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Mary Berry worth nearly £20million four years after quitting as judge on The Great British Bake Off

MARY Berry is still raking in the dough and is worth nearly £20 million four years after quitting as a judge on The Great British Bake Off.

Mary, 85, left fans heartbroken when she turned down a massive pay offer to stay with the hit show when it moved from the BBC to Channel 4.

But latest accounts for two of her firms will make her bank manager jump for joy as she’s now worth close to £20 million.

Her loyalty to the BBC was rewarded as she was handed three new shows, Mary Berry Everyday, Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets and Mary Berry’s Simple Home Comforts.

She has also written three new cook books since quitting and launched ranges of cookery products, a line of cakes and her salad dressings and chutney with her daughter, Annabel.

Her business interests also include a Mary Berry recipe app.

Accounts filed to Companies House this week show that her firm, Mary Berry Ltd, made a profit of £1.3 m this year.

And books for Mary Berry Merchandising show a bottomline of £417,980 for 2020.

On her decision to stay with the Beeb she said: “My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty, as they have nurtured me and the show, which was a unique and brilliant format from day one.

“I am just sad for the audience, who may not be ready for change. I hope they will understand my decision.”

Hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc also quit the show when it left the BBC.

But fellow judge Paul Hollywood moved with the format to Channel 4, securing a major pay rise.

He later expressed his frustration that he was criticised for doing so.

He said: “I stayed with Bake Off. The girls abandoned it. But I was the one put under siege.”

Bake Off has remained a ratings hit with Channel 4 ever since.

Mary was said to be worth around £15 million three years ago.

Since then she’s raked in another £660,000 in wages from the BBC, cash from her best-selling books, merchandise and her range of food taking her total wealth to £19.6 million.

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