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30 Richest TV Personalities In America And Their Net Worth In 2019

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Television news and talk show hosts are a part of the Americal culture for a decade, and for a good reason. They provide us entertainment and keep us up to date with news and events around the world. Moreover, they do an amazing job.

Naturally, for their amazing work, they are paid well. After all, they don’t hide it. However, some of them do get bigger paychecks than others. Do you know who they are? These are television hosts and news anchors with the biggest paychecks today in America. Check them!

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30. Judy Woodruff

Estimated Net Worth: $3 million

Judy Woodruff changed many stations including CN, PBS, and NBC News. She is known for covering the 1976 U.S. presidential election when she first joined the NBC News crew.

In 1983 she moved from NBC to PBS and made a significant mark on television while hosting the docuseries Frontline with Judy Woodruff from 1984 to 1990. In 1993 she moved to CNN and stayed there for 12 years. At the time she serves as a board member at the International Women’s Media Foundation. Woodruff is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

29. Maria Menounos

Estimated Net Worth: $9 million

Maria is best known for her passionate work as a correspondent for some of the major networks, including Extra, Access Hollywood, and Today. Her career kicked off in 2002 with Entertainment Weekly. Soon after she made a switch.

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Maria hosted Access Hollywood in 2006, and from 2011 to 2014 she hosted Extra next to Mario Lopez. In addition, she won many awards and even had roles in influential TV series including One Tree Hill. We expect her wealth to simply.

28. Ann Curry

Estimated Net Worth: $10 million

Ann Curry is the perfect example of how you can raise from the bottom of the food chain. She started as an intern at an NBC affiliate and worked her way up to the top.

She is active for almost two decades. Her reports on natural disasters and human suffering are a favorite from NBC News. Ann is often seen reporting from war zones. After 25 years she left NBC to start her own business.

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27. Giuliana Rancic

Estimated Net Worth: $13 million

If you just spent just a minute watching E!, the chances are that you saw Giuliana. She is known for reporting about entertainment’s biggest news. Rancic also co-hosts E!’ Fashion Police show. In addition, she is often seen at the Golden Globes.

Giuliana had a reality show based on her life, starring next to her husband, Bill Rancic. She also has her fashion line, called G. After her battle with cancer Giuliana founded the charity Fab-U-Wish. The next host comes from a field far from entertainment.

26. Erin Burnett

Estimated Net Worth: $13 million

Erin Burnett OutFront is one of the most popular shows in America. Erin started her career as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs, and moved to CNN where she was offered a job as a writer and booker for their show, Moneyline.

During her career, she was reporting from many areas in the world, including Africa and Asia. Therefore, she became known as ‘The International Superstar’. Erin Burnett Outfront is active on CNN since 2011.

25. Natalie Morales

Estimated Net Worth: $16 million

Natalie went a long way from Chase Bank to a flourishing journalism career. Originally, she started at News 12 The Bronx and from there went to report on Presidental election, Hurricane Floyd, and Columbine shootings.

In 2004 she became an anchor at MSNBC, and in 2006 she joined The Today Show. In 2001 Natalie replaced Ann Curry as the news anchor for Today.

24. Steve Kroft

Estimated Net Worth: $17 million

When someone thinks about investigative journalism they think about Steve Kroft. He is also has known for his impeccable work with 60 Minutes. Steve started his career in 1980 as a reporter in New Your, for CBS News. He won an Emmy for his story on Chernobyl. Steve was also the first Americal journalist allowed to enter this nuclear facility.

Kroft won the Peabody Award for his segment on the fire incident in the Gulf War. In 2003 he won an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement. In May 2019, Kroft announced his retirement from 60 Minutes, after 30 seasons.

23. Savannah Guthrie

Estimated Net Worth: $20 million

Guthrie has a quite rich career. She started her career at ABC affiliate KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri. After that, she moved to Washington and took a job at WRC-TV, in 2001. From there she covered the horrible event September 11, 2001, as well as the following events.

Soon after she spent some time as a broadcast journalist when she received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is also a member of the State Bar of Arizona and she passed the District of Columbia bar. Since 2011, she became co-host of the 9 a.m. segment alongside Al Roker and Natalie Morales.

22. Kelly Ripa

Estimated Net Worth: $120 million

Before Kelly started ruling the world of talk shows, she started acting. Therefore, she played on the ABC soap opera All My Children and soon after started co-hosting Live with Kelly and Ryan. At the same time, she played on another ABC sitcom, Hope And Faith, as Faith Fairfield.

Kelly established her own production company – Milojo, together with her husband. They even produced the Emmy-nominated documentary The Streak. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she is one of the most powerful people in media nowadays.

