'Bachelorette' Kaitlyn Bristowe makes her final choice on July 27 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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By Polina Marinova
July 27, 2015

It’s no secret that few people find lasting love on the reality show. Since the “The Bachelor” first aired in 2002, and “The Bachelorette,” in 2008, only five couples are still married to their final pick.

But Fortune had a burning question: Is appearing on the show at least good for jump-starting a business?

A less-than-scientific search finds the stars of “The Bachelor” do get a boost. The Bachelorettes? Not so much.

Some Bachelorettes are holding steady, professional jobs – one is a dentist, another an interior designer and yet another is an E! News correspondent. It seems as though the women keep a lower profile while many of the men work hard to parlay their 15-minutes of fame into businesses.

In fact, many of the “Bachelorettes” fade into relative oblivion after filming ends. Season 10 Bachelorette Andi Dorfman had a seemingly bright career as an assistant district attorney in Atlanta before becoming “The Bachelorette.” After her engagement (later called-off), she quit her job as a prosecutor and moved to New York – to continue her quest for love. “My home is Atlanta, my family is there, but I am serious about finding love and if that means going somewhere else and figuring it out once I get there, then that’s what it takes,” she told PEOPLE Magazine. Her career seems to be back-burnered – though she told PEOPLE that she would like to start her own fashion line. She recently modeled for the September issue of New York’s Resident Magazine.

What about the Bachelorette of the current season, Kaitlyn Bristowe? What will she do after her reality show stint ends tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC? So far, Bristowe, a dance instructor, has launched a personal website with a section dedicated to her SoundCloud playlist, a hair tutorial and a list of boating essentials. “A lot of people have been asking me what I’m doing now that I’m not courting 24 of the biggest beauties out there. Well…boating, of course,” Bristowe’s website reads.

Several of “The Bachelors,” on the other hand, have leveraged their notoriety to propel their entrepreneurial careers. Here are seven examples.


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