Many megabytes have been chewed up about the contest run by the Australian Tourism Bureau to be a highly paid beach bum, what the organizers dubbed "The Best Job in the World." But winner Briton Ben Southall may have cushy $110,000 job lounging around a tropical island, but there are plenty cushier such as the celebrities who are paid gobs of money just to be themselves.
Take Paris Hilton. The professional celebrity gets paid a small fortune to show up places and party. Her fees have recently dropped from $125,000 to $50,000. Some U.K. clubs apparently have grown tired of the antics of the hotel heiress.
"(In 2008) Paris demanded £50,000 from Paper nightclub," according to L.A. Rag Mag. "They were prepared to pay - but on the condition that she turn up twice, not go anywhere else before or after that evening, and stay for a minimum of two hours. But she didn't want to adhere to all the conditions so the club cancelled her appearance."
Think that's expensive? Rival celebrity partier Lindsay Lohan reportedly charged $350,000 for an appearance fee while reality starlet Kim Khardashian will come to a cub for a bargain-basement price of $20,000, according to Eonline.com.
Hilton's one-time BFF (Best Friend Forever) Nicole Richie is available for speaking engagements as well as singer Jessica Simpson, who receives a fee in excess of $100,000. Who knows what pearls of wisdom the reality show stars can offer corporate America. Richie's fee was not disclosed. By the way, both Donald Trump and comedian Larry the Cable Guy both command speaking fees in excess of $200,000.
Spencer Pratt of MTV's "The Hills" recently lamented that being a celebrity is not as profitable as it used to be.
"We definitely don't receive a $100,000 to show up at nightclubs anymore," he said. "So that's one huge life-changing difference. It makes me miss the old days, back when Paris Hilton and these fools were cashing in like a gold rush every year."
By the way, "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul is reportedly paid $2 million to do whatever she does.
Southall's only job requirement is to write a weekly blog, I am sure that he will have plenty of time to figure out how to parlay his new found notoriety into a new career during his 6-month island holiday.
The best job in the world? Hardly