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Polygamist Kody Brown Makes His Sister Wives Wear the Pants in Their Family

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Sep. 12 2022, Updated 2:35 p.m. ET

Fans of TLC's Sister Wives know that Kody Brown and his four three wives have to hustle hard to keep their family afloat. Before Christine decided to leave Kody, it was Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn who kept up the lifestyles of their combined 18 children pretty much by working.

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Although their reality series reportedly brings in nearly $400,000 a year, that sum doesn't go too far after taxes and when you consider there are so many mouths in the house to feed. (They have a combined 18 children, although many of them have reached adulthood.)

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So what does Kody Brown do for a living?

Although in the premiere of the show, Kody was pretty vague about his employment history, he intimated that he used to work in internet ad sales. But according to Radar, he was actually earning $4,000 a month as a salesman at a sign shop.

However, once his family was approached for Sister Wives in 2010, he quit his job to focus on building his family's brand. That led Kody to pen a book called Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage along with his four wives in 2012. 

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The New York Times bestselling book, which has amassed 4 stars on Amazon and garnered over 500 reviews, reveals how this polygamist family makes their relationship work. It explores "the love and faith that drew them together, the pluses and pitfalls of having sister wives, and the practical and emotional complications of a lifestyle viewed by many with distrust, prejudice, even fear," per the book's description.

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So, what's Kody Brown's net worth?

Kody's net worth in 2022 is estimated to be $400,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

These days, the majority of Kody's income comes from his Sister Wives salary. According to E! News, Producer Terence Michael explained that reality TV families bring in roughly 10 percent of a show's per-episode budget. Considering TLC spends $125,000–$400,000 per episode, that would mean the Browns make between $25,000 and $40,000 per episode.

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The 'Sister Wives' stars have a number of side hustles, too.

Meri Brown runs a bed and breakfast, Lizzie's Heritage Inn, in Parowan, Utah. She also sells LuLaRoe clothing and Plexus products; Janelle and Christine also sell Plexus. Additionally, Meri sells LuLaRoe and Janelle has a business called Strive With Janelle.

Although Robyn used to manage the family's online jewelry and clothing boutique, My Sister Wife's Closet, it doesn't appear to be active at this point.

The Sister Wives stars are also on Cameo. (Here's Kody's, Christine's, Janelle's, and Meri's.)

Catch new episodes of Sister Wives Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on TLC, or on the Discovery Plus app.

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