News anchors are among the world's wealthiest celebrities. The majority of good news anchors have to prove themselves throughout their careers. Most newscasters and journalists have established a job in their expertise and honesty to secure high-paying professions. However, there must be something exceptional, another level that can be attained, to go to the top of the list of earnings in this profession.
Years of experience or training cannot even begin to describe this level. These folks appear to have that "that something" that attracts viewers while also increasing their worth to producers. And, as a result of that "special something," most of these news anchors are considered "untouchable" in terms of job security.
The following are the top 20 wealthiest news anchors globally: *This list has been updated with the most recent information as of 2021.
David Gregory has been a CNN political commentator since last year. He formerly hosted ABC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday mornings. David Gregory has a $12 million net worth and made $4 million last year. Gregory, who was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, has always been interested in journalism. At the age of 18, he began working as a television reporter in Arizona. Gregory earned his bachelor's degree in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC, in 1992.
He worked for the university radio station during his time there. He began his career in Sacramento, California, at an NBC station. Gregory began his career at NBC by co-anchoring news programs on CNBC and then filling in for Lester Holt on "Weekend Today" in 2003. Gregory worked as a substitute for Matt Lauer on the "Today Show" and as a fill-in anchor for "NBC Nightly News" and "Weekend Nightly News" from 2005 until 2014. Gregory became the moderator of "Meet the Press" in 2008. David Gregory and his former Federal Prosecutor wife, Beth Wilkinson, have three children.
Scott Pelley has a $17 million net worth. Pelley makes $7 million a year as a reporter for CBS's long-running news magazine program "60 Minutes." Scott Kelley was born in 1957 in San Antonio, Texas. Ge attended Texas Tech University and majored in journalism. In Texas, he began his career in news radio. Pelley was spotted by CBS in 1985 for a report on Guatemalan migrants. In 1989, he was recruited by CBS News in New York City.
Pelley was the Chief White House Correspondent for CBS from 1997 to 1999. He then went on to work on the newly redesigned "60 Minutes II." In 2000, he interviewed President-elect George W. Bush, and on the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks, he was the sole person to interview President George W. Bush. Following Katie Couric's departure in 2011, Pelley took over as anchor and managing editor of "CBS Evening News." Jane Boone, a television journalist, is Scott Pelley's wife. They have two children: a son and a girl.
CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" is hosted by Erin Burnett. Her net worth is $20 million, and she earns $3 million a year. Burnett was born in the state of Maryland in the year 1974. She went to Williams College in Massachusetts to study political science and economics. She worked for Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst before joining CNN as a booker and writer for shows including "Moneyline" and "Lou Dobbs."
After that, she worked at CitiMedia as a vice president. Erin Burnett began her career at CNBC before returning to CNN in 2011 to host her own prime-time news show. Burnett is married to financial executive David Rubulotta. They have two children: a son and a girl.
CNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" is hosted by Lawrence O'Donnell. He allegedly makes $5 million a year and has a net worth of $20 million. In 1951, O'Donnell was born in Boston. He went to Harvard University to study economics. In 1983, he released his debut novel, "Deadly Force." From 1989 until 1995, he worked as a Senate legislative staffer and later as a senior adviser to Senator Moynihan.
O'Donnell worked on "The West Wing" as a writer. In 2009, he became a frequent contributor to MSNBC's "Morning Joe." In 2010, he started his own program. O'Donnell regularly stepped in as anchor of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann before obtaining his own show on the cable network.
Fox's "Special Report with Bret Baier" is hosted by Bret Baier. His net worth is $20 million, and he earns $7 million each year. Baier was born in 1970 in New Jersey. He earned a Political Science and English degree from DePauw University. Before joining CBS and NBC stations in North Carolina, he worked in news radio.
For Fox News, Baier was named Chief Correspondent of the White House and the Pentagon. In 2009, he took over as host of Fox's "Special Report" from Brit Hume. As a war correspondent, Baier has traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq numerous times. Baier has two boys with his wife, Amy.
