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That ear-shattering sound you heard this past Saturday was the deafening chorus of worldwide applause as Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian finally tied the knot. After a whirlwind romance that captivated the globe, the two humans made things official to the delight of billions. The scenes from nations around the world tell the story better than words ever could.

But it wasn’t just everybody on Earth who was happy to see these two people pledge to spend at least some of their life together, it was also their pocketbooks. According to the New York Post, Saturday’s affair was quite profitable.

Forget white! Kim Kardashian could have been wearing green at her wedding.

The buxom reality-TV diva and her basketball-playing hubby, Kris Humphries, raked in a lot more than a few toasters when they tied the knot last night — scoring about $17.9 million by turning the ceremony into a media extravaganza. [...]

Their biggest payout will come from turning last night’s ceremony into a four-hour, two-part TV spectacular called “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event,” which will air on E! in October.

The special is expected to pull in $12 million to $15 million for the Kardashian family franchise and for the show’s producer, Ryan Seacrest.

That Ryan Seacrest, he always stays winning. And so does Kris Humphries, who turned a middling NBA career in to a bombshell wife and nearly $18 million during a summer when his contract expired and was then prevented from signing another contract due to a lockout.

It’s crazy to think that Kris Humphries might be the NBA player who made the most money during the work stoppage, but I guess that’s just another benefit of the Kardashian Effect. We need to get our finest scientists working on figuring out how to bottle the Kardashian essence because it could solve the financial crisis in a heartbeat.