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Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world








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This tiny country is the most technologically advanced in the world

Have you ever been to Estonia? Could you find it on a map?

Estonia, in the Baltics, has completely transformed its economy by supporting startups

The Baltic nation of only 1.3 million citizens stands out from its Eastern European neighbors in that it has an advanced economy and a high standard of living. And it’s a technology paradise. You may know it as the home of Skype. But there’s a lot more to the tiny country than that.

In Estonia, voting, signing documents and filling out tax returns is done online, thanks to X-Road, an online tool that coordinates multiple online data repositories and document registries. X-Road provides all Estonians — ordinary citizens, enterprises and government officials — with unparalleled access to the data they need to do business, get licenses, permits and other documents that would take days, weeks or even months in other countries.

X-Road is built with scalability in mind, so that the growing number of services and repositories can easily be attached to the system. Although this digital backbone alone is rather impressive, it’s just one of many products in tech-forward Estonia.

Instead of being held back by its past and falling victim to ailments that plague many post-communist countries, such as corruption, a bloated government and an obsolete education system, Estonia has decided to start with a clean slate and invest in its future. To transform its society into a community of tech-savvy individuals, children as young as 7 are taught the principles and basics of coding. (In comparison, only one in four schools in the U.S. teaches computer programming.)

Such strong foundations have yielded impressive results: Estonians are driven, forward-thinking and entrepreneurial, and the same goes for the government. It takes only five minutes to register a company there and, according to The Economist, the country in 2013 held the world record for the number of startups per person. And it’s not quantity over quality: Many Estonian startups are now successful companies that you may recognize, such as Skype, Transferwise, Pipedrive, Cloutex, Click & Grow, GrabCAD, Erply, Fortumo, Lingvist and others. By the way, Estonia uses the euro.

If all this sounds enticing and you wish to become an entrepreneur there, you’re in luck; starting a business in Estonia is easy, and you can do it without packing your bags, thanks to its e-residency service, a transnational digital identity available to anyone. An e-resident can not only establish a company in Estonia through the Internet, but they can also have access to other online services that have been available to Estonians for over a decade. This includes e-banking and remote money transfers, declaring Estonian taxes online, digitally signing and verifying contracts and documents, and much more.

E-residents are issued a smart ID card, a legal equivalent to handwritten signatures and face-to-face identification in Estonia and worldwide. The cards themselves are protected by 2048-bit encryption, and the signature/ID functionality is provided by two security certificates stored on the card’s microchip.

But great innovations don’t stop there. Blockchain, the principle behind bitcoin that also secures the integrity of e-residency data, will be used to provide unparalleled safety to 1 million Estonian health records. The blockchain will be used to register any and all changes, illicit or otherwise, done to the health records, protecting their authenticity and effectively eliminating any abuse of the data therein.

While there are many lessons that the U.S. and the rest of the world can learn from Estonia, these are especially important: A country must be willing to adapt and change the infrastructure of both the government and the economy if needed, and to continually optimize them. A nation needs to understand that a change of mindset should be thorough and start with the young. An education system should be designed in a way that doesn’t cripple young minds, or overburden them with too much irrelevant information. And, finally, if you want entrepreneurship to thrive, it is necessary to remove bureaucratic and technical obstacles at all levels.

Become a millionaire by busting these 5 myths 

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Warren Buffett goofs off with Cleveland Cavaliers mascot Moon Dog before a game in 2014.

Many people believe that — while it’d certainly be nice — they’ll never become millionaires. That it’s an utterly unattainable dream. 

The truth is: Hitting the $1 million mark is more attainable today than ever — and more important. That’s because, to live comfortably in retirement through your 80s, many people will need a nest egg of at least $1 million. “A general rule of thumb is that you need to save $1 million for every $40,000 of annual income you need to replace at retirement, not including Social Security, pension income or any other retirement income,” says David Fernandez, CFP, of Wealth Engineering in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to do it. While doing research for my book, “The Eventual Millionaire,” I interviewed more than 100 millionaires who came from all walks of life and made their first million in dozens of different ways, from starting their own businesses to investing in the stock market or real estate. And those aren’t the only paths to becoming a millionaire, either: Others hit the mark by simply living below their means and saving portions of each paycheck.

Before you can make a million, though, you need to get past the mystique and the myths surrounding it. Here are 6 common myths about millionaires debunked.

