‘The Challenge’: Who Are the Top 5 Highest Paid Cast Members?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The Challenge, a aggressive spinoff of The Real World and Road Rules, has aired yearly since 1998. Throughout its 20 years, tons of of contestants have competed on the present for big money prizes. Which 5 Challengers have earned probably the most?

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Jordan Wiseley, Paula Meronek, Marlon Williams, Emily Schromm, Frank Sweeney, Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio, Cara Maria Sorbello, Ryan Knight, Preston Roberson-Charles, Diem Brown, Aneesa Ferreira, Chris Tamburello, Jemmye Carroll, Camila Nakagawa, and Wes Bergmann | Mike Coppola

Cara Maria Sorbello (14 seasons, 2 wins)

10 years in the past, then 24-year-old Cara Maria Sorbello made her actuality tv debut on The Challenge: Fresh Meat II as Darrell Taylor’s accomplice. They have been eradicated first, and Cara Maria labored on her weaknesses earlier than returning to Cutthroat, the place she made the finals, incomes $20,000.

Cara Maria got here again for the next season, Rivals, alongside Laurel Stucky, and so they positioned second, successful a complete of $26,000. She missed the finals for the following two seasons earlier than inserting second in Rivals II with Heather Cooke, receiving $17,500.

The horse lover barely missed the finals in Free Agents on account of a hand harm. However, she returned for Battle of the Bloodlines and gained her first season alongside her cousin, Jamie Banks, taking dwelling a whopping $125,000.

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In XXX: Dirty 30, the Montana-native positioned second and earned $35,000 earlier than successful Vendettas, the place she walked away with $378,750. Cara Maria then made it to the finals thrice in a row however by no means positioned excessive sufficient to earn the money prize.

She has earned $602,250 all through her 10-year Challenge profession. The horse lover additionally raised $55,000 for ASPCA when she gained spinoff Champs vs. Pros alongside Darrell Taylor.

Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio (20 seasons, 6 wins)

In 2006, the Real World: Key West star made his Challenge debut on The Duel, the place he was eradicated first. He then got here again for The Inferno 3 as a part of Team Good Guys and made it to the finals, incomes $10,000 from his crew’s checking account.

Bananas gained The Island, incomes $75,000, in addition to following season, The Ruins, the place he took dwelling a complete of $52,970. After dropping Cutthroat on Team Blue, he returned for Rivals alongside nemesis Tyler Duckworth, and so they gained, with Bananas taking dwelling a complete of $52,000.

He additionally gained Battle of the Exes with former fling Camila Nakagawa, incomes $76,250. Bananas got here again for Rivals II partnered with Frank Sweeney and positioned second, receiving $17,500. He then returned for Free Agents and gained the season, taking dwelling $125,000.

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Johnny Bananas additionally gained Rivals III alongside Sarah Rice and picked up the complete $275,000 money prize he infamously saved for himself in addition to $1,000 he gained from the “Up All Night” problem.

The fashionable Challenger has earned a whopping whole of $684,720 all through his 15-year profession and raised $50,000 for the Special Olympics along with his earnings from Champs vs. Stars (2017).

Turabi ‘Turbo’ Çamkıran (2 seasons, 1 win)

The two-time Survivor champ and MMA fighter made his Challenge debut in 2019 for War of the Worlds. He initially selected to accomplice with Nany González, and so they gained three day by day challenges.

Turbo additionally gained a day by day by himself earlier than successful one other with rookie Natalie “Ninja” Duran. He then accomplished what many, together with host TJ Lavin, deemed because the “hardest finals ever,” and took dwelling an unprecedented $750,000.

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Turbo returned for the next season, trying to repeat his success, however he was disqualified after making an attempt to combat a member of the manufacturing crew.

Jordan Wiseley (6 seasons, Three wins)

Then 23-year-old Real World: Portland star Jordan Wiseley competed as a rookie on Rivals II alongside former roommate Marlon Williams. The two positioned third, and he earned a complete of $7,500.

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After Bananas despatched him dwelling fairly early in Free Agents, the Oklahoma-native gained three back-to-back seasons. He gained $125,000 from Battle of the Exes II, an unimaginable sum of $450,000 from Dirty 30, and $250,000 from War of the Worlds II.

The competitor has earned a complete of $833,000 all through his six seasons, a file for probably the most cash gained by a male.

Ashley Mitchell (7 seasons, 2 wins)

After transferring out of the Real World: Ex-Plosion home within the fourth episode, California-native Ashley Mitchell returned to actuality tv to compete on Rivals III.

She barely missed the finals, however returned for Invasion of the Champions and gained, receiving a complete of $121,250. She got here again for Dirty 30 however give up the competitors after the airline misplaced her baggage and on account of exhaustion as she lately filmed Champs vs. Pros.

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A yr later, the Real World star returned for Final Reckoning and gained the season with accomplice Hunter Barfield. However, she selected to not cut up the $1 million money prize with him because of the method he spoke to her all through the season.

After going dwelling first the next season, she returned for War of the Worlds 2 and made the finals, however didn’t earn any cash. With a grand whole of $1,121,250, the California-native holds the file for probably the most cash gained by a feminine Challenger.

The Challenge airs Wednesdays at eight p.m. EST on MTV.

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