from “Jersey Shore” landed in the ninth spot with $2 million, while new mom Kendra Wilkinson took the final spot on the countdown in tenth, with an estimated $2 million.