How much is Howard Stern worth?

Net Worth:$700 Million
Profession:Professional Radio Personality
Date of Birth:January 12, 1954
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.96 m

Crude, offensive, vile, disgusting—Howard Stern has been slapped with every negative adjective in the book by his detractors. But to his millions of fans, he’s a hilarious genius who stuck a big middle finger up to censorship and refused to back down even when threatened time and again to have the plug pulled on him. And it worked out pretty well for him.

Who Is Howard Stern

Howard Allan Stern is one of the most recognizable media personalities of all time. Notorious for his unorthodox hosting style, Stern has been in the business for a little more than three decades, where he has anchored a nationally organized program on live radio from 1986 to 2005. Due to his eagerness to help promote satellite radio, he moved The Howard Stern Show to Sirius XM Radio in 2006 and is expected to run there until December 2020.

The Howard Stern Show airs from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Howard 100 and Howard 101, which are both uncensored channels and mostly commercial-free, making it the perfect platform to escape the widening restrictions on his program’s content on mainstream radio.

Stern’s first radio gig came while attending Boston University, where he developed his in-your-face on-air personality. He worked the morning time slot in which he kept his listeners at the edge of their seats as they commute to work.

He jumped from station to station, landing jobs in networks from New York to Connecticut, Michigan, and Washington, until he went back to the Big Apple to begin a 20-year career run at WXRK. His morning show gained a rabid following in 1986, broadcast on 60 markets, and attracting 20 million listeners during its peak.

Howard Stern won several accolades including Billboard’s Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year for an unprecedented eight consecutive times and is the first radio jock to ever host a number one show in both New York and Los Angeles simultaneously.

Although he carries the recognition as the most fined radio host ($2.5 million in fines) for his program’s content, Stern describes himself as the “King of All Media”. Through his parents’ encouragement, Howard was a rigid practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, to which he credits helping him quit smoking, overcome his obsessive-compulsive disorder, relieve his mother of depression, and guide him to achieving massive success in his career.

A few years after admitting to having adopted a pescatarian diet, he revealed to have had a cancer scare after finding a growth on one of his kidneys which turned out to only be a benign cyst.

We calculate Howard Stern has a net worth of almost $700 million dollars, as of 2020. With a salary of $90 million dollars per year Stern is definitely the highest paid radio host in history.

How did Howard Stern get so insanely rich?

In 2004, Howard Stern became one of the richest radio personalities in the world, after being signed by Sirius to a five-year $500-million deal. Regarded as one of the most successful radio hosts of all time, he is also the “most fined” radio host as well. Racking up over $2.5 million dollars in fines.

This all adds to his legend though and his unique talent and courage have earned him his longevity in an otherwise restricted industry. But it’s no secret that he’s made a decent amount in other forms as well, thus the label “King of All Media.”

Here’s how he has accumulated a breathtaking, eye-popping fortune:

  1. Howard signed a $1 million deal with Simon & Schuster to publish Private Parts, his first book and autobiography, which dealt with his flawed beginnings, unlikely rise to stardom, foreign policy, becoming a father, Madonna, and masturbation.
  2. His book had a film adaptation wherein Stern himself starred, selling more than $40 million in movie tickets.
  3. He performed on Private Part’s movie soundtrack, selling more than a million copies and reaching the summit of the Billboard 200.
  4. A couple of years after his first release, he was signed an advance worth $3 million for Miss America, his second book that became a #1 New York Times bestseller, where he shared his flagrant views on life, the world, and modern society.
  5. Over the years, Howard has hosted and produced several late-night TV shows such as Howard Stern On Demand and The Howard Stern Show. He has also graced a handful of pay-per-view events and home videos. He’s had The Howard Stern Interview, known to grill guests with unconventional questions. The Howard Stern Radio Show, which gave Saturday Night Live a serious run for its money. And Howard 360, a conceptualized online streaming service with clips seen on the Sirius App and YouTube.
  6. Howard picked taking professional photos as a hobby, which in 2011 ended up becoming a company called Conlon Road Photography. Stern just kept on making heads turn as his photos have been showcased in several distinct publications such as WHIRL and Hamptons.
  7. He replaced Piers Morgan as a judge on the top-rating show America’s Got Talent where his salary was reported to be at $15 million a year.
  8. His third book “Howard Stern Comes Again” was released in 2019 and delivered a clean-cut autobiography, containing confessions and his personal exploration.

