30 Richest TV Hosts in the World

Richest Hosts in the World
Richest Hosts in the World (Source: NBC News)

Unlike the actors that we see in movies or series, TV hosts are expected to be authentically themselves while airing an episode on television yet have an impact on people depending on the type of shows they are doing.

Of course, TV shows don’t have a genre. It could be comedy talk shows or even shows that are intended to assist people in raising various social issues.

Richest Hosts in the World
Richest Hosts in the World (Source: Legit.ng)

You may wonder that being a TV host requires a charismatic personality, hard work, and lots of dedication. Well, it sure does.

So, let’s take a look at them. Shall we?

Quick Overview

Hosts  Net Worth
Bill Kurtis $15 Million
Cat Deeley $15 Million
Joe Kernen $16 Million
Tom Bergeron $16 Million
Michael Palin $20 Million
Geraldo Rivera $20 Million
Piers Morgan $20 Million
Craig Ferguson $30 Million
Nick Cannon $30 Million
Jonathon Ross $35 Million
Chelsea Handler $35 Million
Sally Jessy Raphael $35 Million
Wendy Williams $40 Million
Jimmy Kimmel $50 Million
James Corden $50 Million
Stephen Colbert $75 Million
Bill O’Reilly $85 Million
Tyra Banks $90 Million
Jon Stewart $120 Million
Conan O’Brien $150 Million
Anderson Cooper $200 Million
Steve Harvey $200 Million
Sean Hannity $250 Million
David Letterman $400 Million
Judy Sheindlin $450 Million
Ryan Seacrest $450 Million
Jay Leno $450 Million
Dr. Phil McGraw $460 Million
Ellen DeGeneres $490 Million
Oprah Winfrey $2.5 Billion

30. Bill Kurtis

Bill Kurtis is an American television host, journalist, narrator, and news anchor with a total net worth of over $15 million.

He has hosted numerous crime shows and news documentary shows. Some of them are Investigative Reports, American Justice, and Cold Case Files.

Host- Kurtis
Bill Kurtis (Source: Wikipedia)

Kurtis has also worked as an anchor for CBS Morning News and WBBM-TV.

Currently, he is the announcer for National Public Radio’s news comedy/ quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t tell me!

Besides, he is also serving as the host of the documentary-style news magazine “through the Decades” on CBS.

29. Cat Deeley

Catherine Elizabeth Deeley is an English show host, television presenter, model, and actress with a net worth of $15 million.

She has hosted a children’s program in SMTV Live along with Fame Academy, the 2004 Brit Awards, and the stars in their eyes.

Host- Cat
Cat Deeley in Australia (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

In 2001, she won BAFTA Children’s Award for hosting SMTV Live. Deeley was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host in a reality program.

Furthermore, she is also an ambassador for UNICEF UK.

28. Joe Kernen

Joseph Richard Kernen is an American show host and news anchor with a net worth of $16 million.

Currently, he works as a co-host of Squawk Box on CNBC.

However, Kernen has made several claims throughout his career which eventually led to many controversies.

For instance, mocking Non-Americans and passing insulting remarks to Indians.

Host- Joe
Joe Kernen (Source: Wikipedia)

Similarly, in one of the interviews, he made an ignorant statement claiming that the Republic of Ireland was a part of the United Kingdom and he also compared climate change to witchcraft.

As a consequence, many viewers have been upset by such remarks.

Apart from being a show host, he had a long career of 10 years as a stockbroker.

Kernen’s Twitter handle.

27. Tom Bergeron

Thomas Raymond Bergeron is an American game show host, television personality, and actor with a total net worth of $16 million

Host- Bergeron
Bergeron at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

He gained massive popularity due to his notable works as a host for Hollywood Squares, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and Dancing with the stars.

Bergeron won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in the year 2000.

26. Michael Palin

Sir Michael Edward Palin is an English show host, actor, comedian, writer, and documentarian with a whopping net worth of $20 million.

He was a member of the comedy group Monty Python and before that, he had also worked for several shows.

Host- Palin
Palin at The National Churches Trust 2018 Carol Concert (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

As a travel writer and documentarian, Palin has visited many countries across the globe, yet one of his prominent visits was to North Korea in 2018.

Quick Fact: Palin won the BAFTA Award for the Best Actor in Supporting Role for his special appearance in the movie “A Fish called Wanda”.

25. Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera is an American show host, attorney, author and, political commentator with a total net worth of $20 million.

