Does ‘The Bachelor’ Host Chris Harrison or ‘American Idol’ Host Ryan Seacrest Have a Higher Net Worth?

Two of the most popular reality TV shows on ABC are The Bachelor (and any of the shows within its franchise) and American Idol. Their hosts — Chris Harrison and Ryan Seacrest — are essentially the faces of each show too, as they are pretty much the only cast members that return regularly. Harrison and Seacrest have both been pretty successful in their careers and have ultimately become extremely recognizable faces within the entertainment industry. So, since they have achieved so much, does The Bachelor or the American Idol host have a higher net worth? Here’s a look at each of their careers and how their net worths compare.

Chris Harrison from 'The Bachelor' and Ryan Seacrest from 'American Idol'
(L-R) Chris Harrison and Ryan Seacrest | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images; Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

Chris Harrison is the face of ‘The Bachelor’

Harrison first hosted The Bachelor in 2002, which has now turned into one of the most popular reality TV show franchises of all-time. It also has, of course, The Bachelorette, as well as its other spinoffs, including Bachelor in Paradise, which Harrison also hosts.

According to IMDb, Harrison additionally hosted Mall Masters in 2000 and The Quarters in 2001. He also appeared in Sabrina the Teenage Witch in 2003.

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Since becoming a superstar on The Bachelor, though, Harrison has taken on many other projects. This includes hosting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which, according to his bio on The Bachelor, led to him ultimately earning a couple of Emmy nominations. Harrison additionally co-hosted coverage of The Miss America Pageant from 2011 to 2017.

He has, however, not just stuck to TV. Harrison also wrote the novel, The Perfect Letter, which was published in 2015.

Ryan Seacrest has become a superstar

Ryan Seacrest has hosted American Idol since 2002 as it started on Fox and later moved over to ABC. Before that, though he had hosted several other shows and programs.

Now, he is a massive star.

Seacrest is the host of his very popular radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, and then in 2017, he was named the co-host of the hit morning talk show, Live with Kelly and Ryan. According to his American Idol bio, Seacrest is also the host and executive producer of ABC’s annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

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He is not just a famous host, though. Seacrest also has his own production company, Ryan Seacrest Productions, which produces Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spinoffs, as well as various other popular shows. 

Yes, many people know Seacrest for his work as the host of American Idol, but he is much, much more than that.

Does Chris Harrison or Ryan Seacrest have a higher net worth?

Both Harrison and Seacrest are extremely successful. However, who has the larger net worth? It’s actually not even close.

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According to Celebrity Net Worth, Harrison has a $25 million net worth — which certainly isn’t too shabby — but Seacrest is worth $450 million. Seacrest’s work as a host, as well as an entrepreneur, has definitely paid off.

Despite their net worth numbers not being very close, though, Chris Harrison and Ryan Seacrest are two of the most successful stars in television.