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.
Memorable moment: He chose contestant Amanda Marsh, awkwardly flashed the ring but did not propose. He asked her to move to California and live with him instead.
Job prior: A Harvard Business School graduate, he worked as a management consultant.
Job after: After the show, Michel became a spokesperson for Match.com and was a “Romance and Proposal Expert” for Princess cruises. He has stayed out of the limelight.
Memorable moment: He spent the majority of his time in the hot tub with female contestants. “I was in a hot tub every episode,” Firestone told PEOPLE Magazine in 2013.
Job prior: He was the sales manager at Firestone Family Estates. (Andrew’s great-grandfather was the founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company)
Job after: Firestone founded StonePark Capital, a Santa Barbara-based hospitality firm that focuses on the acquisition of select service hotels.
Memorable moment: The executive producer of “The Bachelor” described Guiney as the most sexually active Bachelor; he reportedly slept with more than five women on the show.
Job prior: He started his own division of a Houston-based mortgage company.
Job after: Guiney used his “Bachelor” fame to launch a career in the TV and music industry. He was the host of TLC’s “Date My House” and the lead singer of “Band From TV” – a charity cover band whose members are all TV actors.
Prince Lorenzo Borghese
Memorable Moment: The Italian-born Prince – who is a member of the Papal noble House of Borghese – chose Jennifer Wilson but didn’t propose. She was left with a rose – no title.
Job Prior: Well, he’s a prince. And a cosmetics entrepreneur. In 2002, before appearing on the show, he launched his own high-end body and skin care line for pets called Royal Treatment.
Job after: He now owns the Royal Pet Club, the online shopping website where people can purchase the Royal Treatment products. He is also a managing partner of a private Italian cosmetics line. In 2014, he launched a lifestyle brand for men called RumGolf.
Memorable moment: Womack became the first Bachelor to reject all of the female contestants.
Job prior: Womack co-owned a few bars with his brother and business partner.
Job after: He opened up another bar called “Dogwood” in Houston after the show.
Memorable Moment: Flajnik went skinny-dipping with a very unpopular, female contestant.
Job prior: Flajnik was an investor and cofounder of Envolve Winery.
Job after: According to his LinkedIn profile, Flajnik went on to co-found Live Wine Cam, Fernet Francisco and The Gentleman app (for “busy and high-achieving men in relationships who struggle with the daily balance of work and their significant other”).
Memorable Moment: Lowe was a “born-again virgin” and reportedly did not sleep with any of the women during the so-called Fantasy Suite dates.
Job prior: Lowe was an insurance salesman when he starred on “The Bachelorette.”
Job after: In 2012, Lowe joined Factory Girl as a business partner, a company that sells handbags and custom furniture.