Ian Wright's net worth: How much is the football pundit worth?

Ian Wright's net worth: How much is the football pundit worth?

Kenneth Mwenda

Ian Wright's net worth has been growing steadily in the last few years as a pundit. The Arsenal legend shifted his attention to working in media just after retirement from football. He had a number of issues with his family, but that didn't stop him from achieving his life goals.

Ian Wright's net worth: How much is the football pundit worth?
Ian Wright before the FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal WFC and Brighton & Hove Albion WFC at Meadow Park on September 16, 2022 in Borehamwood, England. Photo: David Price
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He is a former professional footballer and current English television and radio personality. He works as a commentator for BBC Sports and ITV Sports.

Profile summary


Ian Edward Wright

Date of Birth

November 3, 1963

Place of Birth

Woolwich, England


59 as of November 2022.

Zodiac sign





Ex-footballer / TV and radio personality

Former clubs

Crystal Palace, Arsenal, West Ham United, Celtic, Burnley and Nottingham Forest



Marital status




Current wife

Nancy Hallam



Net worth

Around $20 million

Social media

Twitter, Instagram

Ian Wright's age

He was born in Woolwich, England, on November 3, 1963. He is currently 59 years old (November 2022).

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Ian Wright's football career

Ian Wright's career earnings
Ian Wright of Arsenal football club takes off his shirt and celebrates with team mate Lee Dixon on 13th September 1997, at the Highbury Stadium. Photo: Shaun Botterill
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Wright had success as a forward with Crystal Palace and Arsenal in London, spending six years with the former and seven years with the latter. He also played for West Ham United in the Premier League, Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, and Burnley and Nottingham Forest in the Football League.

He won the Premier League, both major domestic cup competitions, and the European Cup Winners Cup with Arsenal. He was known for his speed, agility, finishing, and aggression, and he finished his club career with 313 goals in all competitions. He also earned 33 caps for the England national team, scoring nine goals.

What is Ian Wright doing right now?

Wright began his television career after retiring from football and hosted a number of shows. Top of the Pops, Friday Night's All Wright, Friends Like These, Gladiators, and many more are among them.

Wright previously co-hosted the radio drivetime slot (4-7 pm) on Talksport Monday through Thursday with Adrian Durham. Later, he moved to Absolute Radio and then to BBC Radio 5's 606 football phone-in show.

Football Punditry

What is Ian Wright doing right now?
Ian Wright and actor (L) Idris Elba supporting Arsenal's No More Red campaign before the Emirates FA Cup match on January 9, 2022, in Nottingham, England. Photo: Stuart MacFarlane
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He has appeared as a pundit on BBC Sport's International Match of the Day since his retirement from football, and he has also been a pundit for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and Euro 2004. In 2013, he joined BT Sport as a studio analyst for Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, and UEFA Europa League coverage.

He has also been a regular studio pundit for all England matches on ITV since 2014, alongside Lee Dixon. He was the main studio pundit for ITV's coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2016.

Wright left BT Sport in 2017 to expand his role at the BBC, where he now regularly appears on Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2, as well as co-hosting the 606 phone-in show on Sunday evenings with Kelly Cates. On BBC Radio 5 Live, he now co-hosts 5 Live Sport on Monday evenings with Mark Chapman.

Ian co-hosts The Debate on Sky Sports Premier League channel every Tuesday alongside Kelly Cates. He also works as one of the BBC's lead pundits for live games, frequently alongside Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer.


Ian Wright's house
Ian Wright during the World Cup Women's match between Norway and England at the Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019, in Le Havre France. Photo: Geert van Erven
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Ian is also a writer; his autobiography, Mr Wright, was published first. Collins Willow published it in hardback in 1996 while Ian was still a professional player at Arsenal. The Arsenal legend rewrote and updated his autobiography, A Life in Football, which was published by Constable in 2016.

He also wrote and released a single called Do The Right Thing in 1993. Chris Lowe (of Pet Shop Boys) co-wrote and produced the song, which peaked at No. 43 on the UK Singles Chart. Wright is also a columnist for the tabloid newspaper The Sun.

Striking Out, Wright's first novel was published in 2021 and co-written by Musa Okwonga. The book is aimed at children and young people, and it is inspired by many of the issues Wright faced as a young, black, working-class footballer in London.

Ian Wright's career earnings

Ian Wright's career earnings
Draw assistant Ian Wright holds a card during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Final Tournament Draw at Aotea Centre on October 22, 2022, in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Joe Allison
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According to sources, he has a net worth of around $20 million. His salary as a pundit is thought to be slightly more than £200,000 per year, and while footballer's wages were much lower during his playing days, he will have amassed plenty of pennies along the way.

Endorsements, both while starring for Arsenal and as a result of his increased profile in recent years, will have added to Wright's bank account.

He once claimed that bad financial advice in the 1990s caused him to have "income tax issues." Ian was talking about how he lost eight houses due to financial problems and was told to declare bankruptcy.

Ian Wright's Car Collection

Ian is one of the ex-players who live a modest life. He has driven some of the best cars, including the Ferrari 360 Spider, the Mini Cooper, and many others.

Ian Wright's family

He was born to Jamaican parents. His father was absent from his life from a young age, so he and his two older brothers, Maurice and Nicky, were raised by their mother and stepfather.

Is Ian Wright married?

Ian has had two marriages. In 1993, the former footballer married his first wife, Deborah, in Mauritius. The couple met when they were children, but things did not work out, and they divorced in 2004 after nine years together. He later married Nancy Hallam in 2011.

How many children does Ian Wright have?

Ian Wright's wife
Ian Wright and his wife Nancy Hallam arrive at the Royal Salute Coronation Cup polo at Windsor Great Park in Surrey on July 29, 2017. Photo: Ben Stevens
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Ian has eight children! In his autobiography, he disclosed: "I have eight children with four different women. I married two, and I didn't marry two."

He and his current wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Lola and Roxanne. He has two more children with his ex-wife Debbie; Stacey and Bobbi.

He has another son named Brett and a daughter named Coco, who he supports outside of his marriage. He is also the father of professional footballers Bradley and Shaun Wright, though Shaun is an adopted child.

Social media presence

He is an avid user of social media, where he shares his life and work with his followers. His favourite platforms are Twitter and Instagram.

Ian Wright has been in the spotlight for a long time, from his football days to his current role as a pundit. The long working period and savviness in career changes have contributed significantly to Ian Wright's net worth.

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