Although the top HGTV stars are paid well, this isn’t the only way they make money. There’s another job that many of these hosts are doing, and it helps bring in some serious cash.
Here’s how much Chip and Joanna Gaines and your other favorite HGTV stars get paid to do this one surprising thing. But first we’ll tell you some of the other ways these TV personalities are earning a living.
How much top HGTV stars are worth
Joining HGTV usually results in a comfy paycheck. One of the network’s most popular hosts, Drew and Jonathan Scott, hosts of Property Brothers, are reportedly worth a combined $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of Fixer Upper, are worth roughly $9 million each. Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis has a net worth of about $7 million. So it’s safe to say these celebrities aren’t hurting when it comes to making money.
Next: Here’s how HGTV’s top stars keeping the checks coming.
Other ways the stars make money
The hosts also make cash through book deals, spinoff shows, acting roles, and product endorsement deals. Drew Scott of Property Brothers appeared on Dancing with the Stars, for example.
Chip and Joanna are masters at racking up multiple income streams. They earn income from their magazine, The Magnolia Journal; their store, Magnolia Market; and a furniture line called Magnolia Home. The couple also has a Target line called Hearth & Hand with Magnolia. In addition, there are book deals, a bakery, a vacation rental business, Joanna’s clothing line with Matilda Jane, and a line of Fixer Upper-inspired paint.
Next: This is the one thing HGTV stars do to make more cash.
The one other thing top HGTV stars get paid to do
There are several ways hosts can bring in paychecks. Another lucrative way they get paid is by speaking at events.
In addition to Chip and Joanna, stars such as Egypt Sherrod, Tarek and Christina El Moussa, Vern Yip, and Mike Holmes charge hefty fees to give public speeches and make guest appearances. HGTV made these previously unknown people stars almost overnight, and they know they can charge more for their time.
Next: Joanna’s fee caused quite a stir.
Controversy over Joanna Gaines’ speaker fee
One star who charges quite a bit for appearances is Joanna Gaines. If you want to hear her speak, you’ll have to shell out up to $150,000 an hour.
Her fee gained a lot of media attention when she was asked to sit in a deposition for a lawsuit concerning Magnolia Home Furniture, reports The Blast. The host wasn’t directly named in the lawsuit; however, the furniture line is part of her brand with Chip (Magnolia Home). The judge later ruled Joanna wouldn’t get her requested fee and ordered her to appear for the deposition.
Next: Here’s what some of the other major players on HGTV charge for speaking engagements.
Tarek and Christina El Moussa
If you want to see Tarek and Christina El Moussa speak, you might have to take out a small loan (right after you wipe out your life savings to pay Joanna Gaines’ fee). The hosts of Flip or Flop charge as much as $40,000, reports Starcasm. In addition, Tarek and Christina receive an appearance fee for each Flip or Flop episode (their last reported fee was $10,000 per episode, according to Starcasm). Back in 2017, In Touch reported Christina and Tarek asked for $1 million each per season.
Next: Here’s what Chip and Joanna charge.
Chip and Joanna Gaines
In this case, two is better than one. If you want to hear Chip and Joanna Gaines speak, it will cost you a lot less than hearing Joanna speak individually. The Fixer Upper stars charge $30,000 for speaking fees, reports Romper. The price is still quite steep, but it’s a significant discount compared to Joanna’s quote of $150,000 an hour. If you hire them for your event you’ll likely hear about their modest beginnings, their businesses, and a bit about their upcoming spin-off show.
Next: What Egypt Sherrod charges.
Egypt Sherrod is host of HGTV’s Property Virgins and Flipping Virgins. Her speaker fee ranges from $10,000 to $20,000, according to All American Speakers bureau. In addition to hosting these shows, Sherrod is a Realtor® and CEO of Egypt Sherrod Real Estate Group in Atlanta. She’s also the author of the book Keep Calm … It’s Just Real Estate. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Sherrod is worth roughly $6 million.
Next: What Mike Holmes charges.
Mike Holmes is the host of HGTV’s Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection, and Holmes Makes It Right. Holmes is also a professional contractor and author. His book Make It Right: Home Renovation with Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor became a national bestseller. Holmes’ speaker fees range from $30,000 to $50,000. His net worth is roughly $30 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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