How Rich Is MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow?

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Rachel Maddow got her start with MSNBC as a political analyst and launched her eponymous show on the network in 2008. She has gone on to become one of the highest-paid TV stars, with a multimillion-dollar salary. Here’s what you need to know about Maddow and her net worth.

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    Net Worth

    Rachel Maddow has a net worth of $25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Much of her net worth comes from her salary as host of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” but is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.”

    Adding to Maddow’s wealth are her real estate holdings, which include a pre-Civil War farmhouse in Western Massachusetts. In 2010, she bought an apartment in New York City from Michael Stipe, lead singer of REM, for $1.25 million. The property changed hands again in February 2021, selling for $2.25 million.

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    Salary

    Rachel Maddow gets paid a lot to discuss current events. Her MSNBC salary is reportedly $7 million, according to E! News.

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    More than 10 years after its launch, “The Rachel Maddow Show” continues to resonate with viewers. In the first quarter of 2021, she was the most-watched host in cable news, with her show averaging 3.6 million viewers each night, according to Forbes. As of April 2021, the show had topped programming in the 9 p.m. weeknights slot for 95 straight months, per MSNBC.

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    Education

    Maddow’s resume was impressive even before she became the host of her own talk show. She received a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University and then went on to earn a doctorate in political science at Oxford University, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship.

    Before appearing on MSNBC, Maddow was a host on Air America Radio, where she worked from its inception in 2004. Prior to that, she was a host on two local radio stations in Massachusetts.

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    Book

    Maddow published her book, “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power,” in 2012. The book discusses America’s drift into a state of perpetual war. It reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was praised by the Washington Post and Kirkus Reviews.

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    Honors and Awards

    Maddow has received numerous awards for her journalistic efforts, including:

    • Gracie Allen Individual Achievement Award for Outstanding Host-News Program (2009)
    • Television Critics’ Association Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in News & Information (2009)
    • The Interfaith Alliance’s Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award (2010)
    • Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies’ Steinbeck Award (2012)
    • National Television Academy’s News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis (2011, 2017) and for Live Interview (2017)

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    Jami Farkas contributed to the reporting for this article.

    Last updated: July 15, 2021

      About the Author

      Gabrielle joined GOBankingRates in 2017 and brings with her a decade of experience in the journalism industry. Before joining the team, she was a staff writer-reporter for People Magazine and People.com. Her work has also appeared on E! Online, Us Weekly, Patch, Sweety High and Discover Los Angeles, and she has been featured on “Good Morning America” as a celebrity news expert. 

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