Name: Stephen John Fry
Born: 24 August 1957
Occupation: English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and business man.
Stephen Fry first came to the public attention in 1982 when he appeared on British television in the show The Cellar Tapes , an adaptation of the revue by the Cambridge Footlights Club with the same name. Since then he has gone from success to success, although he is probably best known outside the UK for his roles in Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder series and as the host of QI.
His first big pay check came when he made nearly GBP 1 million on his rewrite of the musical Me and My Girl.
Stephen Fry is also a hugely successful author. His first novel, The Liar, was published in 1993, and was critically acclaimed. Revenue from his varied book sales are estimated to exceed a total of £ 4 million and has made a Fry an estimated £ 500 000 in royalties.
Fry has also made a fortune from TV ads, earning £ 100 000 just from the M&S 2009 Christmas advert.
Excluding intangible assets, such as the potential future value of copyrights to his work, we are estimating that Stephen Fry has a net worth of around GBP 12 000 000 (USD 20 million as of April 2012).
So how much is 12 million pounds really?
Well, if you are into cars it is enough to buy 8 000 Tato Nanos, the cheapest car in the world. But only enough to buy 8 used Bugatti Veyrons.
If cars’ not your thing, then £12 million pounds is enough to buy you 16 901 408 kilos of carrots. That would give you 646 000 000 calories – or enough to keep Stephen Fry alive for 275 000 days (that’s 750 years). But by the end he might be pretty tired of carrots.
But if Stephen is after calories for money, BigMacs offers a much better deal. He would probably be able to negotiate a bulk discount, but even if he were to just drop by a McDonald’s drive-in in California (where he has a house) he could pick up 5 million BigMacs, offering him a total of about 2 650 000 000 calories – enough for 3100 years of eating.
Fry, though, is a man of some class and BigMacs may not be his thing. So how about Almas caviar from Caviar House & Prunier? They are a steal at only $25 000 per kilo – and Stephen could probably fit $20 million worth in his car (a London taxi) as all he could buy is 800 kilos.
And Fry’s fortune is nothing when it comes to really expensive stuff. 12 million pounds wouldn’t even buy a two bedroom flat in 1 Hyde Park. But we still think Stephen Fry is pretty happy with his bank account balance.
See also: Hugh Laurie.