The women and men of daytime television make a a shocking amount of money! You may watch them on a regular basis on TV, but have you ever wonder what your favorite talk show personalities actually make? Beyond their salaries, many of these TV hosts have built up years of extra income from endorsements and books outside of their shows. We are exposing the insane net worths of your favorite talk show hosts…
Jon Stewart – $80 Million
Jon Stewart is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. Stewart started his career as a stand-up comedian, but branched into television as host of Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central. He is best known for being the host of The Daily Show which is a satirical news program on Comedy Central. Stewart is most known for co-hosting on The Daily Show from 1999 to 2015. The presenter sadly announced his exit from the show in 2015, with the intention of switching his focus to writing. His counterpart Trevor Noah now hosts the popular show.
Anderson Cooper – $100 Million
Silver Fox Anderson Cooper enjoys getting a staggering $11 million per year for his work as CNN’s news anchor. But it’s Cooper’s mother Gloria Vanderbilt who blows him out of the water with an even more impressive net worth – $200 million.
Matt Lauer – $60 Million
Although he has been faced with recent challenges in his personal and professional life, Matt Lauer’s net worth will surely help him ride out the wave. At an estimated $60 Million, this former-TV host has definitely earned himself a name and a hefty bank account over the years.
Kelly Ripa – $75 Million
With an annual salary of $20 million, Kelly Ripa’s has truly built up her worth over the years. After hosting shows such as Live With Kelly and Hope And Faith, she also founded the production company Milojo with her husband Mark Consuelos.
Ryan Seacrest – $350 Million
Undoubtedly with many strings to his bow, Ryan Seacrest has made an absolute fortune. This is largely in part to his work as a radio personality, TV host and as a producer. His work on American Idol has earned him the most recognition.
Rachel Ray – $60 Million
Celebrity cook Rachael Ray has made millions from her lifestyle shows. Some of her most successful shows include 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels. She also has her own magazine, titled Every Day with Rachael Ray.
David Letterman – $400 MillionIn 1982, Late Night with David Letterman took off and became the most popular chat show on TV. He now runs his own program, making money from reruns of numerous sitcoms such as The King Of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond.
Oprah Winfrey – $2.9 Billion
It’s official, Oprah Winfrey is one the highest paid TV presenters on our list with a staggering net worth of $2.9 billion! This makes her the first African-American multi-billionaire and is mainly as a result of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Dr. Phil – $400 Million
With his own chat show, Dr. Phil has done very well for himself with an amazing net worth of $400 million. After regularly featuring on The Oprah Winfrey Show, McGraw has released many best-selling books and has his own shows, Dr. Phil and The Doctors.
Jimmy Fallon – $25 Million
Jimmy Fallon has been in the TV spotlight since his debut on Saturday Night Live in 1998. He also starred in movies such as Taxi and Fever Pitch. Eventually, Fallon was given his own show in the form of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and then became the sixth host of The Tonight Show.
Simon Cowell – $550 Million
Even though he may not be the best-liked judge on American Idol, Simon Cowell has certainly made a name for himself on reality talent shows. He has also worked on shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and the American version.
Trevor Noah – $3 Million
South African-born Trevor Noah took over Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show and hasn’t looked back ever since. After a string of controversial tweets upon getting the job, Noah said, “to reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character.”
Ellen DeGeneres – $400 Million
The genius behind the award winning The Ellen Show has become one of the most beloved hosts in television. The recipient of 32 Daytime Emmy Awards, Ellen DeGeneres has the interviewed the very best and has a staggering net worth of $400 million
Stephen Colbert – $45 Million
The Colbert Report, hosted by Stephen Colbert, became one of the highest rated shows on Comedy Central. In his career, Colbert has won numerous awards, including nine Primetime Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Peabody Awards.
Dick Clark – $200 Million
Dick Clark will be best remembered for his 30 years as the host of the show American Bandstand. Although the TV personality passed away after also hosting shows such as Pyramid, Clark still has one of the highest net worths in television. British comedian John Oliver’s career catapulted into fame when he started working alongside Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Now a host of the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the TV personality has also starred in shows such as sitcom Community.
Judy Sheindlin – $47 Million
Former Manhattan family court judge Judy Sheindlin has worked as a TV attorney/judge since 1996. From its 3rd season through to its 5th one, Judge Judy became one of the highest-rated daytime television programs of all time.
Bill O’Reilly – $70 Million
Since starting The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News in 1996, Bill O’Reilly has been the host of one of cable television’s top news shows. Beyond this, O’Reilly has also had books published such as Pinheads and Patriots as well as A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity.
