Richard Hammond Biography

( 1969 - )
December 23, 2018
First published on:December 23, 2018
by Jorden

Facts of Richard Hammond

Date of Birth: 1969, December 19
Age: 49 years old
Birth Nation: United Kingdom
Birth Name Richard Mark Hammond
Famous Name Richard Hammond
Father Alan Hammond
Mother Eileen Hammond
Nationality British
Ethnicity White
Birth Place Solihull, Warwickshire, England
Currently Working For W. Chump & Sons, Amazon Video
Salary $800,000
Net Worth $30 million
Married to Mindy Hammond
Children Daughters Willow Hammond and Isabella Hammond
Profession Presenter and Journalist
Current City Herefordshire, England
Started career as BBC Presenter
School attended Blossomfield Infant School
University attended Harrogate College of Art and Technology.
Graduated year 1986-1988
Father Nationality British
Mother Nationality British
Full Name Richard Mark Hammond
Horoscope Sagittarius
Birth Date 19 December 1969
Siblings Brothers Andrew and Nicholas
School Location Shirley
No. of Twitter Followers 3.02 million
No. of Instagram Followers 383 k
Show The Grand Tour,
Coworker Jeremy Clarkkson and James May
No. of Siblings Two brothers
Coworker Salary Clarkson salary is $891,000 and James May's salary is $600,000
Other Show Top Gear, Brainiacm, Total Wipeout

Richard Mark Hammond is a famous tv presenter and journalist currently working for W. Chump & Sons, Amazon Video. Known for his appearance in The Grand Tour, Richard Mark Hammond is working for the show since 2016. He is a known tv presenter and mostly appears on the car racing edition with Jeremy Clarkson and James May. Other than working for W. Chump & Sons, Amazon Video, he also hosted shows like Top Gear, Brainiac, Total Wipeout and appears in several Radio shows.

 

The resident of Herefordshire, England, Richard Hammond, reportedly earns around $800,000, as his yearly salary from the network, and as of 2018, he reportedly has an estimated net worth of over $30 million. Hammond was married to his longtime girlfriend Mindy Hammond and has Daughters Willow Hammond and Isabella Hammond with her.

Early Life and Educational History

Richard Mark Hammond was born on 19 December 1969 in Solihull, Warwickshire, England to Alan Hammond and Eileen Hammond. He holds British nationality and belongs to the White ethnic group. Further, Hammond spent his childhood with brothers Andrew and Nicholas. Richard's grandfather is a worker in the Birmingham car industry.

Hammond's father ran a probate business in the New Yorkshire. Richard attended Blossomfield Infant School in Shirley and studied there between age 3-7 and later joined Ripon Grammar School.

After completing high school, he attended the Harrogate College of Art and Technology. and acquired his Bachelor's degree

Richard Hammond Net worth and Salary

Richard Mark Hammond is one of the most popular W. Chump & Sons, Amazon Video anchors who have made a successful career as a presenter. As W. Chump & Sons, Amazon Video is a popular Sports Network, it is well known for paying a heavy amount of salary to its sportscasters.

As Richard Mark Hammond is a regular W. Chump & Sons, Amazon Video presenter, he earns a decent amount of salary from the network.

The British tv presenter/anchor Richard Mark Hammond has an estimated net worth of $30 million. As of 2018, the reporter receives an annual salary of $800,000 from his successful reporting career with W. Chump & Sons, Amazon Video.

Together with his wife Amanda " Mindy" Hammond, the shareholder of the TV company Hamster's Wheel Productions, Richard was reported to have earned two dividend payments of $2.6 million and $715,648 from his own TV company and The Grand Tour in 2017.

Further, W. Chump & Sons, Amazon Video reporter receives an added sum of money from his radio and TV guest appearances as a sports pundit too.

Also read: Richard Hammond Net Worth and Salary, Cars, Properties

Richard Mark Hammond works alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May at W. Chump & Sons, Amazon Video. And as of now, Jeremy Clarkson and James May reportedly receive an annual salary of $891,000 and $600,000 respectively.

