Kate Gosselin's Net Worth and Income Sources

Despite Her Drive For Success Kate Has Not Amassed Even a Small Fortune

Kate and Jon Gosselin (2008)
Jon and Kate Gosselin in 2008. OMGPictures

Kate Gosselin's claim to fame was her starring role on TLC's reality television show, Jon & Kate Plus 8, but she has since made a name for herself outside of the show.

Birth Place and Family Life

Katie (“Kate”) Irene Kreider was born March 28, 1975, to Charlene and Kenton Kreider in Hersey, Pennsylvania at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the same hospital where Kate would later give birth to her sextuplets.

It is reported that Charlene Kreider was 17 at the time of Kate’s birth. Kate is the second oldest of five children: Christen Largent; Kendra Wilber; Clairissa Kreider; and Kevin Kreider.

On October 5, 1997, Kate met Jonathan (“Jon”) Gosselin (born April 1, 1977) at a picnic. The couple was married less than two years later on June 12, 1999.

Her Education

Gosselin graduated from the Reading Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing under their diploma program. After graduation, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

PCOS and Infertility Treatments and Eight Babies

After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a metabolic disorder that affects some 14 million women, the newlyweds began infertility treatment.

On October 8, 2000, Kate Gosselin gave birth to twin girls born six (6) minutes apart, Cara Nichole and Madelyn (“Mady”) Kate.

The couple again pursued infertility treatment and on May 20, 2004, Gosselin gave birth to sextuplets (three girls and three boys) in the following order: Alexis Faith; Hannah Joy; Aaden Jonathan; Collin Thomas; Leah Hope; and Joel Kevin.

Books Written by Kate Gosselin

Kate Gosselin has written two books:

  • Multiple Blessings, (Zondervan) was released November 1, 2008. It quickly became a hit, making the New Your Times best-seller list only one week after being released. The book details the ups and downs of the couples’ life from facing infertility to the conception and birth of twins and sextuplets.
  • Eight Little Faces, (Zondervan) was released in April 2009. This latest book offers fans a chance to see family photos and personal insight into her faith in God.
  • I just Want You to Know: Letters to My Kids on Love, Faith, and Family came out in 2010 but did not do nearly as well as her previous books.

Speaking Engagements and Public Appearances

Kate Gosselin enjoys making public appearances. During the hey day of their hit reality show, Kate traveled the country for interviews and speaking engagements for which she received compensation. While on the road her husband, Jon, stayed home to tend the children.  Her schedule was sometimes posted on the family's official website SixGosselins.com; however, it was not until later that it became clear this arrangement was not making Jon happy at all.  He would later accuse his (then) wife of exploiting their children for her celebrity.

Kate has made guest appearances at many events and on other shows throughout the years including Dancing with the Stars (2010), Celebrity Wife Swap (2013), and Celebrity Apprentice (2014.)

Jon and Kate Plus 8 – The Show

More than 4 million viewers tuned into TLC each week to follow the busy life of Kate Gosselin, wife, and mother of eight. The show began as a good thing for the Gosselins providing desperately needed income to help meet the needs of a large family but may have been a contributing factor to the very public crumbling of their marriage while the show was still being filmed.

Being a reality TV family had many disadvantages. For example, a full production crew was on location in the Gosselin home four days each week. The couple had to endure permanent studio light fixtures being installed in their home, to facilitate filming of the show.

Paparazzi followed the couple everywhere they went and even camped out on their front porch to get a shot. In May 2009, allegations of Kate and Jon both having affairs only intensified the publicity and worsened the stress on their marriage.

By the show's fifth season it seemed clear to viewers that the Gosselin marriage was heading towards divorce, and that the show might end, but the show was reinvented (renamed) and continued without Jon.

How Much Money Does Kate Gosselin Make?

It is estimated that the family received $25,000 to $50,000 per episode from the original series, Jon & Kate Plus 8. The Gosselins also receive residual income from DVD sales. The fun trips the family took on the show were paid-for-perks, and the couple reportedly received tens of thousands of dollars in free products and goods.

Gosselin was also earning hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from speaking engagements, interviews, and from the sales of her books. But Gosselin reports, “it all goes into the same pot.”

According to an interview in People magazine (May 25, 2009, print edition), Gosselin stated that Jon, who earned less money, has shown signs of resenting her superior income; “I have always made more money than Jon… He hates to speak, he doesn’t write, he doesn’t do public appearances – all those things I love.”

In 2009, Gosselin said she would push her fame and success even harder after becoming a single mother and has kept true to her word and remains in the limelight with her children.  In 2015 she returned to TLC with her show Kate Plus.

Despite her drive for success, in 2015 Kate Gosselin's net worth was only $200,000.

Website and General Contact Information for Kate Gosselin

Websites:  Kate+8 (official website)  Kate Plus 8 (former show site)

Email Katekate@kateplusmy8.com

PR Contact: Media Motion International, Los Angeles, CA. For licensing, speaking engagements, appearances, television and spokesperson opportunities, please contact Julie May (juliecarsonmay@mediamotionintl.com or 310-573-5060)

Sources:
Penn State Live. The Day After Mother’s Day The Gosselin Sextuplets Arrive. May 10, 2004.
The Gosselin official website: SixGosselins.com. Accessed May 15, 2009.
Kate Coyne. People magazine. "I have a lot of Anger." May 25, 2009, print edition.

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