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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.
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The king of late night, David Letterman, host of the Late Show with David Letterman
takes a back seat to Oprah. Letterman has a net worth of $400 million and makes $50 million a year. Letterman's cash comes from his hosting gig, which brings in about $14 million a year, as well as income from his production company, Worldwide Pants, and real estate investments.
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Though he often lands at No. 1 in ratings, Tonight Show
host Jay Leno sits behind Letterman with a net worth of $250 million and an annual salary of about $25 million. Leno collects his extra cash through an extensive line-up of stand-up shows across the country.
A Winfrey protégé, in a way, Dr. Phil McGraw, host of The Dr. Phil Show
, is No. 4 on our list. 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.
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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.
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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.
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Fake news has been good to Jon Stewart. More than a decade as host of The Daily Show
produces an $80 million net worth for Stewart, who makes about $16 million a year.
Once considered the future of late night for NBC, one of our favorite talk show hosts ever, Conan O'Brien, lands on basic cable with a clever, fresh show
and an estimated net worth of $75 million dollars. He makes $12 million a year on TBS, but boosts his net worth through a robust production company that regularly produces critically acclaimed television product.
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Possibly a surprise for some that 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.
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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.