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James May Net Worth

James May net worth is

$15 Million

James May Wiki Biography

Born in January 1963 in the city of Bristol, England, James May is a TV presenter and a journalist best known for his role in the TV show entitled ‘Top Gear’ that also features Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson. He has also appeared in other TV shows about science and technology, wines, and toys among others.

So, how wealthy is James May? What’s his net worth, as of early 2016? James May is estimated to have a net worth approaching $15 million. Of course he has acquired his wealth thanks to his career as a TV presenter, reportedly paid thousands of dollars to host every show of ‘Top Gear.’ He also writes a column for The Daily Telegraph, in which he discusses the motoring sector.

James May Net Worth $15 Million

James May was born into a family of four children: one brother and two sisters. He joined Caerleon Endowed Junior School located in Newport, and later enrolled at Bowland Collage and Lancaster University, where he studied Engineering. Soon after his graduation, he went to work as a records officer in a hospital located in Chelsea, but his time there was brief. During the early 80s, he worked with The Engineer as a sub-editor, and later moved to Autocar Magazine, where he was fired following a prank he performed. Since then, he has written for numerous publications such as Car Magazine, Top Gear and The Daily Telegraph. All have contributed to his net worth.

In 1998, James May presented a show called ‘Driven,’ which aired on Channel 4. He was then invited to co-host ‘Top Gear’ in 2003 when the show entered its second season. In 2006, he co-hosted ‘London Boat Show,’ which premiered on ITV1. While working as a host in the show, he was nicknamed “Captain Slow” because of his driving style. Although Top Gear was willing to renew his contract in March 2015, James declined in April.

In 2006, James May wrote a book called ‘May on Motor,’ a collection of articles he has published. That same year, he also co-authored ‘OZ and James Wine Adventure,’ a book based on a TV series bearing the same name. He also wrote ‘Long Lane with Turnings’ and ‘Notes from the Hard Shoulder.’ These activities saw him earn a lot of money, increasing his net worth with time.

James May has had tremendous success when it comes to his career as a presenter and journalist. Besides having the opportunity to showcase the latest vehicles by major car manufacturers, newspapers and magazines in the UK have also featured his columns, making him extremely popular. In July 2010, Lancaster University rewarded him an honorary degree.

In his personal life, James May got into a relationship with Sarah Frater, a dance critic, in 2000. Although he lives with her in the district of Hammersmith, West London, they have never married, nor have any kids. His absence in ‘Top Gear,’ continues to be felt. May says that he still loves cars, and will continue to write columns on motors.

Net Worth $15 Million
Date Of Birth January 16, 1963
Place Of Birth Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Height 1.83
Profession TV presenter, actor, journalist, author
Education Bowland Collage, Lancaster University
Nationality British
Spouse Sarah Frater
Siblings Jane May, Sarah May
Nicknames Captain Slow
Twitter https://twitter.com/MrJamesMay
IMDB www.imdb.com/name/nm0561982
TV Shows Top Gear
# Quote
1 I’ve had this thing nearly a week and nothing has fallen off and everything still works. I mean, who the hell do the Italians think they are, anyway? The Germans?
2 When I was a boy and other boys were lying awake wondering how girls worked, I was lying awake thinking about the Triumph TR6. What’s wrong with that?
3 We are British. We are the inventors of everything. It’s time to brace ourselves, hasten unto the shed and liberate ourselves from the abyss made dark by the lights of perverted German science!
4 So now we have the world’s lairiest car on the start of the world’s most gruelling endurance race. At the wheel is the world’s most plastered driver…
5 I am officially Captain Slow on the program. I can drive quite quickly around the track – I’ve done it a bit – but I think fast track driving is a little like playing the bagpipes. A gentleman can, but doesn’t.
6 The reason, I think, that Porsche is the best car is, you know when you drive some cars, you get a sense that the car is smiling, when you’re driving.
7 France is a country you have to drive through to get to Italy. That’s all it’s there for.
8 If you’ve got the brochure for the Hyundai Accent on your coffee table, can I implore you, please, not to do it. Buy a Fiesta, buy a second-hand Golf, go on holiday. Don’t do it!
9 I like luxury. It’s the new performance.
# Fact
1 Suffers from fear of heights (Acrophobia).
2 Has a degree in music and an incredible wealth of music knowledge. He can play the piano proficiently, although rarely in public.
3 Daily driver: BMW i3.
4 Fired from Autocar magazine for putting a hidden message into the road test supplement. The message was created using the drop cap at the start of each article. If you read them together, it spelt, “SO YOU THINK IT’S REALLY GOOD, YEAH? YOU SHOULD TRY MAKING THE BLOODY THING UP. IT’S A REAL PAIN IN THE ARSE”.
5 Born in Bristol but grew up in South Wales and South Yorkshire.
6 Favourite snack: Hoola Hoops (beef flavour).
7 When asked by Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes” (24 October 2010) about the fastest speed he’d ever driven in a car, May confirmed that he reached a top speed of 259.2 mph behind the wheel of a Bugatti Veyron Super Sports at the Volkswagen Group’s test track in Ehra-Lessien, Germany [ep: Top Gear: Episode #9.2 (2007)].
8 Fired from “Autocar” magazine after putting in a hidden message in the 1992 “Road Test Year Book” with the first letter in each review. The message read out, “So you think it’s really good, yeah? You should try making the bloody thing up; it’s a real pain in the arse”.
9 Along with co-presenter of Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson, became the first person to travel up to the magnetic north pole with a car.
10 presenting a new series of Top Gear [September 2004]
11 He plays flute, piano and saxophone proficiently.
12 He owns several cars including a Bentley T2, Fiat Panda, Jaguar XJS, Mini Cooper, Porsche Boxter S, Porsche 911 and a Range Rover. He also owns a Ferrari 458.
13 He is currently training for his light aircraft pilot’s license.
14 He studied music at Lancaster University.
15 He grew up near Sheffield in England.


