POP stars Girls Aloud have come top of a new reality TV show rich list with their whopping £25million fortune.The Sound of the Underground singers, who shot to fame on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, beat fellow chart talent Will Young and Leona Lewis into second and third places.Jade Goody made it to fourth on the list, with earnings of £8million.
The Big Brother legend, who died on Mother's Day aged 27 from cervical cancer, made most of her money from TV, DVDs, perfumes, books and magazine deals.The list showed 2002 Pop Idol winner Will, 30, has a £12.5million fortune, while 2006 X Factor champ Leona Lewis, 24, is worth an impressive £10million after cracking America.Opera-singing Paul Potts, 38, the original Britain's Got Talent victor, made number seven with £5million - giving a taste of what could lay ahead for tomorrow's finalists.The UK's first Big Brother winner, celebrity handyman Craig Phillips, has amassed £5million - putting him in eighth place.The 37-year-old recently warned future contestants to get a trade before going on the show to have something to fall back on when the TV offers dry up.
Singers Myleene Klass, 31, Gareth Gates, 24, Lemar, 31, and 46-year-old Loose Woman Jane McDonald also make the top ten.
It features the 25 people or acts who have prospered the most after launching their careers though reality shows. Current TV compiled it to celebrate its Desperately Seeking Fame season, which starts tonight at 10pm.
It was created following discussions with talent agents, production companies, accountants and journalists.
Most of the rich-listers appeared on talent-based shows which offered record deals or theatre roles as prizes.
They include Pop Idol, Popstars, X Factor, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do.
However, four Big Brother stars - Craig, Kate Lawler, Chantelle Houghton and Brian Dowling - also made the rundown.
The list also revealed that last year's X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has already made a fortune of £400,000.
1 GIRLS ALOUD (£25m) Popstars
2 WILL YOUNG (£12.5m) Pop Idol
3 LEONA LEWIS (£10m) X Factor
4 JADE GOODY (£8m) BB
5 MYLEENE KLASS (£7.5m) Popstars
6 GARETH GATES (£6.5m) Pop Idol
7 PAUL POTTS (£5m) BGT
8 CRAIG PHILLIPS (£5m) BB
9 LEMAR (£4m) Fame Academy
10 JANE MCDONALD (£3.5m) The Cruise
11 LIBERTY X (£3m) Popstars
12 BRIAN DOWLING (£2.5m) BB
13 BEN FOGLE (£2m) Castaway
14 KYM MARSH (£1.8m) Popstars
15 SUZANNE SHAW (£1.4m) Popstars
16 ABIGAIL CLANCY (£1.25m) Next Top Model
17 CHARLOTTE HOBROUGH (£1.2m) Survivor
18 CHANTELLE HOUGHTON (£1m) BB
19 JONNY GIBB (£1m) Survivor
20 DARIUS DANESH (£900k) Popstars