21. Gayle King

Estimated Net Worth: $20 million

You probably know that Gayle is often seen with Oprah. After all, they are BFF’s. But, before she met Oprah, Gayle worked as a production assistant at WJZ-TV. When she moved to Kansas City, Missouri, she started working as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at WDAF-TV.

From there she went to work for The Oprah Winfrey Show, as a special correspondent. Then, she was offered her show The Gayle King Show. Unfortunately, it lasted for only one season. But, in 2011 she began hosting another show – The Gayle King Show on OWN, that was a success. The show ended when King made the transition to CBS This Morning.

20. Rachel Maddow

Estimated Net Worth: $20 million

Maddow started her career as a panelist on the MSNBC show, Tucker. From there she became an MSNBC political analyst and a regular panelist on Race for the White House.

In 2008, Maddow became the first openly gay host to have her show, The Rachel Maddow Show, on a prime-news network.

19. Maria Bartiromo

Estimated Net Worth: $22 million

Maria started her career while she was studying economics and journalism. At the time she worked an internship at CNN and spend the next five years and as an assignment editor and an executive producer with CNN’s Business News.

Bartiromo was the first journalist to report live from The New York Stock Exchange. She is also the author of three books. Maria joined Fox Business Network in 2013 and remains there until this day.

18. Hoda Kotb

Estimated Net Worth: $30 million

Hoda’s first job was reporting for WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana for six years, between 1992 and 1998. In 2008 she began co-hosting Today.

Hoda had to wait for a decade to become officially the third co-anchor of Today. Together with Guthrie, they created the first female co-anchor pair on the show. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and ever since she has been an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

17. Megyn Kelly

Estimated Net Worth: $30 million

Back in 2013, Kelly had one task: to cover local and national events, for ABC affiliate WJLA-TV. After that, she joined FOX news in 2004. There she hosted a legal segment named, Kelly’s Court.

In 2017, Kely left Fox News to work at NBC News. In addition, her talk show, Megyn Kelly Today, premiered in September 2017. On January 11, 2019, her contract was terminated. However, she announced that she will be back, with no further details.

16. Robin Roberts

Estimated Net Worth: $35 million

Robin started her career in 1983 in Mississippi, as a sports anchor and reporter for WDAM-TV. She joined ESPN in 1990. She is also credited for coining the phrase “Go on with your bad self!”

She joined Good Morning America in 1995, and for her contribution to women’s basketball, she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012. Last year, she co-anchored the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.

15. Carson Daly

Estimated Net Worth: $40 million

Carson is known ever since he started hosting MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL) in 1998. From there, he went to host the Last Call with Carson Daly.

He is also known for hosting a New Year’s Eve special for NBC called New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly. In 2013, Daly became the social media reporter on The Today Show. He was engaged to Tara Reid, but they ended their engagement in 2001.

14. Meredith Vieira

Estimated Net Worth: $40 million

Although Meredith started her career during the 1990s, she became best known for being the first female host of the American version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Then she went to replace Couric as an anchor of Today, until 2011. Later on, she covered the 2012 London Summer Olympics and in 2014 she became the first solo female news anchor to cover NBC’s Olympics in prime-time coverage. In 2014 Meredith started her won the show – The Meredith Vieira Show. Sadly, the show lasted only for two seasons.

13. Jimmy Fallon

Estimated Net Worth: $60 million

Fallon is one of the American’s most beloved TV hosts. He started his career as a stand-up comedian in his early 20s and had his first TV appearance in 1998, on the show Spin City. After his second audition, he landed on SNL. At the time he was only 23-years-old.

Jimmy even tasted how it is to be an actor in movies, starting with Taxi. However, real fame came with his late-night show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2009. Since 2013, he is hosting The Tonight Show.

12. Stephen Colbert

Estimated Net Worth: $60 million

Initially, Colbert wanted to become a dramatic actor, and he had zero interest in comedy. But he did end up in a comedy group that had one focus – improvisation classes. So, he started working for Comedy Central.

Stephen joined The Daily Show in 1997, where he often filled in for Jon Stewart. In 2005, he started hosting his show, called The Colbert Report. The true reign came in 2014, with The Late Show.

11. Al Roker

Estimated Net Worth: $60 million

At the time, Al Roker is a co-host on 3rd Hour Today and the weather anchor on NBC’s Today. Back in 2013, he tried to beat the unofficial world record for an uninterrupted live weather report of 33 hours.

It was announced in 2014 that Al holds the new Guinness World Record for reporting for 34 hours straight. He is an irreplaceable part of The Today Show since 1996.

10. Katie Couric

Estimated Net Worth: $75 million

Couric is one of the rare TV personalities that has been a television host on all “Big Three” television networks in the States. Also, she worked as a correspondent for 60 Minutes and host her show simply named, Katie.

