Cable news is now a mature force in the TV news industry. Big names like Anderson Cooper of CNN, Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, Piers Morgan of CNN and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC host talk and news shows exploring up to the minute stories, news making people and hot names from entertainment and sports. There has always been a bit of opinion or commentary in nearly all news shows, but cable news has made it almost mandatory that their talking heads and pundits hold a very distinct point of view on the issues and even fully express their own political leanings. What are these cable news kings worth?
Bill O’Reilly – FOX News
He’s a Fox News show host, commentator and from the many who’s gone opposite him on views, a force to be reckoned with and then some. He’s also a best selling author of the books, “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy” – just to name a few. No matter where you stand in the political arena, or what side of the aisle you’re on, the fact is Bill O’Reilly is one of the most dynamic and loved personalities on cable news. He’s also one of the most hated. That distinct dichotomy propels him to always be in the news himself and to always be relevant. All of that boisterous talking has made him some serious money. His estimated net worth is $75 million dollars.
Anderson Cooper – CNN
He refuses to use Just For Men to cover up his thick shock of platinum silver hair, and it’s one of the reasons he’s looked upon as a genuine and trusted newsman. Cooper also came out as a gay man, after years of speculation and innuendo traded between his ribald pal, comedian Kathy Griffin. Cooper has helmed his Anderson Cooper 360 show for years, and also does journalism duty on CBS for the respected 60 Minutes. His daytime talk show was cancelled, but word is now he’ll be buddying up with Kathy Griffin for another show. Cooper’s estimated net worth is $100 million dollars.
Piers Morgan – CNN
He’s a British man on American cable news. He also took over for the veteran Larry King, when the CNN King of talk finally retired. Talk about just a wee bit of pressure! Morgan seems to revel in it though, and despite a few rocky moments, and a controversy over gun control which saw a letter writing campaign to deport the feisty foreigner from the United States, he’s still doing quite well. Piers Morgan challenges his guests like practically nobody else working in TV talk today. His signature line he asks guests is, “How many times have you been properly in love?” All of his spirited banter and love talk has made him wealthy. His estimated net worth is $20 million dollars.
Joe Scarborough – MSNBC
“Morning Joe” is the name of his show and it works as both tip of the hat to his name, and the caffeine infused atmosphere of the MSNBC political theme talk program. Scarborough is an author, radio talk show host, lawyer and also held political office himself. He was a Republican member of the House Of Representatives from Florida. Scarborough may be a Republican, but he displays a versatile, even independent attitude which allows him to see both sides of an issue. This has upset hardcore conservative Republicans, while endearing him to Democratic liberals and progressives. He holds court each day with co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist. His estimated net worth is $18 million dollars.