This former reality TV persona knows how to hide his assets. Rather than take a large salary on his very first season he formed a “production company” LLC and had it “co-produce” the show with with the actual production company. So he got 5% of the gross budget upfront, 25% of all licensing worldwide, 25% of net profits on an escalating performance based scale, and he retained ownership of name of the show which the network licensed from him for as much as $300,000 per episode. The reported $427 million dollars in earnings is a conservative estimate. And one can never know the true earnings. He also got a $4 million dollar ‘bonus’ for the final season that he did not even host.
Since there isn’t much happening today I am doing sort of an information dump in super easy blind items of info I’ve had laying around.