Piers Morgan’s Net Worth AND 16 Things You Didn’t Know About Mr Morgan!
From Piers Morgan’s net worth to his world record, here are 16 things you didn’t know about the controversial presenter…
It’s no secret that many of us feel complete and utter contempt towards Piers Morgan – to say the British journalist is a divisive figure is to put it lightly!
There’s no denying that, in recent years, since being unceremoniously sacked from his job at The Mirror, the man that Britain loves to hate has carved out a pretty impressive CV. His shows include the exclusive (and often very emotional) Piers Morgan Life Stories, a regular slot on Good Morning Britain and time as a judge on America’s Got Talent.
But what does the controversial presenter get up to when he’s not tweeting offensive statements about baby carriers or feuding with Jeremy Clarkson – we’re unveiling 16 facts about the man himself…
1. He Was Named After An F1 Driver
Piers Morgan was born on March 30 1965, Piers was named after British racing driver, Piers Courage. Probably not the most inspiring figure to be named after, given he only managed two wins in 29 World Championship Grand Prixs!
2. He Used To Be A Lumberjack
The words ‘Piers Morgan’ and ‘Lumberjack’ don’t really go together, do they? Well, try to imagine Piers in a chequered shirt logging trees and baggings mushrooms…
3. He Was The Youngest Ever Editor
We thought winning the Celebrity Apprentice was an achievement…
After a successful few years on Fleet Street, Morgan was promoted to the editor of the News of the World at just 28 years old – becoming to youngest editor of a national newspaper in 50 years! A ruthless attitude, controversial opinions and a lack of sympathy for the privacy of celebs – sounds like a winning formula, no?
4. His Fame Propelled As He Was Fired!
We all remember the scandal relating to hoax photos of soldiers that led to Morgan’s dismissal at The Daily Mirror (now recognised as just The Mirror), as well as his (disgraced) name being propelled into the public eye.
Oh – and there was that phone hacking scandal when Morgan worked for Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World. But the now-presenter managed to turn the tables, using his notoriety to drive his career forward.
5. He’s Got A Huge Net Worth – £13 Million!
He’s written 8 books, he been an editor for some of the largest tabloids in the country and he’s been part of TV shows across the world (Piers Morgan Tonight, Piers Morgan Life Stories, Pier Morgan: Serial Killers – you get the gist…) – but it still comes as a surprise that Morgan’s net worth is a whopping £13 million.
6. He Grew Up Without A Dad
Sadly, Morgan’s father passed away when he was young, but his mother went on to remarry and Piers took his new stepfather’s surname. He grew up in Sussex, England with his older brother, mother and stepfather.
7. He Had A Privileged Upbringing And Studied At Harlow College
If you hadn’t already guessed from his (rather posh) voice, Piers attended a number of highly regarded schools, including Cumnor House. He then went on the study – surprise, surprise – journalism at Harlow College.
8. He Started His Career At Lloyds
Starting his soon-to-be successful career at Lloyd’s of London, Morgan opted to begin freelance reporting for different major publications. He then joined the Surrey and South London Newspaper Group as a reporter for South London news.
9. He’s A DIE HARD Conservative
This may (or may not) come as a massive shock to you. After working for The Mirror – a Labour-supporting Newspaper – Morgan remains a strong advocate for the Conservative Party; he maintained his admiration for former prime minister Margaret Thatcher during his time working for The Mirror.
10. He’s A Donald Trump Fan
Trump fans in the UK are few and far between, but if someone’s going to be – it’s going to be controversial wind-up merchant Piers Morgan, who – by the way – share Donald Trump endorsements all over his social media.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 26, 2019
11. He Left His Ex-Wife Marion For A Fellow Journalist
Piers has three sons with ex-wife Marion, whom he left for Guardian journalist Marina Hyde. The pair later split and Piers met his current wife Celia Walden in 2006.
12. He’s Football Mad
Morgan is also an avid fan of Arsenal F.C. But – surprise, surprise – he’s even caused tension in his favourite football club.
He was a fierce critic of former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, calling for his sacking on many occasions. It doesn’t stop there…
When Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey met Morgan in 2015, Ramsey refused to shake his hand because of the criticism he and his former manager received from Morgan during the 2012–13 season. Morgan has responded to his insult by calling Ramsey ‘whatshisname’. Sounds like Piers…
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This just arrived in the post: From my all-time Arsenal hero Dennis Bergkamp’s personal shirt collection, with ‘The Invincibles’ Premier League Champions logo on the sleeve. I must have had greater moments in my life but none immediately springs to mind. Thanks Dennis & thanks @elisedunweber. #afc #arsenal #bergkamp
13. He Hates Journalists
Yep, even by Morgan’s standards, this statement was particularly baffling. Despite gaining fame (and establishing a career) in the journalism industry, Piers certainly doesn’t hold back on his opinions of the former jobs:
“I love journalists, they are a bunch of venal reptiles and I love wallowing in their pit”
14. He Doesn’t Realise How much He’s Disliked
Piers claimed to have been shocked when a recent poll named him the 12th ‘Most Pointless Celeb In The World’ – that’s a pretty impressive achievement! He revealed:
“To discover that I was higher on the list than Ulrika Jonsson, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Lee Ryan was so shocking I needed to lie down for half an hour and contemplate various forms of suicide.”
Sarcastic or not, we’ll probably never know.
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So… after our little Twitter spat a few months ago, we randomly bumped into each other in a LA restaurant last night, she joined me for ‘a chat’ & 2 hours later we were still chatting. We laughed, we argued, she cried, I nearly did, the drinks flowed & we bonded. Turns out we really like each other. Weird. Thank u @arianagrande – next?
15. He’s Been Investigated Before
In 2000, Piers was the subject of an investigation after journalist Suzy Jagger wrote a story in The Daily Telegraph revealing that Piers had bought £20,000 worth of shares in the computer company Viglen. His purchase came before the Mirror’s “City Slickers” column tipped that Viglen was a good investment.
The Press Complaints Commission found that Piers was in breach of the Code of Conduct on financial journalism. But surprisingly (or not at all considering who it was), Piers kept his job.
16. He’s Helped Susanna Reid’s Confidence
Since working with Piers Morgan, Susanna has really come out of her shell.
In a recent interview with The Express, she mentioned that Piers had ‘unleashed her’:
“The Piers Effect has certainly helped me shed my fear – he’s urged me to unleash my opinions, he’s unleashed me.”
It’s nice to see that Piers has some positive points as a co-worker!