After Leaving the BBC, Richard Hammond Paid Himself 2.5 Million Pounds
We're all aware of the Jeremy steak punching, everyone leaving Top Gear, BBC saga from 2015. That's all in our rear view mirrors now, but it turns out that one of the boys did not leave empty handed.
It was revealed today that after leaving the BBC, one Richard Hammond treated himself to £2.5 million. I can't really blame him; after a long career had seemingly ended (and The Grand Tour was not even an idea yet), I would most certainly want to treat myself as well.
Hammond took two dividend payments of £1.918 million and £527,000 from his TV company, Hamster’s Wheel Productions, of which he and his wife Mindy are the only shareholders. Hamster's Wheel productions was left with £2.3million profits after the payouts, and taxes (£18,000 in tax last year and £243,000 the previous year).
It seems Hammond's production company is quite lucrative, seeing as how Hamster was paid £500,000 a year for Top Gear, which seems like a surprisingly small amount for a show of its stature!