Megyn Kelly has continued to climb the ladder of success throughout her illustrious career. She went from lawyer to reporter to Fox News superstar. She was one of Time Magazine‘s 100 most influential people of 2014. She’s the main attraction of The Kelly File. She can verbally spar with the greats and has enough guts to challenge people of power (just ask Donald Trump). Now, she’s made the news as she departs from Fox News and enters a new role on the NBC network. She must be super rich. But how much money does she have now? Let me check…
Megyn Kelly Net Worth As Of 2017: $15 Million
Ms. Kelly’s net worth rolls in at a cool $15 million. She’s earned a lot in her lifetime. Fox News has really blessed her with an impressive salary. But now, she’s onto greener pastures with NBC. $15 million is pretty damn green, if you ask me. She’s really kicked ass in her job. She’s controversial, accomplished, intelligent, and has some serious sex appeal. Not everyone may agree with what she says, but a lot of people love to watch her talk and hear what she has to say. And with NBC job just over the horizon, her net worth will only get bigger and bigger. And $15 million is already a yuge amount!
1992 – 2004
Megyn earned a degree in political science from Syracuse University in 1992, and later received a J.D. from Albany Law School in 1995. She then moved onto her career in the law field, becoming an associate in a Chicago law office. While still working in the Chicago office, she co-wrote an article for the American Bar Association’s journal, Litigation, called “The Conflicting Roles of Lawyer as Director.” She then spent the next nine years in the international law firm Jones Day before moving onto television.
In 2003, she switched gears and began a career as a TV reporter. She moved over to Washington DC and began working for ABC affiliate WJLA-TV as a general assignment reporter. She really cut her teeth into the media industry in DC, where she provided live coverage for the 2004 Presidential Election. In 2004, she moved onto Fox News. And the rest would be history.
2004 – 2015
That year, Kelly began her career with Fox News, providing legal segments for Special Report with Bret Hume. She also hosted her own legal segment called Kelly’s Court during Weekend Live. In addition, she appeared on the O’Reilly Factor and Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record, sometimes filling in for Greta as the host. In February 2010, she got her own Fox News called America Live, where she received excellent ratings. Later that year, she hosted a New Year’s Eve special with Bill Hemmer.
In 2012, she covered the 2012 Presidential Election and verbally jousted with Karl Rove on his position. She’s one tough cookie (this is an understatement). In 2013, she moved away from America Live and transitioned to The Kelly File. That show ended up being a monster in the ratings, sometimes overtaking Fox News’ usual top-rated show: The O’Reilly Factor.
In December 2013, she dished out some controversy, when she basically told her audience that both Santa Claus and Jesus Christ are white and can’t be black. She later said these comments were “tongue-in-cheek” and that Jesus’ skin color still isn’t confirmed. I’m sure she regrets making these comments. They’re not only offensive, but downright silly. Why is it so important to make this distinction? Come on, Santa Claus? Give me a break! And last time I checked, Bethlehem isn’t a place in Europe. And neither is the North Pole. But I guess she is accurate in regards to the commercial and traditional image of these two. Watch Kelly defend herself against someone offended by her Santa Claus statement:
2015 – 2017
In June 2015, Megyn Kelly showcased even more controversy on her show. She covered the child molestation case surrounding the show 19 Kids and Counting. Subsequently, her show received very high ratings for this segment (much more than he average 2.11 million viewers). This interview gave Kelly over 3 million viewers, just behind coverage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the Ferguson Riots.
Megyn Kelly got yuge attention in August 2015 for the Republican Party’s presidential debate. And I mean yuge! She called out The Donald himself for comments he made towards certain women that could have been deemed as sexist and body shaming. Trump was so upset with Kelly’s comments that he didn’t show up to the Iowa debate on January 28, 2016. After the debate and off-camera, she referred to Trump as Voldemort. Can you see the resemblance?
However, Kelly did meet with “Voldemort” in April at Trump Tower for “a chance to clear the air.” She was notably less critical of Trump in this interview. Though, she did criticize him in regards to his harsh opinions on Judge Gonzalo Paul Curiel handling the Trump University court case (but she made that criticism in June 2016, not during their “delightful” April encounter). Kelly also got plenty of media attention for her discussion with Newt Gingrich regarding the leaked audio tape of Trump and Billy Bush in a bus (also sexual).
In May 2016, she hosted a one-hour prime-time special on Fox, where she interviewed celebrities from the spheres of “politics, entertainment, and other areas of human interest.” This special received 4.8 million viewers. 2016 was also Kelly’s last year on contract with Fox News, so contract negotiations were intense (she wanted to get a raise similar to Bill O’Reilly’s current yearly salary, which would be $20 million annually). But Kelly’s relationship with Fox News is a bit rocky. She alleged that Roger Ailes sexually harassed her while employed for the company. She makes this revelation in her memoir Settle For More.
Now, she is leaving her troubled Fox News home for someplace new. NBC News has welcomed Kelly with open arms. She will be the anchor of a new one hour daytime show. And the big bucks will keep on rolling for Megyn.