22 Richest TV Hosts And Their Whopping Net Worths

Working as a TV host is a challenging and stressful job. They are always being scrutinized, and any wrong statement or even an improper word from them can cause a problem. Such an important job needs to be highly compensated, so check out these incredibly rich hosts with net worths that are too high to imagine! 

1. Rachael Ray, Food Network Show – $80 Million

Rachael Ray is a highly accomplished celebrity cook and television personality. She has a reported net worth of $80 million. She started her hosting career in 2005 when she signed a deal to host a talk show called Rachael Ray. She is more famous for her status as a chef, and her quick and easy cooking style has won her many fans. 

2. Rachel Maddow, MSNBC – $20 Million

Rachel Maddow works at MSNBC, hosting a popular show called The Rachel Maddow Show. Her style is very straightforward, which has attracted many fans who really appreciate her. She and her partner Susan Mikula met in 1999, and the pair have a stable relationship that’s lasted for a decade. Now they reside in a pre-Civil War farmhouse in Western Massachusetts and an apartment in West Village, Manhattan. 

3. Robin Roberts, ABC – $35 Million

Robin Roberts started her career as a sports reporter and rose to fame due to her role as one of the co-anchors of Good Morning America. Her frank revelation of her battle with myelodysplastic syndrome took the program to the next level and even helped the team earn a Peabody Award. With a net worth of $35 million, she has built a fund focusing on supporting research on malignant diseases.

4. Diane Sawyer, ABC News – $80 Million

Diane Sawyer started her career as a weather host, which she later thought to be too dull. She then successfully got involved in broadcasting journalism and became one of the writers for the then-President, helping write a press release, as well as his memoirs. She has hosted many shows such as Primetime Live, 60 Minutes, and Good Morning America. She has a $80 million net worth.

5. Wolf Blitzer, CNN – $16 Million

As one of the most respected anchors in the industry, Wolf Blitzer has been working at CNN since 1990. 72-year-old Wolf Blitzer’s annual salary is between $2 million and $5 million. He is not only a successful TV host but an author with a best-selling book titled Territory of Lies. His respective writing and TV hosting careers have increased his fortune to $16 million. 

6. Katie Couric, Yahoo’s Global News – $75 Million

As one of the most beloved show hosts in the United States, Katie Couric has been part of NBC, ABC, and CBS. The status of being co-anchor of the Today show has made her even more famous. Katie‘s successful hosting career and her bestsellers have helped her rack up a fortune estimated at $75 million. 

7. Alex Trebek, NBC – $75 Million

Alex Trebek has been quite dedicated to his hosting career, and even his cancer diagnosis in 2019 didn’t make him quit. He has an estimated net worth of $75 million that will be enough for him to live peacefully after retiring. In March 2020, he shared an update about his cancer and the challenges he was facing, which made our hearts go out to him.

8. Shepard Smith, Fox News – $25 Million

The news that Shepard Smith had resigned from Fox News where he’d worked for two decades came as a shock to most people. He said that he couldn’t tow the line followed by the network, which was reflected in the low ratings of his shows. Even so, he was named one of the world’s highest-paid journalists with an estimated net worth of $25 million.

9. Anderson Cooper, CNN – $100 Million

Anderson Cooper, a very successful journalist and an anchor, actually didn’t receive any formal training in the area, since he majored in political science during his time at Yale University. He was a news anchor for ABC before switching to CNN and has an estimated whopping net worth of $100 million. He was unfortunately disinherited from his mother’s $200 million Vanderbilt estate, or he would have been even wealthier. 

10. Bill Hemmer, Fox News – $9 Million

Bill Hemmer became interested in broadcasting when he was in high school. He then started his career in journalism during his senior year at Miami University, and his first big network was CNN. He worked there for ten years and decided to move to Fox News in 2005. His net worth is about $9 million. 

