- Full Name: Rush Hudson Limbaugh III
- Born: 01/12/1951
- Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, Missouri
- Occupation: Radio Talk Show Host
- Marital Status: Married
Rush Limbaugh net worth history
Rush Limbaugh has earned most of his wealth from his radio talk show career. Currently he is reputed to be the highest paid on air personality with a salary of $70,000. Since Limbaugh’s wealth is not subject to public disclosure the precise amount can only be estimated. It is known that under his current contract, which extends through next year, he will have received $400,000,000 plus bonuses. Some people have estimated that Rush’s actual worth may be closer to $1,000,000,000. This is based on speculation of earnings he may receive from advertising revenue and book royalties.
About Rush Limbaugh
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born into a family of lawyers, but, from his early days saw Radio as his true calling. The name Rush, honors the memory of ancestor Edna Rush. In the early 1970’s Rush moved to the Pittsburgh, area to take a job as a radio disc jockey. In the years he spent there Limbaugh worked for two different radio stations, but in 1974 was fired and advised to go into sales since he had no future in radio.
Unwilling to accept that dire assessment of his on air talents, Limbaugh continued to work in radio at different stations through most of the decade. In 1979 he did leave the business to take a position as the director of promotions for the Kansas City Royals. In 1984 he left the Royals to return to radio. This time, however, it was as a talk show host for a station in Sacramento California not as a disc jockey.
During his Sacramento days Limbaugh used the reversal of an FCC regulation that all views on a controversy must be given equal air time as a catalyst to launch his now famous format and very successful career. In 1988 the national attention he drew won him a job in New York City at talk radio station WABC.
By 1990 Rush Limbaugh could claim to have the most radio talk show listeners in the country. His show is currently heard on over 600 stations across the nation and in spite of concerted efforts by political foes to discredit him Rush remains the undisputed king of conservative talk radio.
Rush Limbaugh hosted a television show for a brief four year period in the 1990’s. It was similar to his radio show in subject matter, but Limbaugh did not, apparently, find television an attractive outlet for his talents. He has also authored several books; two of which made the New York Times best seller list. These were The Way Things Ought to Be and See I Told You So
Limbaugh has been married four times and is currently married to Kathryn Rogers, his spouse since 2010. He is known to be an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. During the years with the Royals he developed a friendship with player George Brett. Limbaugh’s interest in sports is well known. He has recently expressed an interest in becoming part owner of the St Louis Rams professional football team and has tried his hand as a sports commentator. At one point he had a job with ESPN. However, he proved to be too controversial and was let go. His views on the world and blunt manner in delivering them also,undoubtedly. played a role in the rejection of his bid to be a broadcaster for Monday Night Football.
The truth is Limbaugh has earned fortune and fame by being controversial. Without doubt he really does hold the political viewpoints that he espouses. However, it is just as indisputable that the manner in which he delivers them is designed to shock opponents and amuse like minded persons who have no objection to the use of mockery as a method of public discourse. In spite of such honors as once being asked to run for vice president (by Pat Buchanan) and receiving an honorary membership in the 1996 Republican Party freshman class in congress, Rush Limbaugh is primarily an entertainer, not a politician. Perhaps the most accurate way to describe him would be as an entertainer who uses politics as his main platform.