Kim Kardashian makes a profit on her nuptials, Kris Humphries likes it
WITH BILL ZWECKER August 21, 2011 9:40PM
Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian (pictured last Wednesday) tied the knot Saturday in a mansion in Montecito, Calif. | Jason Merritt~Getty Images
Updated: November 3, 2011 4:10PM
Over the years we’ve seen various pro athletes — Jay Cutler and Tony Romo quickly come to mind — who are scared away by the lack of privacy that comes with relationships with women like Jessica Simpson or Kristin Cavallari.
Yet, according to sources close to Kris Humphries, the opposite is true for Kim Kardashian’s new husband. “Kris eats it all up, he loves the attention and says it’s a ‘rush’ he gets, unlike what he gets from sports fans,” said a longtime associate of the NBA star.
“But more importantly, he sees big dollar signs,” added a second Humphries pal. “Kris loved, loved, loved all the money he and Kim are making from this wedding.
“My God! Most people would have paid a couple of million bucks — of their own money — to pull off an extravaganza like that wedding in Montecito [Calif., the site of the exclusive mansion where the couple were married Saturday]. Kris and Kim actually are going to make several million bucks — thanks to all the freebies, sale of photos and TV payments they’ll get from this wedding.”
† The Vera Wang wedding gown (plus a couple of other Wang-designed outfits for Kardashian), the $10,000 wedding cake and the five-figure printing cost of the invitations allegedly all were donated to the couple. Plus Kardashian and Humphries were paid $50,000 to hold their bachelor and bachelorette parties at Tao in Las Vegas. People magazine reportedly will shell out $2 million-plus for the exclusive wedding photos.
† Additional money is potentially in the pipeline from the second wedding Humphries and Kardashian will hold in about 10 days in New York, co-hosted by party planner Colin Cowie and media mogul Jason Binn.
KING CAPER: Larry King was so busy while in town Friday — running from one event to another — he barely had time for any of his Chicago fans to snap his infamous suspenders! After throwing out the first pitch (and singing the seventh inning stretch) at Wrigley, sitting in both Cubs owner Tom Ricketts’ VIP box and then the bleachers — King hit longtime pal Sugar Rautbord’s Streeterville digs for a book party for his new Truth Be Told memoir.
Then it was on to dinner at the new Hugo’s Frog Bar at the Rivers Casino before he jetted back to L.A., but not before bumping into Martin Sheen (here being honored by the film festival) in the lobby of the Park Hyatt.
Among those partying along the way with the CNN legend were U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Walter Jacobson, Jerry Stone, the Rev. John Costello, Marilyn Miglin, Lori Montana, Steve Bonner and chef Art Smith.
VIVA ROMA! As I started my vacation two weeks ago, I happened to be in Rome, where I ran into a very jovial Alec Baldwin — I mean, literally ran into him — within the confines of a tiny men’s room at the outstanding Pierluigi restaurant near Campo di Fiori.
The actor, who was greeted at the famous elegant fish eatery by a slew of fans (in at least three languages that I heard), told me he had “just finished two of the most rewarding weeks of my career,” filming Woody Allen’s new movie in Rome.
Asked for details, Baldwin laughed, “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you,” he quipped. Allen is notorious for revealing nothing about his films, including their titles, until it’s near their release.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill took a break from filming the new Superman flick to brunch at RL Sunday, where earlier in the weekend Gavin Rossdale and Chris Traynor from Bush lunched with Rossdale’s kids and nanny in tow. … Chicago’s former and current mayors both opted for Chicago Cut the other day — with Rich Daley lunching with Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s Terry Duffy, and Rahm Emanuel showing up later to dine with attorney Michael Forde, greeted by fellow diners Linda Johnson Rice and Desiree Rogers. Given he’s training for a triathlon, Emanuel only ate a Caesar salad. … Dwyane Wade was spied at the Underground. Ditto for the Plain White T’s. … Actress Audrina Patridge had heads turning while cocktailing at Rocket Bar & Grill. … Recent Sunda sightings have included Jeremy Piven and “The Playboy Club” star Jenna Dewan and hubby Channing Tatum — also seen partying at Paris Club. … Speaking of “Playboy Club,” the much-anticipated NBC series’ cast and crew were seen shooting at the city’s legendary Maxim’s, 24 E. Goethe. Now a city-owned event space, the ex-restaurant was created by the late Nancy Goldberg in 1963, modeled on the renowned Paris restaurant. … New part-time Chicagoan Rosie O’Donnell — joined by her kids, Chelsea, Blake and Vivienne — totally worked the room at Hub 51, telling one-and-all how excited she is to be here to launch her new chatfest on OWN this fall.