HAVE you ever wondered how much reality TV stars really make? 

From Gogglebox to TOWIE, starring on these reality TV shows can make you millions.

Some of the biggest celebrities of today have come from reality shows including Jesy Nelson from Little Mix and Molly-Mae Hague who first shot to fame on Love Island.

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But how much these shows and the people that enter them really make is not that well known and there's millions to be made.

The most successful reality shows

Using a formula combining estimated net worth (ENW) and social media earnings to create a scoring system out of ten Pilot Fish discovered that ITV’s The X Factor is the number one show for becoming successful with a huge score of eight.

The Argus:

The former contestants that were analysed average over £28,000 per post on Instagram, and have an ENW of more than £5 million.

When it comes to overall wealth the X Factor comes in a distant second to The Real Housewives of Cheshire, who average a massive ENW of just under £13 million.

Love Island ranks highly for social media popularity with an average of £11,220 per Instagram post, and an average of over 2.3 million followers. Combined with an ENW of over £2 million, it ranks as the 4th best show overall. 

Meanwhile, Geordie Shore cast members average £3 million in ENW, as well as boasting just under five million followers and around £7, 700 per post. 

Is winning the show important?

Of course the aim of competing is to win, but winning doesn't always mean success.

There are plenty of examples of reality stars and contestants who failed to win that have gone on to greater financial and social success than those who beat them.

Molly-Mae Hague is the most successful person from Love Island with an average score of 5.52, this is over two points higher than the highest-ranking winner of the show, Dani Dyer.

The most successful former candidate on The Apprentice is Luisa Zissman who also finished second on the show, she ranks 14 places above the woman she lost to (Leah Totton). Furthermore, she is worth almost three and a half million pounds more and earns over seven times as much per Instagram post.

The reality stars that have made the most money 

Former Little Mix member and X Factor contestant Jesy Nixon is the most successful with an average score of 6.38/10, beating bandmate Jade Thirwall into second place.

Love Island's Molly-Mae Hague is the reality star who earns the most per Instagram post - she earns an estimated £65,520 every time she hits the ‘share’ button.

The Argus:

Molly-Mae’s partner Tommy Fury is the highest-earning male by this metric as he rakes in £7,590 per post.

Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward is the reality star with the highest net worth - estimated at a jaw-dropping £42 million, this is double what second-placed Spencer Matthews from Made in Chelsea has in the bank.

Outside of these shows, the highest estimated net worth belongs to Mark Wright of TOWIE with £11 million, before he appeared on the programme he was a struggling footballer which indicates that the show had a much bigger impact on increasing his earnings.