Sean Hannity Net Worth
Sean Hannity has an estimated net worth of $50 million. Sean Hannity is a conservative radio and television host, and one of the original primetime hosts on the Fox News Channel, where he has appeared since 1996. He earns most of his income from
Sean Hannity began his radio career in California at a college station before moving on to markets in the Southeast and New York. He is now one of the most popular on-air personalities. He was hired as one of the first hosts on Fox News Channel, a conservative media outlet founded by Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, in 1996. Hannity has become the highest-paid news anchor on television as the host of several popular Fox programs.
However, Hannity’s career has been marred by controversy. His detractors accuse him of using his platform to promote unproven theories, and his close relationship with President Donald Trump and other political figures has been widely scrutinized, with some viewing it as a conflict of interest.
To calculate the net worth of Sean Hannity, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:
|Net Worth:||$250 Million|
|Monthly Salary:||$3 Million|
|Annual Salary:||$45 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Writer, Author, Presenter, Radio personality, Commentator, Actor|
Early Life and Education
Sean Patrick Hannity was born in New York City on December 30, 1961. Hannity grew up in Franklin Square, a Long Island suburb of New York, as the youngest child and only son of first-generation Irish immigrants Hugh and Lillian. Lillian, a corrections officer and court stenographer, and Hugh, an officer in New York City’s family court system, were both employed in the justice system.
Hannity attended local Catholic schools before attending Adelphi University on Long Island, New York University, and the University of California-Santa Barbara. He did not finish college, preferring to pursue a career in radio, which had piqued his interest since childhood.
Hannity’s first break came while he was in Santa Barbara. He began working as an unpaid volunteer host on KCSB, the local college radio station, in 1989. Hannity attempted to establish his conservative credentials quickly, which resulted in a series of contentious events. Hannity was fired after an episode in which he expressed anti-LGBT sentiments (including blaming the gay community for the AIDS crisis) and later attacked a gay fellow KCSB host.
Hannity was granted permission to return to his show with the help of the local ACLU chapter. Instead, he used the publicity surrounding the KCSB controversy to land his first paid radio job in 1990, at WVNN in Athens, Alabama. Within a few years, Hannity’s afternoon show dominated the local market, and he made a name for himself in conservative circles, including an early friendship with Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich. Hannity also met his future wife Jill Rhodes in Alabama.
His show aired on Atlanta’s WGST from 1992 to 1996. In January 1997, a few months after the debut of his Fox television show, Hannity moved to New York’s WABC, where his show first aired late at night before moving to the prime afternoon “drive time” slot. Hannity changed radio stations again in early 2014, this time to WOR in New York.
Hannity’s radio show entered national syndication on September 10, 2001, and now airs on over 500 stations. Hannity’s weekly radio audience is estimated to be 13.5 million by Talkers Magazine, putting him just behind Rush Limbaugh’s 14 million listeners.
Fox News Channel and Television Career
‘Hannity & Colmes’
In 1996, Hannity was hired as one of the first primetime hosts on the new Fox News Channel, a conservative cable television channel founded by Rupert Murdoch, a newspaper publisher and media magnate, and Roger Ailes, a television executive who had spent decades as a Republican media adviser.
Hannity was paired with Alan Colmes, a more liberal co-host, and the duo’s 9 p.m. The Hannity & Colmes show aired for 13 years, until Colmes left in January 2009. It was a ratings success, with more than 60 consecutive months as the top program in its time slot and 3.3 million nightly viewers in the months leading up to Colmes’ departure.
The newly rebranded Hannity program aired at 9 p.m. until 2013, when it was moved to 10 p.m. to make room for a new program hosted by Megyn Kelly, a decision that some media observers interpreted as an attempt to attract a younger demographic and shift away from some of Hannity’s more partisan views. Following Kelly’s departure from Fox News Channel in 2017, Hannity returned to 9 p.m. ET. He remained a ratings draw, with 3.2 million nightly viewers on average in the first quarter of 2018.
Relationship With Donald Trump
Hannity was an early and vocal supporter of fellow New Yorker Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Trump appeared on Hannity’s show several times, particularly after his infamous clash with Kelly during a Republican primary debate. Hannity played a similar role in 2009, when he was one of the first cable news hosts to give the nascent Tea Party movement a platform.
Trump officials became frequent guests as well, and Hannity was credited with bolstering Trump’s support among the Republican base following a series of upheavals during the campaign, including Trump’s ongoing personal attacks on his critics, allegations of sexual harassment by several women, and the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump was heard using disparaging and sexist language about women.
Following Trump’s election, Hannity remained an important adviser to him. President Trump made an appearance on Hannity’s show shortly after his inauguration, and the two men reportedly spoke several times a week.
In April 2018, Hannity became embroiled in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Hannity, a vocal opponent of the investigation led by independent counsel Robert Mueller, spoke out against a raid on the offices of Michael Cohen, a longtime Trump lawyer, by federal investigators. Days later, Hannity made headlines when he was named in court as Cohen’s legal client. Although Hannity denied that the two had a formal legal relationship, many chastised him for his lack of transparency.
Views and Controversies
Despite his ratings success, Hannity’s career has been fraught with controversy, with him being chastised for his views on immigration, climate change, and Islam.
He backed Donald Trump and others who questioned whether Barack Obama was born in America, and Hannity frequently urged the president to release his birth certificate. In his vocal opposition to Obama’s Affordable Care Act, Hannity advocated for the fictitious concept of “death panels” that would decide the fate of elderly or ill patients.
He was an early critic of both Bill and Hillary Clinton, devoting a significant amount of time on his radio and television shows to the investigation into Hillary’s role in the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and welcoming guests who spoke of unsubstantiated theories about Hillary’s mental and physical health.
In 2017, Hannity was embroiled in two major controversies. The first came after he promoted a conspiracy theory about Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich’s death. According to Hannity and others, Rich was murdered because of his connection to Wikileaks documents released during the 2016 election campaign. Rich was killed during a botched robbery, according to police in Washington, D.C. Several advertisers dropped Hannity’s shows, and Rich’s parents sued Fox News in 2018 for promoting the conspiracy theory surrounding their son’s death.
Accusers (including several minors at the time of the events) came forward in late 2017 accusing then-Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore of sexual harassment and assault. Hannity initially supported Moore, inviting him and other defenders to appear on his shows, which resulted in another wave of advertisers leaving his shows, followed by counter-protests by Hannity viewers, who launched a wave of boycotts against the advertising companies and their products.
In addition, Hannity was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017.
In addition to his role on radio and television, Hannity is the author of Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism (2002), Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism (2004), Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda (2010), and Live Free Or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink (2020).
Hannity has been married to Jill Rhodes since 1993, and they have two children. In 2019, Hannity and Rhodes divorced.
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