Ever wonder how much political pundits make? Take a peek at our list of some of the wealthiest political pundits in America.
We’ve ranked the net worth of political celebrities, from Geraldo Rivera to Rush Limbaugh. The list includes the big-name talking heads popping up on our television screens, political writers idling in our Amazon shopping carts, and conservative talk show hosts blaring from our radios.
The level of wealth generated by party polarization and political punditry makes us wonder how Stephen Colbert cashed in with “I Am America (And So Can You!)” — and how we can, too.
Despite his recent radio “Fluke,” Rush Limbaugh — one of the most controversial voices on conservative radio — is number _ with a net worth estimated at $300 million. His current show, which broadcasts from his multi-million dollar waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, brings over 14 million listeners per week. As most Palm Beach conservatives, he enjoys smoking cigars and playing golf on his break from ranting about America’s left.
Formerly known as Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, political satirist Jon Stewart has a net worth estimated at $80 million. A graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Stewart began his career as a stand-up comedian in New York City. Best known for his show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Stewart and TheDC’s very own Tucker Carlson faced off on CNN’s Crossfire during the 2004 election.
American television host and political commentator Bill O’Reilly has a net worth of $50 million. He earned his millions hosting the Fox News Channel program The O’Reilly Factor, and has previously worked at CBS News, ABC News, and was formerly anchor of entertainment program Inside Edition.
Born in Washington D.C., political satirist and author Stephen Colbert has a net worth of $45 million. It should come as no surprise that Colbert was a student of performance art, beginning his antics at ImprovOlympic’s Annoyance Theater. Colbert later ended up with his own Daily Show spin-off, The Colbert Report, winning multiple Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for his writing and performance.
New York-born author of three NY Times bestsellers and political commentator Sean Hannity has an estimated net worth of $35 million dollars. Hannity, a radio host and television personality, is a conservative pundit who hosts the Fox Channel political talk show “Hannity.”
Politcal commentator and sportscaster Keith Olbermann has a net worth of $35 million. Aside from his popular political commentaries, Olbermann a co-host of SportsCenter and a sportscaster with ESPN.
In spite of writing and starring in the 2008 film Religulous which mocked a variety of religious beliefs, Maher is blessed with a net worth of $23 million. Beginning his career as a stand up comedian 1970s, Maher hosted the show Politically Incorrect until 2002 after a controversial remark in relation to September 11th in 2001.
Michael Alan Weiner — known on the radio waves as Michael Savage — has an estimated net worth of $18 million dollars. Born in New York, Savage is a conservative radio host, commentator, and author. Savage best known for his controversial right-wing radio show, “Savage Nation.” Last month — after a legal battle with longtime employer Talk Radio Network — Savage left his show and 8 million weekly listeners to be, in his own words, “free at last!”
A journalist, television host, attorney, and writer, Geraldo Rivera has estimated net worth of $12 million dollars. Geraldo rose to fame in the 70s and 80s as an award-winning investigative journalist. Perhaps best known for his over-hyped excavation of the alleged vault of Al Capone, Geraldo currently hosts the show “Geraldo at Large” on CNBC.