William James “Bill” O’Reilly, Jr. (born September 10, 1949) is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator. He’s the host of the political commentary program “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he was employed as a news reporter for various local television stations in the USA and eventually for CBS News and ABC News. From 1989 to 1995, he was anchorman of the entertainment news program “Inside Edition”.
O’Reilly is widely considered a conservative commentator, though a number of his positions diverge from conservative orthodoxy. O’Reilly is a registered “Independent” (“See: Political views of Bill O’Reilly”) and characterizes himself as a “traditionalist”. O’Reilly is the author of ten books, and hosted “The Radio Factor” until early 2009.
The show was renamed The O’Reilly Factor, after O’Reilly’s friend and branding expert John Tantillo’s remarks upon the “O’Reilly Factor” in any of the storylines O’Reilly told. The program is routinely the highest-rated show of the three leading U.S. 24-hour cable news television channels and began the tendency toward more view-oriented prime-time cable news programming. The show is recorded late in the afternoon at a studio in Nyc and airs every weekday on the Fox News Channel at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time and is rebroadcast at 11:00 p.m. Based on the talk radio industry publication Talkers Magazine, O’Reilly was No. 11 on the “Heavy Hundred,” a list of the 100 most important talk show hosts in America. Conservative Internet news site NewsMax’s “Top 25 Talk Radio Host” list chosen O’Reilly to the No. 2 spot as most influential host in the state. O’Reilly’s life and livelihood never have been without controversy. Progressive media watchdog organizations like Media Matters and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting have criticized O’Reilly’s reporting on a number of problems, accusing him of distorting facts and using misleading or erroneous data. O’Reilly received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Marist College. After teaching high school to get several years, he registered as a student at Boston University, where he earned a Master’s degree in broadcast journalism. O’Reilly has two children from a former union: Madeline, born in 1998 and Spencer, born in 2003.
O’Reilly worked as a news correspondent for CBS and then for ABC, finally ending up as a news anchor on the show “Inside Edition”. He left that job after five successful years where he became the talk show host for the widely-popular radio talk show “The Radio Factor.” Following that, he was hired by FOX news to anchor “The O’Reilly Factor,” which quickly grew to the number one spot as the most watched television show on American cablevision. O’Reilly has received several Emmy awards for his news coverage. He has also has numerous non fiction books to his credit, among them “Killing Jesus,” “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot,” “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever,” “Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama,” and others.
O’Reilly earned $15 million for his work for FOX alone during 2012, and his wages earnings for 2013 are rumored to be $20 million. In addition to his work for FOX, O’Reilly is the world’s most successful non-fiction author ever, his book sales generating over $28 million and increasing. He additionally produces income from speaking engagements. His net worth: approximately $75 million.
How much is Bill O’Reilly’s Net Worth? $75 Million!
Bill O’Reilly is the notorious author, radio host, and political commentator for the Fox News Channel. He was born in New York City on September, 1949 to Winifred Angela Drake O’Reilly and William James Sr. He went on to earn a B.A. from Marist College, an M.A. from Boston College and an M.P.A. from Harvard University. He married Maureen E. McPhilmy in November 1996, but they entered a really messy divorce in September of 2011. They have two children together, Madeline born in 1998, and Spencer produced in 2003.
O’Reilly worked as a history teacher in Miami Florida following his graduation from Marist College. Then in the 1970’s and 1980’s he worked as a news reporter for many local news outlets. After cutting his teeth at the neighborhood level he went onto the national scene reporting for CBS News and ABC News. In the late 1980’s into the mid 1990’s he anchored the entertainment news program Inside Edition. In 1996 he went to work for Fox News Channel on his program “The O’Reilly Report” which was later renamed “The O’Reilly Factor”.
From 2004 to 2009 O’Reilly made $10 million per year for anchoring the O’Reilly Factor. From 2009 to 2013 his wages with Fox improved to $15 Million each year. In 2013 and 2014, following his latest contract negotiation, O’Reilly made $18 million per year. In 2014 he also made $28 million in publication royalties. Bill’s overall net worth is estimated to be between $70-$85 million. With his O’Reilly Factor show sitting at the top of the ratings heap it might be presumed his popularity and net worth will only keep climbing.