The myth: millionaires are smarter

People tend to put millionaires on a pedestal: They must be better or smarter than everyone else to achieve that goal. But that general statement simply isn’t true. Millionaires are ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary goals, but they make mistakes like everyone else. They may misspell words; they may even have learning disabilities. They’ve likely been in debt and had to dig themselves out. They’ve had ideas and businesses fail. Most of the ones I interviewed for my book have worked their way up the ladder, learning and stumbling along the way.

Rather than having lots of book smarts, what most millionaires have is a knack for setting goals for themselves and working toward them — without letting excuses get in their way. They, too, have to deal with unexpected expenses — plumbing leaks, health insurance increases, car trouble. They just keep moving forward despite the inevitable obstacles they have to overcome.

The myth: millionaires are just luckier

Millionaires are the luckiest among us, right? They won the lottery, struck gold with their very first attempt at launching a business or haphazardly landed their dream jobs with massive salaries. Not so: Pure luck is not a factor in achieving success. Rather, truly successful people make their own luck. After all, a million-dollar idea is worth nothing without execution.

Bobby Casey, founder of asset protection firm Global Wealth Protection, told me the story of starting his first business building bikes for stores like Wal-Mart WMT, -0.70% —a company that would eventually earn more than $6 million. “I went to at least 60 stores before I finally found one that said, ‘OK, we’ll hire you. How much do you charge?’”

Casey had no money at the time — actually a “negative net worth,” as he describes it. “I racked up a bunch of credit card debt…driving around for several weeks at a time, only hearing no, no, no, no.” I asked him what he thinks might have happened if he stopped before he hit that 60th store. His response? “I wouldn’t have stopped if it took me 300 stores.”

Casey would say it was hard work, not luck, that got him over the million-dollar threshold. After getting an “in” at that first store, he worked 12-hour shifts — sometimes several in a row, at various stores, without stopping to sleep in between — to assemble thousands of bicycles for the Christmas season. Assembling bikes for Wal-Mart turned into assembling grills and lawn equipment at Home Depot HD, +1.33% and Lowe’s LOW, +0.20% and pool tables and other sporting goods equipment for Dick’s Sporting Goods and other chain stores. After 12 years, Casey sold his assembly and installation company in 2008.

The myth: millionaires live lavishly

When you think of millionaires, you may picture people living in luxurious mansions and driving expensive sports cars. The reality? Millionaires are often the people next door: They drive Hondas and Volvos. They’re frugal (57% of the ones I interviewed described themselves as such). They often spend their money on necessities and a few things that are very important to them. Think Warren Buffett: The celebrated multibillionaire famously still lives in the Omaha, Nebraska house he bought in 1958 for $31,500.

In most cases, millionaires have gotten to where they are precisely because they’ve practiced excellent savings habits and live frugally. They learn to make smart choices, and they don’t stop just because they hit the $1 million mark. If anything, they’re validated by seeing the choices they’ve made paid off.

The myth: most millionaires were born into money

Another common myth is that millionaires were born into money or inherited it. But that’s not often the case. In a recent survey, Fidelity Investments found 86% of millionaires are self-made. And among the more than 100 millionaires I interviewed for my book, each was self-made and only 26 % of them said they even had connections to important people beforehand.

Take Dani Johnson. The speaker, best-selling author of “First Steps to Wealth” and “Grooming the Next Generation for Success” and producer of highly popular success seminars, started at the very bottom. After growing up on welfare and living with abuse throughout her childhood, Johnson ended up pregnant and single at 17. After a brief marriage at age 21, Johnson was left homeless and in debt. But she wanted to make a better life for herself.

She’d been introduced to a multilevel marketing business a couple of years earlier and decided it could be a chance to change her situation. After attending a panel session in which four millionaires talked about how they’d built their incomes through the business, Johnson decided it was worth a try. “I was told my whole life up to that point that I was nothing but a failure and I could never do anything right. I just sat there and thought to myself, ‘Man, if I’m the dumbest person in the room and it takes me 20 years to figure this out and to learn how to do what they do, and if I fail their income by 90 %, then I would still do better in business for myself than I ever would staying at my job that I had at the mall.’”

