The 8 Richest Daytime Talk Show Hosts

When It Comes to Net Worth, These Daytime Hosts Score Big

How's that song go? Money, money, money. There's plenty of that floating around the world of daytime television. Though TV talk shows give producers a quick way to make an inexpensive and compelling, TV show, they certainly don't skimp when it comes to paying their talent.

The women and men of daytime television make a considerable amount of money. Beyond their salaries, many have built up years of extra income through endorsements, books, and gigs outside of their shows. Let's take a look at the net worth of the biggest names in daytime talk.

Dr. Phil McGraw
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An Oprah Winfrey protégé, in a way, Dr. Phil McGraw, host of "The Dr. Phil Show," has certainly made a name of his own in the talk show scene. A surprise for many, who would expect Whoopi Goldberg or another seemingly more popular host to take top honors. But remember, this is all about net worth, not popularity.

Dr. Phil has a net worth of $400 million. Not all of that is from his show, of course. He also has a series of popular branded products, numerous books, a private practice, and other sources of income.  More »

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres
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Ellen DeGeneres, host of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," may be the true inheritor of Oprah Winfrey's audience. Even though she may be the next darling of daytime, she hasn't quite matched Oprah's net worth.

Both her salary and net worth have grown considerably. Stand-up and other investments have her counting a $360 million net worth. More »

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Sharon Osbourne: $220 million

Talk show host Sharon Osbourne
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It's no surprise that "The Talk" co-host makes it pretty high on this list. Her work with her superstar and rock icon husband, Ozzy Osbourne, has helped her build an envious nest egg. After all, she's the creator of Ozzfest, one of the most popular touring music festivals ever created.

Now she collects a good wage for her daytime work, which is $1 million a year. That's only a little cushion to an already successful career that has accumulated to a net worth of $220 million.

Talk show host Kelly Ripa
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The host of "Live with Kelly," Kelly Ripa has gone from Kathie Lee Gifford's replacement to the sole driver for the show. She gained notice with Regis Philbin and hung on with Michael Strahan before taking the show on by herself. 

Between endorsement deals and other investments outside of Live, Ripa has a $100 million dollar net worth.  More »

Talk show host Steve Harvey
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Talk show host Steve Harvey has a lot of things going on beyond "The Steve Harvey Show." While his show is not as big and popular as "Ellen" or "The View," Harvey cracks the top five because of his successful stand-up, television production, and publication career. More »

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Wendy Williams: $60 million

Wendy Williams
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Talk show host Wendy Williams has scored high ratings and a solid spot on TV and radio. That, along with endorsement deals, has upped her net worth from $17.5 million just a few years ago to $60 million today.

Don't forget that Williams was a popular radio show host for many years. That popularity built a strong brand that has put Williams on this list. 

Talk show host Rachael Ray
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Daytime talk show host Rachael Ray has a lot going on and there's always something good cooking up. Ray is fascinating in that her show continues to stay strong in the ratings while Ray remains mostly under the radar as a daytime personality.

Never mind the Emmys and early notoriety. Still, her food empire - cookware, cookbooks, cooking shows - has given her a $50 million net worth. More »

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Whoopi Goldberg: $45 million

Talk show host Whoopi Goldberg
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"The View" co-host is well known for her stand-up and acting career, which helps fuel her $45 million net worth. But she's come into her own as a talk show host and moderator of the popular morning talk show.

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