George Orwell may have been the first to predict that everyone would have an opportunity for their five minutes of fame. However, what he failed to add was just how ruddy profitable it would be. These days, reality TV alumni have become not only stars but extremely wealthy individuals in their own right. In this blog, we review some of the reality TV stars in the UK who have gone from rags to riches.
- Gaz Beadle – £1.3 million
Appearing on the Geordie Shore from the very earliest days Beadle appeared in 97 episodes before becoming a cast member on Ex on the Beach in season 2 as well as touring with UK men’s glamour show Dream Boys as well as a fair amount of modelling. Alongside these more public ventures, he also owns a nightclub, “Pure Beach Club” in Zante and wrote an autobiography, “Gaz (And my Parsnip)” which continues to earn well. As well as these celebrity ventures, Beadle has made some very savvy property investments which help to increase his overall net worth. A fantastic way of investing money, purchasing a property can see some robust rates of return and, often, appreciates in value over the years. If you are looking to invest in the property please do take a look at our page here on buy to let loans.
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2. Charlotte Crosby – £1.6 million
Alongside Gaz Beadle, Charlotte Crosby appeared alongside Gaz Beadle in season 1 of The Geordie Shore at the tender age of just 20 and stayed a part of the cast for twelve series, leaving only in 2016. Whilst appearing in the Geordie Shore, Charlotte appeared in a number of other reality TV shows, including Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 which she won, Ex on the Beach as well as her own show “the Charlotte Show” which premiered in March 2018. Alongside these appearances, she has also published an autobiography, a number of fitness DVDs as well as a makeup range. All of which has helped her amass a substantial small fortune.
3. Lauren Goodger – £2.1 million
One of the highest earning members of The Only Way is Essex, Lauren Goodger joined the popular TV show in 2010 when she was dating Mark Wright, her co-star and then-boyfriend who she dated for 10 years. Like a number of other reality TV stars, Lauren has done tremendously well out of appearing on other British shows such as Loose Women, This Morning and Celebrity Juice, Celebrity on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother. She has done extremely well from her tanning and makeup business which actually meant she was one of the first on the show to reach the £1 million mark.
4. Gemma Collins – £2.7 million
Collins has achieved serious success on the back of The Only Way is Essex and not just thanks to a series of successful memes due to her activities, such as falling on stage at the Radio One Teen Music Awards. In fact, Gemma has made some incredibly savvy business moves including a collaboration with Bohoo.com as well as a stint on celebs Go Dating and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Most impressively she recently had a spot on an Orange is the New Black promo video.
5. Mark Wright – £4 million
One of the originals from The Only Way is Essex, when he was dating Lauren Goodger, Mark Wright has gone from strength to strength and earnt a phenomenal amount. Not only that, but he has also done the unthinkable and taken Holywood by storm as a presenter on TV network Extra TV in LA…no mean feat for a lad from Essex. However, even before this, he had proven his presenting skills on Take Me Out; The Gossip as well as his own show Mark Wright’s Holywood Nights.
6. Kendall Jenner – £13.5 million
Having been part of the reality TV circuit since her earliest years, in Keeping Up With The Kardashians which she joined when she was barely a tween, Kendall has gone from strength to strength. Now, an extremely successful supermodel she was recently awarded the role of Highest paid model of 2018 by Forbes.
7. Paris Hilton – £36 million
Perhaps one of the first reality TV stars, Hilton has been in the game since its earliest days: 2003. Following a rather scandalous sex tape, her stock quickly rose and she appeared on a number of reality TV shows including the World According to Paris and Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend. She also released a single that made it into the Billboard Hot 100 as well as doing many many public appearances. In truth, Paris has shown considerable business acumen which is probably for the best as her grandfather has recently announced his intention to donate 97% of his $2.3 billion fortune to charity.
8. Katie Price – £45 million
At the time of writing, the fortune of Price is somewhat in a confusing state as she undergoes a number of challenges both personally and professionally. However, that being said we feel the glamour model turned multi-millionairess deserves a spot here simply by virtue of amassing such a fantastic amount of wealth. This is due to a whole range of products and TV spots, which in her heyday, made up Price’s empire.This includes books, makeup, calendars and modelling to name just a few.
9. Kim Kardashian – £132 million
Arguably the most successful of the Kardashian klan, Kim has done tremendously well netting herself a fortune of $350 million. This is due largely to her appearance on Keeping up with the Kardashians as well as a number of sponsored posts on Instagram which can net her into the hundreds of thousands. She has a number of other business ventures as well as a clothing line, makeup and modelling to name just a few.
10. Simon Cowell – £325 million
Last but by no means least is Simon Cowell, who has amassed a considerable fortune as the perennial fixture on music and talent reality TV shows. Rising to fame on Pop Idol, he has since gone on to do extremely with X Factor (both here and in America) as well as Britain’s Got Talent which he created in 2004.
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