For Johnson, the key to success wasn’t being born into money; it was being willing to give herself a chance. She started her first business from the trunk of her car and a pay phone booth, and in her first four days, managed to sell $4,000 in products, generating $2,000 in profit for herself. The next month, while still working part time as a cocktail waitress, she made $6,500 and her income “just continued to skyrocket from there,” she says. Today, she teaches others how to build success, no matter where they start out.

The myth: millionaires have to be fearless

Though it might seem like the only way to become a millionaire is to forge full-steam ahead and assume a lot of risk, fears are totally normal — even for the ultrasuccessful. Fifty-seven percent of the millionaires I surveyed said they were scared before starting their own business — scared of failure, disappointing their spouses or their families, scared of losing everything.

Anita Crook, founder of Pouchee, a purse organizer showcased on “The Today Show,” Fox Business and other media, started her company without any prior business experience. “Anybody who knows me knows I am not a salesperson,” Crook says. “I was scared to death to go into my first store to try to sell them something, especially something I had produced. I don’t take rejection well, so I was really afraid I was going to run out of the store crying if they had not liked it.” But Crook knew she had to try — it was the only way to sell her product. Once she heard “yes” from a few stores, she built the confidence to keep moving forward.

Success requires some risk, but wise millionaires don’t want to take uncalculated gambles. Millionaires have learned how to examine an opportunity and analyze the risk. They will even do small tests beforehand to see if an idea will work before going all in. They prefer to know as much information as they can ahead of time so they don’t make a bad investment.

Most millionaires find a happy medium between optimism and pessimism; they figure out how to examine opportunities realistically. They acknowledge amazing potential, but work tirelessly to learn and predict beforehand to make sure their investments pay off.

The myth: they earn million-dollar paychecks

It’s true that many millionaires have earned their money by starting (or selling) their own businesses or finding high-paying positions within organizations. But this certainly isn’t the only way to amass $1 million. In his book “Millionaire Teacher,” Andrew Hallam explains how he saved over $1 million as a teacher well before retirement age, outlining how he used low-cost index funds and a disciplined approach to saving, investing and living on a budget to build a nest egg most of his fellow teachers would envy.

In addition to investing in the stock market, like Hallam, other millionaires boost their bottom lines by adding second jobs or passive streams of income. For instance, investing in real estate can allow a middle-income wage-earner to develop rental income as a second, reliable income stream. Artists who pay the bills and invest with the income earned through a day job might sell paintings for hundreds or thousands of dollars on the side and bank the extra income. Those who don’t earn million-dollar paychecks can still reach the $1 million mark; it just requires discipline, creativity and focus on the goal.







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Marijuana sales rose 30% in 2016 and are expected to triple in four years 


Now that California, Maine, Nevada and Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana, 21% of the U.S. population lives in a state where smoking weed is legal

Sales of marijuana grew 30% in 2016, and as long as acceptance continues to gain steam, the industry could hit $20.2 billion in North America within four years, according to a marijuana market research firm.

Cannabis sales are projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 25%, from $6.7 billion in 2016 to $20.2 billion by 2021, according to Arcview Market Research. The company will release a more detailed report in February.

Arcview’s forecast uses research from BDS Analytics, a cannabis business intelligence and market research firm, and incorporates marijuana-usage data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It also analyzes the growing acceptance of marijuana state by state and how future potential legalization in other states may impact the market. The forecast looks at how the Colorado, Oregon and Washington markets have matured and at Canada, which is pushing for nationwide legalization in 2017.

“No estimation of the size of the legal cannabis industry is complete without recognizing the new massive role Canada’s market will play as it moves toward legalizing adult use,” said Arcview Editor in Chief Tom Adams in a statement.

“The only consumer industry categories I’ve seen reach $5 billion in annual spending and then post anything like 25% compound annual growth in the next five years are cable television in the ’90s and broadband internet in the 2000s,” he added.

Some following the industry expect the market might be even bigger. Analysts at Cowen Washington Research Group wrote in September that legal marijuana could be a $50 billion industry in the U.S. by 2026. That estimate assumes that recreational use will be legal nationwide by then.

Other industry experts have suggested that national legalization may be four to eight years away.

That said, with California, Maine, Nevada and Massachusetts recently voting to legalize adult recreational use, 21% of the U.S. population lives in a state where consuming weed is legal.

And as marijuana itself gains popularity, so do different ways to ingest it. In Colorado, Washington and Oregon, the three largest legal adult markets, spending was up 62% through September after doubling in 2015. Adams said that growth was fueled, in large part, by the popularity growth of edibles and concentrates.