Pat Sajak – $45 Million
Pat Sajak has boosted his net worth with numerous temporary spells on CBS and CNN. But he is probably best known for his work on Wheel of Fortune. Sajak also hosts the radio show The Pat Sajak Baseball Hour.
Steve Harvey – $100 Million
The host of the Miss Universe Pageants has a huge net worth of $100 million. Not only that, but Steve Harvey also hosts the radio show The Steve Harvey Morning Show and also hosted Family Feud at one point in his career.
Drew Carey – $165 Million
The American comedian made the biggest splash in his career as the host of Whose Line Is It Anyway? But Drew Carey also had spells hosting The Price Is Right as well as ABC’s The Drew Carey Show.
Tyra Banks – $30 Million
Former American’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks made the most of both her beauty and brains to rack up a huge net worth over the course of her career. She hosted the award-winning The Tyra Banks Show.
Kellyanne Conway – $40 Million
The campaign manager for President Trump was none other than TV presenter Kellyanne Conway. The political commentator for CNN and Fox News was the mastermind behind the Republican’s Presidential campaign. She has also appeared on shows such as Good Morning America and Real Time with Bill Maher.
Bob Barker – $70 Million
Even though he hasn’t been doing too much since retiring in 2007, Bob Barker’s net worth is still impressive! The former The Price Is Right host worked on TV for over 50 years, earning multiple awards and having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Larry King – $144 Million
Larry King has been at the forefront of celebrity/political broadcast journalism even since launching his show Larry King Live in 1985. Since retiring from the show in 2010, King had his memoir published, titled My Remarkable Journey.
Katie Couric – $55 Million
Talk show host and author Katie Couric had a long term contract with NBC News which spanned for the good part of three decades. She has also featured on multiple shows such as Dateline NBC, The Today Show and 60 Minutes.
Emeril Lagasse – $50 Million
Food Network mainstay Emeril Lagasse has hosted successful shows such as Essence of Emeriland Emeril Live. He also owns the company Emeril Empire, which generates over $150 million every year, and has written several best-selling cookbooks.
Regis Philbin – $150 Million
When you think of game shows, you think of Regis. The man most famous for hosting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has made an absolute fortune from his game show repertoire. Regis Philbin also hosted the first season of America’s Got Talent.
Conan O’Brien – $75 Million
Saturday Night Live veteran Conan O’Brien has blossomed into one of the most beloved chat show hosts on primetime television. Since David Letterman’s retirement, O’Brien is now the longest-serving late-night chat show host after being in the industry for over 22 years.
Jay Leno – $350 Million
Jay Leno started his career as a standup comedian. But in 1992, NBC gave him his own show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Since retiring from the show in 2014, Leno was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Chelsea Handler – $40 Million
Chelsea Handler is truly a mack of all trades, being a TV host, comedian and producer. for the good part of a decade, she hosted the Chelsea Lately Show on E! It should be no surprise that Handler is now worth a huge $40 million.
Jerry Springer – $75 Million
The host of one of the most successful chat shows of all time, Jerry Springer is a powerhouse in the world of daytime TV. In more recent times, Springer has brought his drama to the internet with his own podcast.
Jimmy Kimmel – $35 Million
After gaining a funny reputation early on in his career on Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel was given his own chat show in the form of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has also cameoed in movies such as Pitch Perfect 2 and Ted 2.
Michael Strahan – $55 Million
Former NFL player Michael Strahan broke records during his time with the New York Giants. Strahan retired from the game after winning Super Bowl in his final season. This was followed by a swift transition into TV as a football analyst.
Diane Sawyer – $80 Million
The news anchor for ABC’s World News was well known for being closely associated to former President Richard Nixon. Diane Sawyer has also worked on shows such as Good Morning America and Primetime. Her net worth is believed to be $80 million.
Sir David Attenborough – $80 Million
Considered one of the UK’s finest exports, Sir David Attenborough has been at the forefront nature broadcasting for the majority of his career. The brother of Jurassic Park’s Richard Attenborough has been awarded numerous BAFTA awards for his shows Life and Planet Earth.
Chuck Barris – $120 Million
Best known for hosting The Gong Show, Chuck Barris is considered by many as a true legend of television. The creator of The Dating Game sadly passed away in 2017 but left behind an unsurpassable legacy.
Sean Hannity – $80 Million
It seems like there’s nothing that $80 million star Sean Hannity can’t do. The presenter has written books and hosted radio shows such as The Sean Hannity Show. But he is probably recognized the most for hosting political news show Hannity on Fox.
