Strictly Come Dancing is one of the biggest TV events of the year, with millions tuning in to watch celebrities take to the dancefloor.
The BBC dancing competition regularly draws in a variety of celebrities, ranging from soap stars to sports legends to newscasters. This year we have seen an array of famous faces grace the ballroom floor, many taking part for huge appearance fees.
But it is not just the celebrities that get paid handsomely for their time on the show. For many of the professionals, Strictly is just a string in their bow as they sit atop huge financial empires.
So, as the final of Strictly Come Dancing edges closer for this year, Daily Star looks at some of the richest professionals to grace the dancefloor.
Anton du Beke
Former professional and current judge Anton is at present the richest permanent member of the Strictly family. Currently, Anton's net worth is a cool £2mn as he makes a living from a variety of different sources.
After having started out as a professional on the show, Anton has branched out and honed his skills as a writer, producing a number of novels known as The Buckingham Series. Figures from The Sun put the overall value of the series into six figures.
As well as his writing, Anton owns a lavish home in Buckinghamshire, where he lives together with wife Hannah and gorgeous kids George and Henrietta. In addition to this, he sits atop a huge property empire called 19TH Hole Productions - whose assets were listed as £207,245 in March last year.
South African star Oti joined the Strictly family in 2015, where she stayed for seven years, leaving the show in 2022. During her time on the show, she emerged to be a real powerhouse, lifting the glitterball trophy twice with Bill Bailey and Kevin Clifton.
Since leaving the show, Oti has been one of the most lucrative faces, as she endeared herself to the public. Currently, she has appeared across multiple ITV shows including Big Brother : Late & Live and Dancing on Ice, where she serves as a judge.
In total, Oti is worth around £1.4 million, with swanky London pad worth £590,0000. She also has her business mind on, as her entertainment firm is worth around £540,000. She also is the boss of a performing arts firm whose assets were just shy of £100,000.
Italian stallion Giovanni dramatically left the show this year after partner Amanda Abbington walked from the programme. But despite his drastic exit, he is sitting pretty as he earns money from a number of other projects.
His main added income stream is from working together with fellow Strictly star Anton du Beke, as the pair worked together for their hit BBC adventure series. The terrible twosome have already explored Giovanni's homeland of Sicily, as well as Anton's adopted home of Spain.
As well as this, Pernice is the proud owner of his own entertainment business, which he set up in 2017. The business is growing more and more, which was most recently valued at £483,000.
Karen Hauer has been the longest serving professional dancer for the show after Anton du Beke left to become a judge on the programme. She has been a part of the iconic dancing show since 2009.
As well as this, Karen has stayed true to the Strictly family, having toured with the show. She also regularly takes part in the Donahey's Dancing with the Stars weekends.
Karen previously ran her dance studio Principal Dancers together with ex-husband Kevin Clifton, but after the pair split - Karen became the sole owner of the enterprise in 2019. The business was most recently valued at just shy of £140,000.
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