Fox News has said goodbye to Bill O’Reilly and hello to Eric Bolling, one of the co-hosts of The Five. Bolling will be getting his own show, starting on May 1, as the network tries to replace the departed O’Reilly.
Here’s everything you need to know about Bolling.
Bolling Net Worth: $35 Million
Bolling, 54, has an estimated net worth of $35 million. Beyond his work on Fox News, Bolling is also an accomplished author. He has written two books, 2016’s Wake Up America: The Nine Virtues That Made Our Nation Great – And Why We Need Them More Than Ever and the upcoming The Swamp: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism – And How Trump Can Drain It. The former was a New York Times bestseller.
On top of The Five, Bolling has also hosted Cashin’ In, a Fox Business Channel Saturday morning show, since 2013. He first joined Fox News in 2008 after a small stint with CNBC.
Bolling began his career as an independent trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he also was a member of the New York Mercantile Exchange Board of Directors.
Bolling Once Had a Promising Baseball Career
Bolling’s first love was baseball. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 22nd round of the 1984 MLB Draft. He even suited up for the team’s rookie-level affiliate, but a torn rotator cuff ended his career.
“It was a dream come true. Very early in my second minor league season, I was playing third base, turned, threw a ball, and tore my rotator and knew that was it,” Bolling told Benzinga in 2010. “It was three or four days before the organization said we’d love to rehab you, but at 22 you’re not that rehab-able. You can rehab a 17 year old but at 22 I was almost getting old.”
Bolling fell into trading after that because his then-girlfriend’s father was in the business.
“The sports really prepared me for that kind of trading. I didn’t work for anybody, if I made money it was mine, if I lost money it was mine. It was very self-motivating, high pressure, competitive. All the things that make a successful trader also make a successful athlete, so the transition was great,” Bolling told Benzinga.
Bolling And Wife Adrienne Have Been Married For 20 Years
Bolling and his wife Adrienne Bolling were married on October 4, 1997. They have one son, Eric Chase Bolling, and live in New York. The family is Catholic.
“I go to St. Patrick’s Cathedral every day to light candles, five days a week,” Bolling told Chicago Magazine. “I don’t necessarily go to mass, but if there’s a mass there, I’ll stay for it I go to mass every Sunday with my wife, so six days a week I’m in church.”
Despite his apparent devoutness, Bolling may need a little refresher on history. In 2015, he drew criticism for the following quote:
“Reports say radical Muslim jihadists killed thousands of people in the past few months alone. And yet when you take Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, whatever, their combined killings in the name of religion––well, that would be zero.”
Bolling Is Buddies With Donald Trump
Bolling is known to be close friends with President Donald Trump and was even considered for commerce secretary after Trump’s election win. The job eventually went to Wilbur Ross and Bolling declined the opportunity to be deputy commerce scretary.
Bolling told the Chicago Magazine that he has known Trump for 15 years since they were introduced on the set of The Apprentice.
“About 15 years ago, a good friend of mine, Mark Burnett, was producing The Apprentice program. And he brought me to some Apprentice events and Donald Trump was present and we just got to talking to each other quite a bit, and I had a Wall Street past and knew business very well, and he appreciated that and over the years he invited me to various events.”