Highest Paid Female Reality Stars 2012

Don't hate Bethenny Frankel because she has booze bucks!

Highest Paid Female Reality Stars 2012

 Forbes has released its latest list of TV’s top paid female actresses, and guess which three reality stars made it into the Top 5?

We’ll give you a hint: Two of them come from the same family.

Yep, it’s those pesky Kardashians. You love to hate them — but apparently you love to watch them even more, because Kim raked in $18 million last year on the strength of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and her wedding special, as well as her lucrative side businesses. Turns out some of you even want to SMELL like Kim Kardashian, judging from the $6 million she made on her namesake fragrance. That earned her the No. 2 spot on the list, just behind Modern Family star/Pepsi spokeswoman Sofia Vergara.

Little sis Khloe Kardashian Odom was a surprise contender in the No. 5 spot. (Which makes us wonder, what has Kourtney been doing with her time? What a slacker!) She earned $11 million for her share of the Kardashians TV series, as well as her own popular spinoff, Khloe & Lamar. She also hosted a radio show in Dallas during Lamar’s brief stint with the Mavericks and benefited from her involvement in the Kardashian line for Sears and DASH boutiques.

And in the No. 3 spot, we have the equally polarizing Bethenny Frankel, who left the rest of the Real Housewives in the dust to become a one-woman empire. In the past year, her Skinnygirl Cocktails brand expanded from one margarita offering to 12 kinds of bottled booze. She starred in the third season of her Bravo spinoff, Bethenny Ever After, and is currently wrapping up a test run of an Ellen DeGeneres-produced daytime talk show. Somehow, in between all of this, she also found time to write her first novel: “Skinnydipping.” Total take? A cool $12 million. We’ll drink to that!