It's because, out of the $500,000-plus "earned" by the women who have identified themselves as past paramours of the very married men, alleged Woods gal-pal Jaimee Grubbs has banked the most.
E! News sat down with two of the biggest cheating-scandal powerbrokers around to find out just how this postdalliance business works.
Splash News' Gary Morgan, who brokered multiple interview and photo ops for Grubbs since she hit the public's radar in December, says that in such cases it's important to be first out of the gate and to have evidence, such as photos and text messages, that a relationship took place.
Though Rachel Uchitel was the first face of the Tiger cheating scandal, Grubbs was the first to claim involvement with him. (Woods and James have passed on identifying the specific women with whom they chose to ruin their reputations.)
Grubbs made about $100,000 for selling her story, along with pictures, texts and a voicemail from Woods, but she has notched an additional estimated $150,000 to date through paid interviews, appearances and modeling, Morgan says.
Jamie Jungers, winner of The Howard Stern Show's Tiger Woods mistress beauty pageant (beating out Grubbs in the process), is a close second as far as moneymaking, having banked $75,000 from her big win, and anywhere from $80,000 to $120,000 from interviews, appearances and selling pictures.
Coming in third is the woman who toppled James' seemingly happy home, Michelle "Bombshell" McGee. In Touch Weekly paid her a reported $20,000 for her tell-all interview—a "huge undersell," Morgan commented.
Since then, she's made around $60,000 from special appearances at strip clubs. (When she took a turn with Howard Stern a couple weeks ago, she said she was no longer dancing as a regular employee but was doing headlining, topless-only appearances, in addition to an Inside Edition interview and various sit-downs with foreign TV channels and print outlets.)
But while most of these income opportunities have a rather unsavory aspect about them, attorney Gloria "I Speak for the Other Women" Allred says these women deserve justice (not to mention monetary compensation), too.
"It's not about what a woman makes. It's about being compensated for the hardship she can prove she suffered because of fraudulent misrepresentation because of her sexual partner, so it's according to proof at trial," Allred tells E! News.
"But damage can be significant, and she has a right to be compensated. Why should she have to bear the cost of the harm he intentionally inflicted upon her?"
"All I can tell you is, speaking in general, there are many men who lie about marriage, sleeping with wives, about divorce...They will pursue these women. They will give them gifts, tell them they love them, openly text, email, leave voice mails, introduce them to friends, to family.
"And then in the end, they have left a trail of destruction behind them. They've broken their hearts and changed their lives forever. We feel we know them, but we don't know these women, we only know stereotypes about them."
For the full story on the mistress biz—and to see who else has banked some big bucks— tune into E! News tonight at 7 and 11:30.