The top tier of television hosts definitely rake it in and surprisingly, they’re all in daytime. Forbes released their ranking of the world’s Highest-Paid TV Hosts and they’re all pretty filthy rich. But exactly who reigns supreme?
According to the publication, it’s Judy Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy. Their calculations estimate the 76-year-old judge pocketed $147 million pretax last year. Thanks to a lucrative deal, selling her 5,200-episode library of her hit show to CBS for an estimated $100 million, she easily outearned her competitors. Forbes notes she’s the “48th-richest self-made woman in America, with a net worth of $400 million.”
Coming in a distant second was Ellen DeGeneres. The 60-year-old host earned $87 million, $20 million of which was from a Netflix stand-up special. She was the first woman to command that payday from the streaming service.
Check out the rest of the Top 5 below.
Television’s Highest-Paid Hosts In 2018
5. Steve Harvey – $44,000,000
4. Ryan Seacrest – $74,000,000
3. Dr. Phil McGraw – $77,500,000
2. Ellen DeGeneres – $87,500,000
1. Judy Sheindlin – $147,000,000
For more about each host’s salary, head over to Forbes.com.