Strictly legend Len Goodman had a fortune of £5.3million when he died04/25/2023
Strictly legend Len Goodman had a fortune of £5.3million when he died at the age of 78, accounts reveal
Len Goodman had £5.3million fortune when he died at the age of 78 after his terminal cancer battle, it has been revealed.
The Strictly Come Dancing legend died at a hospice in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday following a short battle with bone cancer, days ahead of his 79th birthday.
And accounts signed off for his company Pleasurable Pastimes just weeks before his death have revealed he had more than £3.5million in the bank.
The accounts, which were signed off on April 5 and cover the 12 months leading up to August 2022, show he also had a £2.2million property investment.
After paying bills, the beloved English ballroom dancer had just shy of £5.3million left in his entertainment firm.
Fortune: Len Goodman had £5.3million fortune when he died at the age of 78 after his terminal cancer battle, it has been revealed
The accounts, filed at Companies House on April 20, show the company’s value had soared by approximately £300,000 when compared to the year previously.
Len was the main shareholder of the firm, with his wife Sue and son James also listed as fellow directors, according to The Sun.
The talent show judge reportedly had 52 per cent of the shares while his wife and son each held 24 per cent.
It comes after it was revealed Len’s colleagues on Dancing With The Stars have been left blindsided by the long-term judge’s death after they were kept in the dark about his bone cancer diagnosis.
Those who worked with him in the United States claim he was ‘laughing and joking’ during his final season on Dancing With The Stars in November.
While some acknowledged that the characteristically jovial Len was ‘slowing down,’ they attributed it to his advancing years and remained unaware he was battling a terminal cancer diagnosis.
An insider told The US Sun: ‘Len was such a pro that the moment the cameras and light came on, he became the consummate showman.’
According to the source, he told show bosses: ‘Don’t bother asking me to do a dance for my farewell, because that ain’t happening, I just like to shuffle around these days!’
Deayj: Accounts signed off for his company Pleasurable Pastimes just weeks before his death have revealed he had more than £3.5million in the bank and a £2.2million property investment
Family: Len was the main shareholder of the firm, with his wife Sue (pictured) and son James also listed as fellow directors
A second show source added: ‘The news about Len caught many of the production team by surprise today. There was an enormous feeling of sadness and grief because Len had brought so much fun and joy to the show, as well as being a perfect professional.
‘Last Fall, Len was certainly less of a presence around and while he looked thin, that frailty was just thought of as him getting older.
‘Obviously, now the suggestion is that he was dealing with something very aggressive and keeping it to himself.’
Goodman was a successful professional ballroom dancer, winning the British championships in his late twenties before retiring from the sport and opening a dance school.
Much later in life, he chaired the judging panel on Strictly Come Dancing from its launch in 2004 until 2016, and on its U.S. counterpart for most of the period from 2005 until 2022.
He took a warm, supportive but critical approach as he watched celebrities taking on tangos and waltzes, adding a down-to-earth touch to the otherwise frequently flamboyant panel of judges.
‘Len … appealed to all ages and felt like a member of everyone’s family. Len was at the very heart of Strictly’s success. He will be hugely missed by the public and his many friends and family,” BBC Director-General Tim Davie said.
Goodman was born and grew up in London, and said he only took up dancing reluctantly at the age of 19 after a doctor said it would help him recover from a foot injury.
As a teacher, he said his priority was to make ballroom dancing “enjoyable and sociable”.
Tragic: The Strictly Come Dancing legend died at a hospice in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday following a short battle with bone cancer, days ahead of his 79th birthday
Sadness: It comes after it was revealed Len’s colleagues on Dancing With The Stars were left blindsided by the judge’s death after they were kept in the dark about his cancer diagnosis
Speaking in 2012, following treatment for prostate cancer, he said he most hoped to be remembered for being “genuinely nice”.
‘I would like there to be people who can honestly say: ‘Len! Oh yeah, there was more good than bad in him.’,’ he said.
Strictly was one of the BBC’s most popular entertainment shows, attracting an average of more than 11 million viewers at its peak in 2010.
As many as 27 million viewers watched some episodes of “Dancing with the Stars” in its early seasons. (Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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