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From $6,000 to $73 billion: Warren Buffett’s wealth through the ages 

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“Becoming Warren Buffett,” an HBO documentary

‘I just feel very, very lucky,’ the billionaire says in an upcoming documentary

“For over 60 years, I’ve been able to tap dance to work, doing what I love doing,” Warren Buffett says in an HBO documentary slated to premiere at the end of the month. “I just feel very, very lucky.” In fact, he says he “won the ovarian lottery.”

Sure, luck certainly played a part in the octogenarian’s journey to incredible wealth, but there’s a whole lot more to the story than just serendipity.

After all, what were you doing as a preteen?

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His story is well told. Warren Buffett became a player in the investment game at the wee age of 11, eventually using cash he earned from his paper route to buy some farmland in his home state. As a high school sophomore, he also reaped the rewards of a booming pinball machine business.

By the time Buffett was 15, he already had a net worth of about $6,000.

According to the latest Forbes count, the so-called Oracle of Omaha is currently tipping the wealth scales at $73.1 billion. That’s good enough to put Buffett, who turns 87 this summer, at No. 3 on the U.S. rich list, behind Microsoft’s MSFT, +0.05%  Bill Gates and Amazon’s AMZN, +2.86%  Jeff Bezos.

Buffett added about $12 billion to his fortune in 2016, making him the biggest gainer among wealthy individuals in the U.S., according to both the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index and a separate report from Forbes.

As Buffett’s wealth approached the $70-billion mark last year, the Dadaviz blog put together the chart below with help from to show his rise from prodigious teen to the Berkshire Hathaway BRK.A, -0.76%  boss.

Some notable Buffett milestones include his net worth topping the $1-million mark at around 30 years old and then taking out the $1-billion hurdle at 56 years old. The stretch from 59 years old to now hasn’t exactly been unkind, either. And he doesn’t appear to be slowing down much.

Check it out and be inspired! Or overcome with feelings of inadequacy…

The Warren Buffett wealth hockey stick

Come January 30, HBO promises to give viewers an “unprecedented” look at his “humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality” with its “Becoming Warren Buffett” documentary.




Source: From $6,000 to $73 billion: Warren Buffett’s wealth through the ages

The salaries of TV’s highest-paid stars 

How much is Hollywood shelling out to get the biggest stars to move to TV?

In this age of wall-to-wall programming, marquee names have become essential in bringing sizable audiences to shows.

And with at least 50 different producers of TV shows, the competition is getting fierce and driving salaries to new highs.

Star salaries can range from $1.1 million an episode for the main players of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” to as small as $20,000 per episode for the actors who play the Lyon kids on Fox’s “Empire.”

And now we’re seeing film legends like Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep crossing into TV gigs and picking up huge checks.

Here’s how much the highest-paid stars on TV are earning:

*Salaries are per episode, unless otherwise indicated. Some salaries may include producing fees and profit participation.

$1,100,000 — Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

$1,100,000 — Kit Harington, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

Jon Snow in HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” adaptation. HBO.

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$1,100,000 — Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

$1,100,000 — Emilia Clarke, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)


Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$1,100,000 — Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

$1,100,000 — Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)


Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$1,100,000 — Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$1,100,000 — Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

$1,100,000 — Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

Macall B. Polay/HBO

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$1,000,000 — Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

$1,000,000 — Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)


Source: Variety

$1,000,000 — Kaley Cuoco, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

$1,000,000 — Kaley Cuoco, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

Sonja Flemming/CBS

Source: Variety

$1,000,000 — Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

$1,000,000 — Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

Michael Yarish/Warner Bros.

Source: Variety

$825,000 – Meryl Streep, “The Nix” (Network TBA)

$825,000 – Meryl Streep, "The Nix" (Network TBA)

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$750,000 – Robert DeNiro, Untitled David O. Russell series (Amazon)

$750,000 – Robert DeNiro, Untitled David O. Russell series (Amazon)

Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$750,000 — Lauren Graham, “Gilmore Girls” (Netflix)

$750,000 — Lauren Graham, "Gilmore Girls" (Netflix)

Netflix; YouTube

Source: Variety

$750,000 — Alexis Bledel, “Gilmore Girls” (Netflix)

$750,000 — Alexis Bledel, "Gilmore Girls" (Netflix)

