One of America’s guilty pleasures is tuning into one of the most popular, reality television shows, The Bachelor. The iconic dating show aired in 2002 on ABC and introduced fans to the world’s most eligible, and handsome, bachelors that were looking for love. For the past 23 seasons, viewers watched 25 women compete for the affections of one man.
While it’s clear that the bachelor is looking for a wife that will love him for only him, one can’t help but deny that many of the bachelors came from wealthy backgrounds. Just how much did these irresistible men make? Here are the top 10 richest stars from The Bachelor.
10 Ben Flajnik-Net Worth: $800,000
The season 16 bachelor was the charming and whimsical Ben Flajnik, who was actually featured on the sister-show, The Bachelorette. Flajnik found love with the contestant, Courtney Roberston and the couple became in engaged in March 2012. Unfortunately, the couple called it quits in October 2012. The now-single Flajnik is known to be involved in various gigs, such as a winery, the creator of a dating app, and a model. Flajnik's net worth is $800,000, which makes sense since he's clearly a jack-of-all-trades.
9 Chris Soules - Net Worth: $1.5 Million
Chris Soules is also a former contestant on The Bachelorette, and after becoming a fan favorite, stole hearts on the 19th season of The Bachelor. Soules was the first bachelor to have to choose from 30 women instead of the usual 25, and found his match with contestant, Whitney Bischoff. The two were engaged for a short time before call it quits. Soules' is reportedly worth, $1.5 million, but his net worth may have been affected by his legal troubles.
8 Colton Underwood - Net Worth: $1 Million
The 27-year-old former football player is the most recent bachelor contestant. The young stud was an undrafted free agent for the San Diego Chargers and signed with the team in 2014. In September 2014, he was waived and signed to the Philadelphia Eagles, however, he was released from the practice squad. Four years later, it was announced that Underwood would be the 23rd bachelor and chose the contestant, Cassie Randolph, who he is still dating. Underwood's estimated net worth is $1 million, which comes from his appearance on the popular reality show and Paradise.
7 Sean Lowe - Net Worth: $500,000
The 2013 bachelor was probably the reality show's most conservative young stag but it didn't stop the 26 contestants from vying for his attention. Sean Lowe was also a fan-favorite on The Bachelorette which led to him appearing on the 17th season of The Bachelor.
Lowe and his wife, Catherine Guidici, are one of the very few couples from the show that are still together. Lowe's net worth is close to $500,000 but it could be more due to his several appearances on various reality television shows and the residential real estate he developed that is worth $10 million.
6 Jason Mesnick
The season 13 bachelor was an account executive for an estate-planning company. He's currently married to Molly Malaney, who was the runner-up on season 13 of The Bachelor. The former bachelor is now involved in real estate through his own company named after him. Mesnick's estimated net worth is $1 million.
5 Arie Luyendyk Jr. - Net Worth $4 Million
The apple doesn't fall from the tree with this former bachelor. Arie Luyendyk Jr. is a professional race-car driver, just like his dad. Luyendyk Jr. appeared on the 22nd season of The Bachelor is also married to the runner-up contestant, Lauren Burnham. Luyendyk Jr.'s net worth is $4 million, the majority of which is from his professional car racing and also his earnings as a real-estate agent. The 37-year-old works with RE/MAX Excalibur in Scottsdale, Arizona.
4 Jesse Palmer - Net Worth: $6 Million
Another former pro-athlete that was looking for love on the most-watched reality show is Jesse Palmer. Palmer was a player on the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers teams. Following his time on The Bachelor, Palmer became a sports commentator for Fox News, ESPN, and the NFL network. Palmer is now the host of the reality dating show, The Proposal and Daily Mail TV, which puts his net worth at $6 million.
However, Palmer's net worth may fluctuate due to his stunt with rapper, Nicki Minaj, who is planning on suing Palmer for defamation.
3 Travis Lane Stork - Net Worth: $8 Million
Travis Lane Stork graced the world's television screens during the 8th season of The Bachelor. During his time on the dating show, Stork was still doing his ER residency, which he completed after the season ended. Stork also called off his relationship with contestant, Sarah Stone, a week after he chose her as his future mate. Stork then began working at the ER department in Colorado, and also wrote a few best-selling health books.
2 Andrew Firestone - Net Worth: $50 Million
Andrew Firestone comes from money, so it's no surprise that he is the second richest bachelor on this list. The former Bachelor star is the great-grandson of Leonard Firestone, who is the founder of the infamous tire company, Firestone. The season three bachelor is also the founder of StonePark Capital, which is a hospitality firm that attends to the acquisition and development of various hotels.
The firm is based in Santa Barbara, California and has projects in Morgan Hill, Santa Rosa, and San Luis Obispo, CA.
In addition to the tire company, Firestone's family also owns a winery, which puts his estimated net worth to $50 million.
1 Lorenzo Borghese - Net Worth: $50 million
The richest former bachelor star is Lorenzo Borghese, who appeared on season 9 of the reality show. The 46-year-old is a member of the Borghese family and a son of a prince, making him royalty. Even though Borghese's family is very well-off, he still made a name for himself through various projects and interests.
“People assumed I played polo and sipped afternoon tea and just went shopping for clothes. They thought I sat around doing absolutely nothing all day. It is the furthest thing from the truth," Borghese stated in 2016.
Borghese has ran a natural pet cosmetics line for the past 15 years, in addition to being a managing partner of an Italian cosmetic company, a consultant for a retailer, and the founder of the Miami-based South Beach Brewing Company.
The Italian-American business man's net worth is estimated to be $50 million.