Car Collection

Hammond is a car lover and has a huge collection of expensive and latest cars. Richard has spent $94,905 to his Defender 110 "Buster" repairing in 2008. Toyota Corolla Liftback bought in 1976 was his first car. Besides, his list of cars is mentioned below:

  • 1931 Lagonda 2-litre Supercharged
  • 1942 Ford GPW
  • 1963 Opel Kadett, a car he bought for Top Gear's Botswana special, shipped from Botswana to the UK.
  • 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 in Highland Green
  • 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
  • 1969 Jaguar E-Type
  • 1979 MG Midget
  • 1985 Land Rover Range Rover Classic
  • 1999 Lotus Esprit 350 Sport
  • 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8
  • 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  • Bentley S1
  • Land Rover 110 Station Wagon
  • Land Rover Discovery 4 SDV6 HSE

Alongside cars, he has a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter in his possession which he bought in 2009 is worth $197,000.

CAPTION: Herefordshire Home SOURCE: Born Rich

Bike Collections

Let's take a look towards the bike collection of Richard Hammond and is listed below:

  • 1925 Sunbeam Model A
  • 1947 Harley Davidson
  • 1951 BMW R51, with a 600cc conversion
  • 1959 Norton Dominator
  • 1962 Triumph Bonneville
  • 1970s Moto Guzzi 750 S
  • 1974 Kawasaki Z900
  • 1976 BMW R90S
  • 1976 Honda Gold Wing
  • 1976 Kawasaki Z900
  • 1976 Moto Guzzi Le Mans
  • 1990 BMW K100RS
  • 1991 Suzuki GSX-R1100
  • 1992 Kawasaki ZXR750
  • 1998 Ducati 916 SPS Fogarty Replica
  • 2014 Norton Commando 961 SE
  • Brough Superior SS100
  • Ducati 900 Super Sport Desmo
  • Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
  • Suzuki GS1000
  • Vincent Black Shadow
  • Yamaha Virago

In addition, Hammond has a mock castle in Herefordshire and an apartment in London. Moreover, he has a villa in Saint Tropez. Later, he bought Bollitree Castle in $2.71 million located near Weston under Penyard, Ross-on-Wye on 2012 October and also a 6 bedroom house in $1.63 million. Herefordshire.

Richard Hammond Professional Career

Richard has worked for a lot of BBC Stations like Radio Cleveland, Radio Leeds, Radio York, Radio Lancashire, Radio Cumbria, and Radio New Castle. Later that he started presenting for The Gear Show in 2002.

Hammond is often referred to as The Hamster by his fans because of his hamster-like behavior. Followed by a high- speed dragster crash while filming near York in September 2006, he returned to a hero's welcome in the first episode of series 9 with dancing girls, airplane stairs and fireworks.

BBC intention not to renew the contract of Hammond after it expired on 2015, 31st March but later BBC confirmed all three presenters will be seen on the show airing on 28 June 8 p.m. in U.K. and in the U.S.A on 13 July at 9 p.m. 

Richard was injured in his vehicle Vampire after it crashed on 2006, September 20 during his filming of Top Gear Segment at the former RAF Elvington Base and was traveling with a speed of 288 mph (463 km/h). Some accounts indicated that the accident occurred during an attempt to break the British land speed record, but the Health and Safety Executive report on the accident found that Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman vetoed it due to risks and complexities.

The car crashed after he was in his final run to complete his footage, where his right tyre failed. After the incident, the rescue team found him and took him by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to the Leeds General Infirmary's neurological Unit. He was visited by his family and his co-presenters James May and Jeremy Clarkson.

Later the devastating car crash was shown in the first episode of Top Gear on 2007, 28th January. On The Edge: My story, containing direct accounts of the crash, immediate aftermath and his recovery from both Hammond and his wife, was published later that year. He appeared in the show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross saying that he was a bit fighty after being in a coma for over 2 weeks.

Hammond reported memory loss, depression during his interview with The Sunday Times. Richard was the first presenter of Brainiac (Science Abuse) and later he was co-hosted by Jon Tickle and Charlotte Hudson in 2nd series. He left the show after signing a contract with BBC and his place was given to Vic Reeves.

