How rich is James May?

Name: James Daniel May
Born: 16 January 1963
Occupation: Journalist, Television presenter, Author, Broadcaster, Musician

James May. Photo: Ignitedfirestarter, Wiki Commons.
James May at a recording of Top Gear. Photo: Ignitedfirestarter, Wiki Commons.

James May was born in Bristol, England, one of four children.  He went to Caerleon Endowed Junior School and continued at Oakwood Comprehensive School located in Rotherham.  He had an early start in music and became a talented pianist and flautist.  He got his start in business at The Engineer, followed by Autocar.  Since that time he has included several other publications, such as Top Gear and Car Magazine, to his resume as a writer.

James has been on many shows narrating, presenting, and co-hosting.  He starred as a presenter on the original Top Gear show in 1999 and has been doing the current Top Gear (co-hosting with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond) show since 2003.  He has also been a presenter on such shows as James May’s Top Toys, Oz and James’s Big Wine Adventures, James May on the Moon, and James May at the Edge of Space, among many others.

In addition to his many jobs presenting, he has written numerous books such as May on Motors: On the Road with James May, Notes From the Hard Shoulder, James May’s Car Fever, and How to Land an A330 Airbus.  In all, James has written 14 books and his show Top Gear is still as popular as ever.  Due to his years in television, writing for magazines and for his own books, we estimate James may to have a net worth of  $3,000,000 (GBP 1,900,000).

So how much is $3 million dollars really?

With James’ love of cars and wine, there is really a lot he could get with his money.  He could buy the most expensive car, a Bugatti Veyron Super Sports for $2,400,000 which we’re sure he’d love and appreciate.  If he purchased the car, he’d still have enough money left over to buy some seriously good, albeit pricey, wine.  The Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France goes for a whopping $14,395 per bottle.  He could buy 41 bottles and still have a bit of change left over for gas.  Let’s just hope for his sake he doesn’t drink the wine, then try out the car.  We imagine they’re expensive to fix.

See also: Jeremy Clarkson.



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