Caitlyn Jenner's Income Plummeted Ahead of 'Big Brother' Deal, Tax Records Show

Caitlyn Jenner's earnings have dipped dramatically in recent years, going from a high of about $2.5 million in 2016 to just over $550,000 in 2019, tax filings show.

The former Olympian, who recently jetted off to Australia to appear in Celebrity Big Brother, is currently in the running to attempt to unseat California Governor Gavin Newsom in the September recall election.

As a part of new gubernatorial procedure, Jenner and all of the other candidates were required to release their tax returns by last Friday. Jenner and a number of other candidates shared four years' worth of returns, as they've yet to file for 2020.

Decathlon gold medalist Jenner, 71, enjoyed renewed popularity after appearing with her then-wife Kris Jenner and their blended family on the recently concluded reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

After coming out as transgender in 2015, Caitlyn Jenner went on to star in her own reality show, I Am Cait, which ran until the following year—during which she earned $2.5 million.

In 2017—the same year that her memoir, The Secrets of My Life, was released—Jenner made a little over $1.9 million. In 2018 and 2019, her earnings dipped considerably, with the star raking in around $550,000 each year.

Much of her income in those two tax years came from Team Tours Inc. and her business, Cait's World. Newsweek has contacted a representative for Jenner to clarify the nature of those businesses.

As well as the U.S., Jenner has also paid taxes in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, Greece, and Indonesia. Her earnings in Australia eclipsed that of the other countries, as her 2019 tax filings show a gross income of $320,000.

Jenner appeared on the British reality show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!—which is set in Australia—in 2019.

Gubernatorial candidates are also required to show their economic interests by showing their investments. In Jenner's case, this covers dozens of companies, including up to $10,000 worth of investments in Wells Fargo, Berkshire Hathaway, and Boeing.

She has also invested between $10,000 and $100,000 in internet giants Facebook and Google, both of which are based in California.

Meanwhile, Cait's World and her publishing entity, CJ Memories, are valued between $100,000 and $1 million in the statement. Included in the keen aviator's assets is aircraft holding company Caitlyn Aviation.

In addition to owning aircraft holding company Caitlyn Aviation, Jenner is an investor in Luma Sun Care Inc., a skin care company run by her friend Sophia Hutchins, according to the Associated Press.

Adelaide, Australia, newspaper the Advertiser reported that Jenner had arrived in Sydney last week ahead of an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, which is broadcast on Australia's Channel 7.

Per local requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is believed that she is currently in a two-week quarantine before appearing on the set of the show.

Would-be fellow contestant Katie Hopkins was deported from Australia on Monday, after the British commentator posted on Instagram about a plan to breach quarantine rules.

Jenner's reported participation on the show previously sparked questions over whether she would be able to return to the U.S. in time to see out the remainder of her run for office in California, which she announced in April.

However, Jenner tweeted on Friday that she had "not paused my campaign at all," stating she is preparing for "a multi-week bus tour" across the state.

The Republican candidate, one of 41 vying for office in California, said in a follow-up tweet: "I am honoring a work commitment that I had made prior to even deciding to run for governor. There is no pause at all on this race to save CA!"

Newsweek has contacted a representative for Caitlyn Jenner for further comment.

Caitlyn Jenner's earnings plummet
Caitlyn Jenner attends the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 9, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. According to tax returns, Jenner's earnings have dipped in recent years. MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images