People love to tell you they couldn’t care less about reality TV and the Kardashians-Jenners – while clicking on every story, watching every episode of KUWTK and liking all their pics Instagram.
Or as Forbes puts it:
"Think reality TV doesn’t matter? Take a look at America’s next President. Donald Trump’s role on NBC’s 'The Apprentice' helped him amass a social following of 33.7 million. The President-elect’s virtual megaphone built on itself during his campaign to lure real-life followers and define a platform – building walls, banning Muslims, overturning Roe v. Wade– that resulted in his shocking electoral victory."
It’s thanks to this Trump victory that Forbes has released a list of the Top Reality TV Earners for 2016 – and the Kardashian/Jenner girls unsurprisingly took out the top SIX spots.
The Kardashian & Jenner family made a combined $122.5 million in 2016! That's a whole lot of money for people with "no talent."
1. Kim Kardashian - $51 million
2. Kylie Jenner - $18 million
3. Kendall Jenner - $17 million
4. Khloé Kardashian - $15 million
5. Kris Jenner - $11.5 million
6. Kourtney Kardashian - $10 million
Their serious dollars have come through in a variety of different avenues, from Kim’s video game, 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood', Kylie’s hugely popular cosmetics range, all five sisters have their own apps where they showcase different areas of their life, and of course they have all multiple contracts with different brands.
Unsurprisingly it’s Kim who comes in at numero uno, but shockingly it’s littlest sister Kylie who comes in second place and eldest sister Kourtney who places last amongst her sisters.
While Kim remains solidly in the top spot, recent reports suggest that she stands to lose $1 million per month that she remains off social media.
The star has remained silent on social media following the terrifying attack in her Paris apartment that saw her tied up and robbed at gunpoint of a reported $14 million worth of jewellery.
According to celebrity financial adviser Samuel Rad, the 35-year-old stands to lose upwards of $1 million (approximately $AU1.3 million) per month.
Rad tells People that the star’s “overall brand is generating at least $1 million a month through just general posts, not including anything that’s specifically being contracted with companies.”
This is separate to money she receives for appearances which can be anywhere from $US200,000 plus.
That said, Rad says that once she does return to business as usual, she could stand to make back what she’s lost, and then some.
“I think what’s going to happen is the first post she’s going to put up after not having posted for [a while], it’s going to get so many more followers and hits. I think that it might actually end up helping her. Especially if Kim positions [her return to social media] correctly … I think it could be a really big moneymaker for her brand.”
“People are hoping to hear from her,” Rad states, and adds “if Kim positions herself correctly, she can have a real blockbuster media score.”