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Jeremy Clarkson is a British journalist, author and presenter. He is best known for the car magazine “Top Gear”, which he moderated until 1999. He co-founded The Grand Tour with Richard Hammond and James May in 2016.
In 2018 he also hosted the quiz show “Who wants to be a Millionaire?”
He also writes for The Sunday Times and The Sun newspapers.
He is known for his sarcastic, provocative comments and criticism of Britain’s transport policy and the environment.
Jeremy Clarkson was born in 1960 in Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire. His mother was a teacher and his father was a traveling salesman. First the parents had a tea shop, later they sold toys about the well-known children’s book character “Paddington Bear”.
He attended private schools, first at Hill House School and then at Repton School. His own mother called him a “troublemaker” and he was also expelled from Repton School.
At first he worked in his parents’ company as a salesman. He didn’t stay long there and trained as a journalist, writing for the Rotherdam Advertiser, the Rochdale Observer and the Shropshire Star, among others.
Today Jeremy Clarkson writes regularly for The Sun or The Sunday Times, whose columns are also published in the Australian newspaper The Weekend. He has also written several humorous books on cars and other subjects.
His real career began when he became the main presenter of the BBC program Top Gear from 1989-1999. The car test program, with Clarkson as presenter, quickly broke all records and became the BBC’s most-watched programme. After a hiatus until 2002, he returned to the show and co-hosted it with fellow co-hosts Richard Hammond, Jason Dawe and James May.
In 2016, Clarkson, Hammond and May founded The Grand Tour, an exclusive show that airs on Amazon Prime Video.
He was also the host of the 2018 quiz show “Who wants to be a billionaire?” The 20-year special was directed by him for a whole week.
One of the highlights of his career is definitely the success of the show Top Gear, which has not only delighted millions of Brits but is also broadcast around the world. Clarkson is hailed as the “veteran of automotive journalism.”
In 2006 he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Entertainment Performance. In 2007 he was awarded the Tognition Award at the National Television Awards and reportedly earned £1million for the role as presenter on Top Gear that same year. He is said to have received a further £1.7million for books, DVDs and newspaper columns.
He was also the first to reach the North Pole by car with his co-host James May in 2007, which was chronicled in the polar special in Top Gear.
BBC Worldwide awarded Jeremy Clarkson a £4.8m dividend and £8.4m share purchase in 2014.
The series “The Grand Tour on Amazon” founded by him and his colleagues Richard Hammond and James May has been running since 2016 and is available worldwide.
Jeremy Clarkson is known for his provocative, sarcastic and politically incorrect sayings. A few of his most famous quotes are as follows:
“Speed has never killed anyone. Coming to a sudden stop, that’s what gets you.”
“Ferrari, for me, that’s a slimmed-down version of God.”
“Americans are too fat and styleless to build decent cars.”
“Life is never so bad that Germany would be better.”
Of the Aston Martin DB9 he said: “It’s not actually a race car, it’s pure pornography.”
“Having an Aston Martin parked outside without driving it is a bit like having Keira Knightley in bed and sleeping on the couch yourself.”
His opinion on the Segway: “It was invented in America. It’s clear: this is how fat Americans can move to the fridge without expending a lot of energy.”
His take on the environment: “Sports cars are there to melt the polar ice caps, kill the poor, poison water, deplete the ozone layer, wipe out endangered species, retake the Falkland Islands and turn the entire Third World into a vast uninhabitable desert to transform. And all before they rob all the oil in the world.”
Derogatory remarks made by Jeremy Clarkson about the residents of Nordfolk led some to form the We Hate Jeremy Clarkson Club.
He is ranked 74th on the Guardian’s list of the 100 most powerful people in the media industry.
According to some critics, his influential comments are responsible for Vauxhall’s Rover and Luton manufacturing plants closing. Workers hung an “anti-Clarkson campaign” banner outside the closed Longbridge plant.
In 2011, Clarkson was ranked 49th on Motor Trend Magazine’s Power List, a list of the 50th most influential people in the automotive industry.