Howard Stern is one of the most famous radio personalities of all time. He’s been in the business for more than three decades and hosted a nationally syndicated program on terrestrial radio from 1986 to 2005. He moved The Howard Stern Show to Sirius XM Radio in 2006 where it has aired ever since.
We know Stern’s fame and longevity in the industry have earned him a lot of money but he’s made a good amount in other ways as well. Here’s more on his eye-popping net worth and how he’s made his fortune.
Stern’s net worth
Stern’s first job in radio came while he was a student at Boston University. After he graduated, he worked as an on-air personality for several different markets including New York, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. In 1985, he began working at WXRK in New York City, where he remained for the next 20 years.
In 2004, the shock jock announced that he would be leaving terrestrial radio behind and signed a reported $500 million five-year contract with Sirius Broadcasting. The Howard Stern Show debuted on SiriusXM on Jan. 9, 2006. In 2015, he inked a new deal with Sirus for another five years to continuing hosting and producing his show.
“As a broadcaster, it does not get any better than working at SiriusXM and I’m truly excited for the future with this great company,” Stern said at the time via Dan’s Papers. “I happen to think that its best days are ahead.”
He has an estimated net worth of $600 million with some publications putting it as high as $650 million. In December 2018, Forbes ranked him No. 1 on the list of The World’s Highest-Paid Radio Hosts. with an annual income of $90 million.
Other ways he’s made money
Of course, someone who has described themselves as the “King of All Media” has worked in other different areas of the business besides just radio. Stern is, in fact, a television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer as well.
In 1993, he signed a $1 million deal with Simon & Schuster to publish his first book Private Parts. Three years later, the book was adapted into a film which Stern himself starred in. Private Parts sold more than $40 million in movie tickets. He also signed a $3 million advance for his second book, Miss America, which was published through ReganBooks in 1995.
Over the years, Stern continued to build his brand and worked on other various films and television projects. He initially took up photography as a hobby and in 2011, started his own his company called Conlon Road Photography. Later that year, he replaced Piers Morgan as a judge on the hit NBC show America’s Got Talent. His reported salary for AGT was $15 million per year. Stern left the show in 2015 at the end of its 10th season.
Stern has three children with his first wife, Alison Berns. They divorced in 2001 and he married his second wife, model Beth Ostrosky, in 2008.
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