Shepard Smith is the anchor of Fox News' "Shepard Smith Reporting" and the Breaking News Division's managing editor. Shephard Smith is worth $25 million and makes $10 million each year. Smith tied for second place with Dan Rather and Peter Jennings as the most trusted news anchor in a survey conducted by "TV Guide" in 2003. In 1964, Smith was born in the state of Mississippi. In Florida, he worked in news radio and local television after studying journalism at the University of Mississippi.
In Los Angeles, he worked on "A Current Affair" as a Fox News Edge correspondent. Smith covered major events as a Fox News correspondent, including Princess Dianna's murder, the Florida ballot issue, and Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. Before hosting his current news show, Smith anchored "Fox Report with Shephard Smith" and "Studio B." Smith is a childless divorced man.
Since 1990, Steve Kroft has been an award-winning correspondent for CBS's "60 Minutes." He has a $30 million net worth and made $5 million last year. In 1945, Kroft was born in Indiana. He attended Syracuse University and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. In 1971, he began his professional career as a reporter for a Syracuse television station.
In 1975, he earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Kroft began his career as an investigative reporter in Florida before joining CBS as a reporter in New York City in 1980. Kroft moved to London four years later to work as a foreign correspondent for CBS. Kroft won an Emmy award for his Chernobyl report after joining CBS. In a 1992 piece on "60 Minutes," he earned a Peabody Award for his reporting on the Gulf War. He and his journalist and novelist wife, Jennet Conant, have one kid.
Rachel Maddow co-hosts MSNBC's news show with Brian Williams and broadcasts "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC. She also runs a nationally syndicated discussion radio show. Maddow was born in 1973 in California and went to Stanford University. Oxford University awarded her a doctorate. Maddow began her career with MSNBC in 2009. She was a substitute for Keith Oberman and David Gregory on Tucker Carlson's show "Tucker." She is the author of two novels. She has been praised for her politeness and perseverance in delivering news.
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Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are the co-anchors of MSNBC's "Morning Joe." He has worked as a lawyer and politician, and from 1995 to 2001, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives. Scarborough has a $30 million net worth. He is also a Harvard Institute of Politics visiting fellow.
Scarborough was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1963. Before being elected to Congress, he graduated from the University of Florida College of Law and worked as an attorney. Scarborough joined MSNBC in 2003 to anchor "Scarborough Country." In 2007, he began presenting "Morning Joe." Scarborough is the father of four children and has been divorced twice. He got engaged to his co-host Mika Brzezinski this year.
Lester Holt is the host of "Dateline NBC" and the anchor of NBC's "Weekday Nightly News." He earns $4 million each year and has a $35 million net worth. Holt was born in California in 1959 and attended the University of California, Sacramento, where he majored in government. In 1981, he started working for CBS as a correspondent in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Following the death of David Blume, he joined MSNBC in 2000 and became the full-time co-anchor of NBC's "Weekend Today." Holt joined the weekend version of "NBC Nightly News" in 2007. In 2015, Lester Holt replaced Brian Williams on NBC's "Weekday Nightly News." Holt and his wife Carol Hagen reside in Manhattan. They have two sons together.
As the co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America," George Stephanopoulos has a net worth of $40 million and earns $9 million a year. In addition, he serves as a regional sub anchor for ABC World News Tonight. Stephanopoulos grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was born in Massachusetts in 1961. He worked as a sports presenter for the campus radio station while studying Political Science at Columbia University. Stephanopoulos gained a master's degree in theology and was a Rhoads Scholar at Oxford University.
He became a Democratic Party advisor after working on Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign in 1988. Stephanopoulos was the White House Communications Director during President Bill Clinton's administration. He also served on the Council on Foreign Policy as a Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy. From 2002 until 2009, Stephanopoulos was the anchor of ABC This Week.
