Reality tv has completely changed our culture. We tune in every week to see what drama some housewife or sports/music groupie will bring. Some of those stars looked beyond their 15 minutes of fame, dreamt big and capitalized on branding themselves. Check out our list of the top five reality show women in business that managed to turn their reality fame into real fortune.
1. Kim Kardashian
Kim is the epitome of cashing in on reality TV show fame. Not only did Kim K put herself on, but her entire family as well. Since her sex tape with R&B singer Ray J, she’s kicked off her sisters’ spin-off shows and has had all kinds of ventures going on. She owns Dash, a clothing boutique with her sisters, launched workout DVDs, an eponymous fragrance line, the ShoeDazzle website, a makeup line, created a clothing line for Bebe and nabbed Quick Trim and PerfectSkin product endorsements.
2. Bethenny Frankel
First staring on Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny quickly became a breakout star and received her own spinoffs–Bethenny Gets Married and Bethenny Ever After. That’s not where her prosperity stops. This reality star-turned-mogul has earned lucrative endorsement deals (Pampers, Bluefly, Hanes), a successful publishing franchise, a Body by Bethenny workout DVD, Skinnygirl extensions (including a shapewear line, a diet cleanse and weight-loss supplement), speaking engagements, a stint on ABC’s Skating With the Stars and, of course, that epic liquor deal with Fortune Brands’ Beam Global that scored her a reported $120 million. Clearly, reality TV agrees with Frankel.
3. Kandi Burruss
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