Title Year Status Character
James May: The Reassembler 2016 TV Series documentary writer – 3 episodes
Toy Stories TV Series documentary 1 episode, 2014 written by – 9 episodes, 2009 – 2014 deviser – 6 episodes, 2009 devised by – 2 episodes, 2011 – 2012
James May’s Cars of the People 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary 3 episodes
James May’s Man Lab TV Series documentary devised by – 13 episodes, 2010 – 2013 written by – 12 episodes, 2010 – 2013 writer – 1 episode, 2013
James May’s Top Toys 2005 TV Movie documentary

Music Department

Title Year Status Character
James May’s Man Lab 2010-2013 TV Series documentary composer – 13 episodes


Title Year Status Character
Gran Turismo 6 2013 Video Game Narrator
Forza Motorsport 5 2013 Video Game Presenter (voice)
Phineas and Ferb 2013 TV Series Ian
Forza Motorsport 4 2011 Video Game Presenter (voice)


Title Year Status Character
The Sweeney 2012 stunts


Title Year Status Character
James May: The Reassembler 2016-2017 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter
The Grand Tour 2016-2017 TV Series Himself – Host / Himself – Presenter
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2016 TV Series Himself
James May’s Cars of the People 2014-2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself – Presenter
Building Cars Live 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself – Presenter
Ten Pieces II 2015 Himself – Host
Top Gear 2003-2015 TV Series Himself – Presenter / Himself
Toy Stories 2009-2014 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter
Skavlan 2014 TV Series Himself – Guest
Top Gear Festival: Sydney 2013 TV Movie Himself – Presenter
South at Six 2013 TV Series Himself
James May’s Man Lab 2010-2013 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter
Science Club 2012 TV Series Himself – Special Guest
The Graham Norton Show 2012 TV Series Himself – Guest
Top Gear: The Worst Car in the History of the World 2012 Video Himself – Presenter
James May’s Things You Need to Know 2011-2012 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter
Click Online 2012 TV Series documentary Himself – TV Presenter
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
A Night with the Stars 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
The One Show 2011 TV Series Himself – Guest
Top Gear: At the Movies 2011 Video documentary Himself – Presenter
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2011 TV Series Himself
Top Gear: Apocalypse 2010 Video documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2010 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter, Top Gear (segment “Top Gear”)
Top Gear Australia 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Campbell Live 2010 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2005-2010 TV Series Himself / Himself – TV Presenter
Shooting Stars 2010 TV Series Himself
The British Academy Television Awards 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
National Television Awards 2010 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
The Greatest TV Shows of the Noughties 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Have I Got News for You 2007-2009 TV Series Himself
The Paul O’Grady Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Xposé 2008-2009 TV Series Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2009 TV Series Himself
James May at the Edge of Space 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself – Presenter
James May on the Moon 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself – Presenter
Oz & James Drink to Britain 2009 TV Series Himself – Presenter
The Wright Stuff 2004-2009 TV Series Himself – Guest Panelist
James May’s Big Ideas 2008 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter
The British Academy Television Awards 2008 TV Special Himself – Presenter
Loose Women 2008 TV Series Himself
Happy Hour 2008 TV Series Himself
James May: My Sisters’ Top Toys 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself – Presenter
James May’s Road Trip 2006-2007 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter
Children in Need 2007 TV Series Himself
The National Television Awards 2007 2007 TV Special Himself
This Morning 2006-2007 TV Series Himself
Helicopter Heroes 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
James May’s 20th Century 2007 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter
Have I Got News for You: The Inevitable Internet Spin-Off 2007 TV Series short Himself
The F Word 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Something for the Weekend 2007 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief 2007: The Big One 2007 TV Special Himself – Presenter: Top Gear Of The Pops
The National Television Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Petrolheads 2006 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 2006 TV Series Himself – Guest Presenter
Car of the Year 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
James May’s Top Toys 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself – Presenter
Should I Worry About…? 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Movies’ Greatest Cars 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
TV’s Greatest Cars 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Sport Relief 2004 2004 TV Special Himself – Presenter: Stars In Fast Cars
Ready, Steady, Cook 2003 TV Series Himself
Top Gear 1999 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter
Driven 1998 TV Series documentary Himself – Presenter

Archive Footage

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2007 RTS Television Award Royal Television Society, UK Best Presenter Top Gear (2002)

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