Martin Lewis sitting on £12.5m property empire after he gives away £20m to charity

MONEY Saving Expert Martin Lewis has earned a fortune saving the nation a fortune – and he’s now assembled a property empire worth £12.5 million.

Martin, 48, and his wife Lara, 41, have invested millions buying prime real estate in upmarket towns like Wilmslow and Knutsford in Cheshire.

The money expert – who has given nearly £20million of his own cash to charity in just eight years – is bound to have bagged a good deal on the mortgages and insurance he’s taken out on the houses, office buildings and land he's snapped up in the north west of England.

Their firm Osmium Estates Limited has investments and property worth £12,462,726 and cash deposits of £380,889.

And most recent accounts filed to Companies House show that £10m of the portfolio has been purchased with borrowed cash.

The firm also paid £157,307 in tax in 2019 showing a healthy return on that investment in that year of trading.

They named the firm after a metal that is in the same chemical group has platinum.

Last year it submitted plans to turn offices in posh Wilmslow into 12 apartments.

And the outfit also asked for planning permission to build seven, two bedroomed homes on land nearby.

The 48-year-old businessman – who went to the same Cheshire school as health secretary Matt Hancock – is worth around £128 million.

He set up the website for around £100, selling it for £87m less than a decade later in 2012.

Martin is the founder of Money Saving Expert, which he set up in 2003 ahead of finding fame as a financial expert on a variety of TV shows.

He has been the money pro in ITV's breakfast slot for almost two decades, first appearing on Daybreak before the programme was replaced with Good Morning Britain in 2014.

The star has also appeared on This Morning, and since 2012 has hosted The Martin Lewis Money Show on ITV.

He and co-host  Angelica Bell have broadcast Money Show special episodes live from home during lockdown, and it will be returning with the new weekly show in September.

This week he revealed he has been "left shaken" from vile racist abuse he has suffered from anti-vaxxers.

The Money Saving Expert said he received 30 messages "referencing the Holocaust or my religion".

He's been forced to defend launching a Twitter poll which sparked hatred online, adding: "I respect people's freedom to say no/ object to a vaccine."

Martin had asked his 1.1million followers: "Would you support UK issuing vaccine passports? Some countries mooting it even for use at domestic events. Some say it's helpful way to open up society, others it's invasion of privacy allowing discrimination against unvaccinated What's CLOSEST to ur view?”

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