The Howard Stern Story

A Radio Star In The Making

Much like the people he calls out on his show, Howard’s has made his life an open book, literally. He wrote a memoir, Private Parts, in 1993 and starred as himself in the subsequent 1997 film adaptation. Stern grew up in Long Island where his father, the part-owner of a recording studio, primed him for radio by taping mock interviews with him.  

He developed his sardonic sense of humor as a teen who was often the target of his classmates’ torment. As a student at Boston University, where he majored in communications, he volunteered at the school’s radio station, but his first broadcast promptly got him pulled off the air.  

Still, Howard was a diligent student who graduated with honors and moved back to New York where he took a job at a small local radio station. He moved to different cities for small gigs before landing in Washington D.C. in 1981 and meeting Robin Quivers, who has been his co-host/partner in crime ever since. In D.C., Stern’s racially and sexually charged shows really started to establish him as a blunt, outspoken shock-jock with a twisted sense of humor that often landed him in hot water.  

K-Rock Shock Jock

Back in New York, he landed a job at WNBC-AM before his antics got him the boot, but not before generating tons of publicity. In 1985, he moved on to K-ROCK, where his timeslot went head-to-head with fellow shock jock Don Imus; Howard came out on top. Howard was fast becoming a household name. He hosted several short-lived late-night talk shows, he authored Private Parts in 1993 and followed it up with Miss America in 1997, the same year he starred as himself in Private Parts the movie.  

Getting Sirius

He continued to dominate the free radio airwaves into 2004 when Clear Channel, which owned K-ROCK, yanked him off the air due to tighter FCC restrictions following the notorious Janet Jackson nipplegate incident. Stern didn’t miss a beat, quickly signing a $500 million, five-year contract with Sirius XM, a subscription satellite radio provider that was free from all FCC regulations. Sirius subscriptions immediately skyrocketed. In 2006, the year of his first satellite broadcast, he was ranked amongst the top 10 on Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrities. And in 2010, after a rumored $600 million offer from Apple, Howard instead stuck to his roots and signed on for five more years of dirty talk with Sirius XM.   

A Paradox

Despite Stern’s often sexually explicit show, he has been a one-woman man the majority of his life. He married his college sweetheart Alison Berns in 1978 and they had three daughters together. He often spoke highly of her until they separated amicably in 1999. A year later, he met television personality and model Beth Ostrosky. The couple married in 2008.  

That’s not the only way his personal life doesn’t live up to his radio persona. Stern isn’t known for partaking in New York’s wild nightlife or implicating himself in any scandals outside of his work. He maintains that he has always been faithful even though he often jokes that the various porn stars and models who parade themselves around on his show tempt him. But it would be hard for any man’s life to imitate Howard’s art. Imagine how many dwarves they’d have to hire…

What makes him so successful?

Even with an abrasive and offensive behavior peppered with uncontrollable inappropriate tendencies, there is no denying that Howard Stern provides the most insightful and engaging interviews. No doubt, this infamous personality is a great communicator, giving him the ability to hold meaningful conversations with anyone he crosses paths with.

He’s quoted as saying, “I’m on the air five hours and I blurt out anything in my head. Dangerous? Maybe.” Well the penalties speak for themselves.

Amassing fines of a whopping $2.5 million for alleged indecent content, Howard Stern gained uncanny notoriety for his unconventional hosting technique. He earned his stripes by first hosting radio shows at Boston University. After graduation, he declined an offer from the progressive rock station WRNW to work the night shift and instead took a marketing role for one of the leading advertising agencies at that time. Realizing that working the airwaves was truly his passion, he contacted WRNW for work, took several cover shifts, and then got promoted to a four-hour midday shift. He continued to show his prowess, impressing his superiors with his reliability and professional approach to eventually become the station’s program director.

His tongue-in-cheek approach was slowly but constantly gaining popularity as he bounced from one job to the next, taking with him a one-of-a-kind radio personality that nobody has encountered before. His program kept challenging the boundaries of media regulation, developing into feuds with both his radio station and the censorship bosses over time.

The skills he’s learned and put into practice have earned him $90 million a year salary today. Making Howard Stern hands-down the highest-paid radio host of all time.

Summing-Up

Bizarre, offbeat, grim, and eccentric are just a few of the varied opinions about this fun-loving man from Jackson Heights, New York. No matter how you see him, there is no denying that this hard-working, brave guy named Howard is undoubtedly stern.

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