How rich is Howard Stern? The Howard Stern net worth is between $500.0 million to $600.0 million with an annual salary of $95.0 million. That large number probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone since the controversial, sarcastic, and foul-mouthed radio host has been on the airwaves for roughly three decades, earning his self-proclaimed title as the “King of All Media.” Before his two wives and three kids, Stern’s true love was radio, and he had managed to acquire his massive wealth by doing what he loves while also exploring other projects outside the studio.
Howard Stern was born on January 12, 1954, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City and is the second child of parents Bernard and Ray Stern. Bernard Stern was a radio engineer in Manhattan and was part-owner of a studio while Ray Stern was an inhalation therapist. Stern’s father actually had a hand in sparking his interest in media since Bernard was also part-owner of a recording studio. Bernard would film his kids during the holidays and question them about current events. If Howard didn’t know the answers, then he would deliver a sarcastic answer of his own—sounds about right! It was that kind of witticism, rudeness, and brutal honesty that would help establish the younger Stern’s brand in the entertainment business.
Stern first started his radio career in college at Boston University, making his debut professionally in 1975 at WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts. After trying out a few radio stations, Stern settled down at WXRK in New York, where he would find a home hosting The Howard Stern Show for 20 years. He would later shift to Sirius Satellite in 2004, where he could enjoy being even more outspoken and stop getting fines from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—for once! He signed a five-year contract for $90.0 million, a $10.0 million increase from his previous contract. And since Sirius is out of reach by the regulations of the FCC, you can imagine how happy Stern was to fully be his offensive self.
Before being inappropriate and controversial at Sirius, Stern would receive a series of fines from the FCC for $2.5 million for indecent programming, a charge that would apply to any other radio stations who carried his syndicated content—ouch! But that would barely dent his account balance or his ability to drop F-bombs as if they were nouns.
Stern has become arguably the richest radio host in America and always speaks his mind, pushes boundaries, and leaves no subject off limits. Most who listens to the show would find it funny, sarcastic, perverted, and obscenely honest. That’s the kind of personality audiences get from Stern, who says what most people are thinking but might be too afraid to say publicly.
In early 1993, Stern wrote his autobiography, Private Parts, for a $1.0 million contract with Simon & Schuster. It sold 225,000 copies within hours, became the fastest-selling title in history for Simon & Schuster, and became a New York Times best seller. It would then be adapted into a comedic film in 1997 starring Stern as himself, and would gross $14.6 million.
America’s Got Talent
From 2012 to 2015, Stern was a celebrity judge on America’s Got Talent, signing a contract for $15.0 million a year. Of course, he wasn’t able to be his usual off-color self, but he still made the show enjoyable to watch.
Home Sweet Home
Though Stern resides in an expensive Manhattan condo, he sold a previous residence in Palm Beach. He bought the beach house for $5.5 million (five bathrooms and five bedrooms) and sold it for $7.6 million. He and his second wife, Beth Stern, moved because fans had discovered his home and camped out in the back near the beach. He paid over $914,000 in property taxes and it was one of the highest taxed estates on the island.
|Annual Salary||$95.0 million|
|Private Parts (book)||$1.0 million|
|Private Parts (film)||$14.6 million|
|America’s Got Talent||$15.0 million|
|Estimated Net Worth||$500.0 million to $600.0 million|
Love him or hate him, Howard Stern says what he means and his uncensored interviews continue to entertain audiences worldwide. He’s earned his throne and the cushy multimillion dollar net worth it sits on.