Fox News pundit Sean Hannity is among the most-watched news commentators in the country — with over 3.25 million viewers tuning in nightly — as well as a source of a great deal of controversy for his views and his personal connections to the president of the United States. Along the way, Hannity has made himself a significant fortune for his work on Fox, his radio show and his best-selling books.
How large a fortune? Here’s a closer look at the outspoken TV personality’s net worth.
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Sean Hannity’s Net Worth: $200 million
Sean Hannity, age 56, has a net worth of $200 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and that number would appear to be on the continued rise due to his whopping $36 million a year salary. Sean Hannity’s salary is enough to make him the eighth-highest paid television host in the country.
In addition to his television work, Hannity is also a radio host — starting the syndicated “The Sean Hannity Show” in 1998 — as well as a best-selling author of books like “Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism,” “Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism,” and “Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda.”
Hannity was also revealed to be a major real estate investor in 2018, having been behind shell companies that spent some $90 million on 870 different houses over the last decade.
Sean Hannity Career
Sean Hannity was born in New York in 1961. After attending New York University and Adelphi University, he got his start in broadcasting in 1989 when he began hosting his own show on a Santa Barbara college radio station. He landed in hot water within his first year on the air after making controversial comments about homosexuals. Hannity managed to leverage that incident, though, into jobs with conservative talk radio stations in Alabama and then Georgia.
In 1996, he would make his leap to television, signing on as a co-host of “Hannity & Colmes” on Fox News. Two years later, he would start doing “The Sean Hannity Show” on New York radio station WABC, which would eventually be syndicated on over 500 stations.
Hannity’s popularity would continue to rise — even after Colmes would leave in 2009, leading to the show’s rebranding to simply “Hannity” — and he’s now among the most influential new commentators in the U.S.
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Sean Hannity Controversies
Hannity’s rise to the top of the heap for cable news pundits is one that’s largely been defined by controversy. He’s frequently said things on his program that led to a backlash among the public. However, his support for Alabama judge and Senate candidate Roy Moore — in the face of reports that Moore had made romantic advances toward teenagers in the past — led to a number of his major advertisers dropping his show due to the negative media associated with him.
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Not long after, Hannity’s outspoken support of President Donald Trump was cast in a different light after Trump attorney Michael Cohen was forced to reveal in court that Hannity was one of his other clients. Cohen’s testimony led to revelations about Hannity’s real estate investing — the reason he claimed that he had sought Cohen’s advice — that included investments that made use of some $17.9 million in HUD loans.
Hannity is also a major part of a lawsuit filed in 2018 by the parents of Seth Rich, a Democratic Party staffer whose 2016 death was the subject of an array of debunked conspiracy theories that strongly implied he was murdered by people connected to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The suit claims that the reiteration of these rumors — frequently by Hannity or on his program — led to damage to Rich’s reputation.
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