Richard Hammond is one of the most known English voices and faces. He has appeared in multiple television and radio shows. He is most known for his work in Top Gear. He was the co-host, alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May on the show.
Early Life, Family, and Education
Richard Hammond was born in 1969, on 19th December. His full name is Richard Mark Hammond. He was born in Solihull, Warwickshire in England. His mother’s and father’s names are Eileen Hammond and Alan Hammond. He has two brothers, named Andrew and Nicholas.
Andrew is a Crypt Series writer. The family moved to North Yorkshire in the 1980s. The family went to live with Hammond’s father who was working in his own business there.
Richard went to Blossomfield Infant School based in Shirley. When he was seven years, Hammond went to Solihull School. This was a private boys’ independent school. He also went to Ripon Grammar School and finished his studies in 1986. He joined Harrogate College of Art and Technology.
Personal Life And Relationships
Richard Hammond got married to Amanda Hammond (nee Etheridge). They got married in May 2002. They got married around the time Richard joined Top Gear.
Just like her husband, Amanda also works in the media. She is a columnist and writes for the UK tabloid newspaper The Daily Express. The couple has two daughters; Isabella and Willow.
Rich Hammond Career
Richard Hammond began his career in media, with a local radio station. He joined a number of BBC radio stations where he showed his presenting skills. In 2002, Hammond caught his big break and appeared in the BBC car television show, Top Gear.
Just two years after taking the job, Richard Hammond and his other co-hosts got nominated for a National Television Award in the category of Most Popular Factual Entertainment Programme. Top Gear gained a huge fan base, Hammond and Co. won an International Emmy Award and bagged several other nominations.
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He also appeared on much other Television shows Brainiac: Science Abuse (2003 – 2006), Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections (2008-2012), Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab (2009-2011), Total Wipeout (2009-2011), and many other shows. He appeared in many new shoes Science of Stupid (2014-2015) and The Grand Tour (2016) along with his former Top Gear presenters.
Richard Hammond Accident
In September 2006, Hammond got into a fatal accident when he was filming for a segment for Top Gear. He was traveling at 463 km/h (288 mph) in a dragster at the former Royal Air Force Elvington airbase. His tire burst, resulting in the car getting tumbled.
The car was found partially embedded in the grass. Hammond’s helmet was embedded into the ground. Richard Hammond fully recovered and return back to work. He took on many presenting roles in and out of the United Kingdom.
Richard Hammond Net Worth
Richard Hammond has an estimated net worth of around $40 million. He has a wealthy lifestyle. He owns 2.5 million pounds Herefordshire castle. He also owns a helicopter which he uses to fly to London for work. He also owns an apartment in London and a villa in Saint-Tropez, South of France. He owns many expensive and exclusive cars, that include: 1931 Lagonda 2-litre Superchards, a 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390, a Porshe 911 GT3 RS, and many others.