'The Apprentice' winners ranked from least to most successful

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Season one winner Bill Rancic with Donald Trump in 2004. Evan Agostini/Getty Images
  • Seven seasons of "The Apprentice" featured previously unknown businesspeople, while eight seasons featured celebrities.

  • We ranked the non-celebrity winners based on what they've been up to since, including whether or not they're still in the public eye.

  • Bill Rancic remains the only household name years after his season aired.

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Brandy Kuentzel won season 10 of "The Apprentice" in 2010 and has stayed out of the media spotlight since.

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Brandy Kuentzel's LinkedIn page. LinkedIn

Kuentzel, who took the season 10 title after a consistent performance throughout the series, returned to her legal roots and is now the general counsel and director of advocacy for the San Francisco SPCA, where she oversees all legal affairs and advocacy campaigns, according to her LinkedIn profile.

She's a successful lawyer, but is the least well-known "Apprentice" winner since she has stayed out of the public eye.

After winning season six in 2007, Stefanie Schaeffer pivoted away from the business world to become a TV and YouTube host.

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Stefanie Schaeffer in 2008. John M. Heller/Getty Images

Schaeffer was a correspondent for the TV Guide Channel and, as a former lawyer, hosted a web series called "Know Your Rights" to help people better understand the legal system.

An avid golfer, she often plays in celebrity tournaments and has both guest-hosted and offered commentary on The Golf Channel.

She's also involved with charities that advocate for autism awareness, cancer research, and children's issues, and hosted the YouTube show "The Future Is Bright" presented by the Autism Society of America in 2015.

After winning season four in 2005, Randal Pinkett founded his own consulting firm. He later spoke out against Trump's presidential campaign.

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Dr. Randal Pinkett in 2016. Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Pinkett was the first Black person to win "The Apprentice." He founded the consulting firm BCT Partners, which his website calls "a multimillion-dollar research, consulting, training, technology and analytics firm," holds five academic degrees, and is a published author.

He remains somewhat in the public eye, returning to the show as a boardroom advisor, and in 2016, he was the only winner of "The Apprentice" to publicly oppose Trump's presidential campaign.

"We acknowledge Donald's success as a businessman, and genuinely appreciate the opportunity 'The Apprentice' afforded all of us," Pinkett said at a press conference before the New York primary. "We, however, strongly condemn Donald's campaign of sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence, and hate."

Since winning season two in 2004, Kelly Perdew founded a hedge fund and a consulting firm, and he gives speeches about leadership.

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Kelly Perdew in 2008. Paul Morigi/WireImage/Getty Images

Perdew's hedge fund, Moonshots Capital, invests in technology startups and companies started by veterans. His creative consulting agency, DuMont Project, works with direct-to-consumer brands.

A former military intelligence officer, Perdew was appointed to President George W. Bush's Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2006 and re-appointed in 2008.

He has also served on several company boards, including Pandora and LinkedIn, and frequently gives public speeches on leadership, technology, and career development.

Sean Yazbeck won season five of "The Apprentice" in 2006, and he went on to win an Entrepreneur of The Year award in 2014.

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Sean Yazbeck in 2005. Katy Winn/Getty Images for IMG

After overseeing the construction of the Trump SoHo condominium in New York City, Yazbeck started his own telecommunications company called Wavsys, which was named an Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company in America.

Yazbeck, who grew up in London, was awarded the British Entrepreneur of The Year Award in 2014.

He also returned to "The Apprentice" as a guest board member and dabbled in voice acting with a small part in the 2006 animated film "Over The Hedge."

After winning season three, Kendra Todd became an HGTV host, founded her own real estate group, and was named one of Realtor Magazine's 30 Under 30.

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Kendra Todd at Trump Tower in New York City. Daniel J. Barry/WireImage/Getty Images

Some "Apprentice" winners become successful businesspeople and some become television personalities, but Kendra Todd's career balances both.

Todd became the first woman to win "The Apprentice" in 2005, the same year that Realtor Magazine named her one of their Top 30 Under 30 brokers.

She wrote the bestseller "Risk & Grow Rich: How to Make Millions in Real Estate," then combined her real estate expertise and TV experience as the host of HGTV's "My House Is Worth What?" from 2006 to 2008.

Todd founded her own real estate firm, the Kendra Todd Group, in 2009, where she continues to work today. She has also made appearances on "Fox and Friends" as a real estate contributor.

With several burgeoning businesses and star power, season one's Bill Rancic is the only "Apprentice" winner who has remained a household name years after the show aired.

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Bill Rancic in 2019. Noam Galai/Getty Images

Rancic, who won in 2004, has capitalized on his "Apprentice" success as a motivational speaker and bestselling author in addition to his business ventures.

As a motivational speaker, Rancic teaches audiences about productivity and his successful business methods. He has hosted and appeared on several TV shows talking about entrepreneurship and has written four books, including a New York Times best-seller called "You're Hired."

Rancic married E! News co-anchor Giuliana Rancic (née DePandi) in 2007, and the couple went on to star in their own reality show "Giuliana and Bill" from 2009 to 2014. They own seven restaurants together, and support several philanthropic causes related to cancer and infertility after Giuliana's breast cancer diagnosis in 2011.

With several burgeoning businesses and star power, he's the only "Apprentice" winner who has remained a household name years after the show aired, hence earning the accolade of most successful "Apprentice" winner.

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