Judy Woodruff

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Estimated Net Worth: $3 million

Judy Woodruff has worked for countless television stations such as PBS, CNN, and NBC News. When she joined the NBC News crew, she covered the 1976 U.S. presidential election, and she covered Washington for NBC’s The Today Show.

She decided to move to PBS in 1983, where she became the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour for a decade. While on PBS, she hosted the docuseries Frontline with Judy Woodruff from 1984 to 1990.

Woodruff then moved to CNN in 1993, where she hosted Inside Politics for 12 years. She currently serves as a board member at the International Women’s Media Foundation and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Maria Menounos

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Estimated Net Worth: $9 million

Maria Menounos is best known for her work as a correspondent on Access Hollywood, Extra, and Today. She began her career with Entertainment Weekly in 2002 and jumped ship to Access Hollywood in 2006. After hosting Extra with Mario Lopez from 2011 to 2014, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment News Program.

On top of her work as a correspondent, she’s appeared on several TV shows including Without A Trace, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, and The Real World. Maria currently has a net worth of $9 Million but we’re sure her success is far from over…

Ann Curry

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Estimated Net Worth: $10 million

Ann Curry truly started from the bottom of the food chain as an intern at an NBC affiliate, and worked her way to the top, where she has remained for more than two decades. With a robust career focusing on human suffering and natural disasters, she remains a favorite from NBC News. She has reported from the wars in Syria, Darfur, Congo, the Central African Republic, Kosovo, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

In 2012, she became the national and international correspondent-anchor for NBC News and the anchor for The Today Show. In 2015, she announced that she would be leaving NBC after 25 years, and she went on to found her own multiplatform media startup.

Every now and then she will conduct major interviews on television, the most recent being an interview with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif about the Iran nuclear talks.

Giuliana Rancic

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Estimated Net Worth: $13 million

You’ve probably seen this lady grace your screen while reporting some of entertainment’s biggest news! A co-anchor of E! News, Giuliana Rancic has shared co-hosting responsibilities with Ryan Seacrest, Terrence J, and Jason Kennedy. She co-hosts E!’s Fashion Police, and she will often cover red carpet events for big award shows such as the Golden Globes.

Rancic and her husband, Bill Rancic, starred in reality television show Giuliana and Bill, which ran for six seasons. In 2013, she launched her clothing line, called G by Giuliana, on HSN, and she also has a wine line called Xo, G.

Rancic, who has a history of breast cancer, founded the charity Fab-U-Wish, which grants wishes to women who are undergoing breast cancer treatment.

Erin Burnett

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Estimated Net Worth: $13 million

Erin Burnett is known for being the anchor of her show on CNN, called Erin Burnett OutFront. She got her start as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs, and then decided to make a small career change. While working as an investment banker, she was offered a job at CNN as a writer and booker for their show, Moneyline, alongside Stuart Verney, Willow Bay, and Lou Dobbs.

Throughout her extensive career, she was known as “The International Superstar” for her reporting and documentaries in Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Jordan, and India.

She joined CNN in 2011 and began her prime-time news program, Erin Burnett Outfront.

Natalie Morales

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Estimated Net Worth: $16 million

Natalie Morales took quite a career turn. After working at Chase Bank, she began pursuing her journalism career. She started at News 12 The Bronx, where she was anchor, camera operator, editor, and producer for the network. She reported on the Columbine shootings, Hurricane Floyd, the 2000 presidential election, and the September 11, 2001, attacks as a co-anchor at WVIT TV in Hartford, Connecticut.

She moved to become an anchor at MSNBC, where she covered the 2004 presidential election, the 2004 Summer Olympics, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and many other significant events. She joined The Today Show in 2006, and in 2011, Morales replaced Ann Curry as the news anchor for Today.

Steve Kroft

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Estimated Net Worth: $17 million

Steve Kroft is famous for his investigative journalism and for being a correspondent on 60 Minutes. He joined CBS News in 1980 as a reporter based out of New York City. Kroft went on to join 60 Minutes in 1986, where he stood alongside Meredith Vieira. In 1990, he became the first American journalist given access to the Chernobyl nuclear facility, a story for which he won an Emmy.

His segment discussing the fire incident in the Gulf War won him his first Peabody Award, and he won an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement in 2003.

In May 2019, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Kroft would be retiring from 60 Minutes later in the year. He had just finished his 30th season of the show prior to his retirement.

Savannah Guthrie

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Estimated Net Worth: $20 million

Savannah Guthrie has had quite a career, beginning at ABC affiliate KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri. In 2001, she took a job at WRC-TV, in Washington, D.C., and it was there that she covered the September 11, 2001, attacks and the following events.

After some time as a broadcast journalist, she received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and became a member of the State Bar of Arizona, where she got the top score on the bar exam. She also passed the District of Columbia bar.

