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What is Rachel Maddow's salary at MSNBC? Net worth of anchor in 2021 explored

Mafalda Costa August 13, 2021
What is Rachel Maddow's salary at MSNBC? Net worth of anchor in 2021 explored

What is Rachel Maddow’s salary at MSNBC? Maddow began hosting her eponymous show in 2008 on the cable TV channel MSNBC and has become one of its highest-paid stars, with a multimillion-dollar salary. But just how much is the anchor worth?

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Who is Rachel Maddow?

Rachel Anne Maddow was born on 1 April 1973 in Castro Valley, California.

An American liberal political commentator and radio and television personality, Maddow began hosting her eponymous show in 2008 on cable TV channel MSNBC.

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Maddow grew up in the San Francisco Bay area with her attorney father and school administrator mother.

She attended Stanford University, where she earned a BA in public policy (1994).

Maddow worked with the Aids Legal Referral Panel in San Francisco and became a prison Aids advocate.

While in college, she decided to come out as a lesbian by posting copies of an open letter to the community throughout her dormitory.

In 1995 she attended the University of Oxford and received a doctorate in politics in 2001.

In 2004, Maddow was hired as a newsreader for the Air America liberal radio network and soon became co-host of Unfiltered with Lizz Winstead and Chuck D.

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Four years later, Maddow became a frequent guest host on MSNBC political-opinion programme Countdown With Keith Olbermann, where she quickly gained popularity with the audience.

Her own show came true within a few years of her television debut.

The Rachel Maddow Show, a mixture of news, opinion, and entertainment, debuted on MSNBC on 8 September 2008.

In 2012 Maddow published her first book, Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power, a wide-ranging examination of US military policy from the Vietnam War to the Afghanistan War.

Salary and net worth

Maddow has gone on to become one of the highest-paid TV stars, with a multimillion-dollar salary.

According to Yahoo! Finance, her MSNBC salary is $7 million.

More than ten years after its launch, The Rachel Maddow Show is still a massive hit among viewers.

In the first quarter of 2021, she was the most-watched host in cable news, with her show averaging 3.6 million viewers each night, according to Forbes.

As of April 2021, the show had topped programming in the 9pm weeknights slot for 95 straight months.

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Maddow has an estimated net worth of $25 million, Celebrity Net Worth reports.

Adding to Maddow’s wealth are her real estate holdings, which include a pre-civil war farmhouse in Western Massachusetts.

In 2010, she bought an apartment in New York City from Michael Stipe, lead singer of REM, for $1.25 million.

According to GO Banking Rates, the property changed hands again in February 2021, selling for $2.25 million.

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Is Rachel Maddow leaving MSNBC?

According to Deadline, Maddow is considering the possibility of exiting MSNBC when her contract ends next year.

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Negotiations on her future are continuing between her representatives and the network.

“Nothing has been decided. We are deep into it with NBCUniversal and Rachel has an excellent relationship with them,” said Mark Shapiro, the president of Endeavor Co, who is representing Maddow.

Insiders told The Daily Beast Maddow had increasingly expressed openness to exiting when her deal ends, citing a desire to spend more time with her family and the toll of hosting a nightly programme since 2008.

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.