In 2011, Katie published a book called The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives. The book was a New York Times best-seller. Since 2004 she is part of the Television Hall of Fame. Today, she is known as the “America’s Sweetheart,” a co-anchor on The Today Show, and one of the most recognizable names in journalism.

9. Diane Sawyer

Estimated Net Worth: $80 million

Diane started her rich and long career during the 1970s, when she started working as a broadcast journalist in Washington, D.C. She was an assistant for White House deputy press secretary Jerry Warren and after became a staff assistant for Richard Nixon. She stood by Nixon during the Watergate catastrophy and even helped him write RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon in 1978.

8. Steve Harvey

Estimated Net Worth: $180 million

Did you know that Harvey lived on the streets for years? Yes, he is known as a real-life Cinderella guy. He was so passionate about comedy that he didn’t mind sleeping in his car while trying to get gigs at comedy clubs. This is how his life looked during the 1980s: sleeping in the car, showering at the gas station, and showering in swimming pool showers.

He applied for Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search and made it to the finals. Therefore, he had an opportunity to host Showtime at the Apollo. Later on, he started his own show called The Steve Harvey Show, on the WB network. He also hosts Celebrity Family Feud on ABC and has a radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show.

7. Anderson Cooper

Estimated Net Worth: $200 million

Before he fell in love with television, Cooper served as an intern for the Central Intelligence Agency. His background is political science, and as soon as his internship with the CIA was done, he started working as a correspondent for ABC News. In addition, he was a co-anchor on World News Now.

Together with Paula Zahn, he worked at CNN, on American Morning. At the time, he was known for hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square. He became the main anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN, in 2003. Globally he is appreciated for investigative journalism. He even hosted the documentary Planet in Peril in 2007. At the moment he is a CNN anchor and correspondent. At the same time, he remains a correspondent for 60 Minutes.

6. Judge Judy

Estimated Net Worth: $420 million

Judge Judy has become a symbol of justice, fair behavior, and real education. This reality court show won three Emmy awards since it first aired, in 1996. Just recently, Judge Judy was approved for season 25.

So far, Judge Judy gave us amazing quotes, such as, “Where did you think you were coming to today, the beach?!” Her attitude and sayings are simply named ‘Judyisms’. Even today, Judy uses the show to provide guidance and life lessons.

5. Ellen DeGeneres

Estimated Net Worth: $490 million

Ellen started her career in the early 1980s. Ever since, she started in two television sitcoms, Ellen and The Ellen Show. Both shows ended by 2002. Ellen shocked the world when she came out as a lesbian. She hared this information during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, in 1997.

She is mostly known for her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and often gives aways. Ellen published four books and even started her own record company, named eleveneleven. ED Ellen DeGeneres is her lifestyle brand available since 2015. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2016.

4. Dr. Phil

Estimated Net Worth: $440 million

Phillip Calvin McGraw is better known as Dr. Phil, who has been on television since the late ’90s. His fame kicked off when he appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Later on, he started his own show globally known as Dr. Phil. The idea of the show was for him to give advices on various topics. Is he a real doctor? Well, he got his license to practice psychology in 2006.

In 2003, Dr. Phil started The Dr. Phil Foundation. The main goal of the Foundation is to help fight childhood obesity. In addition, they support other organizations.

3. Jay Leno

Estimated Net Worth: $400 million

Leno was a great stand-up comedian. But he realized that he wants more, so he became the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jay became the host of the show The Jay Leno Show in 2009, also on NBC.

Jay was often Carson’s substitute on The Tonight Show, which led to Leno being Carson’s successor, instead of Letterman. In 2014, Leno started hosting his new show, called Jay Leno’s Garage. That same year he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

2. David Letterman

Estimated Net Worth: $400 million

Letterman is a well-known comedian, writer, producer, and above all one of the most influential television hosts ever. When it comes to his television career, he is primarily known for his talk show, The Late Show with David Letterman on NBC.

His talk show was the longest-serving late-night talk show in American television history. Nowadays, he is focused on his Netflix series. Moreover, his production company, Worldwide Pants, produced his shows and Everybody Loves Raymond.

1. Oprah Winfrey

Estimated Net Worth: $3.5 billion

So far, no one can come close to the fantastic “Queen of All Media.” Oprah was first North America’s black multi-billionaire. Moreover, she was named the greatest black philanthropist in American history. This should come as no surprise knowing that Oprah is all about giving back. She is also one of the most influential women in the world.

She became globally known thanks to her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. This TV show was the highest-rated television program. Nowadays, Oprah is more present in the digital world, and she published magazines O, The Oprah Magazine, and, O At Home. She may not be hosting TV shows anymore, but she does own her own network called the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

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