He has hosted a tabloid talk show called Geraldo and news magazine program Geraldo at large.

Host- Geraldo
Geraldo Rivera(Source: Flickr)

However, Rivera gained publicity with the live T.V special “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults.

Currently, he hosts Geraldo Rivera Reports and makes a regular appearance on Fox News Programs.

24. Piers Morgan

Piers Stefan Pughe Morgan is a British television personality, broadcaster, journalist, and writer with a net worth of $20 million.

He hosted several shows such as Good Morning Britain, America’s Got Talent, and Britain’s Got Talent.

Host- Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan (Source: Healthy Celeb)

Likewise, Morgan has also hosted some of his own shows: Piers Morgan’s life stories and Piers Morgan Live.

However, he has been in a lot of controversies due to his outspoken views and controversial remarks.

Additionally, in March 2021, his criticism of the Oprah with Meghan and Harry interview upset many viewers, leading to 57,000 complaints, including a complaint from the Duchess of Sussex herself.

23. Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson is a Scottish- American television host with a total net worth of $30 million.

He is best known for hosting The late late show with Craig Ferguson and he won a Peabody Award in 2009, precisely for his interview with South African archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Host-Craig
Craig Ferguson (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Similarly, Ferguson has hosted Celebrity Name Game and Join or Die with Craig Ferguson. He won two Daytime Emmy Awards for hosting a game show, “Celebrity Name Game”.

You can follow him on Twitter to get updated with his day-to-day activities.

22. Nick Cannon

Nicholas Scott Cannon is an American show host, comedian, rapper, and actor with a total net worth of $30 million.

Host- Nick
Cannon in Time 100 Gala (Source: Wikipedia)

Some of his prominent works as a host are for The Nick Cannon Show, Wild’n Out, America’s Got Talent, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, and The Masked Singer.

Additionally, Cannon owns a few record labels and has appeared in several films as well.

21. Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Stephen Ross is an English show host, broadcaster, film critic, comedian, and actor with a total net worth of $35 million.

He is best known for hosting the BBC One chat show “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross” and his own radio show on BBC Radio 2.

Host- Jonathan
Jonathan Ross (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Ross parted ways with BBC in 2011 and began his comedy show “The Jonathan Ross Show”.

Nonetheless, he currently works as a judge for a musical and dance competition show called The Masked Singer and The Masked Dancer.

20. Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Joy Handler is an American television host, actress, comedian, writer, and activist with a total net worth of $35 million.

Host- Chelsea
Handler at the 2012 Time 100 gala (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

She is best known for hosting the late-night talk show called “Chelsea Lately” which aired on the E! network.

In January 2016, Handler released a documentary series called “Chelsea Does” along with a talk show on Netflix.

Furthermore, Times names her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012.

19. Sally Jessy Raphael

Sally Jessy Raphael is a former American tabloid talk show host with a staggering net worth of $40 million.

She is best known for hosting her talk show, “Sally” which was originally called, “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show”.

Sally Jessy Raphael (Source: Wikipedia)

In that regard, Talkers Magazine named her to their 25 greatest television talk show hosts of all-time list in 2002.

Over her career span, she has hosted several talk shows, accomplishing great success.

Additionally, she also worked for Associated Press and United Press International.

18. Wendy Williams

Wendy Joan Williams is an American talk show host, businesswoman, and writer with a total net worth of $40 million.

She is widely famous for her television talk show “The Wendy Williams Show” which was initiated in 2008 and runs to date.

Wendy Williams
Wendy Williams (Source: Deadline)

Williams began her career as a DJ and after struggling for years, she finally reached where she is now.

Apart from being a show host, she also owns her fashion, wig, and jewelry line.

Furthermore, Wendy was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.

17. Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel is an American show host, comedian and, writer with a net worth of $50 million. His popular T.V show is “JimmyKimmel Live!” which airs to date and he is also the executive producer of the show.

Before starting his own show, Kimmel was the co-host at Comedy Central’s “The Man’s Show” and ” Win Ben Stein’s Money”.

Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel (Source: PAW Patrol Wiki – Fandom)

He has also hosted Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012, 2016, and 2020. Likewise, he hosted Academy Awards in 2017 and 2018.

Time magazine named him as one of the “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” in 2018.

16. James Corden

James Kimberly Corden is an English T.V show host, actor, comedian, writer, singer, and producer with an astounding net worth of $50 million.

He is well-known for his show “Late Late Show with James Corden” which has been on CBS since 2015.

