|Famous For: Keeping Up With the Kardashians||Currently Known For: Athlete, Television Personality|
Currently Known For Athlete, Television Personality
The Olympics have a way of making stars out of athletes in sports that we don’t typically watch. While we mostly pay attention to football, basketball or baseball stars here in the United States, the Olympics introduce us to those that participate in those non-mainstream sports such as the decathlon. In 1972, a young Bruce Jenner attempted to win the gold in Munich, Germany, but wound up finishing in 10th place. Determine to take the gold, Jenner came back in 1976 as the favorite and won the gold in Montreal, Canada.
The run toward the top of the Olympic world garnered a lot of attention for Jenner, who was suddenly appearing on cereal boxes, magazines and all over television. After retiring from athletic competition, Jenner went into acting, though there was some up and down success. Jenner starred in the failed film “Can’t Stop the Music”, but was more popular on television shows and made for TV movies such as “CHiPs”, “Silver Spoons” and “Grambling’s White Tiger”.
Jenner’s popularity would start to wane in the 1990’s as he stepped out of the spotlight briefly outside of a few reality and game show television appearances. During that time, Jenner would marry Kris Jenner (formerly Houghton, in 1991), the former wife of attorney Robert Kardashian, who gained fame from the O.J. Simpson trial. Jenner was thrust back into the spotlight when the day-to-day life of his family was displayed front and center on the reality series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”.
The show debuted on the E! Network back in 2007, and followed Jenner along with his wife and all of the children (including Kim Kardashian). “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is one of the most successful reality television series in history, whether we like it or not. Things then became very interesting a couple of years ago when Jenner revealed himself to be a trans woman that started taking hormone replacements.
In 2015, it was the news that nobody could stop talking about. Jenner debuted a new persona on the cover of Vanity Fair, announcing that her name was now Caitlyn Jenner, ending the marriage between Jenner and Kris Houghton. The divorce and gender change only brought more attention, as Jenner eventually landed her own reality series called “I Am Cait” that ran for two seasons.
Because of a long career in athletics and show business, it was estimated that Jenner had a net worth in the neighborhood of $100 million in early 2017. There has been a lot of dispute about that number, with some claiming that Jenner’s net worth is much lower, sitting at $18 million. The number came about because of taxes, divorce and how much Jenner has left for her children’s nest egg.
One reporter did the math, finding that Jenner made around $50 million from television, public appearances, endorsements and more. Those are just estimates, however, so the appearance fees aren’t quite concrete. It’s now estimated that Jenner makes about $50,000 for each public appearance, speaking about transgenderism and other topics that some might be afraid to bring to light.
Even though “I Am Cait” only lasted for two seasons, it was reported that Jenner made $5 million for the reality series. There is plenty of money that’s still incoming from interviews, appearances and now an upcoming book. In 2017, Jenner announced that her tell-all would be released, called “The Secrets of My Life”. The book details Jenner’s time on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and the struggles of dealing with a dual personality.
While many people are looking forward to the book, members of Jenner’s family aren’t so thrilled. Jenner’s ex-wife, Kris, took a look at the early copy of the book and said that “I’ve never been so angry.” The book is likely to become a bestseller as it releases in April 2017, as people are always chomping at the bit to read the juicy secrets of one of the most famous families in the world.
You can expect Jenner to keep popping up on the reality series “Keeping Up WIth the Kardashians” since many of her family members are still involved, and she has not completely detached herself from them at all. It will be interesting to see where Jenner goes career-wise, but at 67 years old, there’s really not much left to do. At this point, expect Jenner to keep championing LGBT rights while speaking out publicly with the occasional appearance on television. And if the first book gets enough publicity, you can almost guarantee a second one will follow.