'Shahs of Sunset' cast
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The Shahs of Sunset Reportedly Get Paid Far Less Than Some Housewives

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Jul. 18 2021, Published 1:11 p.m. ET

If you’ve seen their lavish lifestyles on Bravo, you’re likely wondering how much Reza Farahan, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, and the rest of the Shahs of Sunset stars get paid.

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After all, various outlets report that Shahs cast members have fortunes upward of $12 million. So Bravo must be opening the wallet wide for them, right?

Well, maybe, maybe not…

The ‘Shahs’ stars earn $10,000 to $30,000 per episode, according to online estimates.

Reza Farahan on 'Shahs of Sunset'
Source: Nicole Weingart/Bravo

Reputable salary information for those reality stars is scarce, but TV Guide reported in 2013 that Reza was earning $18,000 per episode. Recent Shahs of Sunset seasons have been 15 episodes long, so that works out to $270,000 per season.

More recently, The Cinemaholic conjectured that the Shahs cast members could be earning $10,000 to $30,000 per episode, which would be $150,000 to $450,000 per 15-episode season.

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So how does GG have an estimated net worth of $12 million? She's is the daughter of a famed architect and is also the founder and CEO of cannabis wellness company Wusah. As for Reza, his net worth — estimated at $7 million — is bolstered by his real estate career with Keller Williams Realty.

Some reality stars get paid far less.

As The Hollywood Reporter revealed in 2014, reality fame isn’t always a cash cow. “For the vast majority of reality show performers — unfamous Bachelor contestants and other run-of-the mill reality hopefuls — jury duty pays better,” the magazine observed. “You’re given a minimal stipend to compensate for missed wages, and that’s pretty much it.”

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Various reality stars have dished on their paltry paychecks on the Trading Secrets podcast hosted by Bachelorette alum Jason Tartick, as Us Weekly reports. Elena Davies said she was paid $1,000 a week to compete on Big Brother 19 and then negotiated a $4,500 weekly stipend to appear on Ex on the Beach. And Dean Unglert said he got $600 per day for Bachelor in Paradise, but only after he rejected ABC’s initial offering of $400 per day.

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But other reality stars earn far more.

Established celebrities can land big paychecks for reality TV shows. At the time of the TV Guide report, RuPaul was making $50,000 per episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Blake Shelton was earning $4 million per cycle of The Voice, Keith Urban was getting $5 million per year of American Idol, and Howard Stern was pulling in $15 million per year of America’s Got Talent.

Meanwhile, the Shahs of Sunset stars’ reported salaries pale in comparison to those of the breakout stars of the Real Housewives franchise. In a Vulture excerpt from the book The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives, Brian Moylan cites reports of Denise Richards making $1 million for a season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, NeNe Leakes making $2.85 million for a season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and costar Kandi Burruss making $2 million per season of the same show.

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