How much is Al Franken worth?
|Net Worth:||$8 Million
|Profession:||Former United States Senator|
|Date of Birth:||May 21, 1951|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Al Franken
On June 30, 2009, Al Franken was declared victor in Minnesota’s 2008 Senate race after a protracted recount and several legal appeals by defeated Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. Franken served as senator until 2018.
Famed comedian and author Franken holds strongly progressive liberal beliefs, and is a bright, serious intellectual. Franken was a writer/actor on Saturday Night Live for 15 years, for which he won 3 Emmy awards for writing.
Al Franken has a net worth of $8 million dollars, as of 2020.
Senator Al Franken on the Issues
Franken views himself as carrying on the strong progressive beliefs of the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone, a personal friend who was killed in a 2002 plane crash.
On July 6, 2009, Franken enthused that he’s “ready to get to work” on “education, health care and energy issues.”
About energy issues, Franken commented “We need to get serious about renewable energy by funding a real Apollo Program to explore new sources. From ethanol and biomass energy to solar and wind power, the solution to our ‘addiction to oil’ is right under our nose.”
Senate Committees in the 112th Congress, 2011-2-12
- Judiciary Committee
- Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
- Energy & Natural Resources Committee
- Indian Affairs
Al Franken on Air America
From March 2004 to February 2007, Al Franken hosted the flagship daily talk show of Air America radio, the main U.S. non-subscription radio outlet for liberal and progressive viewpoints.
Franken’s popular program reached 1.5 million unique listeners weekly at its peak, and featured interviews and serious commentary, as well as political humor, skits and parodies of conservative broadcasters Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and others.
A listener-favorite feature was his “Hate Email of the Day” segment.
Al Franken, Author
Franken has penned 4 bestselling books of political satire:
- “The Truth: With Jokes” (2005)
- “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right” (2003)
- “Why Not Me?” (1999)
- “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: And Other Observations” (1996)
Al Franken, Comedian and Actor
As teenagers, Al and high school pal Tom Davis hung around local comedy clubs, including Dudley Riggs’ Cafe Expresso, anxious to act and write comedy.
Franken and Davis honed their comedy act during and after college, when they were spotted and hired as writers by Lorne Michaels for his fledging show, Saturday Night Live. Franken was an SNL writer/actor for 15 years, from 1975 to 1995, where he earned 3 Emmy awards for writing.
From 1995 to 2004, Franken devoted his time to film writing and acting, and to writing 4 bestselling books of political satire. (listed above).
- Birth – May 21, 1951 in New York City to a middle-class Jewish parents Joe and Phoebe, now deceased. The Frankens moved to Minnesota when their 2 sons were young.
- Education – The Blake School, 1969. B.A., political science, Harvard University, 1973.
- Family – Married in 1975 to Franni Bryson. Two children, Thomasin, a New York City school teacher, and Joe, a Princeton University engineering student.
- Faith – Jewish, Reformed
Al scored a perfect 800 on the SAT exam math section. He’s admitted to cocaine use in his early SNL days. Al’s brother, Owen, an MIT graduate, is a respected photojournalist.
Interesting Personal Notes
Al and Franni met as college freshman, and immediately began dating. They were married 5 years later. Al has been a member of Al-Anon since 1987, presumably in light of his wife’s alcoholism. A few years later, Al penned the screenplay of the 1994 film “When a Man Loves a Woman.”
Since childhood, Al has known, and allegedly competed politically with, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman and respected political scholar Norm Orenstein.