Host- Corden
James Corden at 10 Downing Street (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Carpool Karaoke is one of his most loved shows all over the world.

In addition, he has also hosted Tony Awards in 2016 and 2019 along with the Grammy Awards in 2017 and 2018.

Corden won The BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy for BBC Sitcom “Gavin and Stacey”

Moreover, he has been nominated for 22 Primetime Emmy Awards and won 9 in total for his talk show.

15. Stephen Colbert

Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American show host, actor, political commentator, and writer with a total net worth of $75 million.

Host- Colbert
Colbert in 2019 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

He hosted The Late Show with Stephan Colbert in 2015. Likewise, he gained massive popularity for his satirical comedy program, The Colbert Report.

Colbert has won nine Primetime Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and three Peabody Awards. Similarly, he was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2006 and 2012.

14. Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly is an American television show host, journalist, and author with a net worth of $85 million. He has hosted CBS News and ABC News.

However, he is best known for his show called The O’Reilly Factor which aired until 2017.

Bill O'Reilly
Bill O’Reilly (Source: YouTube)

The show had the highest rating for the cable news show for over 16 years.

As an author, he has also written several books.

Additionally, Media analysts named him ” the biggest star in the 20-year history at Fox News”

13. Tyra Banks

Tyra Lynne Banks is an American television personality, model, businesswoman, actress, and writer with a total net worth of $90 million. She is also a famous Victoria’s Secrets model.

However, she founded a show called “America’s Next Top Model” which turned out to be a huge success and now has franchises all over the world.

Tyra Banks in an interview at Digitas' NewFront in 2011.
Tyra Banks in an interview at Digitas’ NewFront in 2011 (Source: Flickr)

Likewise, she was the executive producer and presenter of the show for 22 seasons. Banks also won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show Informative.

12. Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, director, political commentator, and actor with a net worth of $120 million, making him one of the richest show hosts in the world.

He gained popularity for his satirical news program on Comedy Central “The Daily Show”.

Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart (Source: Biography)

Stewart, who began his career as a stand-up comedian eventually joined television and has hosted several shows ever since.

Likewise, “You Wrote It, You Watch It” and “The Jon Stewart Show,” which aired from MTV, are famous shows that he hosted. Stewart has been awarded 22 Primetime Emmy Awards and 2 Grammy Awards.

11. Conan O’Brien

Conan Christopher O’Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, podcaster, and producer with a total net worth of $150 million.

Apparently, he had a long successful career of 28 years, where he is mostly renowned for hosting his late-night talk shows: Late Night with Conan Brien and The tonight show with Conan Brien which aired on NBC.

Conan O'Brien
Conan O’Brien (Source: Vulture)

Shortly after graduating from Harvard University, he continued working as a writer for Saturday Night Live and the Simpsons and later embarked on his journey as a show host.

Conan has also hosted Emmy Awards and Christmas in Washington. Additionally, Time’s Magazine named him under one of the 100 Most Influential People in The World list in 2010.

Likewise, O’Brien is set to launch a new variety show in 2022 which will air on HBO Max.

10. Anderson Cooper

Anderson Hay Cooper is an American journalist, political commentator, and anchor with a total net worth of $200 million. He primarily started his career as a photojournalist for Channel One News, and later joined CNN in 2001.

Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper (Source: Distinguished Speaker Series)

After joining CNN, he began airing his own show called Anderson Cooper 360 which runs to date.

Throughout his career, he worked for various news channels. However, he gained immense popularity for his on-the-ground reporting of significant events such as Hurricane Katrina.

Additionally, Cooper received a National Award of Honour and Merit, the highest honor granted by the Haitian Government, precisely for his news coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Apart from that, he came out as gay in 2012, becoming the most prominent journalist to open up about his sexuality. Likewise, cooper has also received several awards from the LGBT rights organization: GLAAD.

9. Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey is an American television show host, actor, author, entrepreneur, and former stand-up comedian with a net worth of $200 million.

Some of his popular shows are Family Feud, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, and Celebrity Family Feud. Likewise, he also hosts the Miss Universe Competition.

Steve Harvey at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Steve Harvey at a Ceremony (Source: Wikipedia)

Harvey founded his own entertainment company in 2017 called Steve Harvey Global which houses all of his ventures and he created an African version of his famous show “Family Feud”.

Moreover, he along with his wife founded The Steve and Marjorie Foundation which focuses on youth education.

