One of the most appealing things about watching shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is that the audience gets to watch "normal" people looking for love. Yes, it is in a totally contrived situation with this average person dating twenty something prospective partners at once, but they all go onto the show with everyday jobs. While the show is on the air and even after it ends, these people have really capitalized on their fifteen minutes of fame and a lot of them have really cashed in. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of them who have returned to their regular jobs, but a majority of them have made a career off of being themselves and endorsing products with their reality star fame.
A lot of these people have "written" best-selling books about their experiences on the show. Others get paid to make appearances at bars and clubs. Then there are some Bachelor alums who get paid to endorse diet teas and teeth whitening products in their Instagram posts. If they are smart, there is a lot of money to be made after the quest for love ends. Plus, there are actually a bunch of former cast members who have been rich all along and already have a heavy net worth.
It's so hard for me to tell what some of these people actually do for a living, but whatever that is, it is clearly working because they are making more money in one Instagram post than some people make all year.
So what are these Bachelor and Bachelorette stars really worth?
15 Ali Fedotowsky - Estimated $600,000
Ali Fedotowsky has definitely made the most of her time on reality television. Not only was she a part of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette without embarrassing herself, but she was also able to make a legitimate career and really capitalize on the exposure. She has been working nonstop to get that estimated net worth of $600,000. After she finished up her stint as the star of The Bachelorette, Ali became a news correspondent for Fox. She also hosted an NBC show called 1st Look. In 2012, she served as a judge for the Miss USA beauty pageant. Ali really struck it big when she became an E! News correspondent. Now Ali is working to build her personal brand with the lifestyle website AliLuvs.com. From the looks of it, that net worth will have a major jump up pretty soon.
14 Andi Dorfman - Estimated $300,000
Andi Dorfman is one smart cookie, as evidenced by her stint on The Bachelor when she ditched Juan Pablo Galavis for being a total asshole. Clearly, this girl has a mind of her own so it's not shocking that she was able to capitalize on her reality TV fame in a profitable way to net an estimated $300,000. After her time as a contestant on The Bachelor, she was the star on her own season of The Bachelorette. Just like some of the other Bachelor franchise alums, Andi is making money off of Instagram and Twitter endorsements. But she is also making a name for herself as an author. Andi just released her first book It's Not Okay. ... Turning Heartbreak into Happily Never After and I'm sure that everyone in the Bachelor Nation will be snatching that up and she is sure to profit from that success.
13 Andrew Firestone - Estimated $50 Million
It seems like going on The Bachelor was just something that Andrew Firestone did for fun since it is clear that he did not star on that show because he needed the money. Or maybe he really was just looking for love, but my point is that Andrew Firestone has an estimated net worth of $50 million which is definitely a lot of money. He is this wealthy because he is an heir to an immense Firestone family fortune. Andrew's great-grandfather Harvey Firestone was the founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber company which is why Andrew and his kids will be set for the rest of their lives essentially.
12 Ben Higgins - Estimated $600,000
I have a feeling that Ben Higgins has a net worth that is higher than the estimated $600,000. That figure was estimated before his season of The Bachelor aired and he has done a ton of paid interviews since then and I'm sure that his stock is only rising. Before joining the reality TV world as a contestant on The Bachelorette, Ben Higgins was working as a business analyst at a company called Talisys in Denver, Colorado, making an estimated $65,000 a year. And Ben Higgins has actually gone against the reality TV star norms and has kept his regular person job. But I'm sure that if he and Lauren Bushnell actually get married that there will be lots of promotional opportunities for the two of them to rake in some cash.
11 Brad Womack - Estimated $500,000
Brad Womack is best known for starring in two different seasons of The Bachelor to look for love. The man keeps a relatively low profile, abstaining from social media and not resorting to paid advertisements on Instagram and Twitter. He makes his money with his brothers and owns several bars in Texas. Aside from looking for love on reality television twice, Brad Womack actually seems to be one of the most normal Bachelor alums when it comes to making money and living his life. Plus, I'm sure that there are a lot of ladies who solely go into his bars with the hope that he will be there and open to finding love, which I'm sure adds to Brad Womack's estimated net worth of $500,000.
10 Bob Guiney - Estimated $1.5 Million
Bob Guiney is really doing a lot to get that estimated net worth of $1.5 million. Before reality TV, Bob Guiney started his own company called Allied Home Mortgage. After getting rejected on the first season of The Bachelorette, Bob Guiney got his own shot at starring in The Bachelor. He parlayed that notoriety and became the host of the show GSN Live from 2009 to 2011. He has even used his reality TV fame to put some music out there. He formed the not so creatively named Bob Guiney Band and he is currently in another group called Band From TV. Bob Guiney is also an author with a book called What a Difference a Year Makes: Life's Unexpected Setbacks Can Lead to Unexpected Joy.
