Ian Hislop Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Kids, Net Worth and Books

British journalist, Ian David Hislop

Ian Hislop Biography

Ian Hislop born in Britain is a Magazine editor, screenwriter, journalist, comedian, and columnist who has made appearances on various radio and television programs.


He has been a team captain on the Have I Got News for You BBC quiz show since the program’s inception in 1990.

How old is Ian Hislop? – Age

Hislop is 60 years old as of 13 July 2020. He was born in 1960 in The Mumbles, United Kingdom. His birth name is Ian David Hislop.

Ian Hislop Family

Hislop is the son of a Scottish father, David Hislop, from Ayrshire, and a Channel Islander mother Helen Rosemarie Hislop (née Beddows). His mother left for Wales in her late teens. His father died when Ian was an early teenager while his mother died when he was 32. Just before he was born, his paternal grandfather, David Murdoch Hislop, died. William Beddows, his maternal grandfather, was originally from Lancashire.

Because of his father’s work as a structural engineer, Hislop’s family started to move around the world when he was five months old. Hislop lived in Nigeria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and British Hong Kong during his childhood.

Ian Hislop Wife – Children

Hislop is married to English author Victoria Hamson. The couple married on 16 April 1988 in Oxford. They had their children in London; Emily Helen born in 1990, and William David born in 1993 and is also an actor, writer, and stand-up comedian.

Journalist Ian David Hislop with his wife
Journalist Ian David Hislop with his wife

Ian Hislop Private Eye

In English legal history, Ian is reputed to be the most prosecuted man. He edited Private Eye and was embroiled in many libel lawsuits, including one in which he was ordered to pay the Yorkshire Ripper’s wife, Peter Sutcliffe, £600,000 in damages. He received the London Press Club’s Print Journalist of the Year Award in April 2017. He said in a 1995 interview that Satire is the bringing of vice, stupidity, and humbug to ridicule. That’s the whole point. He insists that journalism is worth paying for and satirists, as some people think they should, do not target anything.

Ian Hislop Political Views

For over 20 years, Hislop has been strongly critical of all major British political parties. In 2008, he said that in an election for either party, he will vote for the fictitious Vince Cable for Treasurer Party In a 2003 recording of Have I Got News for You, Hislop even called for a referendum on the Treaty creating a Constitution for Europe. In the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s victory, he expressed dismay over the degree of public discourse, describing it as Orwellian in nature.

Ian Hislop Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $10 million dollars as of 2020. He has accrued his fortune from his career as a journalist, satirist, writer, broadcaster, and editor of the magazine Private Eye.

Ian Hislop Books

♦ 2016 – The Wipers Times
♦ 2017 – A Bunch of Amateurs
♦ 2018 – I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent
♦ 2018 – Trial by Laughter

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