How much is Bill Simmons worth?
|Net Worth:||$70 Million
|Profession:||Professional Sports Analyst|
|Date of Birth:||September 25, 1969 (age 53)|
|Country:||United States of America|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)|
About Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons is an American and is the founder and CEO of ‘The Ringer’, the sports website. Bill was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts in 1969. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross and later achieved an M.A in Print Journalism from Boston University. He was always had a keen interest in sport, and this led him to work in sports journalism.
His career included sports analysis, writing, podcasts and sports journalism. He launched a website ‘The Boston Sports Guy’ that attracted quite a bit of attention in the sports world and he was recruited by ESPN in 2001 where he later ran the ‘Grantland’ website. He worked for ESPN until 2015 and then branched out on his own to found ‘The Ringer’.
Once he had finished school, Bill made several attempts to break into journalism, but there did not seem to be many opportunities in the mid-1990s. He managed to persuade ‘Digital City Boston’ to let him run a sports website called ‘BostonSportsGuy.com’. Originally, the website was only available on AOL, but later became available widely on the internet. His popularity and reputation grew and he was achieving 45,000 hits per day by 2001.
ESPN became interested in Bill in 2001, realizing that he was an influential sports analyst who would be an asset to their company.
Bill started by writing three guest columns for them, which proved incredibly popular. ESPN offered Bill his own section on their Page 2, with the result that both Bill and Page 2 grew in popularity. In just 16 months, the number of viewers doubled. Bill was writing a column each month at this stage and was now a lead columnist and one of the most widely read sports journalists.
He was a pioneering internet sports writer with a steadily growing readership.
Bill continued to work for ESPN until 2015, but there was an interlude between 2002 and 2004 where he moved to California to write material for Jimmy Kimmel’s show, the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Show Live!’
Bill continued to write for ESPN, and held both jobs for two years. Bill had always been keen to write in the talk show format, but he took some persuading to leave Boston and head west. By 2004, though, he felt that his sports column was suffering, and he left the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Show Live!’
The decision to stop working for a talk show and concentrate on his sports writing proved a sensible one. By 2009, he was averaging 1.4 million viewers each month for his Page 2 column.
Other projects interested Bill, too. In 2007, he thought up the idea for ’30 for 30′ with his colleague Connor Schell. This was a series of documentaries that marked the 30th anniversary of ESPN. This series launched in 2009 and continued with Bill as executive producer until 2015, when he left the company. Bill also had written a column for the ‘ESPN Magazine’. He wrote this for 7 years. Also in 2007, Bill joined the TV show ‘E:60’ in the role of special contributor.
In 2011 Bill became editor-in-Chief of the ESPN owned website ‘Grantland’. This covered both sports and pop culture. He also presented the ESPN show ‘Grantland Basketball Hour’. The show was devoted largely, but not exclusively, to NBA news, gossip and discussions.
Bill’s work with ESPN, and on the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Show Live!’ brought him public attention. When he left ESPN in 2015 he signed a contract with HBO to present a weekly talk show ‘Any Given Wednesday.’ The show only lasted a few months, but Bill carried on with other projects for HBO.
Bill had set up his own media group the Bill Simmons Media Group after leaving ESPN, and almost immediately launched ‘The Ringer’ website. In 2017 Vox Media came to an agreement with ‘The Ringer’ to provide access to its platforms. In early 2020, Spotify bought ‘The Ringer’ but Bill remains CEO and also host of ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’.
Bill Simmons is estimated to have a fortune of $70 million. His salary from ‘The Ringer’ is supposedly $7 million per year.
Bill has accrued monies from a number of different sources. His media interests bring in substantial sums annually. He sold ‘The Ringer’ for a figure estimated at between $200 million and $300 million in early 2020. Bill also has fantasy sports teams and other online interests. It is difficult to estimate his annual income with any accuracy as he has several different income streams. He also owns real estate in and around Los Angeles.
Bill is also an author, most famously of ‘The Book of Basketball’. His income from books will probably be modest compared to his other interests.
Bill Simmons is a great example of a guy with a dream who kept on trying until he realized that dream. As a youngster he was determined to be a journalist, and despite early setbacks, he kept faith with his ultimate goal. Through determination and a go getter attitude, he managed to get on the ladder to success. His mastery of the internet and his knowledge of his subject put him in a great position at a time when sport was not much seen on the World Wide Web.
Bill took an unorthodox approach to his sports journalism, trying to see things from the point of view of the fans, not so much the players. His mix of sport and pop culture hit the right note, and his popularity gave him opportunities to comment and to experiment that many other journalists did not have. On occasions he has been controversial, but Bill knows that one way to keep an audience is to give them some interesting stuff to listen to most of the time.
Bill has anticipated the way sports reporting was going to head, and has made sure that he is well-placed to be the voice that sports fans and industry insiders all want to hear.
Bill Simmons is certainly successful, and is popular and well-respected as a sports journalist. He has built a substantial media holding on the back of his love of sports. This has all been done through hard work and taking risks when necessary. His risky decisions have paid off, and we can all learn from his experiences.