- Full Name: Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson
- Born: 04/11/1960
- Place of Birth: United Kingdom
- Occupation: Broadcaster, Journalist
- Marital Status: Married
Jeremy Clarkson’s Net Worth History
Jeremy Clarkson has accumulated a net worth of approximately $50 million from successful careers in broadcasting and journalism. He hosted the original motoring show Top Gear from 1988 to 2000 as well as the revamped series, which achieved worldwide success, from 2002 to 2015. Clarkson also writes weekly in The Sun and The Sunday Times – two British newspapers. In addition to journalism, Clarkson has written books on a variety of subjects.
About Jeremy Clarkson
Born in Doncaster in 1960, Clarkson worked as a local journalist before coming to wider attention in 1988, presenting the original series of Top Gear – he had previously been a motoring columnist at the Shropshire Star. Clarkson also hosted his own chat show, Clarkson, in the late 1990s.
Clarkson is most well-known for hosting the new Top Gear alongside Richard Hammond and James May. The show, which began in 2002, became popular due to its factual, yet quirky nature, and it has been broadcast in 214 countries. The Top Gear brand has also been extended worldwide, with multiple countries producing their own versions of the show. The British version has won the National Television Award for the Most Popular Factual Programme four times.
Clarkson’s career has always been subject to controversy and he has made a variety of comments which were deemed to be offensive. Calls for him to be sacked from Top Gear grew in 2014, when he used the word “slope”, in reference to a slanted bridge which happened to have an Asian man on it. The programme apologised for the mark but Clarkson was in hot water once again just two months later when he apparently mumbled the n-word during a recording of Top Gear. After denying he used the word, he said sorry for any offence which may have been caused.
After multiple warnings from the BBC – who produce Top Gear – his contract was not renewed after March 2015, following a “fracas” with Oisin Tymon, who worked on the show. In reaction to Clarkson’s removal, co-hosts Hammond and May also quit the show and the three have signed a deal with Amazon Prime to make a new programme, which is scheduled to begin in 2016.
A popular columnist, Clarkson’s opinions are typically controversial and his delivery is blunt. He has indicated that he is an advocate for small government, sceptical about climate change and against the fox hunting ban. However, despite this, he once said in an interview, “I don’t believe any of what I write, any more than you (Alastair Campbell – an aide to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair) believe what you say.”
One of Clarkson’s most prominent feuds came with British journalist Piers Morgan. In 2004, he punched Morgan at the British Press Awards. The latter eventually called a truce in 2015.
Clarkson married his first wife in 1989, but the two split within a year. He then married Frances Cain in 1993, and they have three children. Cain reportedly filed for divorce in 2014, however, they are currently still married. Clarkson lives in the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire.