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One Direction's members competed against each other as soloists on the X Factor but after teaming up they have become a world-conquering force.

Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson have become pin-ups around the world and achieved two of the top five biggest-selling albums in the US last year.

The group - who are on target for their third number one single this weekend with their official Comic Relief song - appear to be raking in cash, despite being barely out of their teens.

Heat magazine's chart of rich, young celebrities last year calculated they had amassed a fortune of 26.33 million between them, and that figure must be continuing to swell.

In the coming months fans can expect to see the quintet appearing in their own 3D movie, and they landed a lucrative deal with Pepsi last year.

Such is their power, the group even managed to secure a cameo appearance from Prime Minister David Cameron in their latest video for fundraising single One Way Or Another/Teenage Kicks.

One Direction were assembled during the seventh series of the X Factor, but came third behind Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson.

They went on to sign a deal with Simon Cowell's Syco and their debut release What Makes You Beautiful took the best single prize at the Brits last year.

The boy band, who admitted they did not know what harmony was when the line-up was first put together on the X Factor, went on to make chart history when debut release Up All Night made them the first British pop band to go straight to number one in the US with their first album.

As thrusting young bucks they have also found their relationships have increasingly put them in the spotlight.

Styles famously went out with TV presenter Caroline Flack, who is 15 years older than him, and then had a brief fling with US superstar Taylor Swift.

And there have been reports that Malik's relationship with fellow X Factor contestant Perrie Edwards of Little Mix has not been going smoothly in recent weeks.

The bandmates also appear to be competing to amass the worst collection of tattoos. Styles seems to be ahead with his body art which includes the phrases "17 black", "99p" and "might as well ...", as well as an image of a coathanger, a ship and a prism.

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