As Richard Sharp resigns as BBC chairperson following Boris Johnson row, a look at his net worth

Former banker Richard Sharp became BBC’s chairperson in February 2021

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Former BBC chairman Richard Sharp (left) and Boris Johnson. Mr Sharp said he was quitting as BBC chairman to "prioritise the interests" of the broadcaster after a report by Adam Heppinstall found he breached the governance code for public appointments.Former BBC chairman Richard Sharp (left) and Boris Johnson. Mr Sharp said he was quitting as BBC chairman to "prioritise the interests" of the broadcaster after a report by Adam Heppinstall found he breached the governance code for public appointments.
Former BBC chairman Richard Sharp (left) and Boris Johnson. Mr Sharp said he was quitting as BBC chairman to "prioritise the interests" of the broadcaster after a report by Adam Heppinstall found he breached the governance code for public appointments.

As a former banker and head of the UK’s largest news corporation, one would think that Richard Sharp would be honest about his intentions and financial records.

However, the BBC chairperson has been forced to resign today to 'prioritise the interests' of the broadcaster, after a report found he had not disclosed potential perceived conflicts of interest during his time in the role, including his failed transparency regarding a loan given to Boris Johnson.

The report, which was published on 28 April by barrister Adam Heppinstall, highlighted two instances namely Sharp reportedly telling Mr Johnson about his desire for the BBC role before applying as well as Sharp’s intention to set up a meeting that in turn helped the late PM financially.

While Sharp declined the first instance, he apologised and stated it was an ‘oversight’ for not being honest about his actions in organising said meeting between Cabinet Secretary Simon Case and Mr Johnson’s cousin Sam Blyth who provided Boris with an alleged loan of £800,000 in 2020.

With finances playing a central role in Sharp’s departure from the BBC, PeopleWorld takes a look at the now-former BBC chairperson’s net worth:

In addition to Sharp’s connection to Boris Johnson, he too has links to current PM Rishi Sunak as he was once his boss at Goldman Sachs.

Throughout Sharp’s career as a banker, he made a £200 million fortune, according to The Guardian, and had a combined net worth of £500 million through his marriage to American banker (and former Goldman Sachs colleague) Victoria Hull.

Sharp reportedly donated his £160,000 BBC salary to charity through his two-year stint so relies on most of his funds coming from his previous banking jobs.

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