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Source: Variety

$650,000 – Andrew Lincoln, “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

$650,000 – Andrew Lincoln, "The Walking Dead" (AMC)

Gene Page/AMC

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$650,000 – Norman Reedus, “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

$650,000 – Norman Reedus, "The Walking Dead" (AMC)

“The Walking Dead”/AMC

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$525,000 — Mark Harmon, “NCIS” (CBS)

$525,000 — Mark Harmon, "NCIS" (CBS)

“NCIS” star Mark Harmon.Cliff Lipson/CBS

Source: Variety

$500,000 — Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

$500,000 — Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards" (Netflix)


Source: Variety

$450,000 — Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

$450,000 — Claire Danes, "Homeland" (Showtime)


Source: Variety

$450,000 — Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)

$450,000 — Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC)

Michael Parmelee/NBC

Source: Variety

$450,000 – Dwayne Johnson, “Ballers” (HBO)

$450,000 – Dwayne Johnson, "Ballers" (HBO)


Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$400,000 — Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

$400,000 — Ellen Pompeo, "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

Ellen Pompeo was only shot from the chest up while she was pregnant during filming for “Grey’s Anatomy.”ABC

Source: Variety

$350,000 — Drew Barrymore, “Santa Clarita Diet” (Netflix)

$350,000 — Drew Barrymore, "Santa Clarita Diet" (Netflix)

David Buchan/Getty Images

Source: Variety

$350,000 – Emma Stone, “Maniac” (Netflix)

$350,000 – Emma Stone, "Maniac" (Netflix)

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Source: Variety

$350,000 — Jonah Hill, “Maniac” (Netflix)

$350,000 — Jonah Hill, "Maniac" (Netflix)

Michael Buckner / Getty Images

Source: Variety

$350,000 — Joel Kinnaman, “Altered Carbon” (Netflix)

$350,000 — Joel Kinnaman, "Altered Carbon" (Netflix)

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Source: Variety

$350,000 — Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Source: Variety

$350,000 — Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

$350,000 — Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies" (HBO)

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Source: Variety

$300,000 – Keefer Sutherland, “Designated Survivor” (ABC)

 $300,000 – Keefer Sutherland, "Designated Survivor" (ABC)


Source:The Hollywood Reporter

Reality/News/Talk (yearly salary)

Reality/News/Talk (yearly salary)

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$47 million — Judy Sheindlin, “Judge Judy” (Syndicated)

$22-25 million — Matt Lauer, “Today” (NBC)

$20 million — Ellen DeGeneres, “Ellen” (Syndicated)

$16-20 million — Kelly Ripa, “Live With Kelly” (Syndicated)

$13-15 million — Miley Cyrus, “The Voice” (NBC)

$13-15 million — Adam Levine, “The Voice” (NBC)

$13-15 million — Jimmy Fallon, “The Tonight Show” (NBC)

$13-15 million — Jimmy Kimmel, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)

$12 million — Conan O’Brien, “Conan” (TBS)

$12 million — Robin Roberts, “Good Morning America” (ABC)

Source: Variety







Source: The salaries of TV’s highest-paid stars

What is the salary ranked among TV hosts ? $1.51/second? that is $5440/hr.

After 12 years with Fox News, Megyn Kelly is moving on and up to host several shows at NBC.

In a broad multi-year deal with the broadcast network, Kelly will anchor an NBC News program Sunday evening, host an hourlong daily daytime news talk show, and become a mainstay in special political news events.

The new gig means that Kelly will also raise her salary from the previously reported $10 to $12 million range to her new NBC salary, which most likely falls between $15 million and $20 million, according to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

So where does that place Kelly’s paycheck versus the salaries of other big TV hosts?

In October, Variety released estimated numbers for the salaries of a range of television actors and personalities. The estimates are based on surveys of actors, executives, attorneys, agents, and other representatives.

Here’s how Kelly’s reported annual salary ranks against those of other superstar TV hosts:

17. Anderson Cooper: $9 million to $11 million

17. Anderson Cooper: $9 million to $11 million

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Cooper has been hosting his CNN show “Anderson Cooper 360” since 2003.

16. George Stephanopoulos: $10 million

16. George Stephanopoulos: $10 million

ABC/Ida Mae Astute

The “Good Morning America” host renewed his contract with ABC in 2014. According to TV Guide, Stephanopoulos signed on for a five-year deal.

