Top 20 TV Show Host celebrities in the world

Here is the latest list of the world's top 20 TV Show Host celebrities [Updated February 7, 2023].

1. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey net worth 2020
Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, United States.

Television host and producer who was named the most influential woman in the world by TIME magazine and hosted The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated syndicated program on air, from 1986 to 2011.

She became the world's first female black billionaire and the richest self-made American woman. She had a net worth over $2 billion in 2013.

Net Worth 2020: $3.5 Billion


Salary 2020: $300 Million Per Year


"This is a slave contract. Slaves work for a fixed dollar. They're willing to bank on a national show. This contract is for 4 years, totaling $1 million dollars, an effort to make you a highly paid slave."

Jacobs explained how Siskel and Ebert owned a piece of their show's syndication, and how Bill Cosby owned a piece of his show's syndication as well.

2. Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis net worth 2020
Marcus Lemonis was born on November 16, 1973 in Beirut, Lebanon.
He earned the childhood nickname of "The Mayor" because he put himself in charge of anything and everything.

Net Worth 2020: $500 Million

3. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres net worth 2020
Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, United States.

Comedian who starred on the sitcom Ellen in the '90s then went on to host the popular talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She has had roles in such films as Mr. Wrong, EDtv, and The Love Letter, and she voices the character Dory in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. 

She released a live comedy album called Ellen DeGeneres: Taste This in 1996. 

Net Worth 2020: $490 Million


Salary 2020: $75 Million


Salary Highlights: DeGeneres earns a salary of between $75 million and $90 million every year. For example, between June 2018 and June 2019, Ellen earned $80 million from her various endeavors.

4. Jay Leno

Jay Leno net worth 2020
Jay Leno was born on April 28, 1950 in New Rochelle, United States.
He provided the voice of Vorb in the 1993 animated film We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story and Fast Tony in Ice Age: The Meltdown.

Net Worth 2020: $450 Million


Salary 2020: $15 Million Per Year


Salary Highlights: At the end of his reign as host of The Tonight Show, Jay was earning an annual salary of $15 million. His peak Tonight Show salary was $30 million per year. He actually agreed to a 50% pay cut after the 2011 season to help his staff get raises and keep their jobs. Jay earns around $10 million per year from a hectic stand-up touring schedule which includes more than 200 dates a year. Incredibly, throughout his career, Jay never touched his Tonight Show salary and instead lived off his stand-up income. Furthermore, Jay does not have an agent or a manager to help him negotiate deals.

Total career earnings: $320 million

5. Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest net worth 2020
Ryan Seacrest was born on December 24, 1974 in Dunwoody, United States.
He won an Emmy Award for producing Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and became co-host of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in 2005.

Net Worth 2020: $450 Million


Salary 2020: $75 Million


Salary Highlights: In July 2009, Seacrest inked a deal for $45 million to continue to host American Idol, making him the highest-paid reality television host at that time. In April 2012, he signed a two-year, $30 million deal to stay on as host of American Idol. In May 2014, it was reported that Seacrest had signed a one-year deal with the option of another year.

For the ABC reboot of American Idol, his initial multi-year deal was reported to be worth over $10 million.

Between June 2017 and June 2018, Ryan Seacrest earned $74 million. Between June 2018 and June 2019, he earned $72 million. In the same period between 2019 and 2020, Ryan earned $60 million.

6. David Letterman

David Letterman net worth 2020
David Letterman was born on April 12, 1947 in Indianapolis, United States.
Although he registered for the draft during the Vietnam War, he did not fight because he received a draft lottery number 346 (out of 366).

Net Worth 2020: $400 Million


Salary 2020: $50 Million

7. Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson net worth 2020
Johnny Carson was born on October 23, 1925 in Corning, United States.

Also known as the Elvis of hosting, he was an Emmy-winning face of NBC's Tonight show from 1961 to 1992.

He was a television host and comedian for 30 years and interviewed many celebrities.

Net Worth 2020: $300 Million


Salary 2020: $25 Million Per Year


Salary and Philanthropy: In the mid-1970s, Carson was the highest-paid television personality in show business, earning approximately $4 million per year. At the peak of his show in 1991, he earned $25 million per year in salary, which is equal to roughly $40 million in today's dollars.

Throughout his life, Johnny privately donated millions of dollars to a wide variety of charities. Upon his death Johnny left the bulk of his fortune to the John W. Carson Foundation. Prior to his death, Johnny had been giving the Johnny Carson Foundation annual gifts of $1 – $2 million. Upon his death, the foundation was told that it was the beneficiary of a trust from Johnny's estate.

The value of the trust remained a secret for five years until his lawyers were required to disclose the assets in an IRS tax return. On August 30, 2010, The Johnny Carson Foundation discovered that the value of their trust fund was worth $156 million. That had been under the impression that the value was a tenth of that amount. Within a few years, the foundation's asset value had grown to over $200 million.

