Rush Limbaugh, the radio personality and author, famous for his conservative and frequently controversial views, has a career that spans almost 50 years. From a small DJ position at WIXZ-AM, a top 40 station in McKeesport, Pennslyvania, to "The Rush Limbaugh Show," he's a household name. From radio to books and television, Limbaugh has forged a mammoth career in media. With such a career, "America's Anchorman" is sure to have banked big bucks.
The medium of radio is what he's best known for, and with an estimated 25 million listeners monthly for "The Rush Limbaugh Show," he's a firm favorite to many. In 2018, Limbaugh celebrated his 30th year in syndication, a rare feat in the land of radio. According to a poll by Zogby International, Limbaugh was the most trusted personality in the country, with 12.5 percent of poll responses.
In 2008, Limbaugh signed an eight-year contract with what was then Clear Channel Communications for $400 million, making him the highest-paid broadcaster on terrestrial radio. When the contract came to an end in August 2016 Limbaugh signed a four-year extension to the original contract. By 2018, Limbaugh had become the world's second-highest-paid radio host (after Howard Stern), earning a staggering annual salary of $84.5 million.
While a large portion of his money comes from his radio work, Limbaugh also has a respectable seven books under his belt, including a five-title children's series, "Rush Revere." Forbes recently placed his annual earning power at $87 million, making him 18th on The World's Highest-Paid Celebrities list.
Limbaugh's total net worth estimates vary, with most placing it at between $590-$600 million.