Graham Norton ‘doesn’t like’ being on BBC high earners list with £28m net worth

Graham Norton and the Eurovision Song Contest go hand-in-hand.

With his cheeky humour, the five-time BAFTA winner has entertained Brits with his commentary of the music contest since he took over from Terry Wogan in 2008.

The Irishman is also a much-loved chat show host whose show The Graham Norton Show sees a stream of A-listers grace his famous red sofa.

The Graham Norton Show has produced hundreds of episodes, featuring celebs like David Beckham, Hugh Grant and Emma Stone.

It will comes as no surprise that the comedian takes home a salary of millions of pounds a year due to multiple streams of income.

Here we take a closer look at his net worth and salary as we prepare for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 to take place this weekend.

Graham Norton net worth

Graham Norton's net worth is an estimated £28.4million, according to wealth website Celebrity Net Worth.

The TV and radio star is one of the BBC's biggest earners, and has recently been taking home an eye-watering salary of £725,000 per year.

In addition, he received £3.23million from his production company So Television in 2019, an increase of £262,755 on the £2.97million he got the year before.

Together with his BBC salary, this means was paid a whopping £3.95million in 2019.

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He sold the company to ITV in 2012 for around £17million, but the Company still lists him as creditor, and he is paid "presenter fees, production fees and royalties", including the fee for his Friday night chat show.

Graham got his first break as a regular comedian on the BBC Radio 4 show Loose Ends in the 1990s.

He went on to win an award for being a stand-in host on a Channel 5 late-night talk show, hosted by Jack Doherty.

One of his most notable TV appearance was playing father Noel Furlong in the iconic channel 4 show Father Ted.

He also fronted chat shows including So Graham Norton and V Graham Norton for Channel 4, before moving to the BBC in 2005.

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After hosting multiple different shows, he landed The Graham Norton Show on BBC Two in 2007, which was moved to BBC One in 2009 when Jonathan Ross was cancelled.

Norton shocked fans when he revealed he was leaving BBC Radio 2 in December 2020 to take up a new role on Virgin Radio.

He had been presenting the show for 10 years, since 2010. This means his salary for this will no longer be made public.

Graham said at the time: "The only thing that was part of the decision was, 'Oh, if I stopped doing this, I'll get off that list. I won't be on that list anymore'. The high earners list, which I didn't like being on, hey, now I'm not.

"So to that extent it made me go, but that was a bonus of leaving, it wasn't the biggest driving force."

Norton will continue to host The Graham Norton Show, be a commentator on Eurovision and be a judge on Drag Race on the BBC.

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