THE Only Way Is Essex started life as a show starring people no-one had ever heard of on a little-watched TV channel.
So it's is some achievement that these days its cast are now among the richest celebrities in Britain – and the show a huge hit that has thrived for more than a decade.
But who has done best from the fame game? Well, according to a new report published today there are some clear winners.
Mark Wright is at the top of the tree judging by estimates from the Sunday Mirror – with some surprising names also filling up the Top 10 of wealth.
Here we reveal the wannabes who turned their reality fame into serious riches and just how they managed to pull that off…
Mark Wright (£9.1m)
The reality rich list estimates Mark's riches at £9.1million – perhaps no surprise since he'd done every job going, from Hollywood TV presenter to football star.
His remarkable work rate has paid off too thanks to his Train Wright fitness website and the Mysa Active gymwear line he has with wife Michelle Keegan.
Mark is also thought to be on the cusp of launching a clothing range called AYTEE7 after 1987, the year of his birth (say it out loud).
Perhaps it's no wonder the plans for their new house are so fancy they make Buckingham Palace look a bit, well, shabby.
Samantha Faiers (£8.8m)
The success of Sam's show The Mummy Diaries has kept the money rolling in for the likeable star – and her older sister Billie.
She became a multi-millionaire long before she hit 30 at the end of last year,having made an estimated £8.8million from TV and endorsement deals.
Sam left Towie in 2014, following it up with an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother and becoming sought-after by big business.
She launched clothing lines with River Island, Quiz and Very, has her own home furnishings line, a fragrance, a babywear collection and her own fashion range. So probably best not call her lazy.
The star also has a string of books – everything from a guide to being a 'Towie' girl to her new-mum secrets – worth at least £750,000 and she signed a £250,000 deal with Pampers in 2019.
Sam also founded Essex favourite Minnie's Boutique, which Billie now runs.
The older sibling is worth £4million in her own right, according to number-crunchers, making £500,000 alone from plugging fast-fashion empire In The Style.
Joey Essex (£6.3m)
It probably suits Joey Essex that everyone thinks he's a total airhead – because all the while he's raking in a fortune.
As anyone who has seen his incredible house knows, the former Towie favourite, 30, is not short of a bob or two (or 6.3million).
He's appeared on every reality show going from his own hit Educating Joey Essex to I'm A Celeb, Celebs Go Dating, Celebrity SAS and pretty much any show that ever had 'Celebrity' in the title.
In the past he has had a clothing and hair products line and commands huge money for personal appearances.
Joey has also made six-figure sums by endorsing McDonalds, Jaffa Cakes and even soup and once released a song called Reem, though that's not thought to be a big contributor to his riches.
Gemma Collins (£3.7m)
The reality rich list published today puts Gemma Collins on an estimated £3.7million thanks to TV, endorsements and her own clothing line.
The 40-year-old former car dealer runs her own fashion empire, has a range with Boohoo and is renowned for landing big endorsement deals.
The 'meme queen' surprised everyone in 2017 when she popped up on Orange is the New Black to plug the show and has even been the face of an airline.
She's fronted her own show Diva Forever and presented on Loose Women and This Morning.
Her endlessly quotable TV appearances on the likes of Big Brother – "I'm claustrophobic Darren" have appeared on all manner of products.
And the savvy businesswomen even adapted them for the lockdown age. "I'm claustrophobic, Boris" anyone?
Amy Childs (£3.1m)
She gifted humanity the 'vajazzle' and popularised the word 'hun-ay' as a form of punctuation – and Amy Childs has been richly rewarded for it.
A founding Towie member, the 30-year-old star made a fortune from beauty and fashion ranges then ploughed the profits into property.
Taking the advice of other celebs early on to bank the cash in houses, she brought up chunks of Brentwood in Essex.
Add to that the sales of her fitness DVD and beauty salon and Amy is estimated to have about £3.1million.
Lauren Goodger (£2.1m)
She's lagging behind now based on this reckoning, but Lauren Goodger was something of a Towie pioneer, becoming one of the first stars to make £1million.
Her relationship with Mark Wright, which played out on the show, was a magnet for magazine deals and her fame saw her land early gigs on Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing On Ice.
Things with Mark didn't last, but the money kept coming and, given she's expecting her first child, those mag deals will too.
Rich list compilers estimated her current wealth at around £2.1million.
James 'Arg' Argent (£1.1m)
Gemma's maybe-on maybe-off boyfriend has made no secret of his struggles, but he's managed to bag a small fortune himself.
James is thought to have made £1.1million thanks to Instagram brand deals as well as stints on everything from Sugar Free Farm to The Jump and Celebrity Coach Trip.
The 33-year-old star, now facing a gastric op after hitting 26 stone, also has enduring star power thanks to his eight years on Towie.
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