Chris Evans’ late mother leaves him SAME amount in will as siblings

Chris Evans’ late mother Minnie leaves him the SAME amount in her £133k will as his brother and sister… despite his £55m fortune

Millionaire radio host Chris Evans has been left an equal share of his late mother Minnie’s inheritance to his siblings.

The estate – said to be worth £133k – has been split equally between the BBC Radio 2 mainstay and his brother David and sister Diane, despite Evans himself being worth £55m.

Evans, 52, has admitted in the past that he’s not close to his siblings – who are older than the broadcaster – and neither are thought to be wealthy. 

Equal: Millionaire radio host Chris Evans has been left an equal share of his late mother Minnie’s inheritance to his siblings

While David, 65, resides in Australia and works as a nurse, Diane, 55, is a teacher. She is divorced and lives in Leeds where she, according to Evans, ‘likes to keep a low profile’.

Minnie’s will was made in 2011, with the Liverpool probate office revealing that £1k of her money had been left to its executor Graham Kippax, with her ISAs being left to her grandchildren.

Chris alone has three children, and is expecting twins with his wife Natasha Shishmanian.


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The media star famously sold his production company, Ginger Media, for £225m in 2000, keeping a hefty chunk of the figure.

Last year he earned £2.2m as one of the BBC’s highest paid stars.

His mother Minnie died aged 92 in May. The news was delivered to Evans before he was about to host his Radio 2 breakfast show. The star could not face going on air, and left his colleague Vassos Alexander, who usually reads the sport on the show, to step in at the last minute to read a poignant note from the broadcaster to his millions of listeners.

Inheritance: The estate – said to be worth £133k – has been split equally between the BBC Radio 2 mainstay and his brother David and sister Diane, despite Evans himself being worth £55m

Fans of the show were left in tears over the sad news as they listened to Evans words, which read: ‘Good morning everyone, says Chris. The reason I’m not with you today is just before we came on air my mum passed away and I needed to go straight back home to be with the family. 

‘But it’s all OK, in fact it’s very OK. Mum needed to be at peace. Moreover, she deserved to be at peace. We’ve been ready for this for some time now and, as she has throughout her life, in death she has brought us together. 

‘She was an incredible woman. Anyone who’s ever met her will tell you that and ultimately there was no battle lost, only a life won. Every single day. 

‘I’ll be back tomorrow, says Chris. If mum had the first idea I might not have shown up today because of her, she’d have been furious. I hope you all have a lovely Thursday. See you tomorrow.’ 

Archbishop of York John Sentamu was among those paying tribute the statement, saying it was ‘brill’, as other listeners admitted they were left emotional by such a ‘wonderful message’.


Sad news: Evans, who is married to ex-golfer, Natasha Shishmanian (both left, on April 17), remembered his mother (right, in August 2015 at Carfest South in Hampshire) as an ‘incredible woman’

Poised and poignant, Chris Evans’s tribute to his mother on BBC Radio 2 just minutes after she passed away

‘Good morning everyone. The reason I’m not with you today is just before we came on air my mum passed away and I needed to go straight back home to be with the family. 

‘But it’s all OK, in fact it’s very OK. Mum needed to be at peace. Moreover, she deserved to be at peace. 

‘We’ve been ready for this for some time now and, as she has throughout her life, in death she has brought us together. 

‘She was an incredible woman. Anyone who’s ever met her will tell you that and ultimately there was no battle lost, only a life won. Every single day. I’ll be back tomorrow. 

‘If mum had the first idea I might not have shown up today because of her, she’d have been furious. 

‘I hope you all have a lovely Thursday. See you tomorrow.’

Evans was very close to his mother, describing her as ‘hard as nails’, and revealed that she once underwent eye surgery without any anaesthetic.

He said in January last year that she had ‘lived through World War Two’ – before recounting how, after being told by the surgeon that she did not really need drugs for the delicate procedure, she opted to brave it anaesthetic-free’.

He also posted a photo on Twitter of his mother, who worked two jobs to support her three children when she was younger, aged 91 – tucking into a slice of pizza for the first time in her life. 

After the image appeared, people tweeted to say they could definitely see the similarities between mother and son.

Evans agreed, responding: ‘Hilarious. Loads of people tweeting how much I look like my mum. Isn’t that usually the case?’

When the television showman revived his hit 90s show TFI Friday in 2015, Minnie appeared on the programme, much to his fans’ delight.

Minnie raised her three children in Warrington, running the local corner shop. She moved south to be close to her DJ son, who lives in Ascot, Berkshire.

The millionaire presenter would lean on his mother for advice during the ups and downs of his career, the pain of two divorces and the joy of having three children. 

Last July he revealed he called Minnie to ask how she thought he should deal with abuse following the revelation that he is paid £2.2million a year by the BBC.

The Radio 2 breakfast show and former Top Gear star said the former nurse told him to ‘earn what you can, when you can, while you can’.

Loving memory: Evans, who used to present Top Gear, tweeted a picture in June 2015 of his mother in a mobility scooter about to take on a Ferrari Maranello

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