TV hardman Ant Middleton has proved where there’s muscle there’s brass – by raking in £5million over the last two years.
The SAS: Who Dares Wins host, who pocketed £1.2m in 2018, has earned £3.8m in the last 12 months. Ant, 39, has just paid himself a yearly dividend of £1.1m, and he has borrowed £2.4m from his business coffers, investing £66,000 in a property, accounts reveal.
The ex-Para, Royal Marine and SBS hero has racked up huge profits from his hit TV shows and money-spinning books, including his 2018 autobiography First Man In: Leading From The Front. The dad-of-five is chief instructor on the reality military training TV show, first broadcast in 2016. But he has helped his former military bosses remain well-funded too – by forking out nearly £1m in tax.
His change in fortunes is a far-cry from when he stole from the piggy bank of his daughter in order to buy a pint of milk.
The hunky TV star opened up about his former financial woes last month.
Appearing on Eddie Hearn's No Passion, No Point’ podcast last month, Ant spoke about the moment he stole from his daughter after coming out of prison in 2013.
He shared: "I remember when I got out of prison, I remember opening the fridge and literally having no milk for the kids and I had to get my daughter’s penny jar and smash it open and get all the 20 pences and all the 50 pences.
"I had to literally accumulate all those to get two pints of milk until I waited for my next pay cheque and I remember thinking ‘We can’t live like this, I’ve got so much to give.’
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"I was a special forces operator, I know I’ve got a resilient and robust mindset and unique way of thinking so this can never happen again."
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