12 Popular Dancing With The Stars Winners: How Much Are They Worth?
Dancing with the Stars is one of the most popular reality competitions on TV and we have a strange feeling that the show isn’t going anywhere! Over the course of 23 seasons, so many different stars of varying celebrity status have taken home the coveted mirror ball trophy, some deserving and some less so. Today, we’re taking a look at how much the most popular winners of show are currently worth:
12. Meryl Davis
Estimated Net Worth: $2 Million. Olympic champion Meryl Davis – who won the Gold medal for ice dancing along with her partner Charlie White – began skating competitively back in 2003-2004 when she and White won their sectional championship and then won the junior silver medal at Nationals, which earned them a trip to the 2004 Junior Words where they placed 13th. Since then, she’s become a two-time world champion, the 2010 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time World silver medalist, a five-time Grand Prix Final champion, a three-time Four Continents champion and a six-time U.S. national champion. All of this competitive ice skating has earned Davis an estimated net worth of $2 million.
11. Emmitt Smith
Estimated Net Worth: $18 Million. Former running back Emmitt Smith played for the NFL for 15 seasons during the ‘90s and 2000s. For twelve seasons, he played with the Dallas Cowboys, and with them he won three Super Bowls, became the all-time leading rusher and won the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP award in 1994. He finished his last two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and only came back to the spotlight when he won the Mirror Ball trophy during the third season of Dancing with the Stars. If Smith doesn’t want to, he doesn’t have to work another day in his life – he’s currently has a net worth of $18 million!
10. Laurie Hernandez
Estimated Net Worth: $1.3 Million. Laurie Hernandez rose to international fame when she competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics as a member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. She did remarkably well, taking home the gold medal in the team event and the silver on the balance beam. Her competitive gymnastics career began back in 2012 when she competed in the U.S. Classic and it has been progressing ever since. She joined season 23 of Dancing with the Stars immediately after finishing the Olympics and was paired with Val Chmerkovskiy. Hernandez is doing pretty well for herself considering that she’s only 16 – she’s already worth an estimated $1.3 million!
9. Alfonso Ribeiro
Estimated Net Worth: $7 Million. At the age of eight, Alfonso Ribeiro first gained recognition for playing the Broadway musical, The Tap Dance Kid, but he became an even bigger star several years later when he landed the role of Carlton Banks on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Since the series ended in 1996, he has had voice roles on the animated series Spider-Man, had a role on the sitcom In The House as Dr. Maxwell Stanton, hosted the game show Catch 21, appeared on the reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, and currently hosts the Cooking Channel show Unwrapped 2.0 and America’s Funniest Home Videos. All of this has provided Ribeiro with a reported net worth of $7 million.
8. Donny Osmond
Estimated Net Worth: $17 Million. Former teen idol Donny Osmond rose to fame in the ‘60s when he and his elder brothers formed the band, The Osmond brothers, and began appearing on The Andy Williams Show. In the ‘70s, Donny continued his success with his sister Marie when they were given their own self-titled series, but by the ‘80s, after the show was cancelled, he floundered professionally for many years. In 1989, he made a comeback with his single, “Soldiers of Love,” and in 1992 he joined the Elgin Theatre’s Toronto production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which he toured with until 1998. That same year, he returned to TV with his sister Marie to host their own self-titled talk show, which lasted for two seasons. From 2002 to 2004, he hosted the game show, Pyramind, and in 2007, he hosted the UK version. Although he lost quite a bit of money during the ‘80s, he’s now worth a reported $17 million, which is pretty darn good!
7. Drew Lachey
Estimated Net Worth: $6.5 Million. Drew Lachey’s biggest claim to fame is that he was a member of the all the boy group 98 Degrees. Since the band went on hiatus in 2001, he’s branched out into new things. He made his Broadway debut in the musical Rent, appeared on his brother Nick’s reality show Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, competed and won season two of Dancing with the Stars, returned to Broadway for Spamalot, joined a touring production of the musical Hairspray, returned to Dancing with the Stars in 2012, and starred in his own docuseries on A&E called Lachey’s: Raising the Bar alongside his brother Nick, which featured them opening up their own bar in their hometown, Cincinnati. Drew’s doing quite well for himself – his personal net worth is estimated to be $6.5 million!
6. Jennifer Grey
Estimated Net Worth: $6 Million. Jennifer Grey was catapulted to fame thanks to her starring role in the ‘80s box office hit Dirty Dancing; however, soon after that role, her career stalled. She claims that her decision to have a nose job is what ruined her career. What was supposed to be a minor changed turned out to be much more drastic than she had anticipated. “I went in the operating room a celebrity – and came out anonymous,” she said. Although the nose job prevented her from becoming a full-fledged movie star, she has had numerous roles over the years in television and movies, and currently has a role in the Amazon Studios comedy series Red Oaks. She reportedly has a net worth of $6 million.
5. Nicole Scherzinger
Estimated Net Worth: $12 Million. Nicole Scherzinger became a bona fide star when she became the lead singer of the girl group the Pussycat Dolls. Since the group disbanded, she has embarked on a solo career, became a judge for the American version of The X Factor and the UK version, starred in a West End revival of the musical Cats (which earned her a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical), designed a clothing line for Missguided, and became the ambassador for Herbal Essences, British Airways and the face of Müller Corner. All of this has helped her achieve her reported net worth of $12 million!
4. Brooke Burke
Estimated Net Worth: $9 Million. Brooke Burke’s career in entertainment began back in the late ‘90s when she landed a hosting gig on the E! show Wild On. This led to guest appearances in That’s Life, The Bernie Mac Show, Monk and Less Than Perfect. In 2006, she hosted the reality show, Rock Star, and after winning season seven of Dancing with the Stars, she went on to host the show for seven seasons. She doesn’t really need to work anymore though – she’s worth an estimated $9 million!
3. Kelly Monaco
Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million. Kelly Monaco’s career was launched after she became Playboy’s Playmate of the Month back in April 1997. This led to roles on the TV series Baywatch and then the soap opera Port Charles, where she earned a Daytime Emmy nod for her portrayal of Olivia “Livvie” Locke Morley, and then General Hospital, where she earned another Daytime Emmy nod for her performance as Samantha McCall. After almost two decades as a soap star, Monaco is worth a reported $4 million – not bad!
2. Bindi Irwin
Estimated Net Worth: $3 Million. Bindi Irwin isn’t your average teenager. During her early years, she appeared on her father’s show, The Crocodile Hunter, and since his death, she has starred in her own show Bindi the Jungle Girl, hosted a television documentary My Daddy the Crocodile Hunter, starred in an exercise video called Bindi Kidfitness and released a hip hop album, Trouble in the Jungle. She also starred in the movie Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove, an episode of My Babysitter’s a Vampire, hosted a wildlife-themed game show called Bindi’s Bootcamp, and of course, won season 21 of Dancing with the Stars. It’s not really a surprise given her television resume that she’s worth an estimated $3 million.
1. Kellie Pickler
Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million. Kellie Pickler first rose to fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. She placed sixth and then landed her own recording contract with 19 Recordings and BNA Records. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, was released in 2006 and reached the top of the country charts, selling over 900,000 copies. Her second album, Kellie Pickler, included her first Top 10 country hit, “Days of Your Life,” which she co-wrote with Taylor Swift. In 2011, she released 100 Proof, which topped the country charts and included several hits, including “Tough.” She’s also had her own reality TV show, I Love Kelly Pickler, which lasted for two seasons. The country star is doing pretty well with an estimated net worth of $5 million.