Besides, Harvey is also a six-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, two-time Marconi Award winner, and a 14-time NAACP Image Award winner.

8. Sean Hannity

Sean Patrick Hannity is an American T.V show host with a total net worth of $250 million. Hannity who is also a conservative political commentator hosts The Sean Hannity Show.

Likewise, he has also hosted a commentary program, Hannity on Fox News.

Richest TV Hosts- Sean Hannity
Sean Hannity (Source: Wikipedia)

However, he leads quite a controversial life, mainly for his bold views and outspoken criticisms on important topics.

For example, Hannity gained notoriety for supporting Donald Trump during the elections and he discouraged “social distancing” amidst the Covid 19 pandemic. He sometimes also promotes conspiracy theories such as “Birtherism”.

7. David Letterman

David Michael Letterman is an American television show host, comedian, writer, and producer with a total net worth of $400 million.

One of his prominent shows as a host was Late Night with David Letterman which aired on NBC until May 20, 2015.

Richest TV Hosts- Host- David
Letterman During an Interview on the Late Show (Source: Wikidata)

Furthermore, throughout his career of 33 years, he hosted several shows. Letterman was ranked 45th on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time in 1996.

Similarly, in 2002, The Late Show With David Letterman was ranked 7th on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

6. Judy Sheindlin

Judy Sheindlin is an American TV show host, former prosecutor, and family court judge based in Manhattan with a net worth of $450 million.

She is professionally known as Judge Judy because of her famous reality courtroom television series. Likewise, the show also won three Daytime Emmy Awards.

Richest TV Hosts- Judy Sheindlin
Judy Sheindlin (Source: CBS News)

Sheindlin eventually became the longest-serving judge in a courtroom television series for which she made it to the Guinness World Records in 2015.

She has also received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2019 for her remarkable work.

Nevertheless, she is about to launch a spin-off series, Judy Justice in late 2021 or early 2022.

5. Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest is an American television presenter, host, and producer with a net worth of $450 million. Likewise, he has hosted several reality shows throughout his career.

Richest TV Hosts- Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest (Source: YouTube)

However, some of his prominent works as a host were for American Idol, American Top 40, and On air with Ryan Seacrest. He has also won an Emmy for producing Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution in 2010.

In 2010, Seacrest founded The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit organization that primarily focuses on children’s welfare.

4. Jay Leno

Jay Leno is an American T.V host, writer, and comedian with a total net worth of $450 million. He kicked off his career as a stand-up comedian and eventually landed on T.V shows.

Richest TV Hosts Jay Leno
Jay Leno (Source: Quotes of Famous People)

Additionally, Leno is best-known for hosting his show The Tonight Show With Jay Leno that aired on NBC.

In September 2009, he started his primetime talk show titled The Jay Leno Show. However, the show was canceled due to a host controversy.

Besides, Leno has also hosted Jay Leno’s Garage.

3.  Dr. Phil McGraw

Philip Calvin McGraw, professionally known as Dr. Phil is an American TV host with a total net worth of $460 million.

Richest TV Hosts- Dr. Phil McGraw
Dr. Phil McGraw (Source: TheSpectrum.com)

He is famous for hosting his show titled Dr. Phil, which is an advice show.

Likewise, McGraw rose to fame after his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and he eventually launched his own talk show.

2. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American television show host, comedian, actress, and writer with a total net worth of $490 million. She is best known for hosting her famous reality talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show which started in 2003.

Richest TV Hosts- Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres (Source: Instinct Magazine)

This versatile personality started her career as a standup comedian and later appeared in several movies as well. However, she rose to fame after the massive success of her talk show.

DeGeneres has won 30 Emmy’s, 20 People’s Choice Awards along with several other awards for her remarkable effort and charitable works in her show.

Furthermore, in January 2020, she received the Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globes.

1. Oprah Winfrey

The American talk show host, actress, author, and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey has an astounding net worth of $2.5 billion, becoming the richest talk show host in the world.

Famous for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, she went through many struggles in her life yet was able to reach where she is today inspiring millions of people.

Her talk show was the highest-paid reality show which ran for 25 years.

Richest TV Hosts
Oprah Winfrey (Source: Disney Wiki – Fandom)

Likewise, Winfrey has won numerous awards and was often ranked as the most influential woman in the world by 2007.

Therefore, many fans admire her for her relentless efforts in some charitable fields as well which without a doubt makes her one of the most influential people in the world.

To get a closer look at Winfrey’s life. Follow her on Instagram!

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