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John Humphrys Salary | Net Worth

John Humphrys Salary | Net Worth

Facts of John Humphrys

Full Name:John Humphrys
Annual Salary:£400,000+
Monthly Salary:£120,000+
Net Worth:$5 million
Date of Birth:August 17, 1943
Birth Place:Adamsdown, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Height:6 feet (183 cm)
Weight:85 kg (187 lbs)
Profession:Welsh broadcaster, Host, News Presenter
Education:Cardiff High School
Partner:EX-Partners: Valerie Sanderson, Catherine Bennett and Sarah Butler-Sloss
Spouse:(Ex-wife) Edna Wilding
Children:Christopher Humphrys, Catherine Humphrys, Owen James
Parents:Winifred Mary Matthews, Edward George Humphrys
Siblings:Bob Humphrys
Star Sign:Leo
Awards:Gold Sony Radio Award

What is John Humphrys Salary?

Classic FM Sunday afternoon’s news presenter, John Humphrys earns an annual salary of £400,000+ or $514,240+. Sometimes he also appears on the weekday’s “More Music Breakfast Show” and receives monthly earnings of £120,000+ or $154,272+. 

John is Britain’s well-known broadcaster. He joined the Classic FM team to share his media journey which broadcasts live every Sunday from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Humphrys was the former highest-paid news broadcaster who received between £600,000 to £649,999 for presenting BBC Radio 4’s Today program. However, Humphrys later deiced to accept a pay cut by half over the past three years (2017-19) which reduced from £600,000+ to £200,000+.

John Humphrys | Net Worth in 2023

Welsh broadcaster, Humphrys has been active in the media field since 1966. Throughout his 57 years of career, Humphrys has earned an estimated net worth of $5 million or £3,889,235.

From 1981 to 1987, John gained fame being the primary presenter for the BBC’s Nine O’Clock News. Similarly, Humphrys also worked on the BBC Radio 4 breakfast program ‘Today’ for 32 years as a news presenter.

Later from 2003 to 2021, Humphrys became the host of the BBC Two Television quiz show titled, “Mastermind“. He hosted a total of 735 episodes on BBC Channel.

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How Much Is John Humphrys’s Assets Worth?

John Humphrys owns a lavish house in West London near Ravenscourt Park. His house is worth $1.5 million or £1,166,634. For the past 20 years, Humphrys and his family lives in their luxurious house which has a garden with Victorian brick walls.

Humphrys also used to own a big 16 acres farm in Carmarthenshire. Later he sold his farm for £265,00 or £2291. Regardless, John Humphrys is living a lavish life. In 2005, John also founded the ‘Kitchen Table Charities Trust’, which is a charity that funds projects to help poor people.

Salary & Net Worth of Reated Journalist

Journalist  Salary  Net Worth  Position 
Allison Langdon Annual: $250,000 Monthly: $800k $4 million Host of A “Current Affair”
Frank Bruni Annual: $110,000+ Monthly: $45,000+ $4 million Host of the “New York Post and “Detroit Free Press” 
Ainsley Earhardt Annual: $6 million Monthly: $2 million $3 million Co-host of the “FOX & Friends First” channel
Charissa Thompson Annual: $700,000 Monthly: $58333 $3 million Sportscaster working for Fox Sports
Richard Wilkins Annual: $80,000+ Monthly: $15,000 $7 million Former Co-host of ‘Today Extra‘, Manager of Stowmarket Town

Books Written By John Humphrys

John Humphrys is also famous as one of the most successful British authors. He owns multiple best-selling books in the United States and other European countries. As a prominent author, John Humphrys earned wages of £24,000 -£37,000.

John Humphrys, Salary
Caption: Author, John Humphrys’s Book (Photo: Amazon UK)

John Humphrys gained fame after he published his first debut book titled, “Devil’s Advocate John Humphrys” in 1999. Similarly, he has published multiple other books such as:

  • Blue Skies and Black Olives” (Published in 2009)
  • In God, We Doubt” (Published in 2007)
  • Lost for Words John Humphrys” (Published in 2004)
  • A Day Like Today: Memoirs John Humphrys” (Published in 2019)
  • Great Food Gamble John Humphrys” (Published in 2001)
  • The Welcome Visitor: Living Well, Dying Well” (Published in 2009)
  • Beyond Words John Humphrys” (Published in 2006)
  • Lost for Words: Mangling and the Manipulating of the English Language” (Published in 2006)

Early Life

British journalist, John Humphrys a.k.a. Desmond John Humphrys was born on August 17, 1943. His hometown is located at 193 Pearl Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff which is the capital city of Wales in the United Kingdom

John also holds British nationality and belongs to Welsh ethnicity. According to his birthdate, Humphrys’s astrological star sign belongs to Leo. Likewise, John also follows Christianity. As of 2023, Humphrys has turned 79 years old.

Family & Brother

John is also the fifth son of Winifred Mary Matthews (Mother) and Edward George Humphrys (Father). John’s father used to work as a conservative voting French polisher while his mother was a former hairdresser. Humphrys also had an older brother named, Bob Humphrys.

