Snooki is a reality television personality who is a cast member on the MTV reality show Jersey Shore. Since the show’s debut in 2009, Snooki has gained popularity by appearing on talks shows including The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Show with David Letterman and The Wendy Williams Show, as well as the wrestling program WWE Raw. Snooki is also one of the highest paid reality stars, earning $150,000 per episode as of season five.
In January 2011, Snooki’s book, A Shore Thing, was released: it described her search for love on the boardwalk. Despite a promotional campaign that included appearances by Snooki on The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the Late Show with David Letterman, the book was not a sales success, selling approximately 9,000 copies within its first month of release, during which it accumulated 16 one-star customer reviews on Amazon.com. One publishing executive said that the book sold poorly because “rather than a tell-all, it was disguised as a novel.”
In April 2011, Snooki was paid $32,000 to speak at Rutgers University. Topics she spoke about included what it’s like being a celebrity, and also what she thinks is important in school, including the advice “Study hard, but party harder”. Some students complained the school’s money would’ve been better used on speakers other than Snooki. Rutgers spokesman Steve Manas responded that the extension of the invitation to Snooki was the result of canvassing by students who indicated who they wanted to invite. Over 1,000 people attended Snooki’s engagement.
On October 25, 2011, Snooki’s second novel, Confessions of a Guidette was released with Gallery Books. The novel was marketed as a part-memoir, part-guide of how to “rock it Jersey-style.”
How Snooki Made Her Money – Reality Television
Estimated Net Worth: $4.2 Million
Government Name: Nicole Polizzi
Birthday: November 23, 1987
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