Gayle King Net Worth

How much is Gayle King worth?

Net Worth:$45 Million
Profession:Professional TV Personality
Date of Birth:December 28, 1954 (age 68)
Country:United States of America
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

About Gayle King

Gayle King is an African American woman who was born on December 28, 1954. Ms.King was very commonly known for her acquaintances with Oprah Winfrey. They were said to be best friends and Gayle was known as Oprah’s sidekick. Prior to Ms. King and Ms. Winfrey becoming friends, Gayle was very well established as a news reporter and also a talk show host.

Born in Maryland, Gayle King grew up in Turkey and Maryland due to her father being stationed in Turkey during his time in the military. During her stay in Maryland, Gayle studied Psychology and sociology and earned a degree from both subjects at the University of Maryland. Eventually, Gayle King found herself getting involved in broadcasting as a news reporter for Kansas City Missouri television station. Similar to Oprah, Gayle King was a talk show host as well as a co-host for a live show called cover to cover.

American television personality, author and broadcast journalist Gayle King has an estimated net worth of $45 million dollars, as of 2023. Since 2021, King has co-hosted the CBS This Morning alongside Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell. She is also editor-at-large for the Oprah Winfrey magazine, O.

Gayle King’s career started when she became an assistant for production for the WJZ-TV program in Baltimore, Maryland. There she met Oprah Winfrey and was able to learn some tips from Oprah who was the station’s anchor for the day. Later in Washington, DC, Ms. Gayle King began training as a reporter for WUSA-TV productions.

When Gayle King’s assignment at WJZ-TV productions was complete she relocated to Kansas City, Missouri where she became an anchor and a general assignment reporter over the weekend for WDAF-TV. When the WFSB noticed Ms.Gayle’s hard work and expertise in news reporting they hired her as a news anchor in Hartford, Connecticut. King worked for WFSB for 18 years and became a permanent news anchor. The majority of that time in 1981, Gayle lived in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Gayle King wrote so many letters to the Oprah Winfrey show she finally made it as a special correspondent. In 1991, the talk show called Cover to Cover on NBC with Robin Wagner had Gayle King as a special cohost for a short period of time. This lasted only 13 weeks before it was canceled.

During 1997, Ms. Gayle finally made an offer to have her own syndicated talk show called The Gayle King Show. After a season of the show, due to a low rating, The Gayle King Show was canceled. In September of 2006, the XM Satellite Radio allowed Gayle to host her show on their station.

Moving on into Gayle’s life, she became a member of the CBS News company. Prior to that, she was cohosting on Good Morning America tv station. Eventually, she received a job as an anchor on the CBS Morning News.

Gayle was a close friend of Oprah Winfrey. The majority of Ms. King’s knowledge came from Oprah as a mentor. It was one of Gayle King’s most passionate dreams to become a news reporter. In 2018, Gayle received recognition for her hard work and dedication when she was mentioned as an expertise in the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.

During 2019, Gayle King became very noticeable in the Time Magazine as one of the most influential people amongst many others. Shortly after former basketball star, Kobe Bryant’s death, Gayle recieved alot of social criticism due to her interview with Lisa Leslie where she deliberately brought up Kobe Bryant’s accusations of sexual assualt from female victims. Most of the social criticism came directly from famous rapper, Snoop Dogg, who was later able to apologize to Ms. Gayle for the way he handled things.

King’s Total Net Worth

Gayle King has earned estimated total career income of $70 million dollars. King earned a salary with CBS of $5.5 million dollars per year from 2014 to 2019. Then in 2019, she signed a new contract which stipulated a salary of $11 million dollars per year.

As King lives in the state of New York, she will have had to pay around 45% in taxes on her career income. After tax, it is estimated that her career earnings are at around $38.5 million dollars, having paid $31.5 million dollars in taxes.

Gayle King married William Bumpus in 1982 and they divorced eleven years later, in 1993. They had two children together, Kirby Bumpus and William Bumpus Jr., it is estimated that Gayle will have received child support from William in the amount of around $1 million dollars.

In 2008, King purchased a $7 million dollar penthouse property in Manhattan, New York. In her personal life she is estimated to have spent $3-5 million dollars of her career earnings but also earned $8-10 million dollars from her investments. She will have also had to pay around $1-2 million dollars in business costs. Therefore, it is estimated that Gayle King has a net worth of about $45 million dollars.


Oprah and King were able to remain friends since 1976. In 2010, Ms. Gayle made it very clear to Ms. Barbara Walters during their interview that Oprah was like a mother she never had as well as a sister that everyone wanted. It was Oprah’s drive to be what people told her she couldn’t be that made Gayle King look up to her in a very miraculous way. Through the hardships of being a news reporter and working with different companies and programs, Ms. King was able to solidify her position as one the most respected and goal driven news anchors in news reporter history.

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