Humphrys’s brother was also a famous former Welsh broadcaster and Sports presenter on BBC Wales. Unfortunately, his brother passed away due to lung cancer on August 18, 2008, in Splott, Cardiff, United Kingdom.


John Humphrys went to Cardiff High School which is a comprehensive school located in the Cyncoed area of Cardiff, Wales. John later moved to a local grammar school in Cardiff. 

Although he went to a prestigious school, Humphrys didn’t fit into the middle-class environment so he did not complete his middle school and dropped out at the age of 15.

Early Works

John said he used to be an average student so he decided to not join further studies. Instead, at the mere age of 15, Humphrys joined the media career as a reporter. He first reported local news in the weekly newspaper station known as, “Penarth Times“.

Later, Humphrys worked in a larger regional newspaper station known as, “Western Mail” located in Cardiff. With his excellent talent, Humphrys was cast on the commercial television channel named, “Television Wales and the West (TWW)” located in Wales.

Ex-Wife & Childrens

John Humphrys was married to his wife, Edna Wilding on August 1942. They have two daughters named, Christopher Humphrys and Catherine Humphrys. Unfortunately, they ended their marriage in Sep 1997. John’s son is now a professional cellist while his daughter works as a vegan chef.

After a few years, Humphrys’s ex-wife, Edna passed away because of cancer in Glamorgan, South Wales. John wrote a book titled, “Devil’s Advocate” portraying Edna’s last day, which was published in 2000. Humphrys also dated the prominent presenter of the Newsroom on the BBC World Service, Valerie Sanderson.

John Humphrys, Salary
Caption: Welsh broadcaster. John Humphrys with his ex-wife
(Photo: Daily Mail)

After dating for a while, Humphrys and his partner, Valerie Sanderson had a son named, Owen James. John Humphrys was 56 years old when he became the father of his third child. John also dated a few other media stars such as Catherine Bennett and Sarah Butler-Sloss.  

John Humphrys | BBC Podcast

  • John Humphrys gained fame after he joined the BBC in 1966. He worked as a district reporter for Liverpool and Northwest. He also reported multiple topics such as dock strikes and multiple other national news.
  • John Humphrys has covered multiple news such as ‘the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974‘, ‘the execution of Gary Gilmore in 1977‘, ‘the creation of the new nation of Zimbabwe, and many more.
  • For a few years, John Humphrys covered multiple foreign news as a correspondent and later returned to London in 1980. Then, John Humphrys started working as a ‘British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)‘ Diplomatic Correspondent.
  • In 1981, John Humphrys was promoted as the main presenter of the BBC’s flagship program famous, “Nine O’clock News“.
  • Similarly, John also contributed to multiple media fields such as, “Today“, and “On The Record“, “1991’s Gulf War” where he also volunteer as a presenter on the BBC Radio 4 News FM service.
  • He also appeared in multiple series and films such as, “Da Ali G Show” which aired on 28th April 2000, and the 2013 crime thriller film titled, “Closed Circuit

Media Career

  • From 1993 to 2002, John Humphrys presented the weekly edition of the “On The Record” political TV show.
  • John Humphrys became a temporary replacement host for the famous Engish journalist, David Dimbleby on the “Questions Time“.
  • After extending his contract with the “Today” program John Humphrys appeared in the British comedy spoof-documentary series titled, “The Life of Rock with Brian Pern“.
  • Similarly, John Humphrys has gained huge stardom as an outspoken and challenging interviewer. He has interviewed multiple media socialites and politicians such as Tony Blair, Dame Edna Everage, and David Cameron.
John Humphrys, Net Worth
Caption: Welsh broadcaster. John Humphrys (Photo: Daily Star)

Awards | John Humphrys

In 2000, John Humphrys was named the ‘Journalist of the Year‘ at the award ceremony held by the political news channels, ‘The House and ‘Channel 4‘.

In 2003, Humphrys also received the ‘Gold Sony Radio Award‘ and a silver platter for Crystal Clear Broadcasting from the ‘Plain English Campaign‘.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Did John Humphrys leave ‘Today‘?

⇒ Yes, on February 2019, Humphrys announced his departure from, the “Today” program and said he should have quit years ago. His final episode on Today broadcasted live on 19th Sep.

Who replaced John Humphrys on Mastermind?

⇒ On 6th Feb 2021, Humphrys announced he will leave his position on ‘Mastermind‘ after serving as a host for 18 years. His final episode on the show aired on 26th April 2021. Later, John’s position was given to famous TV presenter, Clive Myrie.

What is John Humphrys doing now?

⇒ After leaving BBC News, Humphrys joined the Daily Mail as a weekly columnist and became a presenter on the three independent National radio stations known as, “Classic FM“.

What is John Humphrys Height & Weight?

59 years old, John has a perfect height of 6 feet (183 cm) and an average body weight of 85 kg (187 lbs).

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