TOWIE millionaires rich list unveiled as show celebrates 10-year anniversary
TOWIE exploded onto our television screens ten years ago.
The reality show's breakout stars, such as Mark Wright, Gemma Collins, Lauren Goodger and James Argent, have enjoyed a decade of property deals, lingeries shoots, clothing lines and stateside success.
TOWIE aired its 10-year anniversary special last weekend and the show returns for its 26th season on Sunday.
And now it's returning to our screens every Wednesday and Sunday.
From iconic catchphrases, spectacular fallouts and classic episodes, TOWIE never fails to bring the drama and we can't wait to see the show back on the box.
Some of the Essex natives who appeared on the popular series can now command £10,000 for a single paid post on social media, which is worlds away from what they were earning before the show debuted in 2010.
Daily Star Online, with help from financial expert Alex Clarke, has taken a sneak peek into some of the show favourites past and present to see which TOWIE royalty really cashed in the most – and how have they earned their money on the back of the show?
James 'Arg' Argent – £1.1million
Arg is reportedly part of the TOWIE millionaires' club.
The 32-year-old has topped up his finances to a reported £1.1 million with numerous reality show appearances and roles in pantomimes during the Christmas period.
He has appeared on ITV’s Sugar Free Farm and Channel 4’s The Jump, as well as Loose Women, All Star Family Fortunes and Celebs Go Dating.
He released his autobiography, Living It Arg, in 2014 where he wrote about his self-esteem issues.
James, who has recently split from Gemma Collins following an on-off relationship, is thought to have splashed out £1million on a colourful home next door to his parents’ house in South Woodford, Essex, last October.
Records obtained by The Sun show his private company, James Argent, holds more than £130,000.
He also has a second company, JA Investment Management, incorporated in 2013. However, it hasn’t yet traded and has a net worth of just £100.
Arg has recently enjoyed some fun in the sun in TOWIE hotspot Marbella as he tries to recover from his drink and drug addiction and focus on his health.
Lauren Goodger – £2.1million
Lauren was an original TOWIE cast member and her rocky relationship with Mark Wright often made the headlines.
The 32-year-old social media sensation has an estimated net worth of £2.1 million after 10 years in the public eye.
The Bethan Green bombshell starred in the reality show from 2010 until 2012, debuting in the first series before departing in series six.
She later launched a popular range of tanning products, lashes and hair extensions under the name of Lauren’s Way.
In August 2014, Lauren entered the Celebrity Big Brother house in the fourteenth series of the show.
She became the seventh housemate to be evicted in a double eviction with Geordie Shore's Ricci Guarnaccio.
The TV star has also made TV appearances on various shows, including Loose Women, Celebrity Juice, Dancing On Ice and This Morning.
In July this year, it was reported that Lauren had joined the raunchy subscription site Only Fans after following in the footsteps of reality stars like Kerry Katona and Danielle Lloyd.
She charges fans $5 (£38.50) a month for daily content which is deemed too racy for Instagram.
Amy Childs – £3.1million
Essex babe Amy Childs sent fans into meltdown recently when she confirmed she was returning to TOWIE as a full-time cast member.
The bubbly beautician is said to have banked £3.1 million over the past decade, thanks to her telly appearances, business dealings and brand endorsement.
The reality star quit TOWIE in 2011 and went on to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 4’s The Jump and her own fly-on-the-wall series on Channel 5, It's All About Amy.
Away from the cameras, Amy has launched perfume, clothing, beauty and welcomed two children Polly, 2, and Rich, one.
She owns four homes worth a combined £2.5million or more, including her own Essex gaff.
Amy has further topped up her bank balance with personal appearances and magazine deals.
Gemma Collins – 3.7million
Gemma Collins is worlds away from the used car saleswomen TOWIE fans met back in 2011.
The GC has reportedly made around an estimated £3.7 million since her debut on the reality show nine years ago.
She released her autobiography Basically: My Real Life As A Essex girl in 013 and her second book hit the shelves in 2018.
The TOWIE icon is set to have pocketed a whooping £200,000 for Celebs Go Dating, £100,000 for her iconic Dancing On Ice stint and the same for Celebrity Big Brother.
She promoted Netflix smash-hit Orange Is The New Black in 2018.
Last year, Gemma landed her own ITVBe reality show Diva Forever and she recently launched a spin-off TV series, Diva On Lockdown, as well as hand sanitisers and a cruelty-free make-up range.
She signed a six-fuse deal to become the face of budget airline Wizz Air earlier this year and she also has her own plus-size clothing range, a shop in Brentwood and her own fragrance.
