What Is Ant Anstead’s Net Worth?

Automotive enthusiasts already know him well, but recent celebrity dating buzz is drawing additional attention to a British master auto mechanic and television host. Anthony “Ant” Anstead is best known in the United States for the TV series Wheelers Dealers. Lately, he’s been romantically linked to a certain American actor following an unexpected divorce from his HGTV star wife of almost two years.

Born in 1979 in Plymouth, England, Anstead always had a love for cars. Before becoming famous for restoring and building classics for wealthy clients, he was a police officer and a semi-professional soccer player. Let’s find out more about this intriguing gentleman, how he makes his money, and what his net worth is right now.

Auto building and restoration is Ant Anstead’s claim to fame

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Anstead was already a star in the UK before coming to the United States, gaining fame for co-hosting the British television series, For the Love of Cars with Philip Glenister. The series followed the pair as they searched for classic British vehicles in dire need of expert restoration. 

Anstead’s website chronicles his accomplishments, including commendations for bravery as a police officer and credits for 16 television shows. Truly a self-made multimillionaire. Anstead also played in 700 semi-pro soccer matches for over 17 years and used the proceeds to fund his own car business in a renovated cowshed. As business took off, Anstead and his team of builders earned fame and plenty of cash crafting custom cars that can be found in museums and pricey private collections worldwide. 

‘Wheelers Dealers’ changed his life

If Anstead’s onscreen enthusiasm for all things automotive is any indication, he’s definitely been living his dream. He moved to California in 2017 to replace co-host Ed China on the popular series Wheelers Dealers. Anstead’s website reports it’s “the number one, most distributed show on The Discovery Channel.”

The show’s long-time host, Mike Brewer, and co-host Anstead have an obvious rapport that’s very entertaining to watch. For three seasons, they purchased and restored foreign and domestic cars, passing along a wealth of knowledge gained over a lifetime of pursuing their passion for automobiles. 

Anstead’s move was life-changing in many ways. Not only did American audiences fall in love with him, but he also met and married his second wife, HGTV star Christina Haack of Flip or Flop. Even though they separated in the fall of 2020, their son and four children from previous marriages are still a blended family that Anstead prioritizes.

Wheelers Dealers decided to return to the UK in 2020. Anstead graciously handed it over to his successor, Marc “Elvis” Priestley, a former Formula 1 mechanic. Anstead will be staying in California. He told House Beautiful, “My life is here now.”

Anstead has several new projects in the works. Currently, he’s collaborating with Radford and Lotus to build a new limited-edition sports car and is planning a TV series about it. You can apply on Radford’s website to own one of 62 that will be available soon.  

What is Ant Anstead’s net worth?

Brewer revealed that Anstead holds nine world records for prices his cars sold for at auction during a light-hearted quiz session. In 2017, Anstead told This is Money, “I currently hold the world record for the most expensive straight-six Aston Martin sold at auction. It was a DBS that I restored and then sold for around £150,000.” In U.S. dollars right now, that’s around $208,515.00, depending on currency value fluctuations. “People collect these cars in the same way as people collect stamps – that will always shock me,” he added.

In addition to his proceeds as a television host and car builder, he’s also written three books, including the last one to be published by Haynes, the trusted source for automotive shop manuals. Celebrity Net Worth currently values Anstead’s assets at $5 million. Wealthy Persons reports his net worth to be $6 million; the same figure Haack listed their former Newport Beach home for in April 2021.

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Renee Zellweger is not British, but her latest boyfriend is. On June 24th, a few days after Anstead’s divorce was finalized, TMZ broke the news she and Anstead are dating. People confirmed the report. The two-time Oscar winner reportedly met him on the set of his new show, Celebrity IOU Joyride.

Zellweger, whose romantic escapades as Bridget Jones earned her an Oscar nomination, has also been linked romantically in the past to Jim Carey and Bradley Cooper. Her only marriage to country music star Kenny Chesney ended when she filed for an annulment after only four months. At 52, she’s 10 years older than Anstead and a lot richer.

Zellweger’s net worth is listed at a jaw-dropping $90 million on her Celebrity Net Worth page. The Wealthy People says it’s more like $65 million, but why split hairs? She might as well order that hot new Lotus because either way, she can afford it. Let’s hope that this new chapter in the lives of the celebrity couple becomes a love story for the ages.