Maria Bartiromo has a $50 million net worth. Her financial news program "Mornings with Maria" on FBN, which airs daily from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., earns her $6 million a year. Bartiromo has published three books as a writer and magazine columnist. In 1967, Bartiromo was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended New York University and majored in journalism and economics. In 1993, she joined CNN Business News as an assignment editor and co-anchored CNBC's "Closing Bell."
Bartiromo was the first journalist to broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange floor. She has received several journalistic prizes. Maria Bartiromo has been married to investment banker Jonathan Steinberg since 1999. In 2007, John and Maria paid $6.5 million for a New York City home.
Robin Roberts is the richest female news anchor in the world. Her net worth is $50 million, while her annual salary as co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" is $18 million. Roberts grew up in Mississippi and was born in Alabama. She attended Southern Louisiana University and played basketball and tennis in high school. Roberts worked as a sports anchor for local television and radio stations.
She became a sportscaster for ESPN in 1990. In 2005, she left ESPN to join "Good Morning America," which she helped increase in ratings. In 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in 2012, he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. For "Good Morning America," she boldly recounted her treatment and recovery.
Brian Williams is the current Chief Anchor for MSNBC's television news department. His net worth is $50 million. For the news channel, he hosts the nightly show "The 11th Hour with Brian Williams." From 2004 until 2014, Williams served as managing editor and anchor of "NBC Nightly News." When it was discovered that Williams had made up tales concerning his coverage of the Iraq War in 2003, he was fired from NBC.
Williams was born in the state of New Jersey in the year 1959. He went to George Washington University and the Catholic University of America to further his education. Before joining NBC in 1993, he worked in radio news in Kansas, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. He was the station's Chief White House Correspondent. Before taking over as anchor in 2004, Williams worked as a replacement anchor for Tom Brokaw on "NBC Nightly News." Williams and his 30-year-old wife live in Connecticut. Allison, their daughter, is a star in HBO's "Girls." They have a son who works in New York City as a sports anchor.
Megyn Kelly is one of the highest-paid journalists in the world. Her net worth is $55 million, but it is expected to rise in the next few years. Megyn Kelly is said to have landed an $18 million per year deal with NBC. Kelly was born in the state of Illinois in the year 1970. She graduated from Syracuse University with a master's degree in communication and Albany University with a law degree. Before going into journalism, she worked as an associate at a Chicago legal company. Kelly started working as a reporter for an ABC affiliate in Washington, DC, in 2003.
The next year, she started working for Fox News. On "Special Report with Brit Hume" and "The Bill O'Reilly Factor," Megyn Kelly contributed to legal portions. In "On the Record," she stood in for Greta Van Susteren. Kelly presented "America Live" in 2010 and appeared on "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld" as a guest panelist. She served as a moderator for previous presidential debates. Kelly presented a Fox interview show in prime time in 2016.
Megyn Kelly moved to NBC when her contract with ABC expired. She presented interview specials on Sunday nights, including one with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kelly took up hosting duties for the "Today Show" at 9 a.m. this autumn. Kelly has three children with her husband, Doug Brint.
Diane Sawyer is a well-known news anchor and the richest female journalist in the world. She has had a long and fruitful career. She has an estimated net worth of $80 million. Diane was born in the state of Kentucky in the year 1945. She was the winner of America's Junior Miss Scholarship pageant in 1963. She graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and enrolled in the University of Louisville's law school but dropped out to pursue a career in journalism. Her work in the media began as a weather forecaster for a small television station in Louisville.
She relocated to Washington, DC, and took a position as the White House Deputy Press Secretary's assistant. Following President Richard Nixon's resignation, she served with the Nixon-Ford transition team. Sawyer started working for CBS News as a correspondent in 1978. Sawyer co-anchored the "CBS Early Morning News" for a few years. In 1984, she became the first female journalist for "60 Minutes," and in 1989, she joined ABC News as a co-anchor on "Primetime Live" with Sam Donaldson. From 1998 to 2000, she was a co-anchor on ABC's "20/20."
