Yep, you guessed it. Reality star, fashion maven, and business entrepreneur Kim Kardashian is the most googled celebrity of 2011 and we’re betting she is very high on the list for 2012. She got married and divorced in 72 days all in front of the public eye on her reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” The show has built a world-wide following and is so popular that Kardashian was paid $20 million to stage her wedding nuptials on television for the world to see. Her net worth is said to be $35 million.
Kardashian’s celebrity star rose when a sex video of her and then husband Ray J. was leaked to the media. Afterwards Kim became fodder for the tabloids, but it was “Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s” that made her and her family a household name. Before the sex video and her reality show, Kim was just a personal assistant and stylist to the stars. She could be seen walking the red carpet in the shadow of her famous friend Paris Hilton. Kim’s income at that time did not come close to what she is raking in now. It is estimated that the Kardashian family raked in $65 million for the reality show. Kim is paid $40K an episode. Not bad for a gal who doesn’t have to memorize scripts, or does she? People often wonder about the show’s spontaneity. Is it reality or scripted?
Recently Kim has come under scrutiny for paying or rather not paying enough taxes. The CourageCampaign created a video urging her to support an initiative in California that would increase taxes on residents that earn more than $1 million a year. The campaign sites that Kim made $12 million in 2010 but only pay 10.3% toward income tax. The regular middle class California resident who makes $47,000 paid 9.3% toward income taxes. The campaign is claiming that is unfair in light of recent budget cuts to schools and programs for the elderly. Proponents of the campaign believe its not fair for someone who makes millions of dollars a year to pay the same amount of taxes as someone who makes $47,000 a year.
We think Kim is a brilliant business woman capitalizing on her fame and laughing all the way to the bank. She is now launching a new clothing line, perform and weight loss products. Plus she charges a hefty fee for public appearances at nightclubs and hosting duties!
Kim has had many extravagant purchases including a $325,000 white Ferrari 458 Italia Spider. For her wedding to Kris Humphreys she wore a $2.5 million 65 carat sparkling diamond headpiece by Lorraine Schwartz, 28 carat diamond earrings worth $5 million. She also spent $150,000 on hair and makeup for her wedding day.