Nigel Paul Farage, excellently known as Nigel Farage is a British broadcaster and former politician who was Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) from 2006 to 2009 and 2010 to 2016 and Leader of the Brexit Party from 2019 to 2021. He is a former UKIP leader and a top-rated right-winger in a poll by “The Daily Telegraph” who began leading the UK Independence Party in 2010. He was known for his impassioned speeches in European Parliament which often became very contentious. In 2016, he was very instrumental in getting the UK to announce it would be withdrawing from the European Union. Nigel was accused of racism while attending Dulwich College in 1981 and he has refused to stand during an ovation for Prince Charles however he helped found the United Kingdom Independence Party. He was also a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England from 1999 until the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU in 2020. As well, he was the host of “The Nigel Farage Show”, a radio phone-in on the Global-owned talk radio station LBC, from 2017 to 2020. Additionally, Farage undertook a six-week tour of the United States organized by the conservative group FreedomWorks in 2021. He also published an oped in the Daily Telegraph contemplating a return to frontline politics on 22nd November 2021.
Trump bristles as Nigel Farage tell him he’s ‘disappeared’ outside of the US
Nigel Farage began his interview with Donald Trump by saying the former president had “disappeared” from world news. The awkward comment came as part of Mr. Farage’s introduction to the program, which aired on GB News on Wednesday. “He’s dominated world news!” the former UKIP leader began. “Every day for five years, all over the world, it was ‘Donald Trump has said this,’ ‘Donald Trump is alleged to have said that,’ and what other people said about him. “Yet, something very odd has happened,” Mr. Farage continued. “Since the beginning of this year, outside the United States, he’s virtually disappeared. Has he been silenced? Is it voluntary? What is going on? Well, today we’re going to find out.”
The remark appeared to irritate Mr. Trump, who looked puzzled during the intro and then challenged Mr. Farage’s narrative. “Well, I didn’t know I was so quiet, but if you say so, that’s OK with me,” the former president said. “I wonder,” Mr. Farage replied, “is that because of social media to a very, very large extent?” “I don’t know, I mean, I have not heard that,” Mr. Trump responded. “A lot of Americans – as you rightly say – a lot of Americans are genuinely concerned about election integrity,” Mr. Farage began one question.
“You did well with your base – phenomenal, I’ve never seen support like it,” was the start of another question, which the host never got to finish because Mr. Trump chimed in so quickly. After the interview, however, Mr. Farage made another remark that could be seen as disparaging to Mr. Trump, who has never admitted to losing the 2020 election. “He reminded me of a heavyweight boxer that has lost the world crown,” Mr. Farage said of the former president. “He’s not very happy with the judge’s decision, and is getting ready and limbering up because he wants to win that title back.”
- Being a British broadcaster and former politician.
- For being a leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
What Nationality is Nigel Farage?
Nigel Farage was born on 3rd April 1964 with the real name of Nigel Paul Farage in Farnborough, Kent, England. He is British by nationality and British-white by ethnicity. Similarly, his religion is Christian and his race is white. Nigel has celebrated his 57th birthday as of 2021 and as per his birthdate, his star sign is Aries. He is the son of Barbara Farage (mother) and Guy Justus Oscar Farage (father). His father was a stockbroker who worked in the City of London. Farage’s grandfather, Harry Farage, was a private who fought and was wounded in the First World War. He also has two siblings named Andrew Farage (brother) and Melanie Thomas (sister).
Moving to Nigel’s education, he was educated at Dulwich College, a fee-paying independent school in south London from 1975 to 1982.
Nigel Farage Career Timeline
- Nigel Farage kicks off his career being an employer in the City of London, trading commodities at the London Metal Exchange after which he joined the American commodity operation of brokerage firm Drexel Burnham Lambert, transferring to Credit Lyonnais Rouse in 1986. He joined Refco in 1994, and Natixis Metals in 2003.
- He then joined the Conservative Party in 1978 but voted for the Green Party in 1989 and he left the Conservatives in 1992 in protest at Prime Minister John Major’s government’s signing of the Treaty on European Union at Maastricht.
- He was elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and re-elected in 2004, 2009, and 2014 whereas he was also the leader of the 24-member UKIP contingent in the European Parliament, and co-leader of the multinational Eurosceptic group, Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy.
