James May Net Worth

James May Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

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 BirthJanuary 16, 1963
Place Of BirthBristol, England, United Kingdom
ProfessionTV presenter, actor, journalist, author
EducationBowland Collage, Lancaster University
SpouseSarah Frater
SiblingsJane May, Sarah May
NicknamesCaptain Slow
TV ShowsTop Gear
1I'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?
2When 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?
3We 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!
4So 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...
5I 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.
6The 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.
7France is a country you have to drive through to get to Italy. That's all it's there for.
8If 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!
9I like luxury. It's the new performance.
1Suffers from fear of heights (Acrophobia).
2Has a degree in music and an incredible wealth of music knowledge. He can play the piano proficiently, although rarely in public.
3Daily driver: BMW i3.
4Fired 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".
5Born in Bristol but grew up in South Wales and South Yorkshire.
6Favourite snack: Hoola Hoops (beef flavour).
7When 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)].
8Fired 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".
9Along with co-presenter of Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson, became the first person to travel up to the magnetic north pole with a car.
10presenting a new series of Top Gear [September 2004]
11He plays flute, piano and saxophone proficiently.
12He 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.
13He is currently training for his light aircraft pilot's license.
14He studied music at Lancaster University.
15He grew up near Sheffield in England.


James May: The Reassembler2016TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Toy StoriesTV 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 People2014TV Mini-Series documentary 3 episodes
James May's Man LabTV Series documentary devised by - 13 episodes, 2010 - 2013 written by - 12 episodes, 2010 - 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
James May's Top Toys2005TV Movie documentary

Music Department

James May's Man Lab2010-2013TV Series documentary composer - 13 episodes


Gran Turismo 62013Video GameNarrator
Forza Motorsport 52013Video GamePresenter (voice)
Phineas and Ferb2013TV SeriesIan
Forza Motorsport 42011Video GamePresenter (voice)


The Sweeney2012stunts


James May: The Reassembler2016-2017TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Grand Tour2016-2017TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Presenter
The Late Late Show with James Corden2016TV SeriesHimself
James May's Cars of the People2014-2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Building Cars Live2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Ten Pieces II2015Himself - Host
Top Gear2003-2015TV SeriesHimself - Presenter / Himself
Toy Stories2009-2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Skavlan2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Top Gear Festival: Sydney2013TV MovieHimself - Presenter
South at Six2013TV SeriesHimself
James May's Man Lab2010-2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Science Club2012TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
The Graham Norton Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Top Gear: The Worst Car in the History of the World2012VideoHimself - Presenter
James May's Things You Need to Know2011-2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Click Online2012TV Series documentaryHimself - TV Presenter
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture2012TV Series documentaryHimself
A Night with the Stars2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The One Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Top Gear: At the Movies2011Video documentaryHimself - Presenter
Formula 1: BBC Sport2011TV SeriesHimself
Top Gear: Apocalypse2010Video documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter, Top Gear (segment "Top Gear")
Top Gear Australia2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Campbell Live2010TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2005-2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - TV Presenter
Shooting Stars2010TV SeriesHimself
The British Academy Television Awards2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
National Television Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Greatest TV Shows of the Noughties2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Have I Got News for You2007-2009TV SeriesHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Xposé2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2009TV SeriesHimself
James May at the Edge of Space2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
James May on the Moon2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Oz & James Drink to Britain2009TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
The Wright Stuff2004-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
James May's Big Ideas2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The British Academy Television Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Loose Women2008TV SeriesHimself
Happy Hour2008TV SeriesHimself
James May: My Sisters' Top Toys2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
James May's Road Trip2006-2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Children in Need2007TV SeriesHimself
The National Television Awards 20072007TV SpecialHimself
This Morning2006-2007TV SeriesHimself
Helicopter Heroes2007TV Series documentaryHimself
James May's 20th Century2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Have I Got News for You: The Inevitable Internet Spin-Off2007TV Series shortHimself
The F Word2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Something for the Weekend2007TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief 2007: The Big One2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Top Gear Of The Pops
The National Television Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Petrolheads2006TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest Presenter
Car of the Year2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
James May's Top Toys2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Should I Worry About...?2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Movies' Greatest Cars2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV's Greatest Cars2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sport Relief 20042004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Stars In Fast Cars
Ready, Steady, Cook2003TV SeriesHimself
Top Gear1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Driven1998TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Top Gear2010-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Presenter
BBC News 8pm Summary2015TV Series shortHimself
The Graham Norton Show2013TV SeriesHimself
Click Online2012TV Series documentaryHimself - TV Presenter
60 Minutes2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter, Top Gear (segment "Top Gear")

Nominated Awards

2007RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest PresenterTop Gear (2002)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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