Cable news superstar Megyn Kelly has settled into her new role at NBC after leaving her longtime position at Fox News last year. These days, the 47-year-old former corporate lawyer graces the NBC airwaves at multiple times — on Sunday evenings as part of her “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” program, as well as her daytime talk show, “Megyn Kelly Today.”
Before she became a news media starlet, Kelly’s was a meteoric rise to the top of cable news. Read on for a look at Kelly’s net worth and rise to the top.
Megyn Kelly Net Worth: $15 Million
So, who is Megyn Kelly and what is Megyn Kelly’s net worth? First of all, she’s almost certainly the highest-paid female anchor on television. After 12 years as the host of “The Kelly File” on Fox News, the star TV personality announced she was leaving in 2017 for a job with NBC. According to Forbes, the Fox News parent company offered her $20 million a year to stay, but it was not enough. Megyn Kelly NBC salary statistics are unknown, but NBC probably didn’t match the offer. It’s likely, however, that it came close with a contract that was more lucrative than the $15 million per year she had been making.
In 2016, Forbes reported that publisher HarperCollins gave Kelly a $10 million advance to write her memoirs. In a 2015 article, Fortune asked the question, “Is Megyn Kelly the next Oprah Winfrey?”
So, how much is Megyn Kelly worth? At least $15 million.
Megyn Kelly Election Coverage
Megyn Kelly bio highlights include her coverage of the raucous 2016 election. She didn’t just cover the event, she became part of the story.
No stranger to politics, Kelly graduated from Syracuse with a degree in political science. She covered the 2004 presidential election and contributed to 2008 presidential election and 2010 midterm election coverage. She was also a co-anchor on “America’s Election Headquarters” on Fox News in 2012 and 2014.
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In August 2015, however, the stakes were raised when Kelly co-moderated the first GOP primary debate. Drawing more than 24 million viewers, it was the highest-rated telecast in the network’s history. Additionally, 11.1 million people tuned into the post-debate episode of “The Kelly File,” a record for her show and a 1,000 percent increase over her normal viewership.
Not only did the debate give Kelly new exposure, but it also inserted her into what was already an outrageous election season when she sparred with Donald Trump, who would go on to win the presidency. Following the debate, Kelly became the object of Trump’s derision, and the language he used to describe her ignited a national discussion on sexism and misogyny.
Megyn Kelly’s Career
Kelly is not a career journalist. For more than a decade, she was a corporate lawyer. Kelly married a doctor named Dan Kendall in 2001, and when the couple moved to Washington, D.C., in 2003, she decided she wanted to become a journalist.
Kelly has since divorced Kendall and is now married to Douglas Brunt. As for how many children Megyn Kelly has, the answer is three, with Brunt.
Kelly made her own demo tape and began cold-calling news stations. One of the people who received her demo was Kim Hume, then a Fox News Washington bureau chief and wife of well-known Fox personality Brit Hume, who was so impressed with Kelly that he brought the tape to the network’s chair, Roger Ailes.
Kelly’s background in law enabled her to provide thoughtful analysis of legal stories and helped her become a Fox News anchor. She reported on site, conducted a bevy of high-level interviews and broke news that would help exonerate a group of college lacrosse players falsely accused of rape. Was Megyn Kelly worth the big Fox News salary? The ratings tell the tale. “The Kelly File” was No. 1 in its slot and No. 2 overall from the time it launched.
She currently anchors the NBC News Sunday primetime news program “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.” She also contributes to NBC’s breaking news coverage, special events coverage and political coverage, as well as serving as the host of “Megyn Kelly Today.”
Megyn Kelly Awards and Praise
The official Megyn Kelly biography also includes plenty of industry recognition. Kelly received her first accolades when she was still a student at Syracuse University. She graduated with honors from Albany Law School and was named editor of the Albany Law Review. Among her other honors and awards are:
- 2009: Kelly won an award from Childhelp for her coverage of child abuse cases.
- 2014: Kelly made Time’s list of “The 100 Most Influential People” alongside Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
- 2014: She was invited to host the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame awards.
- 2016: Kelly was named one of Variety’s Power of Women New York honorees.
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