Jade ranks fourth in reality rich list
PUBLISHED: 14:39 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 August 2010
TRAGIC Jade Goody has been named in the Top-10 of a reality television rich list. The compilation features the top 25 people or acts, all of whom launched their careers though reality shows. Miss Goody is fourth in the list with an £8 million fortune, m
TRAGIC Jade Goody has been named in the Top-10 of a reality television rich list.
The compilation features the top 25 people or acts, all of whom launched their careers though reality shows.
Miss Goody is fourth in the list with an £8 million fortune, most of which has been left in a trust fund for her sons following her death from cancer this year.
The star made her debut professional stage appearance as the Wicked Queen in the pantomime Snow White at Woodville Hall, Gravesend.
The month-long run earned her £25,000 in the Gravesend Reporter sponsored production months after leaving the Big Brother House in 2002.
Days before her appearance she switched on the Christmas lights in front of hundreds of cheering fans.
She said: "Though I'm a nice person I should not have any trouble playing the wicked queen. It's more fun playing baddies anyway. Panto is just a giggle. Getting booed is just part of the fun.
"Being a cockney I know about Gravesend and it's going to be a lot of fun. People saw me as an angel or devil in Big Brother and I'll be the devil in Snow White."
Talking about her quick rise to fame, she added: "I'm very level-headed. I don't like to say I'm a celebrity. I'm just a recognised face. To everyone I know I'm just Jade."
In 2007 she returned to open the Coldharbour Library, Northfleet, following a refurbishment in July 2006.
Topping the reality rich list is Girls Aloud who earned an estimated £25 million in the seven years since they shot to stardom on ITV's Popstars: The Rivals, featuring Nicola Roberts.
The five member girl group are followed by Pop Idol winner Will Young, worth £12.5 million according to the research, and X Factor superstar Leona Lewis, who in fewer than three years is thought to have accumulated £10 million,
BRIT and MOBO award Lemar, who is to headline the Dartford Festival this year, featured 9th on the list with an estimated £4 million fortune.
Suzanne Shaw, who is currently appearing in the Vagina Monologues at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford came 15th with £1.4 million.
Research was conducted for Current TV to coincide with their season Desperately Seeking Fame, which started at 10pm last Friday.
Discussions with talent agents, production companies, accountants and journalists helped create the list. Figures include newspaper and magazine fee-based interviews, follow up TV shows, tours, book deals, personal appearance fees, and other brand affiliations.
1. Girls Aloud (£25 million)
2. Will Young (£12.5 million)
3. Leona Lewis (£10 million)
4. Jade Goody (£8 million)
5. Myleene Klass (£7.5 million)
6. Gareth Gates (£6.5 million)
7. Paul Potts (£5 million)
8. Craig Phillips (£5 million)
9. Lemar (£4 million)
10. Jane McDonald (£3.5 million)