She spent some time as a litigation associate there, before joining NBC News in September 2007. In 2011, she became co-host of the 9 a.m. segment alongside Natalie Morales and Al Roker.

Kelly Ripa

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Estimated Net Worth: $120 million

Kelly Ripa got her start on television before beginning her career as a talk show host. Between 1990 and 2002, Ripa played Hayley Vaughan on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children. She began co-hosting the morning talk show LIVE with Kelly and Ryan in 2001, while simultaneously playing Faith Fairfield on the ABC sitcom, Hope & Faith.

In 2007, Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos founded a production company named Milojo, which produced the Emmy-nominated documentary The Streak — the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter named her as one of the Most Powerful People in Media.

Gayle King

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Estimated Net Worth: $20 million

You may know her as Oprah’s BFF, but King wasn’t always Oprah’s right-hand lady. They met while King was a production assistant at WJZ-TV and Oprah Winfrey was an anchor for the station. She soon moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where she worked as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at WDAF-TV.

She went on to work as a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show. She was offered her own talk show in 1997, The Gayle King Show, which ended after a single season.

In 2011, King began hosting a new show called The Gayle King Show on OWN, which ended due to King’s transition to CBS This Morning.

Rachel Maddow

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Estimated Net Worth: $20 million

Rachel Maddow got her start as a panelist on the MSNBC show, Tucker. In 2008, she became an MSNBC political analyst and a regular panelist on Race for the White House. In 2008, Maddow’s show, The Rachel Maddow Show, made Maddow the first openly gay host of a prime-time news network.

In 2017, during the Trump administration, MSNBC surpassed CNN and Fox News ratings, and Rachel Maddow was described as being “America’s wonkiest anchor” who “cut through the chaos of the Trump administration and became the most trusted name in news.”

Her mission statement is, in her own words, to “increase the amount of useful information in the world.”

Maria Bartiromo

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Estimated Net Worth: $22 million

Maria Bartiromo began her career in journalism while she was at New York University studying journalism and economics. While getting her degree, she worked an internship at CNN and proceeded to spend the next five years as an executive producer and assignment editor with CNN’s Business News.

In 1993, she began reporting live from The New York Stock Exchange, becoming the first journalist to do so. She is the author of three books: Use the News: How to Separate the Noise from the Investment Nuggets and Make Money in Any Economy, The 10 Laws of Enduring Success, and The Weekend That Changed Wall Street: And How the Fallout Is Still Impacting Our World.

In 2013, she announced that she was leaving CNBC to join the Fox Business Network, where she remains to this day.

Hoda Kotb

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Estimated Net Worth: $30 million

This beloved news anchor’s first on-air job was reporting for WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1992 to 1998. She began co-hosting Today alongside Kathie Lee Gifford in 2008 and occasionally filled in as co-anchor for Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer.

In 2017, Kotb officially became third co-anchor of Today, and after Lauer was dismissed, Kotb became co-host alongside Guthrie, creating the first female co-anchor pair on the show.

Kotb has been an advocate for breast cancer awareness since being diagnosed in 2007. She allowed The Today Show to follow her through her diagnoses, and when she was cancer-free, the footage debuted on the show.

Megyn Kelly

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Estimated Net Worth: $30 million

In 2003, Megyn Kelly moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for ABC affiliate WJLA-TV as a general assignment reporter covering national and local events. Kelly then went on to work at Fox News in 2004, where she hosted a legal segment called Kelly’s Court.

In 2017, it was reported by The New York Times that Kelly would be leaving Fox News to work at NBC News, where she would anchor and host a daytime program and Sunday night news show.

Her daytime talk show, Megyn Kelly Today, premiered in September 2017. Her contract was terminated on January, 11, 2019, but she has announced that she will be back on television later this year, with no further details.

Robin Roberts

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Estimated Net Worth: $35 million

Robin Roberts launched her career in 1983 as a sports anchor and reporter for WDAM-TV in Mississippi. She became a part of ESPN in February 1990, and remained there until 2005. While appearing on SportsCenter, she coined the phrase, “Go on with your bad self!”

In 1995, she became co-anchor of Good Morning America, where she gained notoriety for her interviews with Chris Brown and Nate Parker in 2005. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Hall’s class of 2012 for her contributions to women’s basketball through her broadcasting.

Recently, she famously co-anchored the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in London on May 19, 2018.

Carson Daly

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Estimated Net Worth: $40 million

Carson Daly was well known for hosting MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL) from 1998 to 2003, which birthed his flourishing career. In 2002, he debuted Last Call with Carson Daly, which shot on the same set used by Saturday Night Live until 2005.

