|Estimated value:||€40 million|
|Country of origin:||United Kingdom|
|Source of Wealth:||Presenter, author, journalist|
Richard Mark Hammond is an English television presenter best known for his television shows Top Gear, Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds, Brainbreakers: The Violence of Science and The Grand Tour. He has a weekly column in The Daily Mirror’s Cars section, which is published on Fridays.
Originally from Shirley, Richard Hammond moved his family (mother Eileen, father Alan, brothers Andrew and Nicholas) to the fair town of Ripon in North Yorkshire in the 1980s where his father owned a notary’s office in the market square. First a student at Solihol School, he moved to the Ripon Literacy School and attended Harrogate College, where he studied photography and television.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Hammond entered television, debuting on the daytime programs Car File and Motorweek on the Men & Motors satellite channel. In each episode, the young presenter talked about cars and the lifestyle of real men, gradually getting used to the atmosphere of the set and learning to work for the camera. In 2002, Richard co-hosted Jeremy Clarkson and Jason Doe on an updated version of the Top Gear Car Show. The fan of technological advances enthusiastically started this new job and showed the skills of a talented interviewer, driver and stuntman from the first season.
During his 12-year television appearances, Richard tested whether a car could be powered by cow dung and whether a limousine could fly over attendees at a wedding ceremony. In one of the 2004 series, Hammond tested the strength of a VW Golf V under artificial lightning strikes. He then played the street version of Russian roulette and set the world record for the number of car overturns at maximum speed.
Unfortunately, these and other experiments were not always safe, and in 2006, on the set of the next installment of Top Gear, Richard nearly took his life in an accident at the former RAF Elvington airbase near York. Hammond drove a fast car and reached 465 km/h. Today it is rumored that he tried to reach the top land speed and break the existing record. As a result, the right front tire blew out and the car crashed.
In spring 2015, after Jeremy Clarkson was fired from Top Gear, co-stars James May and Richard Hammond and producer Andy Wilman left the show. It was long rumored that the trio would create their own car show, until July 2015, when it was revealed that they had all signed an agreement with Amazon. The first season of the new show, titled The Grand Tour, premiered on November 18, 2016. In December 2018, after filming for the third season ended, it was announced that the show had been renewed for a fourth season. However, instead of weekly releases, the show airs in the format of major special episodes without a specific schedule.
On June 10, 2017, Richard Hammond is hospitalized after a serious accident during a mountaineering competition in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Hammond, 47, was driving a $1 million Rimac Concept One sports car, according to local media reports. While driving up the hill, he flew off the road and rolled down the mountain. The power of this car is over a thousand horsepower. The supercar caught fire after the accident and was subsequently completely destroyed. Hammond was able to get out of the passenger compartment before the fire, but fractured his knees. The climbing of the mountain took place during the filming of the Season 2 episode of The Grand Tour.
In August 2019, it was announced that Richard Hammond would be appearing in a new six-episode Amazon show. This will be moderated by Legend Busters star Tory Bellecha. In the show “Great Runaways,” some hosts find themselves on a desert island. They must use all their knowledge and skills to get off the island, relying on found resources and their own workforce.
Sky News and BBC News reported that he was involved in an accident in a Rolls-Royce. A car very similar to the car that holds the British land speed record of 490 km/h. On September 20, 2006, Hammond was seriously injured in a car accident while filming for Top Gear at a former RAF airfield near York. He piloted a jet-powered car that can theoretically travel at speeds of up to 500.5 km/h.
In early 2020, Richard Hammond returned to television after a nearly five-year hiatus. He became the host of his own show “Big and Richard Hammond” on the Discovery Channel. In this program, the presenter travels the world and gets acquainted with the most ambitious and innovative engineering structures, including the American Air Force’s Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, the huge Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, the oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the state-of-the-art stadium of London football team Tottenham Hotspur and more.
|Estimated value:||€40 million|