American television is an immensely popular medium today. Many people are making money by getting involved in television. Some of them have become millionaires even billionaire like Oprah Winfrey.
Here is a brief overview of the highest paid TV personalities (as per TV Guide’s annual salary report).
=17) Chelsea Handler ($10 million)
This television host is also a comedian, author, actress, writer and producer. She signed a $10 million deal with Netflix recently. She would be doing a talk show and many comedy specials for Netflix.
=17) Jimmy Kimmel ($10 million)
This TV host is also an actor, comedian, voice actor, screen writer, musician, producer and radio personality. He is the creator and the host of the popular late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!
=17) Shepard Smith ($10 million)
In October 2013, this television news anchor became the host of “Shepard Smith Reporting” and also the managing editor of Fox News Channel’s Breaking News Division.
=15) Anderson Cooper ($11 million)
This television personality is also a journalist and an author. He has been hosting the CNN show “Anderson Cooper 360” since 2003. In early 2007 he signed a multi-year deal with CNN, which would allow him to continue as a contributor to “60 minutes”. His salary was also doubled from $2 million annually to $4 million.
=15) Jimmy Fallon ($11 million)
This television host is also a writer, actor, comedian, singer, musician and producer. He hosts the late-night talk show “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The show has been dominating the ratings since he took over in February.
=13) Pat Sajak ($12 million)
This television personality is an actor, talk show host and former weatherman. He has been hosting the television game show “Wheel of Fortune” for more than 31 years.
=13) Conan O’Brien ($12 million)
This television host is also a writer, comedian, musician, voice actor and producer. His switch to TBS has proved more profitable than his late-night network competition.
12) Brian Williams ($13 million)
This journalist is the anchor and managing editor of the evening news program “NBC Nightly News.” He makes the same money as he did before “Rock Center” was cancelled in 2013.
11) Robin Roberts ($14 million)
This television broadcaster is the anchor of ABC’s morning show “Good Morning America.” She received a huge pay bump from last year. She makes around $6 million annually.