Sister Wives stars, the Brown family, appear to be racking up debt quicker than they are making money. Seasons 14 and 15 of their famed reality TV show dealt heavily with their financial situation, and fans don’t think it’s getting better anytime soon. In fact, one of Kody Brown’s four wives was just displaced when her landlord sold the property she was renting. If TLC’s paycheck isn’t keeping the family afloat, what is? Some family followers believe the Brown wives’ involvement in MLM companies is putting food on the table.
Which MLMs are the sister wives currently working with?
For years, it looked like LuLaRoe was where the Brown women were getting most of their income. Several of Kody’s wives and children have branched out into other multi-level marketing ventures in recent months. Maddie Brown, along with her mother, Janelle Brown, appears to be working with Plexus. Plexus is an MLM that sells supplements, many of which claim to accelerate weight loss. Janelle, Kody’s second wife, also worked as an “accountability coach” through her Strive with Janelle website. She has not updated her blog since 2018, though.
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Christine Brown, Kody’s third wife, is heavily involved in LuLaRoe. She also appeared to be selling both Cutco knives and Younique makeup products at one point. Both Cutco and Younique are known multi-level marketing companies.
So far, Meri Brown, Kody’s first wife, has stuck to only selling LuLaRoe and managing her bed and breakfast, Lizzie’s Heritage Inn. Robyn Brown, Kody’s fourth wife, has not gotten involved in any direct sale business. For several years she was running an online jewelry boutique but seemingly shuttered the company around the time the family moved to Arizona.
How much does the Brown family make from Sister Wives?
No one is 100% certain how much the Brown family makes for their reality TV show, Sister Wives. Most television networks keep such information confidential. Still, rumor has it that Kody willingly took a pay cut to keep the cameras rolling. According to Soap Dirt, Kody accepted a pay rate of $180,000 per season for his entire family when the group was, allegedly, once paid individually for their time.
The Brown family, nor TLC, has ever publicly acknowledged the rumor. According to Moneywise, the salary for reality TV stars varies widely. Pay per episode is dependent on the popularity of the series and the network’s budget. $180,000 per season would work out to roughly $16,000 per episode for the group, or 3,200 per episode for each of the five main stars.
Are they using MLM companies to keep their family financially afloat?
$180,000 might seem like a hefty sum of money for an average size family, but Kody Brown is a notoriously frivolous spender. They also must stretch that money across four independent families, including paying for individual properties. It is unlikely that the family’s TLC paycheck, even if it is larger than the rumored $180,000 per year, keeps the family afloat. So, are MLMs how they are staying financially stable?
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While there is little information about how much Christine and Janelle have earned from their side ventures, Meri and Christine have been successful with LuLaRoe. At least, they were at some point. Both Christine and Meri qualified for a LuLaRoe cruise, an offer that the company extends to only its top earners. Meri, at the very least, was listed as one of the top 100 earners in 2017, according to a Reddit user. Exactly how much they are making is anyone’s guess, but Meri, at the very least, is likely earning enough to be financially independent. She, unlike her sister wives, is an empty nester.