Rupert is paid $10,000 per appearance, plans to be “Donald Trump’s biggest competitor”

In addition to paying off his mom’s house and funding his charity, Rupert Boneham is using the $1 million he won on Survivor All-Stars “to build a modest business empire on his own terms,” the Indianapolis Star reports.

He’s created “RFB Enterprises, which stands for Rupert Frederick Boneham, [and it] is the parent company of three business ventures: promotion, real estate and production companies.” Talking of his plans to buy million-dollar office buildings, he tells the paper, “Before long you will see RFB on office buildings all over the city. One day, I will be Donald Trump’s biggest competitor in real estate.”

The owner of a business that has used Rupert for endorsements says “[h]e’s got that charisma that you just can’t buy” and calls Rupert’s business a “burgeoning empire.” Part of that empire includes speaking engagements, for which Rupert is paid $10,000 each, and “[h]e did more than 200 of those in 2005,” the Star reports. For the math challenged, that’s $2 million.

Tribal tycoon [Indianapolis Star]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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