It was reported in January that Gemma had resigned from her companies and asked her dad to take over her finances.
Billie Faiers – £4million
Billie Shepherd, otherwise known as Faiers, joined the cast of The Only Way Is Essex from season two and is reportedly worth £4 million.
The 30-year-old star now appears with sister Sam, 29, in ITVBe series The Mummy Diaries alongside her businessman husband GregShepherd, 33, and their children Nelly, six and Arthur, three.
Billie, who quit TOWIE in 2016, is thought to have netted £250,000 in the latest deal with ITVBe for their show.
Away from telly, Billie has earned £500,000 as the face of online fashion retailer In The Style and has launched a baby and children’s range for George at Asda, where Nelly and Arthur have modelled her pieces.
Billie has also banked allegedly pocketed thousands of pounds from deals with glossy magazines, selling the rights to her wedding last year in the Maldives to OK! for £20,000 – an event covered on the ITVBe show.
She also runs Minnie’s Boutique, set up with Sam in 2011, selling their clothes.
As well as all the above, Billie endorses brands on social media, commanding close to £9,500 a post thanks to her 2.2million Instagram followers.
Billie and Greg bought an Essex mansion in January worth a reported £1.4 million.
Joey Essex – £6.3million
Television personality Joey Essex is best known for his "reem" catchphrase and his lack of knowledge but he's banked a reported £6.4 million over the past decade.
Joey, 30, first appeared in the ITV reality show in 2011 as Chloe Sims' loveable cousin and quickly became one of the TOWIE's best-loved cast members.
His firm Joey Essex Management Ltd holds a healthy £485,000 and he banked a rumoured £500,000 for a range of hair products and other success including a bestselling autobiography and fragrances.
As well as launching a clothing collection, Joey has also partnered up with major brands including Jaffa and McDonald's, reportedly pulling in eye-watering six-figure deals.
Joey is thought to have received £60,000 for his stint on I'm A Celebrity in 2013 and he has also appeared on Celebs Go Dating and The Jump, as well as his own show, Educating Joey Essex.
He has recently joined forces with Towie pal Tom Pearce to launch “superfood tea” Chaga Cha, made from Siberian mushrooms, which is expected to turn over £50,000 in its first year.
Joey lives in a £1.6million Essex mansion which he showed off on MTV Cribs last year.
Sam Faiers – £8.8million
TOWIE OG Sam Faiers quit the reality show in 2014, the same year she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, and is said to be worth a jaw-dropping £8.8million.
The 29-year-old television personality has launched clothing lines with Very, Quiz and River Island and also has a home-furnishings, her own fragrance and co-owns Minnie's Boutique with her sister Billie, 30.
Sam also stars in The Mummy Diaries, like her sister Billie, alongside her partner Paul Knightley and their two children Paul Jr, four, and Rosie, two.
Sam reportedly netted £350,000 from series four, five and six of the show, which detailed her experiences of motherhood.
ITVBe recommissioned the series for another two years last year in a deal worth a further £250,000 to Sam to take her wealth up to an estimated £8.8million.
According to e-commerce manager, Ben Jarrett, Sam pockets around £10,000 for a post to plug products on Instagram, where she boasts 2.4million followers.
Other business venues include fashion brand All Bits London, co-run with her beau Paul, as well as a babywear and gifts range called, My Little Darlin.
Those businesses were expected to turn over an estimated £1.2million last year.
Fans of The Mummy Diaries will know that Sam and Paul have left Essex and to move into a £2.5million five-bedroom home in Surrey.
Mark Wright – £9.1million
TOWIE hunk Mark Wright tops the rich list with an estimated £9.1 million, and that's not counting his wife Michelle Keegan's £2.7 million fortune.
The 33-year-old reality star appeared in the show's first three series from 2010 until 2011 and has gone on to become a regular face in television and radio and also has modelling and property empires.
Mark has starred in some of the biggest shows on British television such as I'm A Celebrity and Strictly Come Dancing, and he also bagged a presenter role across the pound on US show Extra where he got to interview some of the biggest show name names in the world such as Kim Kardashian.
He's also netted promotional deals with huge brands such as Umbro and Catalan and he relearnt launched his fitness website, Train Wright alongside his brother Josh.
Records show Mark holds £1.1million in his modelling agency, The Wright Look Models, with a further £2million in assets in his firm Chigwell Properties.
Mark and former Corrie actress Michelle, 33, bought a £1.3million Essex farmhouse last year, which they have knocked down so they can build their dream, Georgian-style home.
The couple recently registered a new clothing firm called Mysa Active.
TOWIE returns to ITVBe tonight at 9pm
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