How Rich is Fox News’ Tucker Carlson?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/Shutterstock (8467748h)Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio, in New YorkTucker Carlson, New York, USA - 02 Mar 2017.
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Tucker Carlson, 52, has the distinction of being the most-watched and possibly one of the most polarizing personalities on cable news.  With nearly three million viewers as a conservative political commentator for his Fox News show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” he has a net worth of $30 million.

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Early Career

Carlson has been at Fox News since 2009. He began as a frequent guest on other panel shows on the network. in 2013, he got a break and became a co-host of the weekend edition of “Fox & Friends.” After that, he hosted “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which began airing in 2016.

Once Bill O’Reilly left the network in 2017, Carlson took over the coveted 8 p.m. time slot. He has been reported to earn $6 million per year, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Before he became a journalist, Carlson applied to work for the CIA and was turned down. It was then that he began to pursue his career path as a journalist and after college began working at a series of newspapers and magazines, typically taking the conservative point of view even then.

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Television eventually came calling. To start, he was a frequent guest of the CNN show “Crossfire.” It was commonly believed that his now-infamous interview with Jon Stewart in 2004 led to the cancellation of that program. After that, more opportunities came his way.

He was brought onto CNN as a commentator in 2000 where he stayed until he was given his own show on MSNBC in 2005. Fox came calling in 2009 and he has been there ever since.

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Early Life

Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson was born in San Francisco to Lisa McNear and Dick Carlson on May 16, 1969.  His dad was a journalist who served as the director for “Voice of America,” and was the CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from 1992-1997.  His mother abandoned the family when he was little and his dad assumed full custody of Tucker and his younger brother, Buckley. His dad later married Patricia Caroline Swanson  (an heiress to the Swanson frozen-food enterprise) in 1979.  She legally adopted the boys.

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The family moved to the San Diego area where he lived until he was sent to a Swiss boarding school, but he got kicked out and ended up at St. George’s School, a boarding school in Middletown, R.I. He went on to graduate from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. with a history degree in 1991.

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Personal Life

Carlson married high school sweetheart, Susan Thomson in 1991. They met while he was at St. George’s School, as she was the daughter of the headmaster. They have four children together.

Other Fun Facts

The conservative pundit is also the co-founder of the website “The Daily Caller,” which follows his right-leaning views. He was editor-in-chief until he left in 2020 after selling his 1/3 ownership for an undisclosed amount.

He has published three books: “Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites” (2003), “Ship of Fools” (2018) and “The Long Slide” (2021). It was reported that he got a $10 million signing bonus for his book deal.

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Carlson also hosts a weekly podcast and can be seen on the Fox Nation streaming show “Tucker Carlson Originals.”

Since he was a teenager, Carlson was known for always wearing a bowtie. In 2006, at the urging of MSNBC, he announced that he would retire the signature wardrobe item.

Real Estate

The Carlsons have owned many properties in the Washington, D.C. area over the years. They left a $4 million home for a more modest $2 million home in 2011.  In 2017, they purchased a new home in the Kent neighborhood for nearly $3.9 million. In 2020, they sold that home for $3.95 million.

The Carlsons purchased a home on Gasparilla Island, Florida for $2.9 million in 2020.

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Tucker Carlson shows no signs of slowing down. He can be seen weeknights on Fox News on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” as well as on Fox Nation.

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Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than 15 years of experience covering traditional and new media topics. She is currently a communications strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University — her alma mater where she earned a B.A. in film studies. Michelle’s primary topics of interest are arts & entertainment (TV, humor, theater and classic films are favorites), food and lifestyle. She also covers general news, business, beauty, gift guides and medical/health-related stories. Michelle also has a passion for conducting interviews with all sorts of interesting people. When not working or watching too much TV, she is a skilled home cook specializing in Puerto Rican and Southern cuisine, loves in-home entertaining and trivia/games nights, sipping Jack Daniels on the rocks and cheering for the San Francisco Giants.

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