Daly began hosting a New Year’s Eve special for NBC called New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly, and in 2011, Daly began hosting and executive producing The Voice, which appeared on NBC.

In 2013, Daly became the social media reporter on The Today Show and occasionally filled in for Willie Geist. He was noted for his public relationship with Tara Reid after they met on TRL. The pair shared an apartment in New York City, eventually becoming engaged. In 2001, they broke off their engagement.

Meredith Vieira

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Estimated Net Worth: $40 million

Meredith Vieira appeared on everyone’s radar while she was a CBS reporter based in the Chicago bureau. She soon found a spot as co-host of ABC’s The View from 1997 to 2006. In 2002, she became the first host of the American version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

After her run on the show, she accepted an offer to replace Katie Couric as co-anchor of Today, where Vieira continued to host with Matt Lauer until 2011. She was one of the hosts for NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, and on February 14, 2014, she became the first solo female news anchor to cover NBC’s Olympics in prime-time coverage.

In 2014, she began hosting The Meredith Vieira Show, which ended after two seasons.

Jimmy Fallon

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Estimated Net Worth: $60 million

This funnyman has had a whirlwind career over the past few years. He began doing stand-up in his early 20s, and his debut on the screen was in 1998, after appearing on the show, Spin City. He landed on SNL at the age of 23, after his second audition.

In 2004, he launched his film career, landing his first lead role in the film Taxi, and he continued to do a handful of films. His claim to fame is his late-night show called Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which premiered in 2009. In 2013, he succeeded Jay Leno and became the permanent host of The Tonight Show, which continues to bring in millions of viewers.

James Lipton

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Estimated Net Worth: $6 million

James Lipton was most well-known for interviewing high-profile celebrities and getting their candid thoughts on their career and the world around them. Not only was Lipton the host of ‘Inside The Actors Studio’, but also the dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.

His show was extremely successful both during and after production. It even garnered the attraction of parody skits due to his unusual demeanor when interviewing his guests. He passed away at the age of 93 on March 2, 2020 with a net worth of $6 million.

Stephen Colbert

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Estimated Net Worth: $60 million

Stephen Colbert set out for stardom with the intention of becoming a dramatic actor. In fact, Colbert wasn’t interested in comedy in the least but wound up in a comedy group that focused on improvisation classes. Colbert helped develop a comedy series for Comedy Central called Strangers with Candy, which was a plethora of parodies of after-school specials.

He joined The Daily Show in 1997, during its second season, and he would often fill in for Jon Stewart when he was absent. Colbert began hosting his own show called The Colbert Report starting in 2005, which parodied news broadcasting. In 2014, Colbert started his reign on The Late Show, succeeding David Letterman.

Al Roker

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Estimated Net Worth: $60 million

Al Roker has had quite a career, and he currently serves as a co-host on 3rd Hour Today, as well as the weather anchor on NBC’s Today. In 2014, Roker tried to beat the unofficial world record for an uninterrupted live weather report of 33 hours, which was held by Norwegian weather broadcaster Eli Kari Gjengedal.

It was announced on November 14, 2014, that Roker set the Guinness World Record for reporting for 34 hours straight. He has been a part of The Today Show since 1996, and his interviews with the viewers outside the studio have become a staple of his segments.

Katie Couric

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Estimated Net Worth: $75 million

Katie Couric is probably one of the more notable names on this list, considering she has been a television host on all “Big Three” television networks in the U.S. She hosted her own television show called Katie, and she has sat as a correspondent for 60 Minutes.

Her 2011 book called The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, was a New York Times best-seller. In 2004, Couric was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

Today, she is one of the most recognizable names in journalism and she has been dubbed “America’s Sweetheart,” following her 15-year career as a co-anchor on The Today Show.

Diane Sawyer

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Estimated Net Worth: $80 million

Diane Sawyer’s career reaches back to the ’70s, when she began working as a broadcast journalist in Washington, D.C. Starting as an assistant for White House deputy press secretary Jerry Warren, she rose to become a staff assistant for U.S. President Richard Nixon. Sawyer stood by Nixon following the Watergate coverup and helped him write RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon in 1978.

She became co-anchor on CBS weekday broadcasts of Sunday Morning in 1981, and the ratings for the show shot up upon Sawyer’s arrival. She was the first female correspondent on 60 Minutes, and during her reign on the show, the program ranked among the top five most-watched in the country.

Sawyer stepped down from the anchor chair at ABC’s World News in 2014. These days, she strictly focuses on specials and high-end interviews.

Steve Harvey

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Estimated Net Worth: $180 million

Steve Harvey has a real-life Cinderella story, as he was homeless for years while trying to get gigs at comedy clubs. In the ’80s, he would sleep in his car when not performing, and he would shower at gas stations or in swimming pool showers.

