How's that song go? Money, money, money. There's plenty of that floating around daytime television. And though daytime TV talk shows give producers a quick way to make an inexpensive, but compelling, TV show, they certainly don't skimp when it comes to paying their talent. The women and men of daytime television make a lot of cool coin. Here are the top 10 richest:
Technically, Oprah is no longer a daytime talk show host. But as an executive producer on a number of popular daytime shows, CEO of her own TV network, The Oprah Winfrey Network, primetime talk show host and so much more, it's hard not to just include her in this list anyway. After all, the woman makes more than most small countries. Her net worth tops $2.7 billion and Oprah counts more than $315 million a year in income.
A Winfrey protégé, in a way, Dr. Phil McGraw, host of The Dr. Phil Show, is No. 2 on our list. A surprise for many, who would expect Ellen DeGeneres to come in No. 2. But remember, this is all about net worth, not popularity. Dr. Phil has a net worth of $200 million, including his $50 million annual salary. That's not all from his show, of course, but a series of popular branded products, a private practice and so much more.
Barbara Walters is the host and creator of The View. Her work on screen with the women of The View, as well as her work with ABC News and Walters work in production, sees the world class journalist with a net worth of $150 million.
Here's our friend Ellen DeGeneres, host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the true inheritor of Oprah Winfrey's audience. But even though she may be the next darling of daytime, she hasn't quite matched Oprah's net worth. Nope, Ellen only makes about $45 million a year. Stand-up and other investments have her counting a $105 million net worth.
We're half way through the list and, with some surprise, daytime talk show host Rachael Ray appears. Ray is fascinating in that her show continues to stay strong in the ratings while Ray remains mostly under the radar as a daytime personality. Never mind the Emmys and early notoriety. Still, her food empire - cookware, cookbooks, cooking shows - has given her a $60 million net worth.
Daytime's next big thing, Katie Couric, host of Katie, starts her talk show career with a net worth of $55 million and an annual paycheck around $15 million. Katie could give Ellen a run for the money. But for now, in terms of net worth, Katie's go some work to do.
The View co-host is well known for her stand up and acting career, which helps fuel her $45 million net worth. But she's come into her own as a talk show host and moderator of the popular morning talk show. Will Whoopi get her own talk show sometime in the future? Possibly. And by saying so, we're really just starting a rumor.
The Wendy Williams show host has a net worth of $17.5 million. Maybe a little surprising for a talk show host that got her start only two years ago. But don't forget that Williams was a popular radio show host for many years prior. That popularity built a strong brand that has put Williams on this list.