Chris Matthews Net Worth

How much is Chris Matthews worth?

Net Worth:$25 Million
Profession:Professional Political Commentator
Date of Birth:December 17, 1945
Country:United States of America
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About Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews, whose full name is Christopher John Matthews, is an American author, talk show host, and retired political commentator. He gained popularity for hosting the week night talk show “Hardball” on America’s Talking and MSNBC during the late 1990s. He later hosted another show titled “The Chris Matthews Show” from which he earned more than $5 million per year.

American retired political commentator, talk show host, and author Chris Matthews has a net worth of $25 million dollars, as of 2021. Matthews hosted his weeknight hour-long talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, from 1997 until March 2, 2020.

How Did Chris Matthews Get So Rich?

The television host gained millions from his work as a presenter in his two popular late-night talk shows. Prior to that, just after he received his higher education in the 1970s, he ventured into politics. He arrived in Washington and instantly began working as an officer for the US Capitol Police. From 1972 to 1974, he was part of the Democratic Members of Congress which included Edmund Muskie and Frank moss. In the mid-years of that decade, he mounted an unsuccessful campaign the fourth seat of the Pennsylvanian congressional district.

After failing to find a lot of profit and success in his political career, Chris Matthews focused on the print media. He worked in that field for 15 consecutive years, spending 13 of these as a Washington bureau chief for the newspaper “San Francisco Examiner”. He also worked as a nationally syndicated columnist for the “San Francisco Chronicle” and covered important events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall. From his work in print media from 1985 to 2000, he was reportedly making no more than $50.000 per year.

Why is he so famous?

Chris Matthews became famous for being the television presenter of “Hardball with Chris Matthews”. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 17, 1945. He’s the first of two sons to Herb and Mary Teresa Matthews. His father was a court reporter and his mother was a homemaker. He’s of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry through his parents. Chris has a brother (unspecified whether he’s younger or older) named Jim. Jim was a member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners for more than 10 years.

Throughout the 1950s 1960s, he attended the La Salle College High School. After his graduation, he enrolled at the Massachusetts-based College of the Holy Cross from which he earned a diploma in 1967. He spent the rest of the decade in North Carolina where he attended the University of North Carolina (at the Chapel Hill). He graduated from the institution in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Around the same time, from 1968 to 1970, he also served in the US Peace Corps in Swaziland.

What Makes Him So Successful?

The main reason why Chris Matthews is so successful are his acclaimed talk shows on America’s Talking, CNBC, and MSNBC. His first talk show was titled “Hardball (with Chris Matthews)”. It first aired from 1994 to 1998. It was later picked by NBCUniversal and has been on air ever since. Following a short hiatus from hosting, he signed a multi-year contract with NBC News for the creation of his second show titled “The Chris Matthews Show”. Matthews was the program moderator and host of the news and political program for its entire run, from September 2002 to July 2013.

Ever since the late 1980s, the acclaimed television presenter has also turned into an author. He wrote his very first book in 1988, entitled “Hardball and How Politics Is Played”. He went on to write and publish six other books that became New York Times best-sellers. Apart from his two shows, since the beginning of the century, Matthews has been regularly appearing on various television shows and programs such as “Morning Joe”, “The Daily Shows”, “Headline”, and “Meet The Press”. He also appeared as himself and portrayed characters in “Alpha House” and “The Good Wife”.


Chris Matthews is one of the most popular television hosts from the 1990s. His career first started in the politics during the 1970s but didn’t last long. Instead, he spent more than 15 years working in various professions in the print media. Apart from hosting and appearing in various television series, he has also written numerous best-selling books. Overall, his net worth presently exceeds $25 million and the television presenter of “Hardball” has received more than 30 honorary degrees from institutions such as “Drexel, Fordham, Temple, Howard, and Suffolk University.

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