The Sunday Mirror's Rich List

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The Sunday Mirror's



Who are Britain's richest people? From

TV stars to the new internet millionaires, from the world of pop, business, sport and the media, find out what they are worth, what they earn, and how they spend it in our brilliant 16-page magazine


Annual Earnings

1 Jim Davidson

pounds 3.5 million

The BBC were so keen to keep hold of the naughty Generation Game and Big Break host that they gave him a "golden handcuffs" deal worth pounds 1 million a year. Four times married Jim, 45, is paid extra for a series of specials. The cockney comedian supplements his income by touring the country with his one-man show. He also has his own production and sound companies. He lives in a mansion near Dorking, Surrey.

2 Frank Skinner

pounds 3.4 million

Canny funnyman Frank, 43, became the highest-paid TV chat show host in January when he signed a second deal with ITV for a live slot with his old friend David Baddiel. He'd already agreed a big contract to present his chat show (pounds 6 million for three series) after being lured away from the BBC, who baulked at his wage demands. He still earns big money as a stand-up comic. The former factory lathe operator has two flats, one in North London and one in Birmingham where he stays when he goes to watch West Bromwich Albion's home games.

3 Carol Vorderman

pounds 3 million

Ms Mental Arithmetic gets pounds 1 million a year for Channel 4's Countdown - filmed over just 40 days. Her other TV series, including Better Homes and Better Gardens, plus videos, adverts and books and a newspaper column means that she is Britain's top female earner. The married mum of two, 39, lives in a large house in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and describes herself as "driven".

Chris Tarrant

pounds 3 million

Hosting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has sent Chris, 53, rocketing up the TV pay league. He gets pounds 1 million a year for the hit series, on top of the pounds 1.5 million from his Capital Radio show. Other TV and advertising work means he hits the pounds 3 million mark. He lives in Esher, Surrey, with his second wife Ingrid and their six children.

4 Chris Evans

pounds 2.6 million

The Warrington council house lad sealed his rise from radio station teaboy to media mogul by pocketing pounds 75 million in January. TFI Friday host and Virgin Radio boss Chris, 33, netted the cash by agreeing the merger of his Ginger Media Group with the Scottish Media Group, boosting his fortune to pounds 88 million.

5 Delia Smith

pounds 2.5 million

With a 25-year TV career behind her, the matron saint of English cooking is as skilled at making money as she is at chocolate cakes. She will become even richer when the royalties start rolling in from How To Cook Book Two, which clocked up 850,000 in advance orders. She could increase her estimated pounds 25 million fortune this year by floating Norwich City, the football club she controls with husband Michael. Yet they still live in the same Suffolk cottage they bought for pounds 4,000.

David Baddiel

pounds 2.5 million

Skinner's fantasy football friend David, 35, will become even richer with his new programme with Frank - plus the money he gets from touring. He has also agreed a pounds 5.5 million production package to write and star in a sitcom for Sky TV and has been promised a sizeable chunk of the cash. He still lives in the flat he shared with Skinner in North London, but now with his girlfriend.

6 Cilla Black

pounds 2 million

Hit shows like Blind Date and Moment Of Truth have made Cilla, 56, the queen of light entertainment, putting her in the pounds 2 million-a-year bracket. When she wants to escape her Buckinghamshire mansion, she has a Spanish villa and an apartment in Barbados. …