Being a reality TV star must be lucrative if what stars like Christina Aguilera, Ryan Seacrest, or Gordon Ramsay earn is anything to go by. These reality TV personalities are said to earn over $10 million per season of a show. But these kinds of paychecks are only seen by a few people.
Most personalities in reality TV shows have to supplement the salaries they earn from the shows with earnings from businesses, actual jobs, or opportunities that come their way by virtue of being on TV.
TLC’s Sister Wives, for instance, reportedly brings about $400K a year, an amount that doesn’t go too far considering that there are more than 20 mouths to feed in Kody Brown’s massive family. If you are a fan of the TV series, I guess you already know that Kody and his four wives have to work hard to keep the big family afloat.
Somehow, Kody seems to make enough money to sustain his family. However, fans have a hard time figuring out how this is possible given that Kody is always at home when the cameras roll. He also spends a good deal of time moving from one house to the next solving family issues.
So, what does Kody do for a living?
Past Income Streams before the Show
In most interviews that were conducted in the course of the first season of the show, which first aired in 2010, Koby maintained that he was a salesman though what he sold wasn’t very clear. Fans later learned that he sold online advertising. However, the company he worked for is still a secret even though the job is long gone.
Back then, Kody’s name also showed up on 3 different businesses, namely Bricksoft (a now-defunct computer programming company), Das Hundaus Firearms and Accessories (another defunct company or one that never got off the ground) and Kody Brown Family Entertainment LLC (the only company that seems to be still active).
Earnings from TLC
Although the amount that TV stars get for their work varies, it is a gainful amount considering that many celebrities show a level of comfort and financial stability as they continue to make appearances. It is rumored that Brown and his family have an extremely lucrative deal with TLC.
Kody Brown Family Entertainment, LLC, reportedly collects 10 percent of the series’ production budget as wages for the cast.
As aforementioned, the show brings about $400k annually. However, given that the family has so many people to account for, it’s not hard to see that Kody and his family are not living off the earnings of the show only.
If anything, the family has luxury housing, new cars, and a host of other lavish amenities. Besides, the family has taken a vacation to Disneyland, staged spectacle weddings, and sent their children to college.
Handling Family Finances
So, what’s bringing the extra stream of income to Kody’s family? Perhaps it is his wives’ contributions. We know that Robyn operates jewelry and clothing boutique, Meri opened a B& B business, and Janelle used to operate E Z Pantry business and later became a real estate agent. But why is the family still struggling financially to an extent that they’ve filed numerous bankruptcies? And what does Kody do besides appearing on Sister Wives?
Well, since Kody Brown Family Entertainment LLC. is the only business in Kody’s name that appears to be somewhat active, we can deduce one thing: Kody’s other main job is handling family finances.
If all these still don’t add up, perhaps you should learn more about Brown’s situation in his book, Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage. Published in 2012, the book reveals how the patriarch makes things work in his polygamist relationship.