Nigel Lythgoe net worth: Nigel Lythgoe is an English TV and film director, producer and former dancer who has a net worth of $110 million. Nigel Lythgoe was born in Wirral, England to a dockworker father. He showed an early interest in dance at the age of 10. Nigel, a one-time dancer turned choreographer, started his career performing on television with BBC's Young Generation dance ensemble in England. Then he moved into the behind-the-scenes work, as a choreographer on innumerable music series in the UK, including the Muppets. Ten years later, Lythgoe turned into a producer who enjoyed a worldwide success with productions like You Bet! (1989), Fox's American Idol (2002), Popstars, So You Think You Can Dance (2005), The Next Great American Band (2007) and Superstars of Dance (2009). Subsequently, he was recognized as one of the preeminent godfathers of early 21st century reality TV. Nigel has two sons, Kristopher and Simon, with former wife Bonita Shawe, whom she met while he worked as choreographer for the BBC's Young Generation.