We laugh with them. We cry with them. We love their shows. Daytime talk show hosts are some of the most-loved and most talked about people in show business, and their salaries are reflective of that as well. Many daytime personalities are collecting hundreds of millions of dollars every year, often getting paid several million per episode!
Many of the icons of daytime TV have since retired, however, their legends (and their salaries!) continue to impress. Many of them have continued their work through other avenues, such as writing books, making guest appearances, and hosting other programs, all of which add to their growing net worth. Here are the net worths of some of our favorite daytime television show hosts.
10 Wendy Williams - $40 million
Wendy Williams is the host of the very popular daytime television show The Wendy Williams Show, which she has hosted since 2008. Her show host a variety of celebrities, from singers to actors and everything in between. Prior to becoming a daytime television host, Williams was a radio DJ.
Throughout her years on television, Wendy Williams has built her empire with her show, a popular website, and a trendy online shop where fans can purchase her latest favorites in fashion. Williams currently has a net worth of $40 million.
9 Rachael Ray - $80 million
Rachael Ray has been a dominant feature in the celebrity chef world for many years, producing wonderful cookbooks and teaching many culinary tricks on her cooking show. She currently combines her love of cooking and people by hosting the daytime talk and lifestyle program, Rachael Ray, and she also works with three different cooking shows on the Food Network.
With all of these various projects currently going on, in addition to the sales of her very popular cookbooks, Rachael Ray has amassed a net worth of $80 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
8 Kelly Ripa - $120 million
For a while, Kelly Ripa was primarily known as Kathy Lee Gifford's replacement, after Ripa became Regis Philbin's co-host on the morning television show Live. However, that reputation didn't last long, as Kelly made that co-hosting gig her own, eventually taking over the show herself when Regis left as well.
In 2017, Ryan Seacrest became Kelly Ripa's new co-host on Live. Throughout her years on the show, in addition to other deals and endorsements that Kelly has participated in, she has accumulated a net worth of $120 million and an annual salary of $22 million.
7 Steve Harvey - $180 million
Steve Harvey has made quite a name for himself over the years as a comedian, game show host, actor, and author. He has been hosting the game show Family Feud since 2010, and he also currently hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, a radio broadcast that is aired out of Los Angeles.
Although known for a few blunders on stage, like when he crowned the wrong Miss America, Steve is also known to be very genuine with a great sense of humor and ways to engage his audience. As such, he's built up a nice net worth of $180 million and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.
6 Sean Hannity - $250 million
Sean Hannity is a talk show host and also a conservative political commentator. He was the most-watched television host in 2018, and he averaged 3.28 million viewers. While somewhat controversial, due to his close relationship with President Donald Trump, he is still currently one of the most popular cable TV hosts.
Hannity is the host of The Sean Hannity Show as well as the show Hannity, a cable news show featured on Fox News. He currently has a net worth of approximately $250 million, which makes him the eighth richest host in the world on TV.
5 Sharon Osbourne - $220 million
Sharon Osbourne has had many years to build her empire, and she has done an amazing job at it. Married to rock star Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon knew how to appeal to television stations by pitching the reality tv series The Osbournes, chronicling her life with her husband and children.
Following that show, Sharon also became a co-host of the morning show The Talk, the Emmy Award-winning daytime television show. With all of her commitments over the years and the various projects, she has invested in has helped her to build her net worth to a whopping $220 million.
4 Ryan Seacrest - $410 million
In recent years, Ryan Seacrest seems to be everywhere! Every time you turn around, there's another show on TV and Ryan is the host to it. Or, you turn on the radio and hear his voice broadcasting the American Top 40 Music Countdown each week. The man is a busy man, and his salary reflects all the work he's been doing.
Some of his more popular gigs have included hosting the popular television show American Idol and hosting the morning show Live with Kelly Ripa. He also hosts his own morning radio show called On Air With Ryan Seacrest. With all these projects going on, it's no wonder that his net worth is currently sitting at $410 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
3 Dr. Phil McGraw - $400 million
Dr. Phil became well-known as one of Oprah's regular guests on her popular daytime television show, as he would be featured regularly discussing various current issues, using his background as a psychologist and sharing his expertise. In 2002, he launched his own daytime television show called Dr. Phil, where he brought on various guests and tried to help them address and heal from whatever was troubling them.
Over the years, Dr. Phil has become one of the highest paid daytime television hosts, and his current net worth is approximately $400 million, making him four away from being the richest television host in the world.
2 Ellen DeGeneres - $450 million
Ellen DeGeneres has done so much over the years, not only to build her empire, but to give back to others. A truly giving heart, Ellen makes it a feature of her show to go out and help others, and she has garnered a huge following simply by being the caring, generous, helpful person that she is. Also extremely funny, Ellen hosts a very successful daytime television show called Ellen, which has been on air since 2003.
Through all of her different endeavors, Ellen has built up her net worth to approximately $450 million, making her two away from being the richest television host in the world.
1 Oprah Winfrey - $3.5 billion
The Queen of All Media (as she is known), the woman whose rags-to-riches story is beyond inspirational, and the richest television host in the world: Oprah Winfrey. Oprah is not only an actress and television host, she is also a media executive and philanthropist, using her wealth and experience to give back and help others.
She has been exceedingly successful over the years, and she is also the first to share her incredible story of where she came from. Although since retired from her popular daytime television show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, the show had an incredible run, airing from 1986 until 2011. Over those years, Oprah has built up her net worth to an astounding $3.5 billion!