I read an article in Newsweek recently entitled “Power 50” which was very interesting and quite revealing. It appears that it pays very well these days to be a national figure who also has a national talk show. Newsweek calls it “the commercialization of political personality.” Wealth-X, an intelligence and research firm, furnished some interesting facts to Newsweek in the form of the top 50 highest-earning political figures of 2010. So-called conservatives dominated the list, having four of the top five spots, and that shouldn’t be very much of a surprise. Those four are Rush Limbaugh who was the top earner at $58.7 million, followed by Glenn Beck at $33 million, Sean Hannity at $22 million, and Bill O’Reilly at $20 million rounded out the foursome. The closest “liberal” commentator is Jon Stewart who collected $15 million.
The top “politician” on the list was none other than Sarah Palin who collected $14 million as an author, speaker, and political wanna-be – and that’s not too shabby! The money she is pulling in may well explain why she left her day job in Alaska. The amounts furnished to Newsweek were estimates of pretax income received between September 1, 2009 and September 1, 2010. It might be interesting to see how all of these folks got their start. We know a good bit about Ms. Palin, and how she has learned to climb the money tree, but little has been said as to how the others made a living in their early days.
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