BEAT The Chasers host Bradley Walsh has become one of Britain’s top TV earners having made a cool £8.5million last year from his production company and property firm.
The latest accounts for the 59-year-old's Wingit Productions, which he runs with wife Donna, show his earnings were up £2million on the previous year – not bad considering it was worth £180,000 12 years ago.
A source told the Daily Star: "Viewers love Bradley – so at contract time he can always negotiate a tasty new deal."
Bradley has front popular ITV quiz show The Chase for 11 years and now the series' spin-off Beat The Chasers.
The Londoner has also hosted Celebrity and Family spin-off versions of The Chase, and presented another ITV quiz show called Cash Trapped in 2016-17 which was "based on an original idea by Bradley Walsh".
He also plays Dr Who’s assistant Graham O’Brien alongside the first female to play the lead role, Jody Whittaker.
Together the pair attracted more than eight million viewers in the first week and then 7 million for the second episode.
Aside from his hosting duties, Bradley's music career has hit the right notes with his bank account.
His first album Chasing Dreams, which was covers of jazz standards sold 110,000 copies and was the best selling debut album by a British artist in 2016 – beating Zayn Malik’s first solo effort.
Bradley's second offering, When You're Smiling, in 2017 contains mainly covers of songs, by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett.
In 2016, he received £6.5m from the closure of company Elevenses.
It is an incredible rise for Walsh, who as recently as 2000 was living in a £98,000 terraced house in East London.
He now owns a five-bedroom mansion with pool in Essex, having sold his last home for £2.45 million five years ago. In 2019, ex-footballer Bradley bought £400,000 of land near the M25.
He started in TV in 1988, also acting in Corrie and Law & Order: UK.
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