- He announced on 18th November 2004 in the European Parliament that Jacques Barrot, then French Commissioner-designate, had been barred from elected office in France for two years, after being convicted in 2000 of embezzling £2 million from government funds and diverting it into the coffers of his party.
- He also requested in early 2005 that the European Commission disclose where the individual Commissioners had spent their holidays however the Commission did not provide the information requested, on the basis that the Commissioners had a right of privacy.
- After the speech of Herman Van Rompuy on 24th February 2010 to the European Parliament, Nigel – to protests from other MEPs – addressed the former Prime Minister of Belgium and first long-term President of the European Council.
- He correctly predicted that UKIP would win a Scottish seat in the European Parliament elections in a second visit to Edinburgh in May 2014 as well as in the European Parliament elections in 2014, Farage led UKIP to win the highest share of the vote. It was the first time a political party other than the Labour Party and Conservative Party had won the popular vote in a national election since the 1906 general election.
- It was also the first time a party other than the Labour and Conservatives won the largest number of seats in a national election since the December 1910 general election.
- Also, Nigel was a founder member of UKIP in 1993 and he was elected leader of UKIP with 45 percent of the vote, 20 percentage points ahead of his nearest rival on 12th September 2006.
- He stood again for the UKIP leadership in 2010 after his successor Lord Pearson had stood down, and on 5th November 2010, it was announced he had won the leadership contest.
- In May 2014 he led UKIP to win the European Parliament election with 4,376,635 votes and as an MEP, he leads the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy grouping in the European Parliament.
- Later he resigned as leader of UKIP after he failed to win the seat of Thanet South in the general election held the previous day on 8th May 2015 and it was announced on 11th May 2015 that he would continue to serve as the party’s leader. He resigned as UKIP leader on 4th July 2016.
- On 4th September 2009, he resigned as the UKIP’s leader to focus on his campaign to become Member of Parliament for Buckingham at Westminster in the 2010 general election.
- Farage stood against sitting Buckingham MP, John Bercow, and came third with 8,401 votes. Bercow was re-elected and in second place with 10,331 votes was John Stevens.
- On 6th May 2010, the morning of the election, he was traveling in a two-seater PZL-104 Wilga aircraft with a pro-UKIP banner attached, when the plane crashed. Nigel suffered injuries that were described as non-life-threatening.
- He welcomed the “average 13% vote” across the country, and stated that the party was preparing for county council elections in 2013, the European Parliament election in 2014, and a general election in 2015. He was voted politician of the year by the online service MSN.
- Farage led UKIP to its best performance in a UK election in May 2013 and the party received 23 percent of the vote in the local elections, winning 147 council seats, and placing it only 2 points behind the governing Conservative Party and 9 points ahead of the Liberal Democrats.
- He said in 2013 that he had hired a tax advisor to set up the Farage Family Educational Trust 1654 whereas he has criticized the political discourse surrounding tax avoidance as a “race to the bottom”.
- Farage announced on the BBC’s “The Andrew Marr Show” in October 2013 that he would stand for election as an MP at the 2015 United Kingdom general election. He was selected as the UKIP candidate for South Thanet following local hustings in August 2014. On 12th September 2014, he appeared at a pro-union rally with Scottish UKIP MEP David Coburn ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum.
- He declared in his book “The Purple Revolution” in March 2015 that he would step down as a UKIP leader should he not be elected as he was targeted by anti-UKIP activists who chased him and his family from a pub lunch in Downe, Greater London.
- He was unsuccessful in his bid to become MP for South Thanet although he came second (beating Labour by over 4,000 votes), reduced the Conservative majority to less than 3,000, and gained over 32% of the vote.
- As well, Nigel was a key figurehead in the Brexit campaign of 2016, which, with 52 percent of the vote, won whereas he resigned as leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party on 4th July 2016.
- He announced on 7th November 2016 that he would lead a 100,000 strong march to the Supreme Court
- however, he was also called for the departure of UKIP’s only MP, Douglas Carswell in 2017.
