How much money will Kim Kardashian make off of this engagement & wedding?


I have an honest question that I’d really like answered: how dumb is Kris Humphries? What I mean is that I understand that he’s relatively young (26) and his main interest is probably basketball (basketball, right?), but I don’t think the average, moderately intelligent 26-year-old dude would be down for a lifetime of Kardashian inanity. Why is Kris sticking around? Why did he propose? Does he not realize The Crazy that is now coming his way?

Anyway, like clockwork, Popeater has a story about how much money Kim Kardashian is going to end up making after she squeezes every last famewhore drop out of this engagement and wedding. The figure is in the millions, maybe even the tens of millions.

The Kardashian klan moves awfully fast. Blink and you might miss another quickie engagement and wedding. On the heels of Kim’s engagement news this morning, sources close to the family tell me TV execs are already talking how to spin Kim Kardashian’s impending wedding to Kris Humphries into yet another gold rush.

One of the options is to start a new spin-off show, starting now, that would follow Kim getting ready for the big day, culminating in a televised ceremony.

“Kris Humphries might not have known what he was getting into. This wedding is going to happen very much in the public eye,” an insider told me. “And they will make millions off of it.”

Of course they will. The Kardashians have built their $65 million empire on complete candor about all aspects of their lives. That isn’t going to change now. Kim’s wedding could turn into the highest rated program E! has ever seen, especially if they build up to it with its own show.

“I’ve always dreamed of a big wedding. I’ll probably do something really over-the-top. Super feminine but still really modern, chic and cool, but it has to have a lot of heart, it has to be all about the family,” Kardashian told PEOPLE.

And with a big wedding can come big bucks. No doubt Kris Jenner will milk the wedding for all the promotional opportunities it is worth

Over at Forbes, Mark Pasetsky is already speculating about how much Kim’s wedding photos will sell for. His guess is at least $2 million for domestic rights to the photos. There is at least an additional $1 million to be made in international rights.

Then there are the sneakier income streams — wedding vendors will be willing to pay big bucks to be featured in the celebrity nuptials of the year.

At the end of the day, I’m predicting this marriage could net the Kardashians at least $5 million.

[From PopEater]

I think $5 million is low-balling (and I’m not talking about Kim’s favorite sex act). Okay, so she’s obviously going to give a photo exclusive, to whoever is the high bidder. Maybe People Magazine, but more likely one of the second-tier tabloids. Then she’ll sell the photos internationally – and the Kardashians have fans overseas, trust me. And she’ll probably work out a “very special” series on E! about the preparations for the wedding and the wedding itself. Everything that I’ve just mentioned – we’re probably already in the $8-10 million range. And on top of that, Kim will be selling stories to the tabloids and she’ll be giving other “exclusives” to media outlets in preparation of the wedding. And THEN on top of that comes all of the endorsement deals. I could easily see the final financial “win” being something like $20 million before taxes.

Poor, poor Kris Humphries. He isn’t going to know what hit him. By the way, if you want to see the 16 carat, emerald-cut ring, go here (the main diamond is 16 carats, and then it’s flanked on each side by 2 carat diamonds).




Photos courtesy of Fame.

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  1. the original bellaluna says:

    I’ll take “As Much As She Can” for a thousand, Alex.

    And really, Popeater? “The celebrity nuptials of the year”?!?

    EDIT: That ring is gauche.

  2. marisa says:

    at first i thought that he was her brother.

  3. rissa says:

    im sure kris jenner already knows down to the penny

  4. Ashley says:

    They’ll break-up before the wedding.

  5. Lisa says:

    I’m sorry but that ring is ugly. For $2m I would’ve bought a better looking ring. I like Khloe’s better.

  6. Katie says:

    Kim falls in love w/ everyone she meets after a day or two. She makes herself out to be a hussy.

  7. Cherry Rose says:

    God, that ring is hideous. It looks so fake, like ring you’d get at The Icing or Claire’s. And we all know Kim got it so her ring would be bigger than Khloe’s. What a family.

    What I don’t understand is how people keep watching the Kardashian shows. They’re so obviously scripted and fake, and their voices are so freaking annoying.

    I’m surprised that Kris isn’t pimping out a show for her two youngest daughters. But that will come soon enough I suppose.

  8. brin says:

    @Cherry Rose I agree with you. If I’m reading the crawl on the bottom of the screen and a K show is on, I have to press mute because I can’t stand their voices.

