It’s been 9 years since Jersey Shore premiered on MTV and many of its stars have gone on to amass large fortunes. Although the majority of the cast members are worth over a million dollars, you might be surprised to learn that Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio is the richest of them all.
According to People, Pauly is worth anywhere between $15 and $20 million, mostly thanks to his lucrative career in the deejay business. Pauly’s true fortune is unknown, though some experts believe it could be as high as $24 million.
As comparison, the next highest earning cast member of the Jersey Shore is Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi at $4 million. Snooki, of course, is one of the most popular stars of the show and has appeared on several reality shows, including The New Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing With the Stars.
A portion of Pauly’s fortune comes from his appearance on MTV’s reality show. At the height of the series, Pauly earned around $150,000 per episode, including a $400,000 signing bonus and $200,000 for each finale. That equals roughly $2.5 million for every season of Jersey Shore, which ran on MTV for 6 whole seasons.
Most of his earnings nowadays come from his work as a deejay in Las Vegas. Pauly currently has a residency in Las Vegas for the Moon, Rain and Palms Pool inside Palms Casino Resort. He also just inked a deal with the Drais Beach Club and launched a reality spin-off of his own in 2012 called The Pauly D Project.
As far as his personal life is concerned, Pauly D had a cameo on the dating show, Famously Single two years ago. Pauly hooked up with Aubrey O’Day from the Pussycat Dolls and the two started dating soon after. Unfortunately, they broke up last year, though we have a good feeling that Pauly won’t be staying single for long.
The cast of Jersey Shore are all back for Jersey Shore Family Vacation. The reunion features all of the show’s biggest stars from its original run, including Pauly, Snooki, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Deena Nicole Cortese.
We don’t know how much each of the cast members were paid for their appearance on Jersey Shore Family Vacation, but we’re guessing that Pauly D probably took home the most cash – not that he needs it.