Kim Kardashian is highest paid TV star

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 12:15 PM IST

Los Angeles: Socialite Kim Kardashian has emerged as the highest paid TV star of the year, earning USD 6 million.

The 30-year-old reality star topped the ranking by The Daily Beast, beating Lauren Conrad and Audrina Partridge, reported Variety online.

Kim, who wrapped up her fifth season of `Keeping Up With the Kardashians` this year, made her cash by promoting brands from Skechers to Kotex and also shilling for a skincare line and Quick Trim with her sisters. She rakes in as much as USD 75,000 for an appearance.

Former `The Hills` star Conrad came second with USD 5 million from her burgeoning fashion career and trilogy of young adult books. Her most recent one, `Sugar and Spice`, has sold more than 1 million copies in hardback.

Third was Bethenny Frankel, who rose to fame on `The Real Housewives of New York` before getting her own `Bravo` spin-off, earning USD 4 million last year. She made the most cash from her "skinny" series, which includes nutrition books and a margarita mix.

Partridge rounded off the top 5 alongwith Kate Gosselin, both earning USD 3.5 million each. The former`s income stemmed majorly from a Carl`s Jr endorsement, her deal with producer Mark Burnett and hosting a gig on internet network Yobi.tv.

Gosselin total income included USD 250,000 per episode of her TLC show, speaking and book deals and her `Dancing With the Stars` fees.

PTI