‘American Idol’: These Are the Richest Stars Who Ever Appeared on the Show

American Idol has made huge stars out of many of the contestants. Some of the show’s biggest stars, such as Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert, got their start on the reality show. Former contestants have seen runaway success in the music business while others have gone on to work in other areas of the entertainment industry. This reality show has even changed the lives of those who were rejected during their auditions. Among them are Glee stars Naya Rivera and Amber Riley.

Let’s take a look at the success of those who made it to the show. Here are the 15 richest stars who ever appeared on American Idol according to research from Celebrity Net Worth.

15. Ruben Studdard

American Idol finalist Ruben Studdard reacts to winning during the show's grand finale

He was the winner of his season. | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

  • Net worth: $3 million

Ruben Studdard was the winner of season two of American Idol. Clay Aiken was the runner up. As of this writing, Studdard has released six albums. His debut album, Soulful, was certified platinum, and his second album, I Need an Angel, was certified gold. In addition, he appeared in the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ in 2009. He then went on tour with Clay Aiken in 2010.

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