Anchors on cable communications networks make huge bucks. CNN’s Anderson Cooper makes $ 12 million a year. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is doing pretty well too, making $ 7 million a year.
But no anchor comes close to rating king Sean Hannity. According to a 2020 article by The Street, Fox News pays its top anchor a staggering $ 40 million a year.
Even so, the Fox News host wants his fans to know that life isn’t that rosy. During his Friday show, Hannity told his audience:
“You know, because you learn about success from stars, Hollywood people, famous people, athletes, and I don’t know anyone who ever walks this earth who has it easy. They say, “Oh, rich people have it easy.” There is no one I know who can get through this life without pain, without difficulty, without striving, without suffering and without difficulty. I don’t care what it is, but whatever it is, we all go through it. “
Hannity may get even richer in the years to come. Fox News is currently the leader in conservative media. But for many years they have remained without competition. Donald Trump recently promoted Fox competitors OAN and Newsmax.
There is also a rumor that Trump may try to start his own pay-per-view media service. All three networks could try to poach Hannity, which could add to his current salary.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.