How much is Sean Hannity worth?
|Net Worth:||$275 Million
|Profession:||Professional TV Commentator|
|Date of Birth:||December 30, 1961|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Sean Hannity
Sean Hannity is a highly successful political radio and television personality. He is one of the most controversial political analysts in America. Biography.com reports that he is second behind Rush Limbaugh on radio and the highest paid news anchor on television. He is known as the, ‘King of Cable,’ and is also a New York Times bestselling author. He is known for his influential far right conservative voice.
Hannity was born in December of 1961 and was raised in Long Island, New York with his three older sisters. His parents, Hugh and Lillian Hannity, were both employed in the justice system. His father was a family court officer and his mother was a stenographer and correctional officer at a county jail. All four of his grandparents emigrated from Ireland without any money. “I don’t think they came here with any illusion that they were going to be the successful generation. They just came for the opportunity for their families,” he explained to Irishcentral.com.
He went to St. Pius X Preparatory High School in New York. He then attended New York University, University of California-Santa Barbara and Adelphi University, but did not receive any diplomas. He is quoted as saying, “I’m not impressed by people’s degrees. Harvard doesn’t impress me. Yale doesn’t impress me. Columbia doesn’t impress me,” according to brainyquote.com.
He married American journalist, Jill Rhodes, in 1993. The couple had two children together, Patrick and Merri Kelly. They separated several years ago, but recently divorced after 20 years of marriage.
American commentator Sean Hannity has a net worth upwards of $275 million dollars, as of 2020. Sean Hannity hosts Hannity on Fox News Channel, plus the nationally syndicated The Sean Hannity Show on radio. He is the author of four bestselling books that highlight his conservative political viewpoint, including his latest: Live Free Or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink
How did Sean Hannity earn his net worth?
In 2004, Hannity signed a $25 million five-year contract with ABC Radio. Today, according to his website, Hannity.com, “he is a multimedia superstar, spending four hours a day every day reaching out to millions of Americans on radio, television and the internet.” He currently makes $25 million a year with Fox News according to Forbes.com. In 2018, Businessinsider.com reported Hannity making $36 million a year with television and radio combined. They have his net worth listed at $250 million.
Real estate investing is another passion of Hannity’s that has attributed to his wealth. He lives in a seven bedroom Long Island home that is worth $8.5 million. He also owns property in Moraya Bay in Naples, Florida. He is quite the real estate investor, according to Businessinsider.com. They report that he owns about 870 units across the United States worth $90 million.
Significance to the Media Industry
Television and radio media are full of hosts who share their political viewpoints, but few are as powerful as Sean Hannity. He honed his hosting and interview skills as a radio personality before jumping to television.
He is widely viewed as the number-two talk radio host in the country, behind Rush Limbaugh. However, Limbaugh no longer has a program on television, so overall Hannity has an edge. Each weekday, millions across the country listen to his radio show, in addition to the millions who watch his prime time TV show.
Hannity on Fox News Channel is usually second in the Nielsen ratings behind The O’Reilly Factor. But since Bill O’Reilly ended his radio show in 2009, Hannity has the distinction of having a huge audience in both forms of media.
Hannity’s background is unusal in that he has such strong political views and commanding hosting skills, despite the fact that he’s neither been a politician or a traditional news reporter. While most viewers might call him a news anchor, he’s really more of a news host because of his lack of journalism experience.
Sean Hannity’s Early Career
Sean Hannity started his radio career in 1989 at college station KCSB in Santa Barbara, California, but it wouldn’t take long for him to climb the ladder to larger DMAs. In three years’ time, he went from that college station to WVNN in the Huntsville, Alabama, market to WGST in Atlanta.
Hannity was hired as Fox News Channel launched in 1996 to co-host Hannity & Colmes, which featured the more liberal Alan Colmes as a counterpoint to Hannity’s conservatism. He also took his radio show to WABC in New York City.
Sean Hannity further built his radio brand when his program began to be syndicated to stations across the country. On TV, Hannity & Colmes ended its 12-year run on Fox News Channel when Colmes left the program, which was renamed Hannity with Hannity as the sole host.
Hannity has received two Marconi Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters and has repeatedly won Radio and Records awards for National Talk Show Host of the Year.
Why is he so famous?
Hannity is most known for his over-the-top rhetoric blasting the left wing base. His opinions have been heard since 1989 when he volunteered at UC Santa Barbara’s radio station. The show was canceled in less than a year, but he fell in love with broadcasting. From there, he went to Cumulus owned, News Talk Radio, WVNN. According to Yellohammernews.com, Hannity credits Huntsville’s WVNN as being his first, ‘big break,’ on the radio when he was asked to fill in for Rush Limbaugh. That opportunity promoted Hannity to one of the most listened to, “conservative talkers,” in America.” The ‘Sean Hannity Show,’ was syndicated by Premiere Networks on September 10, 2001 and has over 500 affiliates.
Hannity’s television break began in 1996 when Roger Ailes, co-founder of Fox News, hired him to co-host the ‘Hannity and Colmes Show’ with far left analyst Alan Colmes. The show only lasted until 2008 when Colmes decided to depart the show. A year before his departure, Hannity was asked by Fox to do ‘Hannity’s America which led him to his long-standing prime time show, ‘Hannity.’
Television and radio are not his only successful platforms. Hannity has published three New York Times Best Selling books. ‘Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of liberty Over Liberalism,’ was published in 2002, ‘Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Us Terrorism, Despotism and Liberalism,’ was published in 2004 and ‘Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda,’ was published in 2010. His latest book, ‘Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink,’, will be released August 4, 2020.
What makes him so successful?
Hannity is known for his hard work and devotion to his job. His divorce to his wife, Jill, was on good terms; however, he is “known to be a workaholic,” according to msn.com. He is either on the air or researching for his shows. His longevity in the business has also led to his success. He has been with the same networks for decades and remains loyal to everyone he has worked with. He is known to have strong relationships with fellow employees and employers. “I’m friends with every single person that hired me,” he stated. “I talk to them all. They all critique me to this day. I prefer the criticism rather than the compliment because that makes you better,” yellowhammernews.com reported.
Hannity’s passion and drive has landed him where he is today. His controversial style has caused him to be appreciated and revered by many. He knows his topics well and knows how to argues his beliefs. He is able to remain friends with many of his opponents. He has the rare ability to aggressively argue with anyone and remain respected.
He has won many awards. He was awarded, “the Marconi Award for Network Syndicated Personality of the Year by the National Association of Broadcasters in 2003 and 2007.” He was also awarded, “National Talk Show Host of the Year for three consecutive years,” according to Famouspeople.com.
Hannity also is known for being very charitable. He has been the host of the Freedom Concerts, raising money for charity, since 2003. He is also known for being involved with the community and endorsing many products that he believes in.
Sean Hannity is one of the most highly respected political news figures of his time. His love for country resonates through all his multimedia platforms. His controversial approach is highly respected regardless of his far right beliefs. He is known as one of the hardest working newscasters in prime time. His love for people has cemented a rock-solid right winged base. Where many opinion-news anchors have fallen due to their controversial opinions, Hannity appears to be stronger than ever.
Sean Hannity was born December 30, 1961, and grew up in Franklin Square, New York. He dropped out of New York University and Adelphi University, but received an honorary degree from Liberty University.
Hannity is married and has two children.