Carol Vorderman, TV host
The queen of TV quiz show Countdown Carol Vorderman has signed a £5m five-year contract. Earnings last year were £4.2m. Ad contracts include a £500,000 deal with First Plus and her Detox For Life book made more than £750,000. The 42-year-old also sells maths and internet books . Shrewd investment brings her wealth to £18m.