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Here's The List Of 10 Richest Political Commentators In 2022

Richest Political Commentators In 2022
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Political commentary is, possibly, one of the most hectic jobs in the world. Covering various contemporary issues and personalities, a commentator is always at the risk of offending someone powerful.

For his services and experience, a political pundit is well-compensated. Some even argue that the commentators in the US are among the highest-earning professionals in the world.

The salary/remuneration of a journalist depends on multiple factors, including experience, audience reach, and the budget of the employer network. Some of the biggest news conglomerates like CNN, Fox, and NBC pay millions to their crowd-attracting journalism veterans.

These are the individuals who have that "special something" to attract viewers while also increasing their value to producers. Most of these news anchors are regarded as "untouchable" in terms of job security because of that "special something."

So, without further delay, here are the 10 richest political commentators in the world in 2022. 

8. Rachel Maddow 

Net Worth: $ 35 Million

Salary: $20 Million


Rachel Maddow hosts "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC and co-hosts MSNBC's news program with Brian Williams. She also hosts a nationally syndicated talk radio show.

Maddow was born in 1973 in California and attended Stanford University. Oxford University awarded her a Doctorate. Maddow first appeared on MSNBC in 2009. She subbed for Keith Oberman and David Gregory on Tucker Carlson's show "Tucker."

She has published two books. She has been praised for her civility and persistence in delivering news. Maddow splits her time between Massachusetts and New York City.

10. Lawrence O’Donnell 

Net Worth: $16 Million

Salary: $5 Million


Lawrence O'Donnell is a well-known host known for CNBC's "The Last Word with Laurence O'Donnell." He reportedly earns $5 million per year and has a net worth of $16 million. O'Donnell was born in 1951 in Boston.

Lawrence attended Harvard University and majored in economics. In 1983, he released his first book, "Deadly Force." From 1989 to 1995, he worked as a Senate legislative aide and then as a senior aide to Senator Moynihan.

O'Donnell was a writer on "The West Wing." In 2009, he joined MSNBC as a regular contributor to "Morning Joe." In 2010, he launched his own show. O'Donnell frequently often filled in as host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC prior to his own show on the cable network.

9. Bret Baier

Net Worth: $16 Million

Salary: $7 Million


Bret Baier is the host of "Special Report with Bret Baier" on Fox. His net worth is $16 million, and he earns $7 million per year. Baier was born in 1970 in New Jersey. He earned a degree in Political Science and English from DePauw University.

Baier worked in news radio before joining North Carolina's CBS and NBC affiliates. Baier was named Fox News' Chief Correspondent for the White House and the Pentagon.

Back in 2009, he started working as a host of Fox's "Special Report" from Brit Hume. As a war reporter, Baier has traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq several times. Baier and his wife Amy have two children.

7. Joe Scarborough

Net Worth: $25 Million

Salary: $13 Million


Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski co-host MSNBC's "Morning Joe." He was a lawyer and politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001.

Scarborough has a $25 million net worth. Apart from that, he has also been working as visiting fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Scarborough was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1963.

Prior to his Congress career, he graduated from the University of Florida College of Law and later worked as an attorney. Scarborough joined MSNBC in 2003 to host "Scarborough Country."

In 2007, he began hosting "Morning Joe." Scarborough has four children and has been divorced twice. This year, he married his co-host, Mika Brzezinski.

6. Megyn Kelly 

Net Worth: $30 million

Salary: $18 Million


Megyn Kelly is one of the highest-paid female journalists in the industry. Her net worth is $30 million, but it could rise after this year. Kelly reportedly signed an $18 million-a-year contract with NBC.

Kelly was born in 1970 in Illinois. Her master's degree in communication came from Syracuse University, and her law degree came from Albany University. Before pursuing a career in journalism, she worked as an associate in a Chicago law firm.

Kelly began working as a reporter for an ABC affiliate in Washington, DC in 2003. The following year, she began working for Fox News. Megyn Kelly appeared on "Special Report with Brit Hume" and "The Bill O'Reilly Factor" for legal segments.

In "On the Record," she appeared for Greta Van Susteren. Kelly presented "America Live" in 2010. In addition, she also showed up on "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld" as a guest panelist. She served as a moderator for previous presidential debates.