- He announced on 20th April 2017 that he would not contest the 2017 general election. In May 2018 he addressed a fundraising event for the Democratic Unionist Party and he joined Leave Means Leave as vice-chairman in the following year.
- Nigel announced “with a heavy heart” on his live LBC radio show on 4th December 2018 that effective immediately he had resigned his membership of UKIP, after 25 years as a member of the party.
- On 13th February he confirmed on his Twitter account that he would now sit in the European Parliament as a member of the Brexit Party as well as he was officially announced as the new leader of the Brexit Party after founder and former Leader Catherine Blaiklock resigned on 22nd March.
- He led the Brexit Party to win 29 seats and the highest share of the vote in the 2019 European Parliament election. Among the party’s MEPs that were elected were former Conservatives Ann Widdecombe and Annunziata Rees-Mogg.
- Following Boris Johnson’s election as Prime Minister, he unveiled the names of 635 general election candidates for the Brexit Party, including himself. He later announced that he would not be standing as a candidate.
- He also celebrated the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement in December 2020, following the agreement’s announcement, stating that the “war is over.”
- Farage announced in an interview with the Telegraph on 6th March 2021 that he was retiring from politics and resigning as leader of Reform UK. He became the party’s honorary president.
- Dutch Green Business also announced on 28th March 2021 that Nigel had been appointed to the firm’s advisory board. In July 2021, he criticized the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, accusing them of being a “taxi service” for illegal immigrants.
- He published an oped in the “Daily Telegraph” contemplating a return to frontline politics on 22nd November 2021.
- Subsequently, he undertook a six-week tour of the United States organized by the conservative group FreedomWorks in 2021.
- Besides, Farage published a memoir, entitled “Fighting Bull” (“Flying Free” in paperback) in 2010 as well as he has published his second book, “The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything” in 2015.
- Nigel started contributing to the American television network Fox News in 2017 and from January 2017 to June 2020 he hosted “The Nigel Farage Show” on the UK talk radio station LBC.
- He also hosted a podcast under the LBC banner entitled “Farage Against The Machine” from March 2018 to July 2018.
- LBC announced on 11th June 2020 that Farage would be leaving the station “with immediate effect”, noting that his contract had been up for renewal.
- Later he joined the British news channel GB News to host the Sunday morning political discussion program “The Political Correction” on 20th June 2021. On 17th July 2021, Nigel announced he would begin hosting the Monday to Thursday evening show Farage on 19th July.
Awards and Achievements
- Farage was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2016 for his role in the 2016 Brexit referendum at the 33rd Parliamentarian of the Year awards run by the political magazine “The Spectator”.
- In December 2016 he was shortlisted for “Time” magazine’s Person of the Year award.
- In February 2020, an honorary doctorate of laws degree was presented to Nigel by Jerry Falwell Jr. during Liberty University’s weekly convocation for his role in Brexit and ‘support of freedom’ in Europe and the United States.
Nigel Farage Wife: Who is he married to?
Nigel Farage is a married guy. He has been married twice. In 1988 he married Irish nurse Grainne Hayes, with whom he has two children: Samuel (born 1989) and Thomas (born 1991). The couple divorced in 1997 and in 1999 he later married Kirsten Mehr, a German national; the couple has two children. In April 2018, he said that the children have both British and German passports and that they speak “perfect German”. Nigel has employed his wife Kirsten as parliamentary secretary and in April 2014 he said that “nobody else could do that job”. In February 2017 his wife told the Press Association that they were living “separate lives” and that Farage had “moved out of the family home a while ago”. Concerning Nigel’s sexual orientation, he is straight.
Nigel Farage Net Worth: How much is he making annually?
Nigel Farage is a versatile guy who has a net worth of $4 million as of 2021 whereas he also earns a handsome amount of salary which is around €30,000 (£26,900) a month. He appeared in an advertisement for the bookmaker Paddy Power ahead of golf’s 2014 Ryder Cup. Nigel has gained considerable a considerable amount of money from his profession as his major source of income is from his broadcaster and former politician career.
Nigel Farage Height: How tall Nigel Farage Is?
Nigel Farage is 1.73 m tall and his body build type is average. He has light grey hair and dark brown eyes color. Nigel has kept his body maintained, fit and fine at this age too which is so awesome.