Creators: The Real World

If you don't like the state of modern television, blame Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray. The two soap-opera veterans were paired together to create a soap for MTV. When their script proved too expensive to produce, they came back with an unscripted show called The Real World. Thus, the reality television industry was born.

Bunim and Murray continue to produce benchmark reality programs, including Project Runway and Keeping Up With the Kardashians. So, if you are wondering how they sleep at night, the answer is on a bed of money.