  9. Quest says:

    Waiting for the next shoe (boots) to drop in 10, 9, 8….Reality Show (Cacing) Kris H you’re just gonna be another conquest/sex toy for Kim’s until the reality show proposal flop

  10. Franny says:

    so I actually kind of like her ring. Its ridiculously huge but I really don’t think it looks bigger than Khloe’s ring or even Reese’s ring. I feel once you get larger than ~3 carets, they all just look huge.

  11. Amea says:

    In regards to why he proposed, I thought the rumor was that she’s pregnant?

  12. Blue says:

    They look like they’re farting in all the pics.

  13. BeckyR says:

    He looks like he has the intelligence of a 10 yr old. He can afford a 2 Mill ring? Puh-lease!!! The whole K Klan is so over the top, so self absorbed that I can’t understand what in the world the appeal is. Seriously. In these times, especially, it is so Marie Antoinette-ish to make such a public display of wealth. Very poor taste. Oh I forgot: none of them has any taste.

  14. Deb says:

    I agree that Kris Humphries doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into. That whole family’s tendency to turn every aspect of their lives into a business transaction is enough to wear anyone down. Kim is essentially risking the entire relationship for more money and fame.

  15. Amanda G says:

    He doesn’t seem to look like the typical guy she dates. Such a baby face. Obviously this will never last.

  16. Umila says:

    I’ll be the first to say that I’m jealous before I make this comment. I have been with my fiance 7 yrs. We are still paying off school loans and working on furthering our education. It must be nice to have unlimited cash to drop *esp. when you haven’t been together that long*. Am I seriously sitting here wishing I was a Kardashian that could get married? Yes…dammit.

  17. garvels says:

    Would anyone buy a magazine just because it highlights Kim and her wedding photos????? I personally would not buy the magazine if it highlighted the Kartrashians, and I do think I am in the majority. If mags pay millions for the wedding photos they are seriously misguided and are over estimating the kartrashian star power.

  18. gee says:

    The picture with their hands touching is a historical way to represent marriage.

    I need to find a way to use my Art History degree in real life.

  19. RocketMerry says:

    Man, I’ll bet you that his main attraction to Kim is his name’s initial letter!
    Imagine, “K&K cordially invite you to their wedding”, “K&K happilly announce the birth of their baby K”, “K&K are ecstatic to inform the public about their very public divorce”…
    Just kiddin’, of course! Best wishes

  20. Wendy City says:

    First- Kim bought her own ring. The ring cost his entire salary for the year.

    Second- It had to be bigger than Khloe’s.

    As long as her ring is bigger and cost more she’s happy. As desperate as Kim has been she wouldn’t think twice about buying her own ring.

  21. Jackson says:

    She’s doing this for love, not money!!!

    …well, maybe love of money??

  22. the original bellaluna says:

    @ brin – bwahahahahaha!! “Kash Kows!” hahahahahaha!

    @ RocketMerry – Yeah. And when they have a kid, it’ll be “Merry Kristmas from the …” (I totally know that’s in bad taste; I apologise in advance. Please don’t ban me, CB. I’m sleep deprived and punchy today. I’ll never do it again. EDIT: In fact, I deleted it. Use your imagination, folks. Suffice to say it’s a play on the “K” thing.)

    @ Wendy City – And let us discuss the whole “it’s just like a fake ring I bought myself when I was 16″ thing. What level of desperation inspires one to:
    A) Want a “real” ring like one bought themselves as a teenager; and
    B) Pay for said ring themselves?

    Hubs wants to get me a different ring for our 10 year (next month) or replace the stone. I said no. It’s the ring he proposed to me with; I want this ring for ever.

  23. TG says:

    @Cherryrose – I like the shows and I know they are scripted but I see it as the same as watching any other network show it is for entertainment only. I like the bond they all seem to have and they are attractive people to watch. Yes, I think they are famewhores and I make fun of them on here too, but I can’t help it I have watched most of the episodes. It isn’t anything I set my clock to, but if I am lying around and it is on with nothing better than I watch.

    What I can’t understand is why Kim settled for someone less than Lamar. I would think she would have to top Khloe’s Lakers dude. Like maybe steal Kobe Bryant from Vanessa or something.

  24. kelbear says:

    I like Khloe’s ring more.

  25. the original bellaluna says:

    And why is he playing “Smell My Finger” with himself in that first pic? He is just so…so…special.

  26. Sumodo1 says:

    Reese Witherspoon’s ring is best, and she owns it. K & K’s is a promotional deal cooked up by Kris Jenner and the jeweler, all part of the profit-sharing from the wedding. Say, how much will producer Ryan Seacrest’s take be? A lot.

    As an aside: how hard is Reggie Bush laughing today?

  27. sue says:

    The ring is almost as big as her ass….what’s up with these hustler women (Eva L, too) going after the young guys. They are to play with, not marry. Finally, Kim has found herself a fool.

  28. betty says:

    Looks like Kris had his finger up Kim’s butt in that top picture.

  29. eternalcanadian says:

    Something weird going on in the Kardashian clan. Then again what else is new? Khloe hooks up with and marries an African-American basketball player. Then Kim hooks up with and gets engaged to an African-American basketball player.

    The first picture made me think Kris is sniffing the smell on his fingers that were poking Kim’s arse after kissing it so much. :P

    Edit: Omg @betty I saw your comment after I posted mine! Too right! :D

  30. dorothy says:

    Those people, Kardasians, will whore themselves and their lives out if they thought it might mean they had a nickle more. Its just creepy.

  31. CHICKIEBOO says:


  32. alfabc says:

    This is Kim’s second marriage. She was married for 2 or so years and got divorced. Lets not pretend this is her first wedding.

  33. cara says:

    His mother must be dead. I’d be surprised if she’s alive and kicking, for what mom would let her son marry this beast? I mean really.

  34. Franny says:

    alfabc – no one has forgotten that she was married before, but that was also over 10 years ago when she was ~19 so I think that if this is for real, then she should be allowed to be excited about it. And she should be allowed to be excited about a marriage that hopefully won’t be abusive like her first one was.

  35. kiko says:

    ok i checked the ring and its hideous!!really huge and ugly!

  36. ronnie says:

    Because of the show on TV I’ve actually become less judgmental about these people. I especially have come to like Lamar who I knew nothing about. I thought he was some kinda dumb athlete but he’s actually really down to earth and he and Khloe are sweet together. Kim’s guy seems too young at 25 to know what he’s getting into. At his age it’s all about the booty, and in that regards, he just scored a big one!

  37. Kim says:

    I dont think she will get 2 million for her pics. 1 mil if shes lucky. She better milk it because once the wedding is over the fascination with her will end rapidly. Everyone was waiting to see if/when she would get married and to who and once its over her fame will go away quickly so Im sure her and her mom are going to milk this one for all the money they can.

  38. Kim says:

    Whatever designer she uses better buy an extra roll of fabric to cover that big FAKE hideous behind. She is so tacky i can only imagine what her dress will look like. It cracks me up that these girls own a fashion store because they dress like hookers on crack. They have ZERO taste.

  39. Melinda says:

    I have said before on this site that I find it so exciting when people get engaged, and married. I love weddings for what they say about the couple. Great weddings come in all sizes and budgets, because they are about the couple. I can’t get even remotely excited about this. It all seems so manufactured and fake. I feel like they aren’t even doing a good job faking it. It’s like their lives are becoming tv characters first, and their actual person second if it even exists anymore.

  40. CHICKIEBOO says:

    kris humpries’ annual take home salary is about 2 million and he goes out and purchases a 2 million dollar ring! his career could end tomorrow due to an injury not a smart move

  41. fabchick says:

    Bigger is not always better. I like khloe’s ring better.

  42. jane16 says:

    Utterly revolting. Cannot stand these people. Way to wreck your career kid, these women are toxic. Look what happened to Reggie Bush when he dated her, he got caught in the worst So Cal sports scandal in my memory, had to give up his Heisman, etc. I know he came back & won a stupor bowl ring, but he had just gotten back with her. All of the Lakers fans we know are f u r i o u s with Lamar Odom, doing a reality show with that half wit Khloe DURING PLAYOFF SEASON! I can’t imagine why the Lakers are keeping him. Look what Kris has done to Bruce Jenner. I’m normally pro-women in any given situation, but these skanks are horrible bad luck.

  43. TeeTee says:

    Kris wants the come-up, that’s why he is with her (one of the reasons) he wants some of the pot..he only makes 3.5 mil a yr…he’s hopoing to be worth more$$ and he hopes to be picked up by the Lakers..

    No LOVE mentioned anywhere in these scripted antics–LOL

    there is no way this BOY paid for the gawdy 2mil dollar ring..

    everything is semi scripted w/this circus family.

    Yipeeeeeeeee to Reggie getting away, he knew what he was doing, Good for you Reggie!

    that’s who she really wanted, KimTrashyface is not fooling most of us, LOL

  44. Westcoaster says:

    That second photo of Kris Humphries does anyone else think he has the same goofy smile as Khole’s husband Lamar?

  45. lisas says:

    What makes you think that Kris Humphries *isn’t* a famewhore climbing that glitz ladder as fast as he can? I think he knows EXACTLY what he’s getting himself into, and the crazy that’s going to hit is the crazy he’s been chasing all along.

