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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Winner Has Given Most Of His Money Away

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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Winner Has Given Most Of His Money Away

A teacher who became the first winner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in 14 years has already given away most of his money.

Donald Fear, 58, has split the winnings between different members of his family as well as opting to retire early and buy a motorhome - basically, he's living the dream.

According to the Metro, the father of four has handed out £700,000 ($990,000) to relatives.

Donald Fear. Credit: PA
Donald Fear. Credit: PA
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Donald is still living in the same property with his unpretentious Nissan Juke and initially continued in his role as head of history and politics before finally saying goodbye.

When it came to leaving, he said after handing in his notice last year: "The rules are you have to go at the end of a term.

"Actually, I never investigated the possibility of whether it would be possible not to go back at all - but how unfair to my A-level students that would be?"

Asked more recently what the future holds, Donald told the Metro: "I would love to do a safari holiday, go to America and go whale watching and to Australia to watch cricket."

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He's also on a mission to encourage people to take up table tennis and, as chairman of his local club Lilleshall Table Tennis Centre, wants to help the community in doing so.

Donald Fear with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host Jeremy Clarkson. Credit: PA
Donald Fear with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host Jeremy Clarkson. Credit: PA

After winning in September 2020, Fear says that his life hasn't changed and also has his eyes set on... some new patio doors.

Just when you thought he was going extravagant.

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Immediately after his win, Donald and Debs embarked on a caravan trip along the Northumberland coast.

At the time, he said: "We went on holiday to Whitley Bay in a caravan the day after the show.

"We went to an Italian restaurant and lashed out on a bottle of prosecco in the restaurant."

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Credit: PA
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Fear, who lives in Telford, correctly answered all 15 questions on the ITV quiz show which made an almighty comeback with new host Jeremy Clarkson.

Impressively, he only used one of his lifelines which was the 50:50 to win the jackpot which left his two Phone A Friend options and Ask The Host unused.

Following the win, Clarkson said Fear was like 'having the Encyclopedia Britannica sitting opposite me' and added: "It's Google, in a head."

It seems impressive general knowledge runs in the family - Donald's elder brother Davyth won £500,000 ($700,000) as a contestant on the same show back in 2019.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, who wants to be a millionaire

Rebecca Shepherd
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