Many hardworking, well-educated people struggle to make ends meet. Meanwhile, some of the dumbest and laziest among us open their bizarre lives to reality TV crews and celebrate all the way to the bank. Many seemingly-untalented celebrities have amassed fortunes that the average person only dreams about. Whether you love or hate them, there’s no denying that the following seven celebrities really maximized their earning power to get net worths in the millions
1. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: $4 Million Net Worth
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi quickly rose to fame in 2009 as a die-hard party girl on “Jersey Shore.” Snooki earned just $2,220 per episode during the show’s first season, but after it found huge success her pay rose to $30,000 per episode during the second season and later hit $150,000 per episode during the show’s final season, reports The Richest.
Snooki went on to star in the spinoff “Snooki & JWOWW” for another four seasons, for which she reportedly earned $175,000 per episode, according to Hollywood Take. Additionally, she pulls in extra earnings from celebrity appearances and a line of apparel, accessories and cosmetics. The 27-year-old reality star has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
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2. Farrah Abraham: $1 Million Net Worth
Farrah Abraham certainly isn’t the most-beloved star of MTV’s “Teen Mom” franchise, but she might be the richest, with an estimated net worth of $1 million. Farrah Abraham reportedly made $75,000 a season to appear on four seasons of “Teen Mom.” Abraham made national headlines in 2013 by starring in her first adult film, “Farrah Superstar Backdoor Teen Mom,” for which she earned an advance of more than $1.5 million, plus up to $60,000 a month in royalties, reports CelebrityNetWorth.
Her autobiography, “My Teenage Dream Ended,” earned her $115,000, and she made another $45,000 for her children’s book, “Passy Perfume,” reports Wetpaint. Additionally, Abraham earns roughly $25,000 per year from her Mommy & Me Italian Pepper Sauce, $20,000 from modeling work, and $20,000 from endorsement deals.
3. Jenni “JWOWW” Farley: $3 Million Net Worth
Jenni “JWOWW” Farley’s hard partying antics also helped her rise to fame as part of the “Jersey Shore” cast, where she reportedly raked in a whopping $100,000 per episode for the show, according to Radar Online. Snooki’s BFF has amassed an impressive $3 million fortune of her own. While her specific earnings for “Snooki & JWOWW,” are unknown it’s safe to assume they were in the neighborhood of her co-star’s $175,000 per episode. JWOWW also had a short-lived clothing line called Filthy Couture and wrote the book, “The Rules According to JWOWW.”
4. Brandi Glanville: $1 Million Net Worth
Fans of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” have seen Brandi Glanville quickly rise from struggling single mom to an up-and-coming tycoon with a reported net worth of $1 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth. Eddie Cibrian’s ex-wife earned just $18,000 for her first season on the Bravo reality show, but has been raking in $136,000 for each of the past three seasons, according to The Richest. Glanville made another reality TV appearance as a cast member of “Celebrity Apprentice” during the show’s most recent season.
Glanville penned two hit books, “Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders” and “Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media is Ruining Romance.” As if that’s not enough, she currently has her own podcast, “Brandi Glanville Unfiltered.”
5. Scott Disick: $12 Million Net Worth
No one seems to know how Kourtney Kardashian’s baby daddy earns his money, but he is somehow worth an estimated $12 million, according to The Richest. Disick’s various business ventures (and mishaps) are frequently chronicled on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and its various spinoffs, but so far nothing has stuck for long.
Of course, Scott Disick’s definitely earning a nice paycheck from his reality television career, as it was reported in 2014 that the entire clan spilt a $10 million paycheck from the ninth season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Rumor has it that he may also be inheriting a $25 million fortune from his late parents, reports Heavy.com. His mother passed away in late 2013 and his father in early 2014.
6. June “Mama June” Shannon: $1 Million Net Worth
Rumors that June “Mama June” Shannon was dating a registered sex offender caused the demise of her hit TLC show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” but not before she managed to rack up an estimated net worth of $1,036,000. The 36-year-old mother of three and her family reportedly earned $50,000 per episode in 2013, while her daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson earned her own salaries of up to $20,000 per episode, all of which Mama June said she saved for her daughter in a trust fund. The family’s debut television show was have been cancelled after just three seasons, but Mama June is reportedly already in talks to star in another reality show with her brood.
7. Nadia “Octomom” Suleman: $1 Million in Debts
Back in 2009, during the height of her fame earned through giving birth to octuplets, Nadia Suleman reportedly amassed a fortune of $1 million. Unfortunately for the mother of 14, her $12,000 monthly expenses led her to bankruptcy court in 2012, where she listed $1 million in debt, reports CelebrityNetWorth.
Octomom’s business ventures since have been varied and have often ventured into the questionable. Shortly after she was paid an undisclosed amount to star in a solo sex tape and also took home a $10,000 paycheck for participating in a semi-nude photo shoot. Additionally, in 2012, she was paid an unknown amount to participate in a celebrity pillow fight in Pennsylvania. Suleman even launched her own payday loan service, OctoLoan, in 2012.