Kardashian Sisters Lead Highest Paid Reality TV Stars

By Michael Preston
|  Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010  |  Updated 7:02 AM EDT
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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian attend the launch of the Kardashian MasterCard at Pacha on November 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/WireImage)

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The ubiquitous Kardashian sisters were among the top earning reality TV stars in a new list of rankings, reports the Daily Beast.

Kim led the list with over $6 million in reported earnings, pushing products ranging from cupcakes to tennis shoes. But the bulk of her money comes from the designer retails stores - named Dash - that she co-owns with her sisters. The sisters just released a new book, Kardashian Konfidential,that sold 13,000 copies in its first week of release and the curvy Californians also just wrapped the fifth season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, their E! Reality show.

Another California girl, former Laguna Beach and The Hills star Lauren Conrad, came in second place with an estimated $5 million take for 2010. She's made bank by producing a successful clothing and accessories line for Kohl's department stores and for her series of young adult books, which have sold over a million copies in hardback alone.

Bethenny Frankel of the Real Housewives of New York captured the third spot on the list with $4 million earned. She's starred in two reality shows already, is currently a contestant on Skating With the Stars, and has a fourth, Bethenny Ever After, set to air next year. She makes most of her money selling books as well, with over 230,000 copies sold of her healthy and lifestyle guides.

Lauren Conrad's former Hills running mate Audrina Patridge came in fourth with $3.5 million in earnings. She just ended a run on Dancing With the Stars and is set to get her own VH1 reality show next year. She's also served as a sexy burger promoter for Carl's Jr, a distinction she shares with Kim Kardashian.

Fellow Dancing With the Stars alum Kate Gosselin also ended up with a $3.5 million haul. She continues her TLC reality show, Kate Plus 8, for which she gets a reported $250,000 per episode.  She's also a prolific writer, with four books to her name as well.

The rest of the top ten includes Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from Jersey Shore, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, "The Situation's" fist-pounding buddy Pauly D, and former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson.

Selected Reading: Daily Beast, LA Times, MSN

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