The news comes as the 47-year-old presenter is due to appear in the second series of the hit Amazon show The Grand Tour, alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May
FORMER Top Gear star Richard Hammond is enjoying life after the BBC – after paying himself £2.5million.
The presenter, 47, has taken two whopping dividend payments of £1.918 million and £527,000, accounts reveal.
The money is paid to him and wife Mindy, who are the only shareholders in Hammond’s TV company Hamster’s Wheel Productions, in the last two years.
At the BBC Hammond was paid £500,000 a year for Top Gear – so it means his pay has more than doubled since switching to Amazon’s The Grand Tour.
Hammond’s company was left with £2.3million profits after the dividends were paid out.
The firm also paid £18,000 in tax last year and £243,000 the previous year.
Hammond and James May, 54, refused to stay at the BBC after Jeremy Clarkson, 57, was axed from Top Gear for punching a producer.
They followed Clarkson to the new Amazon show Grand Tour and were given £35.8million to make the first 13-episode season of the show.
Earlier this year Richard was told he cannot run to exercise for 18 months after having a bad car crash while filming Grand Tour.
A £2million electric Rimac electric supercar was written off in the accident, but Hammond was able to pull himself from the wreck before it burst into flames.
In 2006 he was in a coma for a fortnight after a jet-powered car he was piloting for Top Gear crashed.