Besides working for Top Gear show Hammond also presented Motor Week on Men and Motors, Crufts dog show, British Parking Awards, School's Out, The Gunpowder Plot, Should I Worry About?, Time Commanders, Petrolheads, Richard Hammond and the Holy Grail, 

In addition, with co-presenter Mel Giedroyc Richard fronted Richard Hammond's 5 O'clock Show, airing on weekdays between 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and was voted one of the Top 10 British TV Talents. He nominated along with Andy Hamilton and Kelvin MacKenzie for being one of the co-presenter of BBC Radio 4's Woman Hour and later defeated to Andy.

Besides, Richard also appeared in different advertisements including Morrisons supermarket and shows like Ashes to Ashes and he also filmed several tv commercials for the Telecom New Zealand new XT UTMS mobile network. 

He also hosted US series Wipeout, alongside Amanda Byram and also a kids game show Richard Hammond's Blast Lab and three episodes of the Richard Hammond's Invisible Words on March 2010. 

Some of the roles as a presenter were in the game show Time Commanders a modified version of  Creative Assembly's Rome, online technology series Richard Hammond's Tech Show, Richard Hammond's Journey to the Centre of the Planet, Richard Hammond's Crash Course, Planet Earth Live alongside Julia Bradbury, Science of Stupid for the National Geographic Channel, Wild Weather with Richard Hammond, Richard Hammond's Jungle Quest for Sky 1 supported by Sky Rainforest Rescue.

Hammond fell from the bike while filming The Grand Tour and got injures in the head, on March 2017 and later crashed a Rimac Concept One on 2017, June 10 during The Grand Tour, in Hemberg. Besides, being a tv presenter. Richard also wrote several books on Bikes and Cars, Children's, and Biographies.

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 He also developed Video games and appeared on several television advertisements.

Richard Hammond Personal Life

Richard Mark Hammond married Mindy Hammond after a long romantic affair in 2002. Exact details regarding their first date are not available. The couple has two daughters Willow Hammond born on 2003 July, 22 and Isabella Hammond.

Richard has been in accidents twice and got some psychic problems. The lovely pair has successfully celebrated 16 years of togetherness and besides, there are no rumors heard of their separation.

CAPTION: Richard with his wife Amanda SOURCE: Sunday Times Driving

The famous tv presenter Richard Hammond is 5 feet 6 inches tall in height and is a charming figure. Other than being a famous tv presenter and journalist, Hammond is quite popular in social media. Moreover, he has millions of followers in his Twitter account.

In addition, he owns different animals in his Bollitree farms like horses, dogs, chickens, ducks, cats, sheep and peacocks. 

Hammond's hobbies include playing guitar, riding motorbikes and driving cars. He has a helicopter license as well.

Hammond is engaged in charity works as well. He is the ambassador of the UK's The Children's Trust, Tadworth. Richard Hammond currently, lives in Herefordshire, England, along with his family, and has a beautiful home there.

Controversies

Besides being a famous journalist, Hammond is quite involved in controversies because of his speeches. His first controversial talk was about Mexican car as he said: "No one would ever want to own a Mexican car". Hammond pointed Mexican cars to be "lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight and looking like a cactus" 

After this annoying statement, Ambassador of Mexico Eduardo Medina Mora to London demanded an apology from the BBC to the Mexican people.

Later, referring to the interior design of a Rolls Royce co-presenter, Clarkson joked that " the only problem is that you couldn't enjoy a Magnum ice cream chocolate in one of them"– to which Hammond replied: " It's okay, I don't eat ice cream.

Peter Tatchell, the LGBT rights campaigner, accused Hammond of " pandering to prejudice," adding that " it is a perverse world when everyday pleasures like ice cream become the culmination of homophobic innuendo. In an interview with Newsweek Today, Richard refused to make homophobic comments and refused to apologize for the comments: " I completely refuse any criticism that I am anti-gay.

Facts About Richard Hammond

  • Birthdate: 19 December 1969
  • Birthplace: Solihull, Warwickshire
  • Salary: $800,000
  • Net worth: $309 million
  • Profession: TV Presenter and journalist
  • Wife: Amanda Hammond
  • Children: Two daughters Willow Hammond and Isabella Hammond
  • Height: 5 feet 6 inch
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