How much Love Island contestants were paid before villa starring sports stars, actresses and six-figure salaries


Although Love Island contestants don’t earn a fortune from appearing on the show, the experience can completely change their lives and has led many former contestants to become millionaires.

Many former islanders have made careers on the show working as influencers, TV stars and even starting their own businesses.

But how much did this year’s Love Islanders earn before entering the famous villa?

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Rugby players, dressage riders, paramedics, nannies and estate agents, here’s how much the contestants were worth before entering the villa.

While some actors will no doubt return to their daily jobs after appearing on the show, the price comparison site dug into their career histories to see who makes the most money in the state.

Here’s what we know about the kind of salaries the current Love Islanders had before they became famous.

Jacques O’Neill – €104,808 to €163,035

As a professional rugby player, Gemma Owen’s ex-boyfriend Jacques O’Neill is the biggest earner this year.

The Instagram-verified Love Island account did not appear to be following Jacques O'Neill this morning
The Instagram-verified Love Island account did not appear to be following Jacques O’Neill this morning

The 23-year-old from Cumbria plays for Castleford Tigers in the Betfred Super League.

He made his professional debut aged 20 and was selected for the England Knights Performance team last year, aiming to develop talented players.

However, a hamstring injury last summer meant he only made six appearances on the pitch.

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu – €18,632 soap star

Ek in-Su Cülcüloğlu is a Turkish actress who divides her time between London and Istanbul.

The 27-year-old, from Essex, is estimated to earn around £18,632 per episode from her appearances on Turkish soap opera Kuzey Yildiz, which translates to North Star.

On a date with Liam, who has since moved out of the villa, she revealed she had played “really weird characters”, including a serial killer.

She also starred in another “reality show” while in college.

Ekin-Su had one of the biggest social media followings before entering the villa this year with 340,000 followers, which could equate to €1,000 per sponsored post.

His current Instagram

following alone has grown to nearly 400,000 since she’s been on Love Island, and she counts TOWIE’s Pete Wicks and James Locke as followers.

Gemma Owen – Over €17,468 per win

At 19, Gemma Owen is the youngest contestant on Love Island this year and is known to be the daughter of former England footballer Michael Owen.

Love Island fans are convinced there is a
Love Island fans are convinced there is a ‘conspiracy’ on the ITV2 show not to reference the identity of Gemma Owen’s famous football dad, Michael Owen, after the bombshell arrived.

Besides having a famous father, she is a professional sportswoman in her own right and works as an international dressage rider.

She has competed for England since the age of 11 and is expected to earn around €17,468 per win.

She also owns her own swimwear brand “OG Beachwear” which reportedly posted a loss in her last fiscal year.

But with 82,000 Instagram followers before entering the villa, Gemma could have earned around €800 per sponsored post.

Now that number has grown to over 337,000, so she can expect to learn a lot more when she leaves.

Andrew Le Page – €58,227 plus commission

At 27, Andrew Le Page is one of this year’s oldest Love Island contestants – and one of the highest earners.

Love Island shed tears recently when Tasha Ghouri thought she missed her chance with Andrew Le Page
Love Island shed tears recently when Tasha Ghouri thought she missed her chance with Andrew Le Page

Originally from Guernsey, he works as a real estate agent and currently lives in Dubai.

His base salary is around €58,227 a year, but that doesn’t include commission when he makes a sale, so it could be a lot more.

Tasha Ghouri – It’s complicated, but she’s fine

Love Island’s first deaf contestant, Tasha Ghouri, has pledged to donate half of the £50,000 prize money to the National Deaf Children’s Society if she wins, so she’s fine for herself.

The 23-year-old from Thirsk, North Yorkshire, works as a model and professional dancer, so it’s hard to calculate how much she earns from her various jobs.

She performed for choreographer Joshua Base Pilmore at the Move It dance event in London – and is also believed to have dated Strictly star Giovanni Pernice ahead of the show.

In 2021, Tasha went viral for modeling ASOS earrings wearing her cochlear implant – what she calls her proudest achievement to date for raising awareness in the deaf community.

Tasha has also modeled for Pull & Bear, Missguided, Pretty Little Thing and Boux Avenue.

With over 150,000 Instagram followers, she can expect plenty of brand collaborations when she leaves the villa.

Dami Hope – €36,683

He may have dubbed himself a “verified Playboy” before stepping into the Love Island villa, but Dami Hope is so much more than flirting and muscle.

The 26-year-old Irishman is actually a senior microbiologist who “specializes in carrying out studies and research, focusing on micro-organisms”.

The Dublin-based scientist is expected to earn around €36,683 a year.

But with over 50,000 followers on Instagram, he can expect to earn a lot more when he leaves the show.

Paige Thorne – €35,634

Welshwoman Paige Thorne has worked as an NHS paramedic for two years and currently earns around €35,634 a year.

The 24-year-old from Swansea is currently the new female favorite to win so she can expect her wages to skyrocket if she does.

If she returns to her job as a key worker, she can expect her salary to reach nearly €46,581 in five years.

But with over 150,000 Instagram followers alone, she could also have an influencer career after the villa.

Davide Sanclimenti – €33,771

With a Masters in Finance and Banking, one would think that Davide Sanclimenti would earn just over €33,771 at age 27.

Ekin-Su doesn't seem to be distracted by a watching Davide
Ekin-Su doesn’t seem to be distracted by a watching Davide

But the Italian stud – who has a self-proclaimed ‘perfect body’ – runs his own electronic shisha business outside the villa, and those are just his estimated earnings so far.

Originally from Rome, he supplies shisha devices to bars and clubs across the north of England and is currently based in Manchester.

But with nearly 100,000 Instagram followers, he’s set to make big bucks – likely with health and fitness brands – when he leaves the villa, as he hasn’t missed a workout. training for 10 years.

Amber Beckford – €33,305

Before moving to the Love Island villa, Londoner Amber Beckford worked as a nanny with an estimated annual salary of €33,305.

During the week, the 24-year-old calls herself “essentially a mother” who turns a few heads at the school gates.

But last weekend she revealed she had become a ‘strong opinionated wild child’.

With over 50,000 followers on Instagram, she can expect to earn a lot more when she leaves Love Island.

Ikenna Ekwonna – €29,113

Ikenna Ekwonna has a degree in biomedical sciences and works in pharmaceutical sales in her home town of Nottingham.

Ikenna Ekwonna was in the kitchen cooking breakfast for Indiyah Polack
Ikenna was in the kitchen making breakfast for Indiyah

The 23-year-old currently earns around €29,113 a year as a graduate, but can expect to double that throughout his career.

The Love Islander is also 6ft 5in and works as a personal trainer on the side, and has an Instagram account called @ikennafitness.

His personal Instagram account now has over 47,000 followers, so he can expect to make some money too.

Indiyah Polak – €26,126+

Although Indiya Polack works as a waitress in London, earning around €26,126 a year, she also has a side business.

Before entering the villa, she already had an impressive 28,000 followers on Instagram, which could have allowed her to charge brands around €430 per sponsored post.

Since she’s been on Love Island, that’s increased to 122,000 in the first week alone, so what she can charge per post will now be significantly higher.

She hopes her exposure on the show will also drag famous men into her DMs.

Luca Bish – €27,250

We know his name is Luca Bish and he sells fish, but did you know that he is also a graduate in Fisheries and Fisheries Science and Management.

The 23-year-old from Brighton currently works as a fishmonger in his home town and earns around €27,250 a year, making him the lowest earner on Love Island this year.

But with his good looks, a possible romance with Gemma and 175,000 Instagram followers, he’s set for big things when he leaves the villa.

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