The Yorkshire born TV presenter, journalist, and writer, Jeremy Clarkson, is well-known for his work co-presenting the award-winning show, Top Gear, and his rather opinionated views. Starting his career as a journalist, he rose to public prominence on Top Gear in 1988 and has become a public personality since, presenting his own shows and appearing as a guest on many others
Born and raised in Doncaster, the now 62-year-old belonged to a middle-class family and was known for his bad behaviour in school. He was expelled from the private school, Repton Public School, and decided to make use of his passion for writing and interest in cars by training as a journalist with the Rotherham Advertiser. This allowed him to establish the Motoring Press Agency in 1984 which provides motoring editorial to regional newspapers. He also regularly writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun.
What Is Jeremy Clarkson’s Net Worth In 2022?
According to celebritynetworth.com, Clarkson has a net worth of an estimated $70 million (£55.8 million) and earns around $20 million (£16 million) per year. Owning 30% of Top Gear’s rights, he got around 5 to 9 million pounds in dividends per year, on top of his £2.9 million salary. When he left Top Gear, it is reported that he signed a £160 million deal with Amazon Prime to launch his new show, The Grand Tour. From 1998 to 2000 he hosted his own chat show called Clarkson and has also guest presented Have I Got News For You and Who Do You Think You Are?. In 2018, he also replaced the former host, Chris Tarrant, and became the presenter of the ITV show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, which has further contributed to his net worth.
He is currently hosting the Amazon Prime series, Clarkson’s Farm, which was a huge hit when the first series was released in June last year. It has been revealed that Clarkson will be returning for a second season, though the date is yet to be announced.
Known as a family man at heart, he has three children, Finlo, Katya, and Emily, with his ex-wife, Frances Cain. He lives in a huge six-bedroom mansion in Diddly Squat Farm estate, which was built on the site of a Cotswolds farmhouse in Oxfordshire.
However, Clarkson is not the most likeable character. In March 2016, he was fired by the BBC for an ‘unprovoked physical and verbal attack’ that left a Top Gear producer bleeding and seeking hospital treatment after discovering there was no hot food available after a whole day of filming. By this point, he was already on his ‘final warning’ from the BBC. Stirring up many controversies during his time at Top Gear, he previously characterised Mexicans as ‘lazy’ and ‘feckless’ in 2011, used a derogatory word for Asians during its Burma special programme in 2012, and used a racist term when reciting the nursery rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. So, this physical attack was the last straw for BBC producers.
Since then, he has partnered with Amazon Prime and created a new version of Top Gear called The Grand Tour with his presenting buddies, Richard Hammond, and James May. Embarking on adventures that take their cars on steep cliffs in India to the rugged landscapes of Canada, this series is deemed more popular than Top Gear ever was.