Glenn Beck – $90 Million
Best known for his radio show Glenn Beck Radio Program, Glenn Beck was also a Fox News contributor and is now the CEO of Mercury Radio Arts.
Megyn Kelly – $15 Million
In 2013 alone, “the future of Fox News” made $6 million. She also received $10 million in advance for her memoir Settle For More, which was published by HarperCollins. All of Kelly’s achievements suggest that she could potentially become the next Oprah Winfrey.
Khloe Kardashian – $24 Million
The youngest of the Kardashian sisters, Khloe Kardashian is a forced to be reckoned with. In 2012, she hosted the second season of The X-Factor with Mario Lopez. Then in 2016, she created her own chat show, Kocktails with Khloe, followed by the fitness show, Revenge Body.
Craig Ferguson – $30 Million
Scottish-American T.V. Host Craig Ferguson first found success when he played Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show. Nowadays, he has his own show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Also, he hosts the game show Celebrity Name Game. He has even had his own memoir published.
Wendy Williams – $60 Million
Beyond hosting The Wendy Williams Show, the TV presenter has also written six books, including her autobiography. She has also launched her own jewelry collection and fashion line. She even has the road she grew up on named after her, to Wendy Williams Way.
Barbara Walters – $150 Million
Barbara Walters made history when she became the first ever female news anchor on national evening news. The news presenter has had numerous spells hosting shows such as 20/20 and ABC News Today. She most recently hosted The View.
Doctor Oz – $4 Million
Mehmet Cengiz Oz, famously known as the DIY medic Dr. Oz, is a professor at Columbia University who also happens to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. After making appearances on both Larry King Live and The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oz was on the rise to TV stardom.
John Oliver – $5 Million
NeNe Leakes – $12 Million
NeNe Leakes is both a reality TV star and a fashion designer. She’s best known for the reality TV show The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She also starred in the musical sitcom Glee as Roz Washington. Outside of TV, Leakes designed her own clothing line.
Star Jones – $18.5 Million
A host on The View, Star Jones is a big reason behind the success of the Emmy Award-winning show. Despite having weight issues early on in her career, she has maintained a balanced diet and exercise routine to complete a sensational transformation.
Robin Roberts – $25 Million
Robin Roberts is the anchor of ABC’s show Good Morning America and is one of the highest paid TV hosts in the U.S. In recent times, she was inducted into the WNBA Hall of Fame for her work on ESPN.
Adrienne Bailon – $500,000
Originally a mainstay of the Disney channel, Adrienne Bailon has also worked in movies and has also hosted a string of TV shows. The former Cheetah Girl became the co-host of chat show The Real and has also hosted MTV’s New Afternoons.
Joy Behar – $8 Million
Originally one of panel members of The View, Joy Behar has hosted many shows such as Joy Behar: Say Anything!, The Joy Behar Show and her current show, Late Night Joy. The Daytime Emmy Award winner currently chats with celebrities in her New York City place.
Anton Du Beke – $10 Million
The Strictly Come Dancing legend Anton Du Beke has come a long way since his BBC dancing exploits. He starred in other reality TV shows such as Hole in the Wall. Then in 2011, Du Beke was the winner of the Rear of the Year award.
Ty Pennington – $10 Million
One of the most successful celebrities in the design industry, Ty Pennington earned an amazing $75,000 per episode of his hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He has also had a deal with Marketplace Events and even had two books published.
Ricki Lake – $15 Million
In 1993, Ricki Lake became the youngest TV host at 24 years of age when she started helming her own show. Despite ending in 2004, Lake eventually hosted her second show, The Ricki Lake Show. She has also starred in shows such as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Alton Brown – $13 Million
Popular TV chef Alton Brown has had a string of successful shows on The Food Network while earning a cool $13 million along the way. The happy chef’s hit shows include Good Eats, Iron Chef America and Feasting on Asphalt.
Bret Baier – $16 Million
Fox News’ chief political anchor Bret Baier is a force to be reckoned with in the world of political broadcasting. The presenter of Special Report with Bret Baier has been around for a while now and currently earns $7 million per year.
Shepard Smith – $25 Million
Currently earning $10 million per year, Shepard Smith is another Fox News host who seems to have been around forever. He is the managing editor of the breaking news department and is also the chief news anchor. He is also a popular personality online.
Neil Cavuto – $23 Million
After making a name for himself as anchor of Fox’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” the host became the vice president of business news in 2006. Cavuto even contributed on NBC’s “Today” and has also written many books and won numerous awards.