- Bruce Forsyth
- Net Worth : £17 milliom
- Change : £-279,502 - % -1.6 (Last Updated: 09.23.20 )
- Tv personality
Sir Bruce Forsyth is a British host and entertainer who has a net worth of £17 million.
Showman and TV host Bruce Forsyth was born to Florence Ada née Pocknell and John Thomas Forsyth-Johnson on February 22, 1928 in Edmonton, London. His parents had a car repair garage and were also Salvation Army members, where his dad played brass instruments while his mum was a singer. Forsyth's great-great-great-great grandfather William Forsyth founded the Royal Horticultural Society with a plant (genus Forsythia) named after him.
Forsyth was inspired by Fred Astaire films when he was eight and took to dancing. He stepped into show business at 14, first appearing at the Theatre Royal as "Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom", a one-man song, dance and accordion act. But his first television appearance was on a talent show broadcast from Radiolympia in 1939.
His RAF pilot brother John passed away in 1943 during World War II, but the tragedy did not force Forsyth to leave the stage and he continued performing in theatres and circuses all over the UK. Forsyth himself later went on to serve as a Corporal in the RAF.
In 1958, he began hosting the popular TV show, Sunday Night at the London Palladium, where his £1,000-per-week wages elevated him to one of Britain's highest earning entertainers. Forsyth also acted in films: Star! (1968) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). The 1970s and 1980s saw him hosting big primetime hits, such as The Generation Game (BBC-1971) -- his all-time favourite -- Play Your Cards Right (ITV-1980) and You Bet! (ITV-1988).
Awarded an OBE (1998), CBE (2006) and KBE (2011) and with a career spanning over seven decades, this 'evergreen' legend holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest active television entertainer.
Recently, for the eighth series of hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, he agreed to a £160,000 pay cut, reportedly getting paid £500,000. In contrast, Forsyth's own company Bruce Forsyth Enterprises appears to be profiting year-on-year, grossing £5.4 million in 2013 -- £400,000 higher than in 2012. The large-chinned knight's personal appearances for speeches at parties don't come cheap either, allegedly costing more than £25,000 a pop. He was reportedly paid £500,000 for penning Bruce: The Autobiography (2001). Though long past retirement, this octogenarian has never claimed his £97.65 basic pension.
After ten years with co-host Tess Daly on the hit BBC1 series Strictly Come Dancing, Sir Forsyth bowed out this April, saying that the role was quite taxing at his age.
Nonetheless, he will keep working for one-off BBC specials such as Children In Need and pre-recorded shows of Strictly (for Christmas), aside from three solo projects that will also be screened later this year.
The twice-divorced star with a fitness streak lives with his third wife, a former Miss World from Puerto Rico, Wilnelia (Winnie) Merced, who he married in 1983. He has a total of six children from three marriages. A golf enthusiast, Forsyth owns a £4 million estate near the Wentworth golf course, Surrey. The couple also spend a lot of time in Puerto Rico, where they own two properties.