Johnny's will also left $4 million to the Los Angeles Children's Hospital.

8. Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck net worth 2020
Glenn Beck was born on February 10, 1964 in Everett, United States.

Conservative talk show host who spoke open criticism of President Barack Obama. He also produced Arguing with Idiots and appeared in The Overton Window.

He is a political commentator who had a show on FOX and had a best selling author. He was also the CEO of Mercury Radio Arts.

Net Worth 2020: $250 million (2018)

9. Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver net worth 2020
Maria Shriver was born on November 6, 1955 in Chicago, United States.

TV news correspondent who was married to actor and two-time California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. She also wrote several best-selling books, including And One More Thing Before You Go and What's Wrong With Timmy?

She published her popular book, Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out Into The Real World, in 2000.

Net Worth 2020: $200 Million

10. Stefan Raab

Stefan Raab net worth 2020
Stefan Raab was born on October 20, 1966 in Cologne, Germany.
He taught himself to play the ukulele, piano, guitar, and a number of other musical instruments.

Net Worth 2020: $160 Million

11. Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien net worth 2020
Conan O'Brien was born on April 18, 1963 in Brookline, United States.
He wrote for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons before taking over as host of Late Night. He voiced The Riddler in 2017's The Lego Batman Movie.

Net Worth 2020: $150 Million


Salary 2020: $12 Million

12. Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers net worth 2020
Joan Rivers was born on June 8, 1933 in New York City, United States.
An animated version of her appeared in Shrek 2, though her voice was redubbed by Kate Thorton.

Net Worth 2020: $150 Million


Salary 2020: $40 Million Per Year

13. Lawrence Welk

Lawrence Welk net worth 2020
Lawrence Welk was born on March 11, 1903 in United States.
He was leading bands from the age of 21, and hosted his own show on television for over two decades.

Net Worth 2020: $150 Million

14. Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin net worth 2020
Regis Philbin was born on August 25, 1931 in The Bronx, United States.

Cultural icon who hosted the talk show Live! with Regis and Kelly alongside Kelly Ripa and the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? He was also the host on the first season of America's Got Talent.

In 2008, he hosted the red carpet arrivals at the 80th Academy Awards ceremony.

Net Worth 2020: $150 million (2019)

15. Bill Maher

Bill Maher net worth 2020
Bill Maher was born on January 20, 1956 in New York City, United States.
He hosted Politically Incorrect from 1993-2002.

Net Worth 2020: $140 Million


Salary 2020: $10 Million

16. Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa net worth 2020
Kelly Ripa was born on October 2, 1970 in Stratford, United States.

Regis Philbin's former TV sidekick who starred in Hope & Faith and later teamed up with Michael Strahan.

She played Hayley Vaughan on All My Children for twelve years.

Net Worth 2020: $120 Million


Salary 2020: $22 Million

17. Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart net worth 2020
Jon Stewart was born on November 28, 1962 in New York City, United States.
He was unsure of whether to feel happy or appalled after he was voted the number one journalist in America by the American people, because his reports are delivered as satire.

Net Worth 2020: $120 Million


Salary 2020: $25 Million

18. Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell net worth 2020
Rosie O'Donnell was born on March 21, 1962 in Long Island, United States.
She and Donald Trump got into some major spats in 2006 and 2007. 

Net Worth 2020: $120 Million


Salary 2020: $5 Million

19. Chris Evans

Chris Evans net worth 2020
Chris Evans was born on April 1, 1966 in Warrington, England.

One of the UK's highest paid television presenter's best known for his self-titled radio show The Chris Evans Breakfast Show. Chris Evans was formerly known as the presenter of Channel 4's Big Breakfast and BBC's Greater London Radio.

Chris Evans won Sony Music Radio Personality of the Year in May 2006.

Net Worth 2020: $120 Million

20. Katie Couric

Katie Couric net worth 2020
Katie Couric was born on January 7, 1957 in Arlington, United States.
She is a New York Times bestselling author.

Net Worth 2020: $100 Million


Salary 2020: $10 Million


Salary History: For much of the mid-t0-late 1990s, Katie Couric's salary was $7 million, which is the same as around $11 million per year today. In December 2001, just two months after the 9/11 attacks which proved to be a keystone moment for the Today Show, Katie signed what was then the largest largest financial deal in television news history, a 4.5-year $60 million contract that came with an average annual salary of $13 million. That's the same as around $19 million today after adjusting for inflation.

In April 2006 Katie announced that she was moving from NBC to CBS. Her new CBS deal paid an average annual salary of $15 million per year.

In 2011, Couric signed a $40 million contract with ABC News.

In 2013 Katie was personally recruited by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to become Yahoo's Global Anchor. Katie's Yahoo contract initially paid $6 million per year and was raised to $10 million in 2015. She exited the Yahoo deal in August 2017 after a four-year run.