Rachel Maddow may not have Donald Trump‘s most-recent tax return papers, but COED has a hold of her net worth information. This isn’t exactly breaking news, but neither was her click bait segment claiming to have a copy of the President’s elusive tax returns (to her credit, she did get two pages of his 2005 tax papers). But Maddow is a media powerhouse, regardless of any recent ratings-driven shenanigans. The Rachel Maddow Show is consistently one of the highest rated programs on MSNBC.
Maddow grew up in Castro Valley, California. She was raised in a very Catholic household and attended school in a very conservative community. Her upbringing is a stark contrast to the left-leaning figure she became on TV. During high school, she excelled in sports, and in college, she excelled in political science. She received a Rhodes Scholarship in 1995, and earned her doctorate degree in political philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2001.
Rachel has achieved tremendous success in school and on the news. But how much moolah has moved into her bank account over the years? How much scratch does Maddow make?
Rachel Maddow’s Net Worth as of 2017: $20 Million
Maddow’s net worth arrives at a mouth-watering $20 million. She makes an annual salary of roughly $7 million. Even CNN’s Megyn Kelly doesn’t have that kind of dough. And I thought Megyn Kelly kicked ass, she has nothing on Mighty Maddow. Rachel has really achieved a lot in her life, all the while raking in some serious change. Benjamin Franklin shouldn’t be a stranger in the Maddow household. She’s banking it! $20 million? That’s YUGE! Let’s see those tax returns!
On a side note, $20 million really does sound like a lot of bread. But Trump actually paid more in taxes back in 2005. That amount would be in the ballpark of $38 million. But onto our regularly scheduled programming…
1999 – 2008
The future MSNBC anchor began her media career on Massachusetts radio, as the sidekick of Dave Brinnel on The Dave in the Morning Show. Rachel then moved onto WRSI in Northampton, where she was the host of Big Breakfast for two years.
In 2004, Maddow signed on with Air America Radio, where she hosted the morning show Unfilitered. That program only lasted a month, but fortunately for Maddow, she received her very own self-titled weekday radio show, just two weeks after Unfiltered‘s cancellation. The Rachel Maddow Show featured commentary on the news and interviews with politicians, journalists and pundits.
Maddow quickly rose through the ranks of her profession. She joined the MSNBC political commentary program Tucker in June 2005, and soon became a regular panelist on the show. Meanwhile, her radio show on Air America was gaining popularity and air time. In March 2008, The Rachel Maddow Show went from a two-hour program to a three-hour program in a prime-time slot. But when she received her very own show on MSNBC, her radio show dropped back to two hours and then fell down to the graveyard shift, remaining a one-hour program in the 5 A.M. time slot for the duration of its existence.
2008 – 2012
In August 2008, The Rachel Maddow Show made its television debut on MSNBC. This news and opinion program quickly grew to one of MSNBC’s highest rated shows. In less than two months, The Rachel Maddow Show doubled its audience in the 9 P.M. time slot. That’s YUGE!
About a month after Maddow’s show hit the airwaves of MSNBC, she was already receiving rave reviews from critics. The Guardian proclaimed that Ms. Maddow is the “star of America’s cable news.” Matea Gold from the Los Angeles Times claimed that Maddow “finds the right formula on MSNBC.”
But as the years dragged on, she did get some pretty heavy criticism as well. Even the liberal-minded publication The New Republic dug into Maddow, naming her one of the most overrated thinkers of 2011. This publication called her MSNBC program, “a textbook example of the intellectual limitations of a perfectly settled perspective.”
2012 – present
In 2012, Maddow released a book entitled Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. In this book, Maddow looks at the increasing role of the President in declaring war, as well as the decreasing role of Congress. Her book dives into American international conflict, from the Vietnam War all the way up to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Drift was the number one hardcover nonfiction book on The New York Times Best Sellers list for five weeks in a row. The audio version of this book was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Maddow has spent over a decade in the wild world of media, from the radio to the TV screen. Some of her accomplishments are truly unprecedented. She is the first openly homosexual person to host a prime-time news program in the United States. She is also the first openly gay person to win an International Rhodes Scholarship. She’s also won several prestigious awards, including a 2009 Gracie Award, the John Steinbeck Award, the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, and an Emmy Award for Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis. In 2009, California State Senator Mark Leno presented Maddow with a Proclamation of Honor.
Rachel has become a true media giant because of her show on MSNBC. You may not agree with her political opinions, but there’s no arguing that she’s banking it. $20 mill is pretty chill.