It’s no secret that RuPaul’s Drag Race have single-handedly brought drag culture into the mainstream.
With its 14 seasons and several spinoffs, the drag competition has seen queens slay and sashay away, with some of them becoming drag royalty and earning accordingly.
Here’s a roundup of RPDR queens who have seen their net worth dramatically increase after being on the show.
Violet Chachki Won RuPaul’s Drag Race In 2015
The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season seven, Violet Chachki (real name: Paul Jason Dardo) is a genderfluid queen known for her fashion sense and burlesque and aerialist performances.
One of the first drag performers to grace the Met Gala carpet, she has a loyal fanbase on Instagram and a net worth of $2.5 million (via Just Jared). According to Slice, Violet’s fortune amounts to not more than $750.000, so we’re inclined to believe she’s somewhere in between these two figures.
Raja Gemini Is A Celebrity Makeup Artist
Raja Gemini (stage name of Sutan Ibrahim Karim Amrullah) wiped their competition in the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, held in 2011. To this day, they’re the only Asian American queen to have won the American Drag Race.
They have since become a makeup artist to the stars, boasting an impressive client roster which includes Tyra Banks and Pamela Anderson. According to Celebs Money, Raja has a net worth of $600 thousand.
Chad Michaels Is A Pro Cher Impersonator
A runner-up on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, queen Chad Michaels had her revenge when she won the first season of the franchise All Stars series in 2012.
A professional Cher impersonator, Chad has starred in American Horror Story, The Ellen Show and AJ & The Queen, all lucrative gigs that contributed to her $3 million net worth (via Celebrity Net Worth).
The Vivienne Is The First Drag Race Winner
Hailing from Wales, The Vivienne (stage name of Jamie Lee Williams) is the first-ever winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Prior to finding fame, she admitted to struggling financially. Following her lucky stint on the show, the queen has become a regular on British television and managed to amass a $1 million fortune.
The star apoeared on TV show ‘The Hunted’.
Bianca Del Rio Has Her Own Movie Series
RuPaul’s Drag Race season six winner has her own movie franchise, Hurricane Bianca, as well as a prolific career as a comedian.
Bianca Del Rio (real name: Roy Haylock) has also broken a few grounds, becoming the first drag queen to headline at Wembley Arena in 2019. That same year, the New York Magazine named her the world’s most powerful drag.
Throughout the years, she has amassed a net worth of $4 million.
Trixie Mattel Is One Of The Richest RuPaul’s Drag Race Queens
A comedian often working with fellow queen Katya, Trixie Mattel (real name: Brian Michael Firkus) first appeared in the seventh season of Drag Race in 2016.
She then joined the cast of the third installment of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars two years later, being crowned winner.
In her career, Trixie has proved to be a multi-talented queen: she has released successful folk and country albums, penned a best-selling book with Katya, and launched her own cosmetic line.
These several gigs might be the reason why Trixie is one of the richest queens, with her net worth estimated at around $10 million (via Celebrity Net Worth).
Jinkx Monsoon Won Both Drag Race And All Stars
Queen Jinkx Monsoon (real name: Jerick Hoffer) is the only performer to have won both RuPaul’s Drag Race (in its fifth season) and All Stars (in its seventh season).
Jinkx has an estimated net worth of $1 million as of 2022, the results of her singing and acting projects (she has starred in musicals as well as episodes of Funny or Die) and her drag shows.
Jaida Essence Hall Was Crowned During The Pandemic
Crowned winner of Drag Race in 2020, Jaida Essence Hall (stage name of Jared Johnson) had the disadvantage of taking part in the competition under unusual circumstances. Started in February 2020, the series continued through the pandemic, with the finale and the reunion being held virtually.
Becoming a winner at the beginning of the pandemic could’ve affected her earnings, which are estimated around $500 thousand.
Despite having her big chance during uncertain times, Jaida has managed to make a name for herself, taking part in Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Fashion Show Vol. 2 and continuing performing on domestic and international Drag Race tours.
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