‘Dancing with the Stars’: The Richest Contestants Ever

If you’re a reality TV fan, then you might watch Dancing with the Stars every now and then. The show tends to be full of glitz and glamour, as celebrities glide across the dance floor and show off their moves. If you’ve ever wondered how much some of these stars are worth, wonder no more.

We took a look at the net worth of every contestant ever to appear on the show over the past 25 seasons, using data from Celebrity Net Worth. From that group, we picked the top earners. Here are 15 of the richest contestants to ever appear on Dancing with the Stars.

15. Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran gestures while holding a pen and a notebook on her lap in Shark Tank

The Shark Tank entrepreneur started her career with a $1,000 loan. | ABC

Kicking off our list is Shark Tank celebrity and real estate entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran. She entered the real estate business in 1973 with a $1,000 loan. From there, The Corcoran Group was born. Corcoran wanted to share real estate news and trends, so she began publishing a guide called The Corcoran Report. Eventually, real estate company NRT Incorporated bought The Corcoran Group in 2001 for $66 million.

Next: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds

14. Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds

Kenny Babyface Edmonds

His Grammy Award-winning music won him 14th place on our list. | Mychal Watts/Getty Images for Jazz in the Gardens

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds became wealthy as a result of his long career as a singer, songwriter, and producer. His success has resulted in a net worth of $80 million. Some of his most popular songs include “Whip Appeal,” “When Can I See You,” and “Every Time I Close My Eyes.”  However, the 11-time Grammy Award winner didn’t have as much success on the dance floor. He and his dance partner, Allison Holker, came in at 11th place.

Next: Suzanne Somers

13. Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers

The actress is best known for selling ThighMaster products. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Suzanne Somers first gained attention for her role as Chrissy Snow on the hit comedy show Three’s Company. She also starred as Carol Foster Lambert in the ABC series Step by Step, opposite actor Patrick Duffy. She later branched out and became an author and entrepreneur. Somers is best known for selling the ThighMaster in the 1990s. Somers and her dance partner, Tony Dovolani, were eliminated during the fifth week of season 20.

Next: Steve Wozniak

12. Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak is wearing a suit and wearing glasses as he is dancing with his partner.

His role with Apple secures him a spot on this list. | ABC

Steve Wozniak became rich as a result of his role as one of the co-founders of Apple (in addition to Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne). He and his team created one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers. When it comes to dancing, Wozniak needs a little bit of help. He and his dance partner, Karina Smirnoff, came in 10th place on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars.

Next: Sugar Ray Leonard

11. Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray

The boxer came in ninth place. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Sugar Ray Leonard became wealthy as a result of his successful boxing career. He is best known for defeating “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler in 1987 for the World Boxing Council’s middleweight title. Leonard is considered one of the best boxers of all time and has won titles in five weight divisions. He retired in 1997 and was later inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. Leonard and his dance partner, Anna Trebunskaya, earned ninth place on Dancing with the Stars‘ 12th season.

Next: Wayne Newton

10. Wayne Newton

Wayne Newton

Wayne Newton bounced back after bankruptcy. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Wayne Newton is best known for hit songs, such as “Danke Schoen” and “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast.” Newton has also starred in more than 30,000 Las Vegas performances. Although the singer filed for bankruptcy in 1992 as a result of bad investments, he managed to bounce back quite nicely. Newton and his partner, Cheryl Burke, earned 10th place during the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars.

Next: Priscilla Presley

9. Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley

Her acting and entrepreneurship are her income sources. | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Some of the ways the late Elvis Presley’s former wife, Priscilla, became rich were through acting and becoming an entrepreneur. She is best known for her roles in The Naked Gun trilogy and Dallas. In addition, she founded Elvis Presley Enterprises, heading the company until the ’80s. Presley and her partner, Louis van Amstel, earned eighth place during the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars.

Next: Drew Carey

8. Drew Carey

Drew Carey

His comedy chops earned him several hosting gigs. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Drew Carey built his riches during a successful comedy career. His quirky sense of humor and acting talent paid off, and he is now worth a cool $165 million. Carey is best known for starring in The Drew Carey Show. He has also built fame and padded his bank account as host of game show The Price is Right. Carey and his partner, Cheryl Burke, earned eighth place during season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.

Next: Kim Kardashian

7. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian in Paris

She has plenty of businesses to keep her busy. | Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

The Keeping up with the Kardashians star and wife of Kanye West is up to much more than just reality television. Kardashian is also a businesswoman who has made money through product endorsements, a cosmetics line, an app, and personal appearance fees. Kim and her partner, Mark Ballas, earned 11th place in the seventh season of the dance competition.

Next: Penn Jillette

6. Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette on red carpet

The illusionist couldn’t fake his dance moves. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Penn Jillette is known for his skills as an illusionist, comedian, musician, and actor. He began his career after graduating from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. In the ’80s, he moved on to perform comedy, illusion, and magic tricks with his partner Teller. Jillette and his dance partner, Kym Johnson, came in 12th place.

Next: Robert Herjavec

 5. Robert Herjavec

Robert Herjavec holds his hands together and learns forward in his chair on Shark Tank

The entrepreneur founded the top internet company in Canada. | ABC

Joining Barbara Corcoran on this list is another Shark Tank member, Robert Herjavec. The venture capitalist’s first major business triumph was in 1990, when he founded BRAK Systems, which is Canada’s top provider of internet security software. The company was later sold to AT&T for $100 million. Then, in 2003 he formed his security software company, Herjavec Group.

Next: Percy “Master P” Miller

 4. Percy ‘Master P’ Miller

Percy "Master P" Miller

The mogul has his own record label. | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Former rapper Master P began building his wealth by getting involved in other aspects of the music business. He formed several rap music labels and started his own management company. He also tried out other businesses unrelated to music. In the late ’90s, Master P opened up a travel agency, a film production company, a video game company, and other businesses. His most successful venture was No Limit Records (now No Limit Forever) which has sold more than 80 million records worldwide.

Next: Kathy Ireland

 3. Kathy Ireland

Kathy Ireland

The model-turned-businesswoman has seen her wealth grow. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Kathy Ireland is former model who moved on to become an actress, entrepreneur, and designer. Fortunately, branching out into other fields proved to be a good move. After founding product marketing company Kathy Ireland Worldwide, her wealth began to grow. The company brings in more than $1 billion in sales annually. Today, Ireland has a net worth of $500 million.

Next: Floyd Mayweather

2. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather

He gets paid quite a bit for his fights. | Al Bello/Getty Images

Boxer Floyd Mayweather’s nickname is “money” for a reason. Mayweather was already doing pretty well financially, but he recently got a little bit richer after winning his fight against mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. Although he and his dance partner Karina Smirnoff came in ninth place during season five, he still has plenty of money to help soothe the pain.

Next: Mark Cuban

1. Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban and Kym Johnson dancing on Dancing With the Stars.

Mark Cuban is a billionaire who can dance. | ABC

Not surprisingly, billionaire Shark Tank member Mark Cuban is No. 1 on our list. His season of Dancing with the Stars turned out to be the season with the richest contestants. Floyd Mayweather and Wayne Newton also joined him out on the dance floor. One move that contributed to Cuban’s massive wealth was his purchase of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000 for $285 million.

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