Long-running reality show "The Bachelor" returned to ABC on Jan. 2 with "The Bachelorette" veteran Nick Viall hoping to finally find his true love. A two-time alum of "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor in Paradise" season three contestant, Viall is certainly one of the most familiar faces in Bachelor Nation.
In honor of "The Bachelor" season 21, take a walk down memory lane by learning which Bachelor Nation contestants have the highest net worth. Some cast members found success outside the spotlight, while others used the TV show to segue into show business.
Net worths of former 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' contestants
Net worths of former 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' contestants
Travis Stork Net Worth: $8 Million
Emergency room physician Travis Stork was featured in season eight of "The Bachelor." Although he picked Sarah Stone, he didn't propose to her and the couple didn't stay together for long. What did last was Stork's TV success, as his popularity and onscreen charm on "The Bachelor" earned him a spot on the daytime talk show "The Doctors," which premiered in 2008.
Since hosting "The Doctors," Stork has helped the show find success. The show has earned six Emmy nominations for best talk show/informative, while Stork has pulled in two nominations for outstanding talk show host. Stork is also the New York Times best-selling author of "The Doctor's Diet," "The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life." and more. Travis Stork's net worth is estimated at $8 million.
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Emily Maynard Net Worth: $5 Million
Emily Maynard first stole hearts as a single mother vying for Brad Womack's affection in season 15 of "The Bachelor." She later solidified her status as America's sweetheart as the star of season eight of "The Bachelorette."
Emily Maynard was just 19 when she had her daughter, Ricki, following the tragic death of her fiancé Ricky Hendrick, race car driver and partial owner of Nascar's Hendrick Motorsports. The team was valued at $375 million in February 2016, reported Forbes, and Maynard received a considerable amount of Hendricks' wealth -- more than enough to provide a comfortable life to raise their daughter alone.
As the star of "The Bachelorette," Maynard didn't find love -- but she did receive a fair paycheck. Following the show, she designed a jewelry collection for online boutique Towne & Reese. Today, Maynard's net worth is estimated at $5 million.
While Maynard didn't find lasting love on either "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette," she has since settled down with Tyler Johnson, an automotive management consultant. She gave birth to her third child -- her second with Johnson -- in Sept. 2016.
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Jesse Palmer Net Worth: $6 Million
Jesse Palmer starred in season five of "The Bachelor," for which he is most remembered for forgetting a girl's name during the rose ceremony and handing his final pick a one-way ticket to his hometown of New York instead of an engagement ring.
Palmer's first brushes with fame started before "The Bachelor," when he was an NFL player. He was a quarterback for the New York Giants from 2001 to 2004 and spent the 2005 season with the San Francisco 49ers before retiring from the league.
Palmer transitioned from playing on the field to being an ESPN college football analyst in 2007. In 2015, "Good Morning America" named Palmer a special contributor. As a result of his lucrative endeavors, Jesse Palmer's net worth is estimated at $6 million.
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Jef Holm Net Worth: $3 Million
Jef Holm was the winner of "The Bachelorette" season eight, during which he wooed Emily Maynard and received the final rose. The couple ended the season engaged, but split just months after the season finale aired. Currently single, Holm made headlines in Oct. 2016, when fellow Bachelor Nation member Lacy Faddoul revealed she matched with him on the dating app Bumble.
While his onscreen love did not lead to a fairy-tale ending, off-screen Holm has enjoyed plenty of financial success. As an entrepreneur, Holm co-founded People Water, a successful nonprofit that sells bottled water and donates an equal amount of clean water. Jef Holm's net worth is $3 million.
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Arie Luyendyk Jr. Net Worth: $2 Million
Arie Luyendyk, Jr. is a race car driver who has raced in events from the Indy 500 to the Indy Lights series. Luyendyk Jr. is also the son of successful racer Arie Luyendyk, who has won the Indianapolis 500 twice. Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s net worth is estimated at $2 million.
As a contestant on season eight of "The Bachelorette," Arie Luyendyk Jr. vied for Emily Maynard's heart. His time on air, however, proved to be more lucrative:
"I met a representative from the GUNK and Liquid Wrench brands at a trade show," Luyendyk Jr. said. "His wife was a fan of the show and, ultimately, this familiarity helped attain my primary racing partnership for the TORC racing series."
Ryan Sutter is one of "The Bachelor" franchise's rare success stories. Sutter was a contestant on the first season of "The Bachelorette," vying for the affection of star Trista Rehn. She gave Sutter the final rose, and the couple married in 2003 in a televised ceremony that cost ABC $3.77 million, in addition to $1 million paid to the couple to broadcast the event.
Still happily married, the couple have two children. They renewed their wedding vows in January 2014, shortly after their 10th wedding anniversary.
Before appearing on "The Bachelorette," Sutter had a brief stint in the NFL as a defensive back for the Carolina Panthers in 1998. Injuries cut Sutter's NFL career short, and he switched professions to firefighting. Ryan Sutter's net worth is estimated at $2 million.
