Jeremy Clarkson Net Worth 2020 Biography, Education, and Career
Jeremy Clarkson Net Worth 2020 – Jeremy Clarkson is a British journalist, TV broadcaster, and writer, better known as a motoring journalist.
He became a known face after appearing as a presenter in ‘BBC’s ‘Top Gear,’ from 1988 to 1998 and then from 2002 to 2015.
Biography – Early Life/Biography
Jeremy Clarkson was born on April 11, 1960, in Doncaster, Yorkshire. His mother, Shirley Gabrielle, worked as a teacher. His father, Edward Grenville Clarkson, was a traveling salesman. The family also had their own business, selling tea cozies, which was going nowhere.
They had no idea how they would pay for Jeremy’s education.
When Jeremy was 13, he received a Paddington Bear stuffed toy as a gift from his parents. This was the beginning of business enterprise their family started soon after.
The business turned profitable, and its financial crisis ended. Jeremy attended the ‘Hill House School’ in Doncaster and then joined ‘Repton School.’
Initially, he was a shy and silent child. He was subjected to extreme bullying at ‘Repton School.’
He became suicidal and contemplated killing himself on many occasions. However, he then decided to loosen up and eventually found himself in a bad company.
The school was far away from his house. Living alone had a drastic impact on his mind, and he soon turned into a mischievous young kid. He smoked, drank, and created a ruckus in his school.
Although he was good at academics, the school management grew tired of his behavior. He was expelled from the school shortly before his A-level exams.
He moved back with his parents and joined the family business of making and selling toys, as a traveling salesman. After a few years, he lost interest in the business and focused on his real interest, cars.
In 1984, from the savings that he had accumulated while working with the family business, he started the ‘Motoring Press Agency’ with journalist Jonathan Gill.
They conducted road tests on cars and wrote about them in local newspapers and magazines.
The business started to boom. He then trained himself in journalism with ‘Rotherham Advertiser.’
He is most widely known as the host of the internationally acclaimed sports car show Top Gear.
Top Gear is consistently one of the most viewed television shows in the world. When you add international replays, an estimated 350 million people tune in to each episode.
Considering the show’s reach, Clarkson’s Top Gear salary is a surprisingly modest $4 million per year. But don’t feel too bad for Jeremy.
In addition to his base salary, Clarkson actually owned 30% of the rights to Top Gear. That means he gets a cut of profits from all licensing deals, DVD sales, syndication, and merchandise.
On top of his base salary, Clarkson typically earns an additional $7.5 – $13 million per year in dividends and bonuses from the show.
In 2013, the BBC (which already owned 50% of the show) bought out all outstanding stakes to take full control of the Top Gear Empire.
This transaction netted Clarkson roughly $21 million. Clarkson co-presented on Top Gear from 2002 to 2015. He is also a journalist who has written columns for The Sun and The Sunday Times.
After his contract with Top Gear was not renewed, Clarkson co-formed the production company W. Chump & Sons in order to produce and star in the television series The Grand Tour for Amazon Video.
Clarkson has owned several luxury vehicles including a Range Rover TDV8 Vogue SE, Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser, Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, Lotus Elise 111S, BMW M3 CSL, Mercedes CLK63 AMG Black, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, Ferrari F355, Aston Martin Virage, Lamborghini Gallardo, Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV6, McLaren 675LT, and more.
Jeremy Clarkson has a net worth of $60 million.