‘The Bachelorette’ finale: What happens to careers after the final rose

July 27, 2015, 5:21 PM UTC
ABC's "The Bachelorette" - Season 11
'Bachelorette' Kaitlyn Bristowe makes her final choice on July 27 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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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.

Alex Michel

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 08: 65519_1_15A -THE BACHELOR - "The Bachelor," an original one-hour primetime reality television series that gives one lucky man and 25 lucky women the unique opportunity to find true love, will premiere on MONDAY, MARCH 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)

Season 1

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.

Andrew Firestone

UNITED STATES - APRIL 02: 66510_13 - THE BACHELOR - Episode 305 - Andrew's next dates are determined by a compatibility. Andrew is able to spend quality time with three women on "alone dates," taking one an a helicopter ride to Palm Springs and another on a '50s-themed date. Andrew spends a quiet evening with one of the women on the third "alone date," making dinner at the Malibu bachelor pad. In addition, Andrew has a group date at the exclusive Beverly Hills Country Club, where he and the three lucky ladies are able to play tennis with tennis champion Tracy Austin. Following these dates, Andrew must make the difficult decision of handing out only four roses to the six remaining women, on "The Bachelor," WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 (9:00-10:10 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)

Season 3

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.

Bob Guiney

UNITED STATES - JULY 28: 67122_9_33 -- THE BACHELOR - Episode 402 - Host Chris Harrison introduces the 15 remaining women to their "Ladies' Villa," the fabulous Malibu mansion where they will live as they prepare for their upcoming five-person group dates. The dates include a trip to San Francisco, featuring a ride on a trolley car with Mayor Willie Brown and an exclusive suite at the Mark Hopkins Hotel; a helicopter tour of the city, followed by an exclusive pool party at the W Hotel in Westwood; and the ultimate Hollywood date, with a stop for hand prints at Mann's Chinese Theatre and partying at one of the hottest burlesque clubs in Los Angeles. However one of these group dates will include a surprise in-the-field rose ceremony, sending one woman home on the spot, on "The Bachelor," WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images)

Season 4

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

ITALY - AUGUST 16: THE BACHELOR: ROME - In this premiere episode, "901," of the ninth edition of "The Bachelor," the 25 bachelorettes are enchanted by the Princely castle, and their handsome host, Prince Borghese. Among frescos and centuries-old oil paintings in the grand ballroom, the cocktail party is interrupted when two stunning Italian women crash the party and quickly plot to steal Lorenzo's heart and attention. The end of the evening is marked with a two "firsts." Lorenzo presents a rose, plus a very special sparkling token to one woman who has captured his attention and who is now already assured of continuing on in the chase to make an enchanted match. The party continues through the night and the rose elimination ceremony takes place in the morning, which allows the Prince much more time to get to know each lady individually. The morning rose ceremony is another first for "The Bachelor." With the sun rising, the stakes have never been higher, as Lorenzo must eliminate 15 of the 27 women, leaving 12 eligible to become Princess Borghese. "The Bachelor: Rome," the popular romance reality series, returns to ABC with a special two-hour premiere on MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)

Season 9

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.

Brad Womack

THE BACHELOR - "Episode 1510" - The season finale of "The Bachelor" will air on MONDAY, MARCH 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Wessels/ABC via Getty Images)BRAD WOMACK

Season 11

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.

Ben Flajnik

THE BACHELOR - "Episode 1608" - Ben heads to Scottsdale, Arizona to join Courtney, the glamorous but strong-willed model who has attempted to capture Ben's heart with her aggressive but playful spirit. However, when Ben meets her mother, he discovers that she is skeptical about whether Courtney is really in love with him. What effect will this meeting have on Ben and Courtney's chances? Courtney is not discouraged and summons her courage to tell Ben how she feels about him in a romantic, over-the-top setting. But will it be enough to secure her a rose? -- on "The Bachelor," MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ralph Freso/ABC via Getty Images) BEN FLAJNIK, COURTNEY

Season 16

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”).

Sean Lowe

THE BACHELOR - "Episode 1707" - Tierra and Sean meet on the streets of St. Croix and explore the town. Sean takes this opportunity to ask his date about the rumors he has heard about her behavior, but she is quite unapologetic. But now Tierra is apprehensive about her chances of getting a hometown date, and takes a calculated risk divulging a stunning bit of information, on "The Bachelor," MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Francisco Roman/ABC via Getty Images) SEAN LOWE, TIERRA

Season 17

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.