Sawyer joined Charles Gibson as co-anchor of "Good Morning America" the previous year. In 2009, Sawyer took over as host of "ABC World News." Diane Sawyer has been doing high-profile interviews and specials for ABC since 2014. Mike Nichols, a director, producer, and actor, is her husband.
Bill O'Reilly is a political talk show host of Fox who has a net worth of $85 million. His show "The O'Reilly Factor," which ran on Fox from 1996 until recently, paid him $20 million per year. O'Reilly recently resolved multiple sexual harassment accusations, including one for $32 million. O'Reilly's future as a journalist is still up in the air.
Bill O'Reilly was born in 1949 in New York City and began his career as a reporter for local television stations as well as ABC and NBC News. O'Reilly presented the entertainment show "Inside Edition" from 1989 until 1995. For 16 years, "The O'Reilly Factor" was the highest-rated cable news show. From 1996 to 2011, O'Reilly was married to Maureen McPhilmy. The couple has two children: a girl and a son.
Matt Lauer is a multi-millionaire with a net worth of $90 million. NBC's "Today Show" co-anchor gets $23 million per year. Matt Lauer was born in New York City in 1957 and attended Ohio University to study Communication and Media Arts. In Huntington, West Virginia, he began his media career as a producer for a local news show. In Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, and Richmond, he hosted shows.
He served as an ESPN reporter and co-hosted "Today in New York" with Jane Hanson. He co-hosted "Made in New York" with Jill Rappaport. In 1994, he started as a newsreader on "Today," and in 1997, he replaced Bryant Gumbel as co-anchor of the morning news show. Lauer was praised for his tense interviews, intellect, and good looks when he became the full-time male co-host of the "Today Show." In 1998, he launched the special series "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" which lasted until 2011.
Matt Lauer is also the host of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and NBC's Olympic coverage. Lauer also contributes to NBC's weekly news program "Dateline." We can't put a precise estimate on Lauer's net worth right now because of his scandal, divorce, and firing from NBC.
Anderson Cooper is the richest news anchor in the world. He has a net worth of $250 million at the moment. Of course, being the son of an heiress helps. Gloria Vanderbilt, an heiress and fashion designer, is Cooper's mother. Cooper, on the other hand, did not grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth. Anderson Cooper was born in 1967 in New York City. In 1978, his father died after a heart attack while undergoing open-heart surgery. In 1988, his older brother committed suicide. Anderson developed a strong desire. Anderson worked as a teen model with Fords, working with Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Macy's before studying journalism.
He attended Yale University and worked for the CIA as an intern. For a year, he resided in Vietnam and worked as a fact-checker. Anderson began working for CNN in 2001 after working for ABC as a news journalist in 1995. Anderson Cooper 360°, his nightly news program, premiered in 2003. He covers political problems and goes on location for breaking news. From 2011 to 2013, he hosted a nationally syndicated radio show. He presented "An All-Star Tribute" and "Planets in Peril" in 2007. Cooper also started working for "60 Minutes" as a correspondent. Anderson Cooper presented "Anderson Live" in 2010.
Sean Hannity is the richest news anchor in the country. His net worth is at present $250 million, and he makes $29 million per year as a Fox News Channel anchor and political analyst weekdays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as hosting "The Sean Hannity Show" on the radio. Hannity was born in 1961 in New York City. Hannity held a discussion program for the campus radio station at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Before joining Fox Reporting Channel to co-host "Hannity & Colmes," a point-counterpoint show with Alan Colmes, he worked in the news in Alabama and Atlanta. Voter fraud, an AIDS cover-up, President Barack Obama's birth problem, and Hillary Rodman Clinton's email story are among Hannity's conspiracy ideas. Sean Hannity is most recognized for his pro-Trump coverage at the moment. Jill Rhoads is Hannity's wife. They live in Long Island, New York, with their two children.