11. Sean Hannity, Fox News – $80 Million

Sean Hannity’s show Hannity that was broadcast on Fox News, has become extremely popular since he established himself as a political commentator who promoted conspiracy theories. He wrote three books, and his fourth book will be released within the year. He is one of the richest TV hosts around, with an estimated net worth of $80 million.

12. David Muir, ABC – $7 Million

David Muir is one of the most recognizable anchors to have earned numerous awards. He works as the host of ABC’s World News Tonight and has made the show’s ratings skyrocket since he succeeded Diane Sawyer in 2014. He is well known for his investigative skills and has a net worth of $7 million.

13. Tucker Carlson, Fox – $20 Million

Tucker Carlson started to become a millionaire thanks to his work in Fox News where he hosts the show named Tucker Carlson, which has played a big role in helping his affluence grow over the years. Before working at Fox News, he spent a couple of years working for CNN and MSNBC. 

14. Bret Baier, Fox News – $16 Million

Although Bret Baier has been a controversial figure at times, he has a giant net worth of $16 million. He has visited numerous countries, from which he has brought audiences the latest news and events, making his show one of the highest-rated. He has seemed to be looking for opportunities aside from reporting the news since he switched talent agencies in December 2019. 

15. Joy Behar, ABC News – $12 Million

Joy Behar has been one of the co-hosts of ABC’s daytime talk show The View since it was launched in 1997. Joy Behar tried to establish shows with her names on them, such as The Joy Behar Show and Late Night Joy, but all were short-lived. Besides being an anchor, she also has a few acting credits on films and televisions, all of which has helped her make $12 million over the course of her career.

16. David Gregory, CNN – $12 Million

David Gregory had already set his goal of entering into journalism when he was only a teenager. It might be simply broadening his horizons that he didn’t directly choose the journalism major but the international studies instead. He officially started his career on NBC and stayed there for 20 years, and his current net worth is about $12 million.

17. Chris Wallace, Fox News – $12 Million

Chris Wallace was perhaps always destined to be a host since his background was more or less related to journalism. His biological father Mike Wallace was a reporter for 60 Minutes, and his step-father Bill Leonard was the president of CBS News. The latter made a great contribution to Chris Wallace’s career because it was he who introduced Chris to the business. 

18. Drew Carey, CBS – $165 Million

Drew Carey is one of the longtime TV hosts on this list who has achieved a jaw-dropping net worth of $165 million. His fortune is still growing since his yearly earnings have now reached $12.5 million. He has hosted many shows, including The Price Is Right, Whose Line Is It Anyway, and The Drew Carey Show.

19. Gayle King, CBS News – $30 Million

Gayle King is a versatile host in the industry since she is able to either broadcast at a radio station or host her talk show on a variety of networks. One of her most successful posts is being the anchor of CBS This Morning. She is likely to be a life-loving person and willing to take advantage of her free time to promote body positivity, which can be seen on social media.

20. Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC – $16 Million

Lawrence O’Donnell, is well known for his fair share of controversial comments in the past. He has an estimated net worth of $16 million, and his fortune in the bank also grows by at least $4 million yearly. Outside of hosting, he also ventured into Hollywood and became a successful producer who created many other excellent shows such as The West Wing, and Mister Sterling.

21. Mélissa Theuriau, M6 – $18 Million

Mélissa Theuriau is often mistaken for a model because of her beautiful appearance and proportionate figure, but she is actually a French news anchor and journalist. She works for a French TV channel called M6 and has an estimated net worth of $18 million, which is proof that anchors outside the US are also paid well. She is a generous and caring person since she engages in charitable activities and helps educate girls through her organization La Rose.

22. Christiane Amanpour, CNN – $12.5 Million

Christiane Amanpour worked her way up from being an entry-level desk assistant to the channel’s Chief International Anchor with an estimated fortune of $12.5 million today. She tied the knot with journalist James Rubin in 1998, but sadly the pair divorced in 2018.

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