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THE LICENCE FEE PLAYERS; STARS IN BEEB PAY ROW PILE ON EVEN MORE PSPSs; Chris Evans to make packet from his firms; Lineker and Norton among other winners; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: ALAN SELBY and ALEX CLARKE

MEGA-rich stars faced a backlash last week over their BBC pay - but it is small change compared to some of their other sources of income.

Auntie's top salary earner Chris Evans, already worth an estimated PS55million, is set to pocket another eye-watering pile this year from deals in his business empire away from the Beeb.

His biggest pay-out will come from the liquidation of his firm Auto Holdings Limited, generating a cool PS5.2million.

He is also taking PS1.3million in dividends and pay from Zimple, another of his companies.

Bizarrely Zimple "charged" the star, who owns a string of flash motors, PS34,000 to park in his own garage.

In yet another earner, he could net PS200,000 an episode from a reboot of his hit '90s show Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, adding up to a potential PS2million.

Chris' vast wealth was revealed by new figures as the spotlight continued to shine on other stars given fortunes out of licence fee payers' cash.

Yesterday it emerged Chris, 51, is only the second best-paid star in the BBC stable behind Graham Norton when payments to the Irishman's So Television company were taken into account.

Previously hidden earnings showed Norton, 54, was paid around PS3.5million, rather than the PS899,000 disclosed on the BBC salaries list.

Meanwhile another big name, Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, has topped up his PS1.79million salary from the Corporation with another PS1million from business moves. He took home the cash by closing down his firm All Jazz Limited, bringing his overall fortune to an estimated PS20million.

Yesterday the 56-year-old England and Spurs legend was sunning himself in Los Angeles, enjoying a luxury hotel stay and visiting exclusive night spots.

He was pictured leaving the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, where rooms start at PS750.

It would take him less than three minutes' screen time to foot that bill, since it has emerged he earns PS300 for every 60 seconds on air.

Strictly host Tess Daly and chef Nigella Lawson also made large sums from the closure of companies. Shutting down firms freed up the cash inside them, effectively turning it into take-home pay. Nigella, who did not make Auntie's rich list of stars paid more than PS150,000, got PS3million when she shut Pabulum Productions.

ACCOUNTS

Tess, who is paid as much as PS399,999 by the Beeb, netted PS2.2million from the liquidation of her firm Sugarstep Productions.

This week it was revealed her Strictly co-host Claudia Winkleman makes PS100,000 more than Tess. But Claudia did not take a payout from her firm Little Owl Productions, in which she has a more modest PS239,000 stake.

According to the BBC list Strictly's departing head judge Len Goodman was paid PS249,999.

But he also has a private company called Pleasurable Pastimes, which held PS3.38million the last time accounts were filed.

Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli, on the same BBC pay as Len, held PS2.31million in his Fulvia Limited.

The salaries of former Bake Off favourites Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins were not published either. But the trio, who rejected a bigmoney move away from the BBC, had PS1.6million between their companies.

One Show hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones are cashing into the tune of PS499,999 and PS449,999 for presenting the teatime chat programme, But Matt also had nearly PS1.4million in his company at the last count, and Alex was sitting on a PS624,371 pile.

BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce, earning as much as PS399,000 at the Corporation, has netted PS543,000 from the closure of her company Paradox Productions Two.

Radio 2 DJ Jeremy Vine held PS260,000 across his companies, while the BBC paid him as much as PS749,999 last year.

But other DJs' private portfolios appeared less well padded.

Fellow Radio 2 man Steve Wright had just PS1,250 on his books a year ago while Nick Grimshaw's company Grimepool held only PS3,307.

alan.selby@trinitymirror.com

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