LOADED Paul Hollywood made £9.1 million last year – over NINE times more than the rest of the Great British Bake Off presenters.
The controversial celebrity baker’s love life might be up and down but he sure knows how to make plenty of dough.
His main company HJP Media LLP was valued at just under £7.3 million last year while his other firm Paul Hollywood Limited made a profit of £1.8 million, meaning he’s currently worth £9.1 million.
Last month, the 53-year-old was granted a ‘divorce nisi’ from his wife Alexandra after 19 years of marriage – with the pair reportedly still arguing over her demands for a £5 million payout.
He earns £400,000 a year on Bake Off after signing a £1.2million deal with Channel 4 over three years to be the main judge after the show left the BBC.
Paul quit the BBC in 2016 after they paid him less than £100,000 for his part in the show.
He was modestly paid at the BBC because the show is classed as a factual programme, meaning its budgets are lower.
But now Paul’s huge earnings dwarf all his fellow Great Bake Off stars.
The next richest is Mighty Boosh comedian Noel Fielding, 46, who made £813,000 from his two companies, Fantasy Man and Secret Peter Ltd.
Co-presenter Sandi Toksvig, 61, raked in £177,000 from her firm, Michaelmas Productions Ltd.
How Paul Hollywood made his fortune
Paul earns £400,000 a year as the main judge on The Great British Bake Off
He is the author of seven bestselling cookbooks from 100 Great Breads to A Baker’s life
Paul sells customised merchandise including bakeware, baking mixes and has a range of bread coming out
He is a guest speaker at food festivals including the BBC Good Food Show and The Cake and Bake Show
In 2013, he presented Paul Hollywood’s Bread (BBC2) and Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds (BBC1), he also appeared on The American Baking Competition on CBS as a judge
Meanwhile, Paul’s fellow judge Prue Leith, 79, has ran 25 different businesses over the years, according to Companies House, but she only has one currently active, Prue Ltd, which has yet to file any accounts.
The baker was back with his co-judge Prue Leith putting the 13 new bakers to the test in the famous white tent.
They kicked off the show with a hilarious homage to The Wizard of Oz, with Noel Fielding dressed as Dorothy and Paul as Tin Man.
The 53-year-old has been embroiled in a bitter break up from his former barmaid girlfriend over the summer.
The Sun exclusively revealed earlier this month that Summer and Paul had split after the Bake Off star demanded she signed legal paperwork banning her from ever discussing their romance.
His request sparked an explosive bust-up, with Summer refusing to put pen to paper on the document and instead leaving the home they shared in Kent.
They have since been locked in a furious row with the beauty even threatening to sue Paul for his claims she deliberately “courted” media attention.
Summer posted on Instagram: “I am very disappointed and distressed by false and highly defamatory statements that Paul has made about me online since our break-up.
“I have had no alternative but to instruct my solicitors Brett Wilson LLP to pursue legal proceedings against Paul in order to obtain vindication.
“I have never courted publicity over my relationship with Paul and I am deeply disappointed that our relationship has ended in this way.”
Paul has refused her access to luxury items including a £100,000 Range Rover and £9,000 hot tub, bought for her as gifts.
He ended his marriage to wife Alexandra for 24-year-old Summer after meeting in their local pub.
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