Everyone who goes on a reality TV show hopes that it will launch their career — but it doesn’t work for everyone. We understand the motivation, though, when stars like Lauren Conrad are raking in the dough. Sometimes the public even forgets that people started off as reality TV personalities. Here are reality TV stars who have become super successful (and have made us jealous) with their clothing lines, books, fragrances, endorsements and more:
7. Bethenny Frankel
Once just a Real Housewife of New York, Bethenny Frankel is now worth $25 million after selling her SkinnyGirl low-calorie alcohol product line for $100 million. She got her start in 2005, when she was a finalist on the reality show The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Then she joined Bravo’s Real Housewives in 2008, and starred in her own spinoff. Bethenny has also published several books, including Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, The SkinnyGirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, The Skinnygirl Rules, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life and the novel Skinnydipping. She’s also released an exercise DVD and hosted her own talk show on Fox from September 2013 to February 2014.