Bill O’Reilly, popular for his appearance on Fox News Channel’s show The O’Reilly Factor is worth $85 million. The American author, journalist and TV host made his big bucks from his shows, books and the cameo appearances in films.
School, College and Sports
William James O’Reilly was born in New York City, U.S. O’Reilly attended St. Brigid Parochial School in Westbury and Chaminade High School in Mineola. He later attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. O’Reilly was an avid sportsman.
He played baseball in his school and was a punter in National Club Football Association in his college. He later attended Queen Mary College at the University of London from where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.
Bill also played semi-professional baseball for New York Monarchs. In 1973, O’Reilly earned master o arts in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. He also received Master of Public Administration from John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1996.
Bill O’Reilly was married to public relations executive Maureen E.McPhilmy from 1996 to 2011, after which the couple filed for divorce and separated. He has a son and a daughter.
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Beginnings-Reporter and Columnist
O’Reilly began to write articles for his school’s newspaper The Circle. After receiving the bachelor degree, he taught English and History at Monsignor Pace High School, Miami. When he was doing majors in Boston, he worked as a reporter and a columnist in several papers including Boston Phoenix.
O’Reilly eventually began his career as a reporter and anchor in local channels and won Dallas Press Club Award for showcasing his excellence in investigative reporting and two Emmy Awards for his work.
In 1982, he became a CBS News correspondent where he covered the wars in El Salvador and the Falkland Islands. He left CBS news within four years over a dispute.
O’Reilly then joined ABC news in 1986 as a correspondent where he hosted daytime news briefs.
In 1989, O’Reilly joined Inside Edition, a tabloid-gossip television program as an anchor, and quit the show in 1995.
O’Reilly’s breakthrough show was The O’Reilly Factor. The then-startup Fox News Channel hired O’Reilly in 1996 which earned him fame and dollars. The show was routinely the highest rated show. However, in 2017, O’Reilly was fired from the channel after the public report stated that he paid in millions of dollars to settle the sexual harassment claims of six women.
Post Fox News career, O’Reilly launched a podcast called No Spin News and also began to stream the video version of it digitally.
He is also a recurring Friday guest on the Glenn Beck Radio Program.
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O’Reilly has authored and coauthored a number of books since 1998 the earnings of which make a significant part of his income apart from his hosting salary.
His books include Those Who Trespass, The O’Reilly Factor: The Good, The Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life, The No Spin Zone, Who’s Looking out for you?, culture Warrior, Kids are Americans too, Legends and Lies: The Real West and Killing England: The Brutal struggle for American Independence.
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O’Reilly hosted a radio program called The Radio Factor, which had more than 3.26 million listeners and he was ranked #11 on the Heavy Hundred, a list of the 100 most important talk show hosts in America.
O’Reilly also wrote newspaper column weekly which appeared in numerous newspapers including New York Post and The Chicago Sun-Times. However, he discontinued the column in 2013.
O’Reilly has also made cameo appearances in films including An American Carol, Iron Man 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Bill O’Reilly Net Worth
Bill O’Reilly’s net worth currently estimates at $85 million. His salary earning from Fox News was over $25 million. He also enjoys royalties from his book sales which are around $30 million. Although fired from Fox News, O’Reilly continues to earn in millions from his books, radio shows and podcast which he founded in 2017.
His show in Fox News ‘, The O’Reilly Factor,’ generated revenue of $446 million from 2014-16.
O’Reilly lives in his 4,639 sq ft house which is located in Manhasset, New York which he purchased for $3 million in 2000.
O’Reilly also has a luxurious collection of cars including Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz, Porsche and BMW.
O’Reilly founded Winifred and William O’Reilly Foundation through which he moves his philanthropic activities. The foundation provides grants for different interests including education, soldiers and veterans and human services.
He supports various charities like Robert F Kennedy Memorial, Our Lady of Mount Caramel, Autism Speaks, Haitian Health Foundation, The Doe Fund, Tuesday’s Children, Wounded Warrior Project and Yellow Ribbon Fund.
O’Reilly is one of the best hosts in Television shows that force the viewers to glue their eyes on the TV screen. Even with various controversies, O’Reilly still continues to grow in his career and appears on numerous other shows and the demand for his books is not going to decline anytime soon.