  46. zesty says:

    Good grief, they are the most shallow family ever. And I saw a couple minutes of their television show when she was spazzing out about having people over. Nothing in her house could be out of order, and she was a major control freak. This dude should run. Fast.

  47. CeeCee says:

    we’ve had a few weeks away from Kardashian news and it has been bliss.

    The ring is gaudy. Just like her wedding will be if it actually makes it that far. It will make Jordan and Peter Andres wedding look plain Jane!

  48. LuckyLilGem says:

    Congratulations to Kim & Kris-c’mon people be happy for the young lovers!

  49. poodlemom says:

    I think Mama Kris paid for the ring!

  50. Dea says:

    I think this is just a fake engagement. I totally think that Kardashians bought the ring. Read more at

  51. Sassy says:

    Couple of questions!
    Where is the picture of the ring?
    Is Kris Humphries black or white?
    Haven’t been on top of this fascinating story, obvs.

  52. Melinda says:

    @jane16- as a long-time Lakers fan, I detest Odom now. Wtf is he thinking getting messed up in all this? Oh wait, he isn’t. He isn’t thinking about anything but candy. So frustrating. Please trade him to somewhere miserable and far, far away so they can make an ironic awful reality show and home there. Im envisioning a super awful low-brow Green Acres. Can he use a melted bag of skittles as soap? I would never stop laughing!

  53. Lia says:

    I can’t even imagine being part of the culture that finds the Kardashians interesting. They are so ridiculous that even watching them would make me feel ridiculous, too. Blah.

  54. geekychic says:

    @ Umilla-my engagment ring is made from wine-cork wires:the One made it with his own hands and little swiss knife when we were on a field trip 2 years ago. i wouldn’t trade it for the world:especially bc i remeber how many times he poked himself while creating it. :)
    KK’s ring does nothing for me, big, lavish weddings also. as someone before me said, it’s about the couple. i have a huge, huge family, and people expect big wedding-personally, i DREAM of eloping on our favorite vacation island, where the One is from.
    i don’t despise this famew*oring engagments and weddings simply bc i just don’t care. everytime i see KK show i just have to remind myself that love-lives of those women are less real than one fight over picking up the trash with my guy. that’s actually really sad.

  55. Carolyn says:

    How much is Kris being paid to be “engaged” to Kim? Who gets engaged after only 6 months?

  56. honeyv says:

    He looks confused. He loves her big (fake) butt.

  57. Robocop says:

    Humphries contract is for $10.5 million, so he has the cash to front that hideous ring. What he doesn’t have is an IQ higher than the carat weight of that ring. When that fat-ass whore hit 30, desperation set in and she was determined to marry anyone!! Even a moronic goofball like Humphries. I’m sure she tried desperately to lure that Aussie guy into her web, but he got smart fast and ran. The whole engagement was orchestrated by the pimp, so they could parlay the cheesy event on the E network. Two fame-seeking fools who actually deserve each other.

  58. Nikki Girl says:

    Dying laughing at all the comments about Kris “Smell My Finger” Humphries and how he must have had his finger up Kim’s butt – that’s exactly what I was thinking! And he looks like he’s ripping a big fart in that second picture of just him. He is seriously special.

  59. Nikki Girl says:

    P.S. Kim just looks tickled pink that he’s playing “Smell my finger” with himself in that first photo, just like a proud, doting girlfriend should be. Maybe they really will last. LMAO.

  60. CeeCee says:

    I just read it’s being televised!!!



  61. dj says:

    “modern, chic and cool” adjectives we all think of in relation to Kim K.

  62. christine says:

    Okay these girls only bring in 4.8 viewers or less. Did I just read that Khloe thinks KIM will be as popular-wait, more popular then the royal wedding. BHAHAHAHAHA Really girls come on your shooting a little high with that one. I mean come on you have only 4 million viewers the royal wedding and american idol are more popular then you-wait scratch that Oprah’s dog’s are more popular then you. Im looking forward to the day that the KARDASH-A-!@#$@!$ are finally off the air for good.

    Also this boy is smart. Kris wants some more money and he saw Kim and now boom he is making more. He is a low key basketball player there is NO WAY this guy paid for that ring. The Kardashawhores have E! to thank for the 20 carrot gaudy thing on her finger.

    I look at Lamar the same way he want to be bigger then Kobe so why not F#$# a Kardashawhore for a few years to cash in.

    Sad thing is that they think they have to upper hand. Sorry but you are being played! All of you!!!

    And as for your mom…your a SAD SAD SAD woman why dont you take care of your husband and stop cashing in on your family.