Back in 2016, Kelly presented a Fox interview show in prime time. Megyn Kelly moved to NBC after her contract with ABC expired. She conducted interview specials on Sunday nights, including one with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kelly took over hosting duties for the "Today Show" at 9 a.m. this fall. Kelly is the mother of three children with her husband, Doug Brint.

5. Tucker Carlson

Net Worth: $30 Million

Salary: $6 Million


Tucker Carlson is currently one of, if not the most, controversial commenters on this list. Carlson has been on CNN's Crossfire and MSNBC's Tucker, and since 2016, he has hosted Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News.

Tucker Carlson, a devout Republican and ardent admirer of former US President Donald Trump, is a divisive character owing to his political beliefs.

While his supporters applaud his protectionist, nationalistic beliefs, he has been widely chastised for his previous use of racist epithets and anti-immigration stance.

Later on, this resulted in advertising boycotts of his show. Tucker Carlson currently earns around $6 million per year and has a net worth of $30 million.

4. George Stephanopoulos 

Net Worth: $35 Million

Salary: $9 Million


As of 2022, the net worth of George Stephanopoulos is estimated to be $35 million. Meanwhile, the ABC Good Morning America co-anchor earns $9 million a year. He is also a regional sub anchor for "ABC World News Tonight."

Stephanopoulos grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and was born in Massachusetts in 1961. He attended Columbia University and worked as a sports reporter for the college radio station while studying Political Science.

Stephanopoulos also holds a master's degree in theology and was a Rhoads Scholar at Oxford University. In 1988, he worked on Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign and afterward became a Democratic Party advisor.

Stephanopoulos served as the White House Communications Director under President Bill Clinton.

3. Bill O’Reilly

Net Worth: $50 Million

Salary: $20 Million


Bill O'Reilly, a conservative Fox political analyst, has a net worth of $50 million. His show "The O'Reilly Factor," which ran on Fox from 1996 until recently, paid him $20 million per year.

O'Reilly recently settled many sexual harassment complaints, including one for $32 million. It's uncertain whether O'Reilly has a future as a journalist at this time.

Born in 1949 in New York City, O'Reilly began his career as a reporter for local television stations including ABC and NBC News. In addition, O'Reilly presented the entertainment show "Inside Edition" from 1989 to 1995. "The O'Reilly Factor" has maintained the position of the highest-rated cable news show for 16 years now. 

2. Sean Hannity

Net Worth: $80 Million

Salary: $29 Million


Sean Hannity is the second richest news anchor in the country. His net worth is currently $80 million, and he earns $29 million per year as a Fox News Channel anchor and political pundit weekdays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

He was also hosting "The Sean Hannity Show" on the radio. Born in 1961 in New York City, Hannity held a chat show for the collegiate radio station at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Before joining Fox Reporting Channel to cohost "Hannity & Comles," a point-counterpoint show with Alan Colmes, he worked in news in Alabama and Atlanta.

Voter fraud, an AIDS cover-up, President Barack Obama's birth question, and Hillary Rodman Clinton's e-mail tale are among Hannity's conspiracy ideas.

1. Anderson Cooper

Net Worth: $200 Million

Salary: $15 Million


Nevertheless, Anderson Cooper is the wealthiest news anchor in the States as well as all across the globe. As of 2022, with a successful career, he has a net worth of $200 million. 

Cooper wasn't someone who grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. Born in 1967 in New York City, Cooper grew up in New York. He lost his father in 1978 after he died while undergoing open-heart surgery.

In 1988, his older brother committed suicide. Anderson developed a strong desire. Apart from his media career, Anderson once worked as a teen model with Fords. He has worked with Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Macy's before studying journalism.

Cooper then attended Yale University and worked for the CIA as an intern. Cooper resided in Vietnam for about a year. He then worked as a fact-checker. Later on, he began working for CNN in 2001. Prior to that, he also worked for ABC as a news journalist in 1995.

"Anderson Cooper 360°", his nightly news program, premiered in 2003. Over the years, he has been covering political topics. Furthermore, he goes on location for breaking news. He hosted a nationally syndicated radio show for a while. 

He hosted the shows "An All-Star Tribute" and "Planets in Peril" in 2007. Cooper also started working for "60 Minutes" as a correspondent. Anderson Cooper hosted "Anderson Live" in 2010.