Rush Limbaugh is a famous American conservative political commentator and a famous radio talk host of “The Rush Limbaugh Show”. He wrote several of his own books as well. His career has lasted nearly five decades, and he is still active in his field. Read along to learn more about his life, career, and earnings.
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA, on January 12, 1951, to Rush Hudson Limbaugh Jr. and Mildred Carolyn Millie Limbaugh. In 1969, he graduated from Central High School in his hometown. He then moved to Southeast Missouri State University but left it soon after.
He married Roxy Maxine McNeely in 1977, but they divorced each other in 1980. From 1983 to 1990, he was married to Michelle Sixta. His third marriage lasted from 1994 until 2004, with Marta Fitzgerald. In 2010, he married for the fourth time, this time to Kathryn Rodgers. He does not have any children.
After dropping out of college, he worked as a DJ for WIXZ. He moved to KQV in Pittsburg in 1973. After his firing the following year, he worked for different radio stations, before becoming a promotions director of the Kansas City Royals, a baseball team.
In 1984, he went back to the radio, this time for the KFBK radio station in Sacramento. He started his own radio show in 1988, broadcasted from the WABC radio station based in New York. Many years later, in 2014, he moved the show to WOR (AM). In 2003, he became a pro football commentator on ESPN. He currently lives in Palm Beach, Florida, from where he broadcasts his show.
His aforementioned show “The Rush Limbaugh Show” has been syndicated from the year 1998. From 1992 until 1996, it had a television adaptation too. He had appearances on many famous shows, like “Late Show with David Letterman”, “Hearts Afire”, “The Drew Carey Show”, and “Family Show”.
He was a guest host of “The Pat Sajak Show” as well, and appeared in “The ½ Hour News Hour”. In the year 1995, he appeared in the movie “Forget Paris”.
When it comes to his books, his works include “See, I Told You So” and “The Way Things Ought to Be”.
Rush Limbaugh became an honorary member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. In 2014, he received the Marconi Radio Award, rewarded by the National Association of Broadcasters, and was also named the author of the year by Children’s Book Council. He has been a member of the Radio Hall of Fame since 1993, while in 1998, he became a part of the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 2007, the Human Events magazine named him the Man of the Year, and he also won the William F. Beckley, Jr. Award that year.
In December of 2015, it was estimated that around 13.25 million unique listeners per week, which makes his show the most listened-to radio talk show program in the entire USA.
Net Worth and Earnings
At the moment, Rush Limbaugh has an estimated net worth of over $500 million, and he is one of the highest-paid people in the USA. His 2008 contract was worth $400 million, while in 2016, he earned $84 million. Currently, he is on a contract until 2020 for his show. His two books are New York Times best-sellers, generating additional wealth.
Like most wealthy people, he is a philanthropist and a part of several charities. As one of the most famous talks shows in the world, his success will keep coming, which will generate even more wealth for him.