David Attenborough earned an eye-watering amount per minute from recent TV shows

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Sir David Attenborough may be pushing 100, but he's certainly raking in the big bucks.

Over the span of his illustrious 50-plus year career, the 96-year-old wildlife presenter has become a household name beloved by many, especially with a voice as soothing as his.

Also a biologist and natural historian, Attenborough has worked predominantly with the BBC for the majority of his career - but has, in recent years, added collaborations with platforms like Sky, Netflix, and Apple TV+ to his repertoire.

In a 2008 poll created by The Sunday Telegraph and the British Library, Attenborough was named a National Treasure of the UK - though, he reportedly doesn't like the title.

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Sir David Attenborough has had a decorated career, which has spanned 50-plus years. Credit: PA Images / Alamy

Regardless, being named a National Treasure is just a small drop in the ocean for Attenborough, who is earning a staggering amount of cash each minute. According to The Sun, it has been suggested he pocketed more than $1.6 million for the year to last September - when he paid roughly $320,000 tax.

Attenborough has had four TV shows on air in the last year - Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard, Dinosaurs: The Final Day, Attenborough's Wonder of Song for the BBC, and Global Adventure for Sky. All in all, this works out to be 389 minutes of TV - or $4,180 a minute.

A TV insider spoke to the outlet about the amount, stating: "Sir David is very switched on when it comes to how he works. He'd spent over 60 years loyal to the Beeb before he looked to streaming channels. It means sharing his fervent environmental message further, and reaching younger generations, but also makes great business sense."

Attenborough was admired greatly by the late Queen Elizabeth II, with whom he spoke about how climate change will have an impact on the trees over the next 50 years in the ITV documentary, The Queen's Green Planet.

When discussing the subject, the Queen quipped at the time: "I won't be here though."

Attenborough chuckled at the joke as the late Queen - who has planted over 1,500 trees all over the world - grinned in footage of the pair captured by the TV network. He had previously been knighted by the late monarch in 1985.

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David Attenborough earned an eye-watering amount per minute from recent TV shows

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By Phoebe Egoroff

Article saved!Article saved!

Sir David Attenborough may be pushing 100, but he's certainly raking in the big bucks.

Over the span of his illustrious 50-plus year career, the 96-year-old wildlife presenter has become a household name beloved by many, especially with a voice as soothing as his.

Also a biologist and natural historian, Attenborough has worked predominantly with the BBC for the majority of his career - but has, in recent years, added collaborations with platforms like Sky, Netflix, and Apple TV+ to his repertoire.

In a 2008 poll created by The Sunday Telegraph and the British Library, Attenborough was named a National Treasure of the UK - though, he reportedly doesn't like the title.

wp-image-1263168611 size-full
Sir David Attenborough has had a decorated career, which has spanned 50-plus years. Credit: PA Images / Alamy

Regardless, being named a National Treasure is just a small drop in the ocean for Attenborough, who is earning a staggering amount of cash each minute. According to The Sun, it has been suggested he pocketed more than $1.6 million for the year to last September - when he paid roughly $320,000 tax.

Attenborough has had four TV shows on air in the last year - Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard, Dinosaurs: The Final Day, Attenborough's Wonder of Song for the BBC, and Global Adventure for Sky. All in all, this works out to be 389 minutes of TV - or $4,180 a minute.

A TV insider spoke to the outlet about the amount, stating: "Sir David is very switched on when it comes to how he works. He'd spent over 60 years loyal to the Beeb before he looked to streaming channels. It means sharing his fervent environmental message further, and reaching younger generations, but also makes great business sense."

Attenborough was admired greatly by the late Queen Elizabeth II, with whom he spoke about how climate change will have an impact on the trees over the next 50 years in the ITV documentary, The Queen's Green Planet.

When discussing the subject, the Queen quipped at the time: "I won't be here though."

Attenborough chuckled at the joke as the late Queen - who has planted over 1,500 trees all over the world - grinned in footage of the pair captured by the TV network. He had previously been knighted by the late monarch in 1985.

Featured image credit: PA Images