Hannity tops media ‘rich list’ with $29 million salary

Hannity tops media ‘rich list’ with $29 million salary
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Fox News anchor Sean Hannity is atop the New York Observer’s annual "rich list" of the highest-paid figures in TV news.
 
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Hannity, a conservative commentator and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: 'DC should annex' Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates MORE backer, makes a $29 million annual salary when combining his afternoon syndicated radio program and primetime opinion show on Fox News. Hannity, 55, has been with the network since its inception in 1996.
 
NBC's Matt Lauer came in second, with annual pay of $22 million. The 59-year-old Lauer will be celebrating his 20th year as co-host of the "Today" show next year.
 
Fox's Bill O'Reilly finished third, taking home $18 million this year. In addition to hosting "The O'Reilly Factor," the 67-year-old also has written or co-authored 15 best-selling books. His contract expires with the network in 2017. 
 
Rounding out the top 10 in order were ABC's Robin Roberts, Fox's Megyn Kelly, CNN's Anderson Cooper, Fox's Shepard Smith, ABC's George Stephanopoulos, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and ABC "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir. 
 
On the Observer’s “rich list” of media execs, CBS President and CEO Les Moonves took first place with an annual salary of $56.8 million.
 
Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News, was second with $39.8 million.
 
NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke came in third with $33.8 million. Burke signed a four-year contract extension in July.  
 
According to the magazine, the salaries were compiled applying estimated figures from Variety, Forbes and The Washington Post.