Nigel Lythgoe was born on 9 July 1949, in The Wirral, England, and is a film and television director and producer, a television dance competition judge, as well as a former dancer in the Young Generation, and a choreographer. He has produced such projects as ‘American Idol’ and ‘Pop Idol’, and created the competition shows ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Superstars od Dance’.
So just how rich is Nigel Lythgoe? Authoritative sources estimate that the total amount of Nigel Lythgoe’s net worth reaches over $110 million, accumulated from his varied involvement in the entertainment industry during a career now spanning almost 50 years.
Nigel Lythgoe Net Worth $110 Million
Nigel Lythgoe was 10 years old when he became interested in dancing, beginning with began tap dancing, and studying at the Hylton-Bromley School of Dance and Drama, followed by the Perry Cowell School of Dance both on Merseyside, which included classical ballet, ballroom, modern jazz, and national dance from several countries. Nigel Lythgoe opened his net worth account as a professional choreographer in the late 1960s, and in the 1970’s he worked with such dancers as Cyd Charisse, Shirley Bassey, Gene Kelly and Ben Vereen, which activities provided a solid basis to his net worth.
Nigel became the only person to be a dancer, choreographer, producer and director of the Royal Variety Performance, and then Nigel became interested in using choreography on television. It was a very perspective area and Nigel has added much to his net worth as up to date he has choreographed more than 500 shows on the small screen, so much so that in addition, in 1995 Lythgoe became the Head of Entertainment and Comedy at London Weekend Television, which saw a significant boost to his net worth over the coming years.
In 2000, Lythgoe judged the talent show series ‘Popstars’, on which he earned the nickname Nasty Nigel because of his sharp remarks to the contestants.
As a producer, Lythgoe has increased his net worth after his successfully produced projects such as ‘The Next Great American Band’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘All American Girl’, ‘American Juniors’, ‘American Idol’, ‘Pop Idol’, ‘The Brian Conley Show’, ‘Superstars of Dance’, ‘Idol Gives Back’, ‘CMT’s Next Superstar’ and many other shows.
In addition to being a world-leading choreographer and producer, Lythgoe has proven to be a successful director too, including the following directorial works which undoubtedly made Nigel Lythgoe’s net worth rise, including reality television shows such as ‘Superstars of Dance’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘All American Girl’, ‘American Idol’, ‘Survivor’ and ‘Popstars’, and other shows ‘Animals Do The Funniest Things’, ‘TV Weekly’, ‘Gladiators’ and ‘The Brian Conley Show’.
Lythgoe is a multiple nominee for Emmy Awards for the Outstanding Reality or Competition Programs and a nominee of a Grammy Award for the Album of the Year. Moreover, he is a winner of The Governor’s Award in 2007, the International Emmy Founders Award in 2011 and the Ellis Island International Medal of Honor in 2014.
Aside from entertainment, Nigel is also the owner of a vineyard in Paso Robles, California.
In his personal life, Nigel Lythgoe married Bonita Shawe in 1974, and the couple had two children, but divorced in 2010. In 2003, Lythgoe had a heart attack, after which he stopped smoking, but he almost died from a burst appendix later that year! Latest reports are that he is is good health as of 2016.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the performing arts, education and charity. He is a television producer.
A one-time dancer and choreographer, he later became an English television and film director and producer, who crashed onto the Hollywood scene, producing the shows American Idol (2002) as well as creating, executive producing and being a regular judge on So You Think You Can Dance (2005).