15. Chelsea Handler: $10 million

15. Chelsea Handler: $10 million

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It pays to move to Netflix. The former E! host reportedly signed a $10 million deal with Netflix consisting of several comedy specials and a talk show for the streaming service. Handler previously made between $8 million and $12 million for her E! show.

14. Shepard Smith: $10 million

14. Shepard Smith: $10 million

Richard Drew/AP

The Fox News anchor renewed his contract in 2013 in a multi-year contract, which changed his role to managing editor of Fox News’ breaking news division and hosting “Shepard Smith Reporting.”


13. Robin Roberts: $10 million to $14 million

13. Robin Roberts: $10 million to $14 million

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The “Good Morning America” cohost received a big pay bump in the last few years. In 2013, it was estimated she made $6 million per year. Roberts has been an anchor on “Good Morning America” since May 2005.

12. Conan O’Brien: $12 million

12. Conan O'Brien: $12 million


O’Brien’s switch to TBS has proved more profitable than some of his late-night network competition. He has been hosting “Conan” since 2010 on the network. In May 2014, O’Brien signed a deal to stay on TBS through 2018.

11. Pat Sajak: $12 million

In 2013, Sajak told The Huffington Post he may be nearing the end of his time hosting the game show “Wheel of Fortune.” But his time at the wheel isn’t over just yet. Last year, Sajak renewed his contract through the 2017-2018 season.

10. Jimmy Kimmel: $13 million to $15 million

10. Jimmy Kimmel: $13 million to $15 million


The king of “Celebrity Mean Tweets” renewed his contract with ABC earlier this year through 2019.

9. Jimmy Fallon: $13 million to $15 million

9. Jimmy Fallon: $13 million to $15 million

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Since taking over “The Tonight Show,” Fallon has been dominating in the ratings against other late-night hosts.

While Fallon is making more than he was during his last “Late Night” show, his reported pay still isn’t quite the $20 million David Letterman was said to be making during his run.

8. Adam Levine: $13 million to $15 million

8. Adam Levine: $13 million to $15 million

Trae Patton/NBC

Adam Levine has been on “The Voice” since season one back in 2011. Though it began as a spring TV series, it now airs another season in the fall. The show recently started its 11th season.

7. Miley Cyrus: $13 million to $15 million

7. Miley Cyrus: $13 million to $15 million

Trae Patton/NBC

The new celebrity judge on “The Voice,” Miley Cyrus is reportedly making just as much as Levine.

Cyrus’ salary is reportedly less than that of Jennifer Lopez’s $17.5 million when she was on “American Idol.”

6. Megyn Kelly: $15 million to $20 million

6. Megyn Kelly: $15 million to $20 million

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Kelly is set to make $15 million in her last year at Fox News. The cable news network reportedly offered her more than $20 million to renew her contract. Despite being courted by rival news organizations, including NBC News, it became clear that they could not match Fox News’ money, according to the The New York Times.

That likely means that NBC lured over Kelly with a broad, multi-year deal that would make her a star on its broadcast network — and hence give her a wider audience — with a salary landing between $15 million and $20 million.

5. Kelly Ripa: $16 million to $20 million

5. Kelly Ripa: $16 million to $20 million

AP Photo/Charles Sykes

Ripa took over hosting duties on “Live!” in 2011 after the departure of Regis Philbin and is currently searching for a new cohost after Michael Strahan’s recent exit to host on “Good Morning America” in April.

The morning show was renewed through 2020 in January.

4. Bill O’Reilly: $18 million to $20 million

4. Bill O'Reilly: $18 million to $20 million

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

As of 2015, “The O’Reilly Factor” continues to hold the No. 1 spot in cable news ratings.

3. Matt Lauer: $20 million

3. Matt Lauer: $20 million

Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images

In November 2016, the “Today” host renewed his contract with NBC News for two more years for a $20 million salary, according to Fortune.

2. Ellen DeGeneres: $20 million

Now in its 14th season, DeGeneres’ syndicated talk show “Ellen” was recently renewed through 2020.

1. Judge Judy: $47 million

1. Judge Judy: $47 million


Judge Judy is still the highest-paid celebrity on TV. Now in its 21st season, Sheindlin’s “Judge Judy” continues to be the highest first-run syndicated show during the week with an average of 10.3 million viewers. In 2015, Sheindlin extended her contract with CBS through 2020.

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