People are out of work or being paid poorly for doing double the work they did half a decade ago, they can’t afford to pay their mortgages anymore, the oil price continues to go up. In short, the world is still not over the economic crisis.
And yet there are those that don’t really have to worry about putting food on the table or silly things like bank loans or mortgages. No, not (only) politicians. But TV actors, as well as a select group of reality show, late night and news hosts.
According to TV Guide, the heavyweight champion of late night shows, for instance, makes between $25 and $30 million a year, based on “several sources”. Somewhat surprisingly, this particular rich guy is not Jay Leno or David Letterman, who themselves earn roughly $20 mil each year, but The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.
Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher continues to lead the way in terms of TV series wages, with $750,000 earned for each Two and a Half Men episode, followed by Mark Harmon, whose paycheck includes $525k per NCIS episode, plus a piece of the show’s profits which I’m guessing is pretty tasty, since the ratings are still circling 20 million viewers week after week.
The list of TV rich folk continues with Howard Stern of America’s Got Talent ($15 million a year wages), Matt Lauer, the co-anchor of NBC’s The Today Show ($22 million or up annual salary), and last but not least, Judy Sheindlin (aka Judge Judy), who makes a hefty $47 mil every 12 months (i.e. close to $4 mil each month, i.e. $130k a day). If only we would all be big TV stars…
Via [TV Guide]