He was a finalist in the second annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search, and he soon began hosting Showtime at the Apollo. He later starred in his own show on the WB network called The Steve Harvey Show.

His radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, which was syndicated through Radio One, Inc., continues to air. He began hosting Family Feud in 2010, and he also hosts Celebrity Family Feud on ABC.

Anderson Cooper

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Estimated Net Worth: $200 million

Anderson Cooper worked as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency while studying political science. Unlike many of the names on this list, Cooper went into the journalism field without any prior education in the subject. In 1995, following his internship with the CIA, he became a correspondent for ABC News, and a co-anchor on World News Now.

His first position at CNN was co-anchor with Paula Zahn on American Morning. He soon became a CNN prime-time anchor, and was known for hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square.

In 2003, Cooper became the main anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN. Cooper has been applauded for his investigative journalism abroad, even hosting the documentary Planet in Peril in 2007. He remains a correspondent for 60 Minutes, while serving as a CNN anchor and correspondent.

Judge Judy

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Estimated Net Worth: $420 million

Judge Judy has become a household name for her reality court show, which takes place on a simulated courtroom set. The show has been on television since 1996 and has won three Emmy awards over the years. Famous for her hard-as-nails attitude, Judge Judy was recently approved for season 25.

With the tagline, “Justice with an Attitude,” Judge Judy has given television a plethora of quotable sayings over the years, such as, “Where did you think you were coming to today, the beach?!” Her famous phrases have been deemed “Judyisms,” and she has been applauded for using her show as a way to exemplify life lessons and guidance.

Ellen DeGeneres

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Estimated Net Worth: $490 million

Ellen made a breakthrough in comedy when she began her career in the early 1980s. She starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen, which ran from 1994 to 1998, and The Ellen Show, which ran from 2001 to 2002. She shocked audiences everywhere in 1997, during the fourth season of Ellen, when she came out as a lesbian during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

DeGeneres has had quite an impressive career, known mainly for hosting her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She has also authored four books, and started her own record company, eleveneleven. She launched a lifestyle brand called ED Ellen DeGeneres in 2015, which consists of apparel, accessories, home, baby, and pet items. In 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dr. Phil

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Estimated Net Worth: $440 million

Phillip Calvin McGraw, aka Dr. Phil, has been on television since the late ’90s. He gained celebrity status through his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and then went on to host his own television show called Dr. Phil. His show is formatted as an advice show, which has been the source of some controversy, as he has not held a license to practice psychology since 2006.

In 2003, McGraw announced the formation of The Dr. Phil Foundation, which raises money to help fight childhood obesity. The charity also supports other organizations that address the emotional, spiritual, and monetary needs of children and their families. The foundation has given grants to CASA New Orleans and New Orleans Ballet Association, among others.

Jay Leno

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Estimated Net Worth: $400 million

After a successful career in stand-up comedy, Leno became the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009. In 2009, Jay Leno became the host of a different talk show called The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights on NBC.

Leno would often be Johnny Carson’s substitute on The Tonight Show, which led to his succession of Carson. This occurred with controversy, as it was assumed that David Letterman, who had been hosting Late Night with David Letterman, would be Carson’s successor. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2014, and that same year, he began hosting his new show, called Jay Leno’s Garage.

David Letterman

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Estimated Net Worth: $400 million

David Letterman is a well-known television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for his long-running late-night television talk show, The Late Show with David Letterman on NBC. He surpassed his mentor, Johnny Carson, as the longest-serving late-night talk show host in American television history and was ranked 45th on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

These days, he is focused on his Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. His production company, Worldwide Pants, produced his own shows along with The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Everybody Loves Raymond.

Simon Cowell

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Estimated Net Worth: $600 million

Known for being a harsh critic on talent competition series such as Pop Idol, The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, American Idol, and America’s Got Talent, Cowell is the second top-earning host on this list. Cowell is also the founder and chief executive of British entertainment company, Syco.

He is also famous for signing teen boy bands such as Westlife, One Direction, and CNCO. TIME named Cowell one of the 100 most influential people in the world in both 2004 and 2010. In 2008, The Daily Telegraph gave him the number six spot on their list of the 100 most powerful people in British culture.

Oprah Winfrey

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Estimated Net Worth: $3.5 billion

Oprah Winfrey, dubbed the “Queen of All Media,” has broken down barriers left and right with her incredible talents, businesses, and philanthropy. She was North America’s first black multibillionaire and was named the greatest black philanthropist in American history. She is often referred to as the most influential woman in the world. Winfrey has a multitude of business ventures as a media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist.

She rose to fame with her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program during its time. She has co-authored five books throughout her career, and she published the magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, and the magazine, O At Home. Although she no longer hosts her talk show, in 2008, she formed her own network called the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).