9 Chris Soules - Estimated $1.5 Million
Chris Soules has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million. Believe it or not, it seems like a lot of that fortune comes from being a successful farmer in Arlington, Iowa. Aside from being on both The Bachelorette and The Bachelor, Chris competed on Dancing With the Stars as well. And just like pretty much everyone else who has ever been on these reality TV shows, Chris has no shame when it comes to making money from Instagram posts, endorsing teeth whitening products and whatever else. And you know what, I don't blame him. If I could make money just by being myself and talking about products on social media, I would do it too - especially if I ended up with a net worth of $1.5 million.
8 Desiree Hartsock - Estimated $200,000
Desiree was a contestant on The Bachelor before starring in her own season of The Bachelorette. Thankfully, she found love on that show and ended up getting married because she is making a lot of money based on her wedding expertise as a bridal stylist. Desiree even has her own lifestyle website that is devoted to weddings, fashion, and travel. She is also an author, with her first book about to come out called My Fairytale Wedding: Planning Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking the Bank. So it looks like everything worked out for Desiree. She found love on reality TV and has an estimated $200,000-net worth.
7 Emily Maynard - Estimated $5 Million
Emily Maynard has been on two different reality shows. First, she won Brad Womack's heart on The Bachelor, which did not completely work out for her. Then she became the star in her own season of The Bachelorette, which also did not work out, but she's in a good place now with her husband and kids. Her oldest daughter Ricki's father died before she was born. Ricki's grandfather is the owner of Hendrick Motorsports and worth $200 million so I have to assume that some of that went to Emily and/or her daughter because I have no idea how Emily Maynard has an estimated net worth of $5 million. Sure, she does her share of promoted Instagram posts just like her fellow Bachelor alums and she just put out her first book, but I am honestly a little confused about how this all adds up to five million. But good for her. The woman has lived a pretty tough life and things have really turned around for her.
6 Jake Pavelka - Estimated $500,000
Jake Pavelka is a registered pilot and instructor. Jake Pavelka appeared on both The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, and Bachelor Pad. Just like some of the other people from Bachelor Nation, Jake was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars and he was on the VH1 reality show Famous Food. He has also made some pretty random cameo appearances as a an actor on a weird variety of TV shows like Walker, Texas Ranger, Drop Dead Diva, and the Bold and the Beautiful. The dude has stayed in the media for a while and this all amounts to an estimated net worth of $500,000 for Jake Pavelka.
5 Jason Mesnick - Estimated $1 Million
Jason Mesnick is famous for changing his mind after the proposal on his season of The Bachelor and picking the other girl instead. Before that, his proposal was rejected on The Bachelorette. He ended up getting married on TV and I'm sure he made a significant amount of money off that, but he actually does provide for his family with a normal nine to five job, shockingly enough. Jason Mesnick works as a business development manager for a travel company called Down Under Answers. Still, he has been a big part of the Bachelor Nation over the years and I'm sure that's involved some paid appearances and interviews. Everything has amounted to Jason Mesnick's estimated net worth of a cool $1 million.
4 Jillian Harris - Estimated $2 Million
Jillian Harris has made a lot of her time as a contestant on The Bachelor and a star of The Bachelorette worth it. She was worked steadily as an interior designer and has been able to combine her design talent and her reality TV fame into the ideal career as a television host for two HGTV shows: Love it or List it Vancouver and Love It Or List It Too. She also has her own lifestyle website with an emphasis on interior design. Jillian Harris has kept busy since her reality television days and as a result she has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
3 Kaitlyn Bristowe & Shawn Booth - Estimated $3 Million
I had to keep this couple together because Shawn Booth and Kaitlyn Bristowe are a reality power couple when it comes to racking in the money. They really are a great team since they've accrued an estimated combined net worth of $3 million. And on top of that they actually did find love on The Bachelorette. So kudos to them all around. How has the couple been making all that money? It has been estimated that the couple makes $15,000 for each endorsement that they post on Instagram and Twitter. Damn, and I thought I was special for getting more than eleven likes on an Instagram post.
2 Sean Lowe - Estimated $500,000
Sean Lowe has appeared on the standard line up of ABC reality television shows: The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, and Dancing With the Stars. Aside from that, he did have his wedding televised on national television. And of course, he is like other Bachelor alums with the Instagram endorsements for money, which I cannot hate on any of them for since I would do the same thing if I could. Aside from that he works hard in the insurance industry. The combination of his regular person job and his reality TV opportunities for attention has netted Sean Lowe an estimated worth of $500,000.
1 Trista Sutter - Estimated $2 Million
It is not at all surprising that Trista Sutter has an estimated net worth of $2 million. She is the golden girl of The Bachelor franchise. She was the runner-up on the first season of The Bachelor and was chosen as the first lead of The Bachelorette. Everyone likes Trista and that's why she gets paid to televise her wedding on TV, write books, guest host on talk shows, give speeches, and endorse products on Instagram. She has also appeared on other reality TV shows including Marriage Bootcamp: Reality Stars and Dancing With the Stars. Plus she is so likable that it looks like Trista will be able to ride out this Bachelor-induced wave for the rest of her life and make even more money.