Glenn Beck’s Finances: Pundit Richer After Leaving Fox News
Forbes Mag named Beck its 11th highest paid famous person on its Celebrity 100 list.
Fox News said goodbye to television host Glenn Beck last summer. His exit from the conservative network was welcome news to groups such as ColorofChange.org, which actively campaigned for Fox to remove Beck for race baiting. Most notoriously, Beck accused President Barack Obama of harboring a “deep-seated hatred for white people.”
While minority groups, lefties and more thought Beck’s departure would mean the end of hearing his wild conspiracy theories on the airwaves, the opposite has proven true. That’s because now that Beck is off of Fox, he actually appears to be more powerful.
These days, Beck brings home $80 million yearly, earning spot No. 23 on Forbes Magazine’s Celebrity 100, a list of the most powerful famous people. Beck may not have the Fox News platform anymore, but his Internet video channel, GBTV boasts more than 300,000 followers. And it’s not just GBTV that earned Beck points with the Forbes Magazine staff. Beck also has a website called The Blaze, performs comedy and has a book imprint with publishing giant Simon & Schuster. Plus, fans can tune in to his “Glenn Beck Program,” which Premiere Radio syndicates.
Speaking of radio, Beck actually makes more money than shock jock Rush Limbaugh, who appears at No. 19 even though he pulls in just $69 million yearly. Given the number of advertisers that fled the “Rush Limbaugh Show” after he called a Georgetown University student a “slut” and a “prostitute,” who knows where Limbaugh will end up on the list next year?
Who else did Beck out-earn? Surprisingly, movie star Tom Cruise and mogul Donald Trump, according to Politico. For a guy who lost his show on Fox, Beck certainly seems to be influential—at least among the Tea Party set.
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The Forbes editors say that Beck doesn’t need Fox News anymore.
“Beck is his own network now,” they say.