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Chris Soules Net Worth: $1.5 Million
Chris Soules appeared on season 19 of "The Bachelor." He was a big hit with viewers thanks to his rugged good looks, down-to-earth demeanor and rural charm, which earned him the nickname Prince Farming.
Soules is from a small town in Iowa. There, he co-manages 5,500 acres of land with his parents. That farming estate makes up the bulk of Chris Soules' $1.5 million net worth. He has received more than $370,000 in farm subsidies since 2001, putting him in the top 20 percent of recipients in Iowa, reported The Washington Post.
Since appearing on the show, Soules broke off his relationship with fiancé and winner of "The Bachelor" Whitney Bischoff, but the exes have remained friends. Not one to get dragged down by heartache, Soules partnered with Farmland Fights Hunger to make sure children in need were well fed during the 2016 holiday season.
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Ben Flajnik Net Worth: $800,000
Ben Flajnik's net worth is an estimated $800,000, gained through his time as the star of "The Bachelor" season 16 and as a co-founder and investor of many wine and liquor companies. Since then, he's changed his focus to various business ventures, including startups Fernet Francisco and Return of the Rosé LLC.
Flajnik famously chose the "villain" of his season, Courtney Robertson to receive the final rose. The couple gave their relationship a try off-camera, but ultimately broke up before making it to the altar.
In recent years, Flajnik has largely stayed out of the limelight, but he did appear on an episode of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" in 2016 -- also hosted by "The Bachelor" star Chris Harrison. In 2014, he also appeared on one episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
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Jake Pavelka Net Worth: $500,000
Jake Pavelka was a pilot when he starred as a contestant on season five of "The Bachelorette," and later as the star of "The Bachelor" season 14. He didn't find love on either show, and his relationship with final pick Vienna Girardi turned ugly in a televised rehash of their breakup.
But Pavelka has since made a career change to television, appearing in numerous shows including "Dancing with the Stars" and "Bachelor Pad." He also landed a recurring gig on "The Bold and the Beautiful" and guest starred on several other shows, including "Drop Dead Diva."
Bachelor Nation hasn't provided Pavelka's only high-profile romances either. He briefly dated Kristen Chenoweth after his stint as "The Bachelor." Jake Pavelka's net worth is estimated at $500,000.
Brad Womack appeared on "The Bachelor" during seasons 11 and 15. During season 11, Womack broke America's hearts when he passed on the two finalists, Deanna Pappas and Jenni Croft. In season 15, he proposed to Emily Maynard, but the couple broke up months after the finale.
In his professional life, however, entrepreneur Womack found success in his co-ownership of several Texas bars alongside his twin brother and friend. Their company, Carmack Concepts, will soon celebrate its 16th anniversary.
Throughout the years, the trio has opened and sold several bars, which has allowed him to earn a healthy living. Brad Womack's net worth is estimated at $500,000.
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JoJo Fletcher Net Worth: Unknown
Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher was Ben Higgins' runner-up during season 20 of "The Bachelor." Hailing from Dallas, Fletcher caught Ben Higgins' attention on "The Bachelor" when she got out of the limo wearing a unicorn mask. Unfortunately, she left "The Bachelor" empty-handed, with Lauren Bushnell winning Higgins' heart.
Fletcher bounced back from heartache as "The Bachelorette" in season 12, where she met fiancé Jordan Rodgers. The couple has yet to set a wedding date, but the bride-to-be revealed to Womanista she had plans for a late-night Chipotle mini burrito bar for guests.
Off-screen, Fletcher owns the realty development company JHF Realty Development LLC, which she founded in 2014. Reliable information on JoJo Fletcher's net worth is not available.
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Ben Higgins Net Worth: Unknown
Ben Higgins starred in season 20 of "The Bachelor." In a spellbinding season finale, Higgins wavered between JoJo Fletcher and Lauren Bushnell before deciding on the latter.
As a follow-up to "The Bachelor," the couple starred in the freeform reality show "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After." The final episode culminated with Higgins calling off their wedding. Despite this shocking event, the couple is still together.
Before his appearance on "The Bachelor," Ben Higgins worked as an account manager at Talisys in Denver. After his stint on "The Bachelor," he returned to the company and currently works there. Reliable net worth data for Ben Higgins is not available.
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Nick Viall Net Worth: Unknown
Nick Viall is currently starring in "The Bachelor." Largely considered a surprising choice to star in season 21, Viall has struck out twice on "The Bachelorette." He was the runner-up during Andi Dorfman's stint -- season 10 -- and Kaitlyn Bristowe's era -- season 11.
Stepping into the role of "The Bachelor," has reportedly resulted in a happy ending for Viall, as he told Us Weekly that he has definitely found love on the show. While he admitted getting to be the one that makes the decisions wasn't always easy, he certainly had more experience with the show than most of his predecessors.
When he's not gracing the reality television airwaves, Viall works as a tech salesman. Originally from Waukesha, Wis., he is now based in Los Angeles. Viall's net worth is unknown.