Since rising to fame in the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, Little Mix have won the hearts of millions of adoring fans across the globe with their infectious girl power and irresistibly catchy tunes. The group, consisting of Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Ann Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and previously, Jesy Nelson, have celebrated continuous commercial success with their six albums and numerous brand collaborations, bringing Little Mix’s net-worth to a whopping £48 million, planting them in fourth place on the Sun Newspaper’s 2020 Reality TV Rich List . Here is all you need to know about the band’s journey from X Factor contestants to global millionaires.
Little Mix’s Big Break
While Jade, Perrie, Leigh-Ann and Jesy’s pitch-perfect harmonies would suggest otherwise, the group initially auditioned as soloists for the singing competition in 2011, but failed to make it past the first challenge in the ‘bootcamp’ round. Luckily, the judges saw that the girls were too special to let go of just yet. They decided to put the foursome together in the formerly named ‘Rhythmix’, sending them through to the judges’ houses section in this newly formed group.
Needless to say, this decision proved to be the right one. With their mentor Tulisa, the girls glided through the live shows. They gradually won over the judges and the audience each week with their flawless vocals and memorable renditions of pop hits such as Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass and Beyonce’s If I Were a Boy. When they were announced as the winners, this marked both the first time a group had done so in the show’s eight-year history and the signing of their first record deal with Simon Cowell’s label Syco. At the respective ages of 20, 19 and 18, the ladies’ journey began and was to be one of The X Factor’s greatest success stories to date.
‘Cannonball’ and Beyond
After their winners’ single, Cannonball, topped the UK charts upon its release in December 2011 , Little Mix went from strength to strength. Their follow-up single ‘Wings’ debuted at number one in July 2012 and was the group’s breakthrough song that sealed their status as international stars, going 3x Platinum in Australia and the UK, and Gold in Brazil, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
Six studio albums, twenty-seven singles and twenty-nine music videos later, Little Mix are estimated to have sold a colossal 60 million albums worldwide. With their last worldwide tour grossing $42 million at the box office alone, they would already be prestigiously placed on the Rich List. But, their numerous collaborations and sponsorships have helped them affirm their place at the top.
The ‘Power’ of Little Mix
With these musical accolades under their belts, Little Mix have used their status to collaborate with a number of huge names in the cosmetic and fashion industries. Amongst these, they’ve launched limited edition skincare and makeup products with Simple, LMX Beauty and Collection and clothing collaborations with fashion giants Primark and Pretty Little Thing.
The band also landed a huge deal with BBC One, hosting their own talent series, Little Mix: The Search, with the winning act accompanying them on their upcoming Confetti tour.
Pretty Little Thing x Little Mix
Jesy’s departure from the band has meant a new era for Little Mix. Despite this, over the past 9 years, the girls have taken their name and turned it into a successful and respected brand, speaking volumes for how they managed to bag their place at the top of the Rich List. At the heart of this brand is the ladies themselves, whose work ethic and humble personalities make them a name that companies are always keen to work with and fans always want to support. Little Mix is now considered to be one of the best selling girl-groups of all time, and they continue to use their status to promote and champion female empowerment.
Let’s talk money
So they’re fashionistas, popstars, and all-round icons, but how much has this put in their purses? Well, overall, Little Mix has a net worth of £51 million!
Separately, the girls rank in the following order: Jesy – £5.8 million, Perrie – £5.9 million, Leigh-Anne – £5.9 million, Jade – £7.3 million.
Essentially, the girls are worth a lot of dough. And we can see why!