Jeremy Clarkson, born 11 April 1960, is a English born journalist writer and broadcaster, he has an estimated wealth of $8.4 million (£5.6M). He is most well-known for his lead role in presenting the BBC TV show top gear along with co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May. He is also a regular contributor to weekly columns in the Sunday Times and the Sun newspapers.
Q: How Much is Jeremy Clarkson Worth ?
A: An estimated net worth of $8.4 million (£5.6M)
He is equally well-known for his highly opinionated but humorous tongue in cheek writing and presenting style. This has often generated much public reaction and won him many fans and critics alike. Some of these actions and things he said both privately and also as a top gear presenter have resulted in criticism from the media and politicians, pressure groups and the public. Although he has been criticised many times he has also generated a large following from public at large. This has been credited as been a major factor in the resurgence of top gear as being one of the most popular shows on BBC TV.
Clarkson’s first job was as a travelling salesman working for his parents business selling Paddington Bear toys. He later trained to become a journalist at the Rotherham advertiser and also writing for the Rochdale Observer , Wolverhampton Express and Star, Lincolnshire life and the associated Kent newspapers.
In 1984 Clarkson along with fellow motoring journalist Jonathan Gill, formed the motoring press agency (MPA) . They used to conduct road tests on cars for local newspapers and automotive magazines, this developed into articles for publications like Performance Car, and then for Top Gear Magazine when it launched in 1993.
Jeremy Clarkson first came to prominence as one of the presenters of the BBC TV programme top gear in 1988 until 2000 in the program’s original format. He is credited with relaunching the program in a new format with co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond. This has turned Top Gear into the most watched BBC 2 TV programme, which is rebroadcast by over 100 countries around the world. As well as stand-alone shows, many of which are similar in format to his newspaper columns and books which combine his love of driving and motoring journalism with the examination and expression of his other views on the world such as in Jeremy Clarkson’s motor world, Jeremy Clarkson’s car years and Jeremy Clarkson meets the neighbours.
Jeremy Clarkson’s comments have some times resulted in complaints from viewers of the programs, car companies and even national governments. In 1998, Hyundai complained to the BBC about what they described as bigoted and racist comments he made at the Birmingham motor show, where he is reported as saying that the people working on the Hyundai stand had eaten dog and the designer of the Hyundai XG had probably eaten a spaniel for his lunch. In a top gear episode broadcast in November 2005, Clarkson while talking about design of the mini said that it might be quintessentially German, made a mock Nazi salute, and made references the Hitler and the German invasion of Poland by setting the GPS system to go to Poland.
From 2000 to 2006 Clarkson had a very public feud with Piers Morgan, which began when Morgan published pictures of Clarkson kissing his BBC producer Elaine Bedell. On the final Concorde flight, Clarkson threw a glass of water over Morgan during an argument. In 2004 at the British press awards he punched and swore at Morgan before being restrained by the security. In 2006 Piers Morgan revealed that the feud was over saying that they should always be a moment when you can finally stop fighting, kiss and make up. Jeremy Clarkson mentioned that despite the fact he didn’t get on with Morgan he can now at least be in the same room as him.
In 2007 it was reported that Clarkson earned $1.5 million (£1M) a year for his role as a top gear presenter and a further $2.5 million (£1.7M) from books DVDs and newspaper columns.
In September 2012 he sold his stake in the production company Bedder 6, which he started with Andy Wilman in 2007 to capitalise on the Top Gear brand. The sale to the BBC is believed to have been worth £5 million ($7.5M) to Clarkson who owned 30% of the company. Whilst he owned his stake, it is believed he received £2.7 million in dividends and £350,000 in service fees for 2012 alone.