According to Tom Bower, who wrote *that* biography of Simon Cowell, the boys have raked in plenty of cash since rising to fame on The X Factor, with The Mirror quoting him as saying:
“One Direction were Cowell’s new Westlife – a revival of his mastery of the music business. Nothing had been left to chance by Sony Music, with the band’s hit album Up All Night selling over five million copies.
“The songs, publishing, discs, DVDs, merchandising and endorsements brought in huge profits, with the five members of the group together estimated to have earned nearly £100 million ($162 million). Naturally, Sony and Syco raked in much more.”
Looks like we might have to add another slide to our ‘reasons we love One Direction‘ gallery below – they’re rich! BS